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Stuart H. Coleman

Hawaii Coordinator

grew up surfing in the small menehune waves of Charleston, SC and gradually moved westward in search of better surf.  After graduating from the University of South Carolina Honors College, I moved to LA, where I surfed Malibu regularly and learned about the Surfrider Foundation's work in the area.  I went back to grad school for an MFA degree at American University and then moved to Honolulu and became an active member of the Oahu Chapter.  I served on the Executive Committee for eight years, and with each victory I became more involved with Surfrider and more committed to its mission.  As the first  Regional Coordinator in Hawaii, I have working with the four chapters in the Islands to grow their membership and build on their campaigns for clean water, beach access and responsible coastal development.  I have written two books on surfing and Hawaiian culture ("Eddie Would Go" and "Fierce Heart"), and I enjoy writing articles about the coastal environment and those eco-activists who are fighting to protect it.  I'm a big proponent of our Rise Above Plastics Campaign because it's easy for each one of us to stop using single-use plastic bags and water bottles and create a wave of change across the country.