Thirty one years ago a group of surfers from Malibu, California, were concerned about the health risks associated with environmental threats posed by escalating coastal development at their favourite surf spot. They took action. Since then in 1984, the Surfrider Foundation has evolved into one of the largest non-profit grassroots organisations dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves and beaches through powerful activist network.
With 84 chapters, 30 high school and college clubs and more than 250,000 supporters, volunteers and activists around the country, The Surfrider Foundation has gone from strength to strength. They work on around 100 different campaigns in four core areas; beach access, clean water, coastal prevention (coastal development) and ocean protection. With these campaigns and armed with a model to defend the coast, they have achieved more than 300 coastal victories since 2006.