The Surfrider Foundation’s Florida Chapter Conference is held annually on the first weekend in November. It’s an opportunity for all the Florida Chapters to come together for two days of training, workshops, guest lectures, team-building, and fun. This year, over fifty activists representing ten chapters from across the state gathered at Jonathan Dickinson State Park in Hobe Sound. The group kicked off the conference with a field trip to Blowing Rocks Preserve to learn about coastal restoration on barrier islands and nearshore hardbottom.

The conference speakers tackled issues ranging from seismic blasting and offshore oil drilling to plastic pollution, ocean acidification, climate change and beach access. Click here to view the full agenda.  Our chapters are making a real difference protecting our ocean, waves and beaches in Florida. Click here to read a blog on the Florida Chapter Conference by First Coast Chapter Chair (and author!) Paul Hayden.