The Surfrider Foundation was founded in 1984 then in 1991 the first local chapters started forming in places such as San Diego, Ventura and Long Beach. The impact of Surfrider’s grassroots efforts at the local level made people take notice and helped to expand the organization from a passionate group of surfers to become a powerful organization run and supported by beach lovers from all walks of life.
While there may be friendly disagreement on which chapter started first in 1991, it’s pretty clear that the San Diego County Chapter has the longest running event, their annual Paddle For Clean Water. The event was first held in Ocean Beach on August 22, 1991 and the 25th edition will be on October 2nd at the Ocean Beach Pier. The event draws hundreds of surfers and ocean enthusiasts to paddle around the Ocean Beach Pier in an effort to raise awareness about the need for clean water and healthy coastlines. This event is free, open to the public and will feature live music from Tribal Theory!! Click Here for full event info.
The Ventura County Chapter is also celebrating their 25th year as a chapter with a special event on October 29th. It all started when a group of passionate people met at the Fairgrounds in 1991 to form one of the first chapters for the Surfrider Foundation. The original meeting was to help protect Surfer's Point, a campaign that is still active as the chapter is working to avoid more coastal armoring. The chapter-led Matilija Coalition has a plan to bring down the Matilija Dam, which would eventually restore some of the natural sediment flow to help protect Surfer's Point. Come out to Surf Brewery on October 29th to celebrate the achievements with great music, food and beer! Click Here for event info.
Paddle For Clean Water photo by Scott Harrison