It is with great sadness that we report the passing of a legendary advocate of coastal protection in California and beyond.

Peter Douglas will remain an icon of coastal protection. Over his career he participated in the citizen’s initiative (Proposition 20) that began the modern era of coastal protection in California exactly forty years ago. He then went on to become a key author in the California Coastal Act of 1976, which formed the California Coastal Commission. He then proceeded to lead that organization as it’s executive director until last year, when he stepped down to focus on his personal battle with cancer. Read more here.

During his lengthy and successful career Peter was a true champion of coastal protection and beach access who led the Commission with integrity and compassion. He inspired many to join him in becoming active to protect what we love about the coast, myself included. Peter was a personal hero to me and many, many others. I am not alone in saying that he inspired my career choice and my dedication to protecting California's amazing coast for the benefit of all of us.

The Surfrider Foundation was very honored to have Peter join our Board of Directors in San Clemente in February so we could present him with our Coastal Impact award, our highest honor. You can listen to a podcast from him at that event.

Read an excellent obituary from the Los Angeles Times here.

Peter, your spirit will live on in those fighting to protect our oceans, waves and beaches and will be honored by all who enjoy them.