Florida Region

About Us

The Surfrider Foundation is a community of everyday people who passionately protect our playground – the ocean, waves, and beaches -that provide us so much enjoyment.

Our model is to engage environmental experts to create solutions, unite local and national resources to protect the coast, and leverage our local chapter network’s knowledge with a national perspective.

Meet the Florida Surfrider Team

Nicole currently serves as Florida Policy Manager for the Surfrider Foundation….Previously, Nicole lived, surfed, and studied all over the world and is a lifelong surfer dedicated to protecting Florida’s oceans and beaches for the next generation. She has been a grassroots volunteer and Executive Committee member for the First Coast Chapter, as well as a teacher for almost two decades.  She attended the University of Florida and holds a B.A. in Political Science, French, Masters in Education, Certificate in Global Sustainability, and is currently a Masters candidate in Natural Resources ’22.  

Marilu Cristina Flores | Regional Manager, Florida & Puerto Rico
Born and raised in Miami, Marilu Cristina Flores is a veteran of the film and television industry. In 2014, Marilu left behind a 15-year long career as an award-winning producer to pursue a more environmentally focused and mindful life.  Her passion for marine conservation and member of the Surfrider Foundation led her to earn a certificate degree in “tropical coastal ecosystem resource management” from the University of Queensland in Australia and to work as an environmental educator on a nature preserve in South Florida, before ultimately landing her a dream job with the Surfrider Foundation as their Regional Coordinator in Florida.