December 8, 2014

Surfrider December Chapter Meeting

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Surfrider Foundation Suncoast Chapter Monthly Meeting

Join us for this month’s meeting at Reno Downtown Joint from 6:30 to 8:00 at 27 Fourth Street N  (4th and Central) in downtown St Pete. We will be following up on last month’s items including surfcam advertising, the January Annual Kickoff Party and most importantly serious planning for the Rise Against Plastics Campaign.

To make this campaign effective Surfrider is working on three levels:

1) lobbying the Florida Legislature for an opt-in provision for local plastic and non-smoking bans by municipalities (currently not allowed in Florida and the subject of  SB 830  by Sen. Dwight Bullard, D-Miami, introduced to lift the ban)

2) convincing  Pinellas municipalities to adopt resolutions stating their opposition to plastic pollution and the above ban on municipal choice and

3) working with Pinellas beachfront businesses to eliminate plastic straws, lids and cups on the beach.

Impossible you say? Some of our  Florida Surfrider Chapters have done exactly that in their communities!

We need volunteers to accomplish our goals and carry out our mission as “a grassroots nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network”

So come out and join us at Reno Downtown Joint this Thursday. Great food and drink at great prices! Live music starts at 8:00 so we will begin at 6:30 sharp!


November 12, 2014

November 20th Chapter Meetimg


Join us at our next Chapter meeting on Thursday, November 20th as we welcome the return of longtime Surfrider supporter Jonny Reno at his new restaurant Reno Downtown Joint! Help us celebrate his new location in the heart of downtown at 27 4th Street North, its sure to be a great time!

We have just returned from the Surfrider Florida Chapters Annual Conference in Melbourne and are stoked to bring you up to date on Surfrider programs, especially the Rise Against Plastics Campaign and our effort to promote a voluntary lid and drinking straw ban on Pinellas beaches. We need a committee chair and volunteers to make this happen so if you’re tired of just cleaning the beaches and want to stop it at its source, we need you!

Also coming up, our kick-ass Annual Kick-off Party is in the planning stages. We need help lining up all that schwag donated by our sponsors as well as help with the music.

There’s even more going on with YOUR local Chapter and it doesn’t work without you so come out and see what we’re about.

See you there!




October 14, 2014 | No Comments

Surfrider Monthly Chapter Meeting

Please join us for our monthly chapter meeting at the Postcard Inn this Thursday October 16th at 7:00 PM. The Postcard Inn is located at 6300 Gulf Blvd, St Pete Beach. The meeting will be held in the adjoining PCI Bar and Grill.

October is Surfrider’s Rise Against Plastic month and we will discuss the recent single use bag ban victory in California.  Surfrider has been successfully implementing bans in communities throughout California for several years and finally prevailed on the state level when California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed the Bill into law. We are currently fighting the battle in Florida to overturn the prohibition on local option laws prohibiting citizens from deciding on bag bans in their communities.

So come out and help us celebrate this victory and learn about our local efforts to promote a plastic-free environment and enjoy the excellent food and drinks at the Postcard Inn Bar and Grill. Hint: try the BBQ.

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September 16, 2014

Surfrider Monthly Chapter Meeting


Come join us for the Surfrider Foundation Suncoast Chapter monthly meeting to be held at the Taqueria Casita this Thursday evening September 18th at 7:00 PM. We will discuss upcoming events and projects, the Sunset beach surfcam and the upcoming election of new board members.

We need and welcome your participation to help out chapter grow and make a difference locally. Come on out, meet some old friends and make some new ones!



August 12, 2014 | No Comments

Suncoast Children’s Charities/Barefoot Wine/Surfrider Foundation Beach Cleanup

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The Suncoast Charities for Children, Sarasota County, Barefoot Wine and the Surfrider Foundation Suncoast Chapter invite you to a beach cleanup at Lido Beach on Saturday August 16th.

Come join us for a thorough beach scrubbing followed by complimentary victuals courtesy of the Daiquiri Deck plus a wine tasting sponsored by Barefoot Wine at the St. Armand’s Daiquiri Deck location. This is a family friendly event but you must be 21 for the wine tasting.

If you attended last year’s event you know how rewarding it is to take care of your beach with fellow scrubbers. Get your trash in gear and come on out!

Please email in advance if you plan to attend at:

You may also register at the beach the day of the cleanup.

“Suncoast Charities for Children is a 501C3 serving children with special needs and their families in the Sarasota, Venice, and North Port areas. Over the past 29 years $14 Million in facilities have been constructed . Net proceeds raised from various Festivals and Special Events produced by Suncoast Charities for Children, provides funding to maintain some of these facilities and support special projects. In turn, agencies that occupy our buildings can then direct their program and service money towards the clients they serve.”

July 8, 2014

Surfrider Suncoast Chapter Monthly Meeting – July 10th


Hey Everyone,

Be sure to join us for our monthly Chapter meeting this Thursday, July 10th. We will meet at 7:00 at Ferg’s Sports Bar and Grill located downtown at 1320 Central Ave. near the Trop. Ferg’s is family-friendly and has great food and beverages at reasonable prices.

Items on the agenda include election of new board members, the latest information regarding Upham Beach, our new Sunset Beach surfcam advertising plans and upcoming events.

There’s a lot to be done and as an all-volunteer organization we need YOUR help to protect our breaks, beaches and surf so come out, meet some old friends and make some new ones!

Don’t come alone, bring a friend!

If you haven’t seen the cam yet go to: to check it out!


June 25, 2014

Check out our New Surf Cam on Sunset beach!

In cooperation with the Suncoast Surf Shop, the Suncoast Chapter of Surfrider has installed a really cool Surf Cam on Sunset Beach! We are very excited that we can check out the swell from near or far! Anyone interested in advertising on the site please contact us at! Surf Cam Website

June 25, 2014

Suncoast Surfrider Social at 7pm at Neptune Grill This Thursday!

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May 18, 2014


May 18, 2014


Hi Everybody,

The Cocoa Beach Surf Museum and RonJon’s Surf Shop is sponsoring the 15th Annual Waterman’s Challenge in Cocoa Beach June 6-8 in Cocoa Beach. Once again there will be a Surfrider Smackdown between the Florida Chapters on Saturday the 7th and we need a team of up to six stoked surfers who want to do our Chapter proud. Two years ago we placed second but slipped to fifth last year so we are asking all concerned competitors to step up!

You must be a current paid Chapter member to participate. If you aren’t there’s plenty of time to contact us or go to and join. Make sure you check the Suncoast Chapter box for your chapter affiliation!

The Chapter will pay the entry fee and contestants pay for lodging which we can share. We will drive over Friday night as heats start at 8:00-8:30 Saturday. We will return at the end of the day but you are welcome to stay overnight. This is an open format with no age or board categories and you surf as many waves as you can on which you will be judged. The payoff? Bragging rights for the next twelve months. This is a fun event with a lot of great competition. Here’s a description of the event from the Surf Museum:


“The Cocoa Beach Surf Museum is proud to present the 2014- 15th Annual  Waterman’s Challenge hosted by the International Palms Resort (IPR) & sponsored by RonJon Surf Shop. The Waterman’s Challenge will take place on June 6-8 at International Palms Resort in Cocoa Beach. Registration is Friday 6-8pm at IPR Mambo’s. Saturday the heats start on the beach at IPR 800am. Saturday Night the popular Waterman’s Luau will take place at the Cocoa Beach Country Club Pavilion at 630pm. The event will include: food & drink, authentic Hawaiian Dancers, Live Music by The Aquanuts, raffles and more. Finals are Sunday 9am followed by the Trophy Presentation.
To save time and money you can Pre-register/purchase tickets for the Luau or the Contest at Eventbrite or follow the link on the Cocoa Beach Surf Museum Facebook page. There are limited slots at the “Waterman’s Challenge Contest” and the “Waterman’s Annual Luau” so please signup early to ensure your place in the lineup or at the dinner table. Signing up early at Eventbrite will save you more than 20.00 over a beach entry.
Every time you compete in the contest, attend the Luau or volunteer at the Waterman’s challenge Weekend, you are helping The Cocoa Beach Surf Museum to attend to their Mission; “Preserving surfing history”. Please join us for this  benevolent occasion.”
Dave Miller
Cocoa Beach Surf Museum
Again, we pay for the Chapter entry fee. If you want to compete in any other heat or go to the luau you must pay separately. You can register online at the following  link which has the breakdown of classes and competitions for the complete event. You do not need to register online if you are only surfing the SF heat.
This is a large and well-attended event and you’re sure to have a great time. For further information contact me directly at 941-915-3439. If you leave a message I generally return calls in the evening but will call back as soon as possible. You can also reach me at my email address: Hope to see you there!
John Kurz,


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