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Surfrider Foundation, Santa Cruz Chapter

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General Agency Information
Name:Surfrider Foundation, Santa Cruz Chapter
Address:2222 East Cliff Drive, #234
Santa Cruz, CA  95062
Driving Directions
Primary Phone:831-476-7667
Description:The Surfrider Foundation is a nonprofit environmental organization with an international network that boasts over 250,000 supporters and 100 chapters worldwide.

Our Santa Cruz chapter was founded in 1991 by surfers and many of us surf whenever we can. However, our members come from many walks of life, and anyone who shares our goals is welcome to join us.

ELIGIBILITY: Anyone is welcome at our general meetings. Membership and donations help us to fulfill our mission.
Mission:The Surfrider Foundation is a nonprofit 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 (C.A.R.E.).

Every Surfrider Foundation chapter shall have the following primary and specific purposes:
To safeguard and enhance the quality of surfriding environments and public access to such areas.
To educate the public regarding the importance of the oceans' waves as recreational resources and the need to preserve surfriding sites for future generations.
To provide its members the opportunity for grassroots community involvement, which furthers these objectives.
Programs:Blue Water Task Force:
a program that tests water quality at local beaches weekly, helping to determine which beaches are safe and clean and which ones need help. Check our website for results.

Beach Cleanups:
Every first Saturday of the month, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (unless otherwise noted),we walk a different local beach and clean-up trash.

Save Our Surf:
For the 19th consecutive summer, Couch Distributing has committed to help raise $10,000, supporting Surfrider Santa Cruz’s projects and campaigns through the annual Save Our Surf program. The money has been used to rent office space, improve the lab where Surfrider conducts its weekly water quality tests, support outreach to local schools, purchase storm-drain stencils and conduct monthly beach cleanups.

Educational Outreach:
School groups can schedule an education program by calling the Santa Cruz Chapter office at 831-476-7667 or by emailing

World Surfing Reserve (WSR)
On April 28, 2012, approximately 7 miles of the Santa Cruz city and county coast became the official 4th World Surfing Reserve on the planet.
Our Santa Cruz Chapter advocated for this honor for two years. Chapter leaders Dustin Macdonald and Jim Littlefield are members of the Local Stewardship Council for the Santa Cruz World Surfing Reserve (SCWSR), a group charged with watching over it for anything which might damage it.

Ocean Friendly Gardens:
Help build it, rebates for replacing your lawn? Lawn patrol? Gardenscaping days? Workshops? Contact our volunteer resources at to get started.
Meetings:Location varies. Check website for monthly details, meetings are free and everyone is invited.
Publications:Quarterly Newsletter
Languages other than English:None
Accommodations for Disabled:Call for Information
Public Transportation:Call for information
Eligibility:See Description Notes
Fees:Annual Dues
Fee Amounts:$15.00  Senior
$50.00  Family
$15.00  Student
$25.00  Individual
Areas Served:Santa Clara County
Santa Cruz County
Funding Source:Contributions
Proceeds from Sales

Amber Jones

Matt  Kuhn

Subject Headings
 Environment Volunteer Opportunities
Environmental Protection and Improvement
Environmental Protection/Advocacy Volunteer Opportunities
Ocean Pollution Control
Pollution Control
Private Nonprofits
Public Awareness/Education
Volunteer Opportunities
Water Pollution Control
This record last modified August 30, 2015

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