05 • 13 • 2019

Hands Across the Sand - Coming to a Beach Near You on May 18

By Surfrider Foundation

Surfrider chapters across the U.S. are gearing up for Hands Across the Sand on May 18th, 2019. Founded by Surfrider member Dave Rauschkolb ten years ago, the event brings people together to oppose new offshore drilling and other fossil fuel development, and to promote a clean energy future. The Surfrider Foundation is an official sponsor of Hands Across the Sand and our participation is a cornerstone of our Stop Offshore Drilling campaign. (See below for list of events) 

The event is particularly important given the Trump administration's plans to drastically expand oil and gas development off our coastlines. The Department of Interior has proposed new offshore drilling in over 90% of U.S. waters threatening our marine environment, coastal communities and way of life. While delays to the process have made headlines in recent weeks, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt has affirmed his commitment to developing a new offshore drilling program. That's why we are calling on the Trump administration to officially cancel plans to revise the 5-year program. Hands Across the Sand is a perfect way to amplify this message!

Citizens join hands in Kure Beach, North Carolina. Photo: Sophia Lanza

The premise of Hands Across the Sand is simple: on Saturday, May 18th at 12 p.m. local time, people will join hands for 15 minutes on beaches and parks around the world to demonstrate support for the protection of our coasts from oil and gas development and the need to transition to clean energy solutions. All events are organized locally by volunteers and the event website provides most of the resources that you will need.

Find an existing event listed below, or visit the Hands Across the Sand website today and sign up to organize or participate in a local event! With the federal government pushing to expand oil and gas development off our coasts, now is the time to join the grassroots movement to protect our coastlines from risky drilling practices!



Huntington Beach

Long Beach

Playa Del Rey


Stinson Beach

Pudding Creek

Moonstone Beach



Miami Beach (Paddle Out!)

Dania Beach

Paradise Beach

Daytona Beach (Paddle Out!)

Carlin Park (Paddle Out!)

Sand Indian Rocks Beach (Paddle Out!)

Smathers Beach (Paddle Out!)

Stuart Beach (Paddle Out!)

Jacksonville (Paddle Out!)

South Atlantic

Folly Beach, SC

Tybee Island, GA

Kure Beach, NC

*Nags Head, NC (Anti-Offshore Drilling Rally for the BOEM Scoping Meeting)

Emerald Isle, NC 


Rockaway Beach, NY

Long Beach, NY

Bradley Beach, NJ

Virginia Beach, VA

Ocean View, VA

Ocean City, MD

Washington DC


Carson Beach, MA

Jenness Beach, NH

Pacific Northwest



Honolulu, Oahu

Pacific Rim


Campaign Resources:

Stop Offshore Drilling campaign page

Offshore Drilling Activist Toolkit click here

Hands Across the Sand website