Who are The Surfrider Foundation?
Surfrider is a global environmental non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. The foundation was created by a group of visionary, environmentally-concerned surfers from Malibu, California in 1984. Its global headquarters are based out of San Clemente, California. There are nearly 80 chapters worldwide, with over 60 based in the United States and affiliates in Europe, Australia, Bazil, Japan, Peru, Argentina, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico and Mexico. There are currently three chapters in British Columbia, Canada. Surfrider works on local and global campaigns to protect our oceans and coastlines with programs including plastic pollution, clean water, beach access and ocean-friendly businesses.
We are the Vancouver Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation. We operate as an entirely volunteer-run chapter and hold monthly events throughout the year to educate and engage the Vancouver community on local threats to our urban coastline.
We believe that the best way to approach the global issue of marine pollution is through community engagement and education. Large scale change will only be achieved through the actions taken by local communities: small pieces making up the whole jigsaw. We encourage the Vancouver community to come out on beach cleans, remove the trash from our beaches and engage with a like-minded, environmentally conscious community. Our chapter hosts five to six beach cleans a year on Vancouver’s most popular beaches. Alongside this, we hold movie nights, showcasing local and international environmental documentaries, and educational evenings with specialists in the scientific and environmental community. We have a core team of volunteers who run the chapter, with roles covering events, communications, chapter management, partnerships, finance, graphic design and much more.
Meet The Team
Our core team of volunteers are the backbone to our chapter. Without their passion and dedication to protecting our coastlines, we wouldn’t be able to host events for the Vancouver community.