NYC Chapter

Our Mission

We are Coastal Defenders

Our efforts to advocate for the health of our coastline are united with those of 84 Surfrider Foundation chapters across the country.  When we clean up Beach 67th St. or test the water quality at Beach 116th, we are doing our part to achieve the ultimate goal of protecting 100% of our coastlines.

We are Champions of the Surf and Sand

We don’t just play, we win.  Coastal erosion, plastic pollution, fossil fuel infrastructure – these are just some of the issues that threaten our ocean and beaches everyday.  As New Yorkers, we’re resilient and we’re scrappy … nobody is going to harm our beach without a fight.  That’s why our chapter has celebrated several major campaign victories over the last year.

We are Rockstar Volunteers

When we’re not out catching waves in Rockaway or enjoying the beach at Fort Tilden, we turn our passion into protection.  Our chapter is 100% volunteer run and our success is down to our network of 400+ dedicated members who take time out of their busy lives to protect what they love.

We are not just surfers

Despite what the name says, our membership does not only consist of surfers.  We are a community of everyday people who all share the mentality of “Long Live the Beach”.  You love the ocean … so do we!

We are Surfrider Foundation NYC

Well, what are you waiting for? Get involved! We host regular chapter meetings, beach clean ups, volunteer opportunities, social gatherings, and more.  Come along to one of our upcoming events and discover why you want to be part of Surfrider Foundation NYC.  Click here.

The Origin of Surfrider Foundation: Constant Pressure, Endlessly Applied

Thirty 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 favorite surf spot. They took action. Not even they could have envisioned the history they were making when they succeeded in protecting their beloved surf spot.

Since its inception in 1984, the Surfrider Foundation has evolved into one of the largest non-profit grassroots organizations with a volunteer-activist network dedicated to its mission to protect and enjoy the world’s oceans, waves and beaches.

Today, the Surfrider Foundation is measurably stronger, with more force and movement than ever before. It has 84 chapters, including 30 high school and college clubs, and more than 250,000 supporters, volunteers and activists fighting 90 active campaigns around the country. Armed with a model to defend the coast, the organization has a record of 292 victories (and counting) since 2006.

Filled with times of uncertainty, it hasn’t been easy. The Surfrider Foundation’s long-term success and growth is a tribute to its founders vision, that taking on an environmental battle may not be easy, but with constant pressure, endlessly applied, it can be won. And the key to this is what makes the organization unique…