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September 14, 2015

Miami Beach Bans Foam

It has not been a short journey- it started years ago with a ban on foam coolers on all of Miami’s beaches. Earlier this year the ordinance grew to cover a foam ban on all city property. Then, on September 2nd, the Miami Beach City Commission voted to expand the foam ban to the entire City of Miami Beach. The ban includes coolers and foam foodware.  Miami Beach will begin enforcement with public education, then transition to a warning system, and finally to issuing fines for violations by November of 2016. More.

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September 8, 2015

Volunteer of the Month: Alec Buchness

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Congratulations to our September Volunteer of the Month, Alec Buchness! Alec currently serves as Vice Chair of the Sebastian Inlet Chapter, though that’s just one of the many hats he wears as a chapter activist and volunteer!

” Alec Buchness has his hands in everything our chapter does. No task is too big, none too small. Our chapter has multiple projects and campaigns ongoing at any given time; Alec is always the first to offer to help wherever there’s a need. He’s great at pulling together a group to tackle something that’s on a deadline. He’s poised for leadership whenever our cranky old chairman (me) steps down,” says Sebastian Inlet Chair Mike Daniel. “And in the truly-important skill department, he knows how to throw a good party. Just ask anyone who’s been to our International Surfing Day celebrations! “

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August 19, 2015

New drilling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico?

Members in Congress are pushing for new drilling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico- an area protected from oil and gas exploration for over 32 years. Click here to learn more!

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July 30, 2015

August Volunteer of the Month: Helen Cross

Congratulations to Helen Cross our August Volunteer of the Month! Helen is a CORE member and activist extraordinaire with the First Coast Chapter.

Congratulations to our August Volunteer of the Month, Helen Cross!

Since getting involved with the First Coast Chapter last year, Chair Paul Hayden reports that Helen has helped with, “everything and anything we needed help with! She has helped with beach cleanups, rallies, Black Tie & Baggies, our art auction, and has been to every meeting!”

Helen is passionate about protecting Florida’s coast from oil and gas exploration. She has attended and provided comments at multiple Bureau of Ocean Energy Management meetings in opposition to the recent proposal to open the Atlantic Coast to seismic airgun blasting.

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July 29, 2015

Sebastian Inlet Chapter: Regular Joe Surf Contest!

Online registration for the 3rd Annual Regular Joe Surf Festival is now open and there are a couple of really good reasons to register early. First and foremost, Joe is capped at 96 participants. Once it’s full, it’s full. This let’s us guarantee that every entrant gets four full 20-minute heats over the two days of the contest, not to mention two good parties, a swag bag and a ton of fun.

The contest will be held September 12th & 13th in Sebastian Inlet with a backup date of September 19th and 20th.

If you register by August 31, you only pay $45, an incredible deal. On September 1, the price jumps to $65. And if you’re the kind of surfer who waits until the morning of the contest to see what the surf looks like before you commit, well, you’ll pay $75 for the privilege.

Click here to register today!

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June 25, 2015

Volunteer of the Month: Chase Olivieri

Congratulations to Chase Olivieri our July Volunteer of the Month! Chase manages all graphic design and web development for the Miami Chapter.

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Chase Serves as the Bag Monster

Even though Chase is often on the road for work, he always carves out time to support the Surfrider Foundation. Chase has even recruited his parents as Surfrider supporters, always attending chapter events dressed in Surfrider Foundation Miami Chapter gear!

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June 22, 2015

Celebrate Florida’s Endless Summer®, and help keep Florida’s Coastline Clean

Dear Friend,

The Cocoa Beach-based non-profit, Surfing’s Evolution & Preservation Foundation has created the Florida’s Endless Summer® specialty license plate and has partnered in a joint initiative with Surfrider Foundation.

Show Your Support with an Endless Summer® Specialty License Plate!

Surfing’s Evolution & Preservation Foundation recognizes the important impact of the beach and surfing lifestyle in Florida and the need to protect our beaches for future generations to enjoy.  Your purchase of the Endless Summer® license plate helps support Florida beaches.

For a limited time, Surfing’s Evolution & Preservation Foundation will reimburse Surfrider Foundation members the $25.00 plate fee for the first year purchase of their Endless Summer® plate.  In addition, Surfrider Foundation will also receive $5.00 for each plate purchased by a member.

We are happy to be able to extend this offer to Surfrider members, which supports both Surfing’s Evolution & Preservation Foundation and the Surfrider Foundation, while allowing you to have the coolest Florida specialty license plate available!

To request reimbursement for the $25.00 first year plate fee, please send a copy of your Endless Summer® license plate registration as proof of purchase to  For more information on Surfing’s Evolution & Preservation Foundation and the Endless Summer® plate, please visit: and

For our oceans, waves and beaches,

Holly Parker
Surfrider Foundation
Florida Regional Manager

Endless Summer® is a registered trademark of Bruce Brown Films, LLC and is used under license.

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June 17, 2015

City of Lake Worth Passes Bag Ban Resolution!

Thank you to the Lake Worth City Commission for passing a resolution of support for home rule and the local regulation of single-use plastic bags! On June 16th, the Palm Beach County Chapter of the  Surfrider Foundation spoke about their volunteer efforts and the impact single-use plastics have on our beaches. Thank you to the Commission and tireless advocates that made this resolution a success!

Up next the Suncoast Chapter will advocate for a resolution of support at the Gulfport Town Council meeting on July 7th!

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June 15, 2015

Take Action: Florida Bag Ban Resolutions!

This Tuesday, June 16th, the Lake Worth City Commission will be voting on a resolution of support to encourage the Florida Legislature to give local governments the ability to regulate single-use plastic bags. The meeting is at 6:00pm at the Lake Worth City Hall (7 North Dixie Highway · Lake Worth, Florida 33460).  More information here!

On Tuesday, July 7th, the Gulfport City Council will be voting on a similar resolution as well! If you live in either area, please consider attending these meeting and speaking in support! The meeting will be held at 7:00pm at the Gulfport City Hall (City Hall – 2401 53rd Street South, Gulfport, Fl 33707). More information here!

June 11, 2015

International Surfing Day!

We’re celebrating International Surfing Day on June 20th and there are tons of great events across Florida! Here’s a listing of some great chapter events that you won’t want to miss!

Broward County: The Broward County Chapter is partnering with our friends friends Lance-O and Kulcha Shok Muzik, Surfworld and 2nd St. Surf Shops to celebrate ISD! Festivities include:

  • Beach Clean-up
  • After party with Lance-O and Kulcha Shok Muzik
  • Surfing, paddling and maybe a kick ball or dodge ball game!

Click here for details!

Cocoa Beach & Central Florida: The Cocoa Beach Chapter and Central Florida Chapter are joining forces for ISD! Festivities include:

  • Beach Cleanup
  • Kids painting and crafts
  • Raffles & giveaways
  • Volunteering with Surfers for Autism!

Click here for details!

Emerald Coast: The Emerald Coast Chapter is partnering with Fluid Surf Shop for an ISD beach evening! Festivities include:

Pot luck BBQ Dinner
Surf, SUP and Skim sessions
And more!

Click here for details!

First Coast: The First Coast Chapter is partnering with Flomotion, Lynch’s Irish Pub and Sailor Jerry for a day-long celebration of ISD! Festivities include:

  • Beach Cleanup
  • Surfing Demonstrations
  • Live Music
  • Booths, and more!

Click here for details!

Miami: The Miami Chapter has not one, but TWO great events for ISD! They’re hosting an afternoon beach cleanup & beach party, followed by a fundraiser party in the evening! Festivities include:

  • Beach Cleanup
  • Giveaways
  • DJ & music
  • Surf flicks
  • More!

Click here for details!

Palm Beach County: The Palm Beach County Chapter is partnering with Saltwater Brewery for another epic party! Festivities include:

  • Live Music by Shorty The Giant
  • Raffles
  • Food Trucks
  • Special Releases

Click here for details!

Sebastian Inlet: The Sebastian Inlet Chapter has so many great things going on for ISD that they had to have two days of celebrating! On the 20th, they’re partnering with Eastern Surfing Magazine, SportsPage, Florida Beer Company and more for a Member Appreciation Party! On the 21st, they’re hitting the beach for a fun day of sand, surf, BBQ, and more! Festivities include:


  • Swag
  • Drink and Beer Specials
  • Live Music from Fresh Squeeze
  • Vintage Surfboard Raffle


  • Surf lessons for kids
  • T-shirts for members
  • Lunch from the grill
  • Live music

Click here for details!

Suncoast: Join the Suncoast Chapter for a beach cleanup & after-party to celebrate ISD! Festivities include:

  • Beach cleanup
  • After-party
  • More!

Click here for details!

Volusia-Flagler: On June 12th, you can get a jump on your ISD celebration by joining the Volusia-Flagler Chapter for their Annual Black Tie & Baggies with their friends Nichols Surf Shop, The Shores Festhaus and Barefoot Wine! Festivities include:

  • Costume contest
  • Drink specials
  • Live music with Alaia Luna
  • More!

Click here for details!

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