The Surfrider Foundation

The Surfrider Foundation USA is a U.S. 501(c)(3) grassroots non-profit environmental organization that works to protect and preserve the world's oceans, waves, and beaches. The Surfrider Foundation largely focuses its work on such issues as water quality, beach access, beach and surf spot preservation, and sustaining marine and coastal ecosystems.

Headquartered in San Clemente, California, the Surfrider Foundation maintains a small staff which work to support the organization's network of grassroots chapters.

The current CEO is Jim Moriarty who joined the organization in June 2005.

Mission statement

The Surfrider Foundation is a grassroots non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's oceans, waves and beaches for all people, through conservation, activism, research and education.


The Surfrider Foundation was started in Malibu, California in 1984 by a handful of surfers to protest threats to their local surf break at Malibu Point. The organization continued on for several years as a loose advocacy group until 1991, when the first chapters were founded. At that point the Surfrider Foundation transitioned into a grassroots activist organization. Today the Surfrider Foundation maintains over 50,000 members and 80 chapters across the worldwide.


  • Respect the Beach - A coastal education program to educate students
  • State of the Beach - An annual report published by the Surfrider Foundation that evaluates coastal environments by a number of "Beach Health Indicators"
  • Blue Water Task Force - An all-volunteer led monitoring program that tests and reports on coastal water quality.
  • Ocean Friendly Gardens - An outreach program to designed to reduce urban runoff and residential water consumption.
  • Snowrider Project - An outreach program designed to educate the public on upstream watersheds and the hydrologic cycle.
  • Rise Above Plastics - An educational program designed to raise awareness of and reduce the amount of plastic pollution in our marine environments.
  • Turn The Tide Campaign (Australia)

Local chapters

There are currently 60 U.S. chapters and five international chapters.

USA West Coast

USA Islands

US Gulf Coast

US East Coast


Notable members and supporters

External links

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