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Environmental Policies

The Surfrider Foundation’s national policies are passed by the Board of Directors and guide the actions of the national office and the chapters. These policies state the official position of the organization in purpose and practice:

Surfrider Foundation Principles

Represented by over 50,000 members and approximately 80 local chapters in the U.S., the Surfrider Foundation also has affiliations in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Europe, and Japan. The Surfrider Foundation has adopted the following principles to guide and govern the activities of the organization .

  1. SURFRIDER recognizes the biodiversity and ecological integrity of the planet's coasts are necessary and irreplaceable. SURFRIDER is committed to preserving natural living and non-living diversity and ecological integrity of the coastal environment.
  2. SURFRIDER promotes the right of low-impact, free and open access to the world's waves and beaches for all people. SURFRIDER acts to preserve this right of access.
  3. SURFRIDER is dedicated to enhancing wave-riding opportunities in ways which will not adversely impact nearshore ecosystems.
  4. SURFRIDER believes environmental education is essential to the future health and well- being of the planet. SURFRIDER seeks to develop and utilize educational materials that are informative, factual, proactive, synergistic and fun.
  5. SURFRIDER strives to be accurate and nonpartisan in its communications with its members and the general public. In addition, SURFRIDER will express the unique values inherent in wave-riding — individualism, camaraderie, non materialism, and an appreciation for human kind's historic relations with the Ocean.
  6. SURFRIDER is a grassroots organization, effective through the participation of its members. SURFRIDER activities emphasize the value of an involved membership.
  7. SURFRIDER encourages all commercial enterprises to adopt the Ceres Principles. Their determination to do so will favorably influence SURFRIDER's willingness to provide support. SURFRIDER will not permit sponsors to divert the Foundation from its mission or projects undertaken.
  8. SURFRIDER does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, or national origin for any reason. SURFRIDER promotes the healthy enjoyment of the coastal environment for all people.
  9. SURFRIDER and its representatives, affiliations and chapters agree to abide by these principles and all rules and regulations governing non-profit organizations.

Justice, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Surfrider Foundation is committed to fostering a just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive organization for all people who protect and enjoy the world’s ocean, waves, and beaches. Our success and impact depend on learning from our community, standing in solidarity with our allies, and working towards a more just future, both for our organization and the environmental movement as a whole.


Typically, passed by the Surfrider Foundation’s national Board of Directors in favor or opposition of a specific issue, project or campaign. The intent of a resolution is to not be the overarching policy of the organization but to apply to a specific issue, project or campaign. An example would be a resolution of support for the removal of dams to restore watersheds that are important habitats and supply clean water and beach sediments to the coast. Such a resolution clarifies the Surfrider Foundations role regarding watershed restoration.