What's a Surfrider?
We’re sure that when you hear the name Surfrider Foundation your first thought is probably of a surfer. “It must be a group of surfers spreading surf culture, how important is that?” While the organization was founded by California surfers, their overarching mission is so much more about the protection of our world.
The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit organization “dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves, and beaches through a powerful activist network.” Their national organization was founded in 1984 in Malibu, California and now 32 years later, they boast 50,000 members and 90 chapters worldwide. Beach cleanups, educational events, fundraisers, and social events are held monthly that aim to preserve beaches and maintain public beach and surf access.
The Virginia Beach area has a chapter, too, that hosts many local initiatives, such as smoke-free beaches, aiming to reduce cigarette trash and a rise above plastics program that has significantly reduced the litter on our eastern shore. Community involvement is encouraged; one can volunteer or join a local program such as Ocean Friendly Restaurants, Blue Water Task Force, or QUAD: Youth Outreach Program. With so many chapters across the country, both inland and on the shore, it’s easier than ever to protect our coastlines. Click here to see if there’s a chapter in your area: http://www.surfrider.org/chapters
Coastal Charm chose to align itself with Surfrider because of our complimentary convictions and love for the sea. We are native to the Virginia Beach area, growing up on the beach all our lives and our love for the ocean does not stop when we get out of view of the sand. We recognize the necessity to maintain and support coastal preservation. Humans have used the oceans as a dump, putting 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic in the ocean that totals up to 250,000 tons. With the initiative of the Surfrider Foundation, volunteers, and even good samaritans picking up a tossed plastic bottle, we are making strides to reverse the damage humans have caused and offer a sustainable solution for the future of our marine ecosystem.
The Surfrider Foundation's Virginia Beach chapter sporting Coastal Charm at their beach cleanup.