Activist Spotlight
December 21 2016

Meet Vince Pappalardo with the Surfrider Foundation Newport, Oregon chapter!

Q: Why and when did you get involved with the Surfrider Foundation?

I started surfing 36 years ago. After college and I had more time for volunteerism I got involved in the Santa Cruz chapter to help preserve the beaches and oceans I love.

Q: What are some local issues that are affecting your ocean, waves and beaches?

Water quality is a big concern. Whether it's water pollution from point sources on land, ocean acidification from air pollution, or changes in water levels and salinity from global warming, it all points to an ocean that is in trouble. The next big issue we face in our area is responsible development of coastal environments in Oregon. 

Q: What Surfrider projects have you worked on?

I've participated as a beach cleanup coordinator, marine debris rapid response participant, Blue Water Task Force coordinator and water sampler, volunteer coordinator for the Newport chapter and events coordinator for fundraising. Some of the projects I've worked on are banning single use bags in Newport, protecting beach access at South Beach and Cape Kawanda, serving as the Otter Rock and Roll youth surfing competition event lead, in addition to the Clean Water Classic Pro/Am Surf Comp. 

Q: What has been the highlight of your Surfrider experience (i.e., campaign, program, victory)?  

Meeting so many other people that are just as passionate about protecting our beaches and ocean.

Q: What is the most important thing you tell others about Surfrider?

We use science, experiences, and vision to protect our local beaches and oceans.  

Q: Why are you volunteering as a Surfrider coastal defender? 

I want future generations to enjoy what I enjoy today.