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Ditch Plains, NY and the Fate of the East Deck Motel

August 22 2014

Ditch Plains, NY and the Fate of the East Deck Motel

Beach Access Blue Water Task Force Coastal Preservation Shoreline Armoring Surf Protection Water Quality

The very modest 28-room East Deck Motel sits right next to Ditch Plains, a premier surf spot in Long Island. It has been sold and the new owners plan a huge members-only resort and entertainment complex, 2 stories, over 30,000 square feet including deck and pool with 100 parking spaces,…

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Wave Protection: More than meets the eye

June 13 2014

Wave Protection: More than meets the eye

Surf Protection

When thinking about protecting a surf spot, it is easy to focus right on the wave itself but protecting a surf spot is a lot more than that.

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Congress Passes Bill on Beach and Water Projects

June 12 2014

Congress Passes Bill on Beach and Water Projects

Coastal Preservation Beach Dredge & Fill Shoreline Armoring Ocean Ecosystems Surf Protection

Congress has passed an updated Water Resources and Development Act (WRDA) which authorizes coastal restoration and engineering projects. Surfrider chapters worked hard to improve the final version of the bill.

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Five Principles for a Successful Campaign

March 08 2014

Five Principles for a Successful Campaign

Surf Protection

During the Salva Tres Palmas campaign in Puerto Rico we established five principles for campaign success. They can be applied to any campaign.

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2013 Victories Recap

November 26 2013

2013 Victories Recap

Beach Access Coastal Preservation Ocean Ecosystems Rise Above Plastics Surf Protection Water Quality

As we close in on the end of another great year of coastal protection it seems appropriate to look back at the hard work that’s been done by Surfrider Foundation volunteers and staff. Our activists have been busy this year, racking up 33 campaign victories so far

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Launch of ActCoastal—the California Coast Accountability Project

November 21 2013

Launch of ActCoastal—the California Coast Accountability Project

Beach Access Coastal Preservation Ocean Ecosystems Surf Protection Water Quality

Surfrider members are “ocean users” through and through. It’s amazing to think that as I write this blog, there are Surfrider supporters around the world surfing, diving, fishing, SUPing, swimming, sunbathing, wildlife watching AND fighting to protect our coast. In California, Surfrider is upping our ante to preserve our coast…

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Sand Berm Constructed at Malibu

November 15 2013

Sand Berm Constructed at Malibu

Coastal Preservation Surf Protection

Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors (LACDBH) to construct a seasonal sand berm to prevent an easterly breach of the Malibu Lagoon inlet. A first steps towards surf improvement in Malibu. Read about the other benefits and the longer term goals.

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California Delegation Shines Spotlight on Marine Protected Areas at International Conference

October 16 2013

California Delegation Shines Spotlight on Marine Protected Areas at International Conference

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Protected Areas Surf Protection Water Quality

If you’ve been lucky enough to go for a dive, surf, or kayak at the Channel Islands, it’s hard not to be captivated by the cathedral kelp forests, large fish cruising the reef, and clean waves breaking under your surfboard. These Islands, along with special places throughout the entire California…

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Gradients of Surf Protection

May 16 2013

Gradients of Surf Protection

Surf Protection

A look at how strategic approach, local community action and legal protection predicts the likely outcome of surf protection.

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Global Wave Conference: #gwc2013

May 01 2013

Global Wave Conference: #gwc2013

Surf Protection

The third Global Wave Conference (GWC2013) will take place in Rosarito, Baja California Mexico from May 5th - 8th. The conference is being organized by Wildcoast and Surfrider and is a gathering of the world's surf protection NGOs, researchers and academic institutions to focus on collaboration to protect the globe's…

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Surf Protection in the UK

April 20 2013

Surf Protection in the UK

Surf Protection

Surfrider Foundation and Surfers Against Sewage co-present on surf protection at the International Coastal Symposium 2013

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Protecting ocean recreation and surfing

March 20 2013

Protecting ocean recreation and surfing

Surf Protection

The Surfrider Foundation takes a multi-pronged approach to protecting ocean recreation and surfing. Here we provide an overview of those approaches and we will dive into each one in more detail in subsequent posts.

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Surfing & MPAs: Putting the Stoke in Conservation

February 12 2013

Surfing & MPAs: Putting the Stoke in Conservation

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Protected Areas Surf Protection Surfing Reserves

Millions of Americans go surfing in marine protected areas (MPAs) every year. MPAs help protect some of the best surfing spots in the country and often enjoy a reciprocal relationship with the surfing community.

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One Step Closer to Historic Designation for Trestles and San Onofre

February 11 2013

One Step Closer to Historic Designation for Trestles and San Onofre

Surf Protection

The "Trestles Historic District," encompassing Trestles and San Onofre beaches, was supported by the CA State Historical Resources Commission for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

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Oregon’s Territorial Sea Plan Approved

January 24 2013

Oregon’s Territorial Sea Plan Approved

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy Surf Protection

After five years of stakeholder engagement, Oregon's Land Conservation and Development Commission adopted amendments for Oregon's Territorial Sea Plan that provides suitable locations for siting renewable ocean energy, and protects important habitats and existing uses like ocean recreation.

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My year of surfing in review

January 23 2013

My year of surfing in review

Surf Protection Surf Economics

Surfers are a pretty avid bunch - meaning they tend to surf a lot. I tracked my surfing in 2012 and made an infographic summarizing the year. This is essential information for surfonomics. Check it out and tell us about your surfing.

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Can California’s Marine Protected Areas protect surfing?

January 18 2013

Can California’s Marine Protected Areas protect surfing?

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Protected Areas Surf Protection

California recently established the largest network of marine protection in the continental United States. One of the outstanding questions during the MPA designation process was, will these marine protected areas benefit surfing in any way? Answers are starting to come in...

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Help Get Trestles and San Onofre Listed in the National Register of Historic Places

January 10 2013

Help Get Trestles and San Onofre Listed in the National Register of Historic Places

Surf Protection

San Onofre and Trestles have been synonymous with California surfing since the 1930s. We now have the opportunity to have it recognized for its historical contributions by being listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

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The surfonomics of Trestles

October 26 2012

The surfonomics of Trestles

Surf Protection Surf Economics

We use Trestles, a famous suite of waves found in Southern California, as a case study to describe the basic the economics of a surf spot. Two important measures known as economic impact and economic value are described.

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Beach Fill Comes to San Diego

October 19 2012

Beach Fill Comes to San Diego

Beachapedia Coastal Preservation Beach Dredge & Fill Surf Protection

San Diego County is currently pumping sand onto 8 beaches in the area. Surfrider's chapter is monitoring for impacts to surf spots.

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