Celebrate 30 years of Surfrider Santa Cruz!
Founded in 1991, the Surfrider Foundation Santa Cruz Chapter is one of the original Surfrider Foundation chapters, and has played a key role in protecting our local ocean waves and beaches. In celebration of the past 30 years and to ensure we can continue to do this important work, we are re-launching our annual “Save Our Surf” fundraiser!
Save Our Surf kicks off on World Oceans Day, June 8th. It will run the entirety of the summer season, until Labor Day on September 5th. We are hoping to reach our goal of $10,000 so we can continue beach water quality testing through our Blue Water Task Force program, hosting beach cleanups, reducing plastic pollution through policy, advocating for climate solutions and more!
Some of our major victories over the years include:
- Cleaning up Cowells beach
- Establishing Santa Cruz as a World Surfing Reserve
- Advocating for the passage of plastic bag bans in Capitola, Santa Cruz, and Santa Cruz County
- Advocating for the passage of polystyrene foam bans in Santa Cruz and Capitola
- Working with allies to prevent seawater desalination plant and brine discharge on west side
- Helping support designation and shape early plans and regulations for the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
- Working with other Surfrider chapters and allies to support passage of the BEACH Act in Congress, which identifies standards for beach water quality monitoring and funds local jurisdictions’ water quality monitoring programs
This year we are looking forward to:
- Working with The Cigarette Surfboard to ban the sale of single-use cigarette filters in Santa Cruz
- Expanding our Blue Water Task Force program to sample more sites and share data widely
- Advocating for the passage of the California Recycling and Plastic Pollution Reduction Voter Initiative
- Working with the city and county to plan for sea level rise