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Learn About Florida

Florida is home to 825 miles of sandy beaches, 1,350 miles of coastline, the Florida Reef Tract, and the only Everglades in the world. Our network is passionate about protecting the state's treasured waters, keeping plastic pollution off our beaches, and building more resilient communities in the wake of a rapidly changing climate. 

Surfrider has a blueprint for success that transforms passion into protection, which is mobilized in local communities, all across the U.S. Our network campaigns for our ocean and proactively works on programs to help keep our beaches healthy.

Our Model

Who We Are

We engage environmental experts to develop solutions, unite local and national resources to protect the coast, and leverage our local knowledge with a national perspective.

Our communities make us who we are

Surfrider Foundation is powered by its grassroots activist network. Florida's eleven volunteer-led chapters stretch from the Emerald Coast to the Florida Keys to the First Coast, and reflect the unique flavor of each region. Together we can restore Florida's coastlines, one beach at a time.


Clean water is paramount to Florida

Our core values

The Surfrider Foundation believes that getting outside and engaging with the natural world, especially the ocean, waves and beaches, is inspiring, supports healthier lifestyles, improves productivity and ultimately creates a better culture.

1. Honor the mission.

Surfrider is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves and beaches for all people, through a powerful activist network. At the center of every action we take is our mission, our grassroots structure and local perspectives. We aim for positive impact and measurable results on behalf of the communities that we serve.

2. The beach is fun and Surfrider should be, too.

Surfrider comprises people who love the ocean, work hard to protect it, and need to enjoy it as part of keeping advocacy gratifying and fun. We are optimistic about the future of our ocean and coasts because our volunteers make a positive difference every day.

3. We are open and inclusive.

Our ocean, waves and beaches belong to all of us, and we welcome all who are interested in joining our movement. Through our principles of Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI), we seek to engage and represent the communities that we work in, and tosupport, create, foster and champion diversity at all levels within our organization.

4. We cultivate leaders.

We believe that the most effective way to build a coastal protection movement is to provide leadership opportunities for our volunteers. By cultivating their voices and skills, we are preparing the next generation of coastal defenders to lead within their own communities.

5. We are problem solvers.

We are solution-oriented. Surfrider applies science, critical thinking and innovation to assess problems and develop practical long-term solutions that protect our coasts.

6. The Surfrider is yours to create.

The Surfrider culture is defined by the people who show up with a love of the ocean and care deeply for its well-being. Through science, community and respect, we are people who joyfully take on the challenges before us. Our culture is one of selflessness, sharing, and bringing people together to achieve Surfrider’s mission.

Get Involved

Are you passionate about protecting our ocean and eager to get involved? Join us to make a lasting impact.