Who We Are

Just over 30 years ago, a handful of surfers made a powerful statement by founding the Surfrider Foundation. The waves they surfed in Malibu, California were threatened by development and pollution. They wanted to protect what they loved, so they organized a group to protest the threats to their local surf break. They took action. Not even they could have envisioned the history they were making when they succeeded in protecting their beloved surf spot.

Today, the Surfrider Foundation protects much more than surfing waves (and you certainly don’t have to be a surfer to join!) but one thing remains the same: our founders were everyday people, like you and me, who took a stand because they loved their beach.

Surfrider has built a network of coastal defenders who transform their passion for our coasts into lasting protection. Bridging local knowledge with national experts in law, policy and science, our formula for success — both the playbook and the team — produces victories for our beaches year after year. Over the last three decades we have a track record of more than 300 victories (since we started counting in 2006!). We don’t just play. We win.

Our focus is 100% on our ocean, waves and beaches. We care for the area where the land meets the sea, with one foot in the sand and another in the water. And Surfrider enjoys very much what we are protecting.

Our vision is to keep our beaches open to everyone, promote smart coastal development that avoids coastal impacts, protect special ocean and coastal places before they are threatened, ensure the water is clean to surf and swim and the beaches are free of plastic litter. Help us to empower everyday citizens to be leaders in their coastal communities and to become defenders of our coasts.