March 11, 2015

Florida Coasts & Oceans Day

Join the Surfrider Foundation and Florida Coastal and Ocean Coalition on March 24th and 25th at the Florida Capitol for Florida Coasts & Oceans Day!

We’ll kick things off with a lobbying training session on March 24th from 6:00-7:30pm at 621 Gallery, followed by a reception and mixer at Grasslands Brewery!

On March 25th we’ll have educational displays from other environmental causes and will spend the day meeting with legislators and attending committee meetings, touring the capitol, and networking with other ocean champions from across the state!

RSVP here!

Find more info on Facebook!

March 9, 2015

March Suncoast Surfrider Chapter Meeting

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Clear your calendar – It’s going down! The Suncoast Surfrider  Chapter Meeting kicks off on March 12th at 7:00 PM, and you’re invited to take part in the monthly meeting to discuss all things Surfrider. The St Pete Brewing Company, 544 1st Ave N, Downtown St Petersburg, is our meeting spot for a night filled with passionate individuals looking out for our lovely mother nature. Come one, come all, bring a guest, and hang loose.


- Current Happenings

- Rise Above Plastics Campaign

- Local Coalitions

- Volunteer Opportunities

- Future Events

RSVP at:

February 13, 2015

Welcome to the new Chapter Executive Committee!

Welcome to the newly elected Suncoast Chapter Executive Committee! We’re thankful for your leadership and stoked to see what you’re going to accomplish!

Chair Thomas Paterek
Vice Chair KC Cavanaugh
Treasurer John Kurz
Secretary Linda Bray
Volunteer Coordinator Ryan Druyor
Member at Large Scott Orsini
Member at Large  Ron Henkel

Please consider getting involved with our Chapter’s volunteer efforts! Reach out to us to learn how you can get involved and help protect our oceans, waves and beaches!

February 4, 2015 | No Comments

Monthly Chapter Meeting February 10th


Please join us for our monthly Surfrider Suncoast Chapter Meeting Tuesday, February 10th at 7:00 PM. We will meet at 3Daughter’s Brewery located at 222 22nd St S, St Petersburg, FL 33712. For more information go here:

We have just begun our Rise Against Plastics Campaign and need your help. This is a major campaign and all interested parties are encouraged to join us as we work towards reducing plastic pollution on the land and in the water.

Also its election time again! No not those, the one that matters:  the election of our 2015 Executive Committee responsible for managing Chapter business and implementing our programs and campaigns. No special qualifications are required, just a desire to be involved with a true grassroots organization of like-minded local people who want to do right by their community.

The choice is yours:

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January 14, 2015

Surfrider January Chapter Meeting



Join us at our monthly Chapter meeting this Thursday January 15th at 8:00 PM at Mickey’s Cafe and Organics at 318 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg. We will be finalizing party details for the Saturday’s kickoff party at the Ringside. If you’d like to volunteer please come out. We could use your help!

We will also discuss plans for the Rise Against Plastic Campaign and Chapter business. We need Members to step up for Executive Committee and volunteer  positions.  If you support the Surfrider mission get involved. It’s fun and you’ll feel good about supporting the beach and water lifestyle we all love!


January 2, 2015 | No Comments

Surfrider Annual Kickoff Party!

Suncoast-Surfrider_Annual-Party-01Join us at our annual kickoff party on Saturday, January 17th from 7-11 at the RINGSIDE CAFE next door to Jannus Live in downtown St Pete. This is our way of saying “Thank you” to all of you who came out over the past year to support us at cleanups, etc. and to welcome new people who share our goals and want to get involved.

As usual the local music community has come together and three great bands will perform: FREELOW, BADDA SKAT and UNMOTIVATED have all donated their time and talent and will bring the house down. If you’ve seen them before you know what what’s in store and if you haven’t don’t take our word for it, find out for yourself!

This year’s theme appropriate to the Ringside is “Knock Out Plastics on the Beach.” As part of the Surfrider Foundation’s Rise Against Plastics Campaign we will be encouraging local businesses to eliminate the use of plastic straws and lids at beachside locations or go with a greener alternative. That may  sound modest but come to a few cleanups and you’ll gain a whole new perspective. We will also be lobbying Pinellas municipalities to support the proposed opt-in legislation that will once again allow local communities to regulate plastic bags and bottles.

Our sponsors are sharing the love with fantastic schwag which we will raffle throughout the evening and the Ringside is graciously donating the $5.00 cover charge to our Chapter. Here’s a shout out to all our Sponsors, make sure to support them because time and time again they have come through for a multitude of  local and national causes!

The Ringside Cafe
The Reno Beach Surf Shop and Reno Downtown Joint
The Island Shop
Lenny’s Surf Shop
The Suncoast Surf Shop
Nekton Surf Shop
WaterSports West

Its going to be great, don’t miss it!

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!



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