- 15 August 2014 | Environment
The Surfrider Foundation was founded in 1984 by a group of surfers, in Malibu, California. In thirty years, the organization changed the perception of the world's oceans, waves and beaches.
On the 22nd August, 1984, there were no mobile phones or internet. Communications were slower, but environmental problems were truly threatening the sustainability of the coastal regions.
The founders of the Surfrider Foundation kicked off their global journey by protecting First Point, their local surf break. Rapidly, the word spread and the surfers' organization extended its influence.
In 1991, the Surfrider Foundation created the first chapters, a network of regional and local programs designed to protect our ocean, waves and beaches through campaign, program and educational initiatives in their communities.
Beach access, coastal preservation, water quality and special place protection. That's what Surfrider is all about, with the power of 250,000 supporters, activists and members.
In the last three decades, Surfrider activists have kept a core tactic: constant pressure, endlessly applied. One of its main goals is to increase the number and scale of coastal victories by at least 10% per year.
The World Water Day, the International Surfing Day, and the Rise Above Plastics Month are some of the key events boosted by Surfrider.
In 30 years, Surfrider Foundation celebrated multiple impactful victories in California, New Jersey, Florida, Honolulu, Washington, Puerto Rico, and Europe. Toll roads, water quality, offshore drilling, marine reserves, public beach access, and plastic ban are some of the most common issues.