International Surfing Day

It’s our favorite day of the year, International Surfing Day! Join us to celebrate our ocean, waves, and beaches!

This ISD’s theme is ‘Share What You Love.’ We love the Gulf of Mexico, Treasure Island, our local surf shops, bringing new people to the beach, and surfing!

-for the newbies-
Surfrider wants to bring 1 MILLION new people to the beach. If you’ve never surfed, if you’ve never chilled on the beach, if you’ve never been to a Surfrider event, this event’s for you! We’re also looking forward to partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters this year.

-for the shredders-
Surfrider wants to bring 1 MILLION new people to the beach. So bring your suit, bring a board, and bring a friend, and let’s take advantage of whatever surf (or paddle) conditions mother nature throws our way!

Click here to learn more!

Make Waves – Community Kickoff Party 2017

Come on out to the 2017 Make Waves party!

— CHANGE IN DATE due to weather —

Live art, live music, big raffle, lots of non-profits, St Pete Indie Market vendors, and MORE!

Facebook event

Where: Jannus Live
When: Sunday, February 26, 2017
What: 2017 Surfrider kickoff party
Why: Get out the good word, increase membership, get you involved!

Blue Water Task Force

 Over the next few months, the Suncoast Chapter is launching a Blue Water Task Force (BWTF). The BWTF is Surfrider Foundation’s volunteer-run, water testing, education and advocacy program. The Chapter will use this program to alert citizens and officials in their communities about water quality problems.  The BWTF has demonstrated success by identifying problems with beach and coastal water pollution, raising public awareness of these incidents and working collaboratively with local stakeholders to find and implement pollution solutions.
We are actively looking for volunteers interested in working on this program. Please contact BWTF Coordinator Eric Neumann to learn more!

Bartenders for a cause!

Join us on this Monday for our guest community bartenders Thomas Paterek and Kinsley McEachern as they join our witch staff to pour some beers for a great community cause. The organizations whom we will be working with are Suncoast Rise Above Plastics Coalition partnered with the Suncoast Surfrider Foundation. Working together their goal and mission is to create a friendlier and cleaner coastline for all of us. By effectively reducing the source of plastic smog on our shores they target not just cleanup efforts but encourage Ocean friendly business programs. Working with not only government levels and chambers they educate and involve businesses in their approach to their waste and re-useables rather than the single use plastics accustomed in daily routines…..

Habit changing for postive future results is one of the keys to making change happen at respective levels in which can impact the future. Our Ocean shoreline is a precious commodity for many reasons and an obligation we all hold to endere its future and health.

Thomas is the Chair of Suncoast Surfrider Foundation here in St Pete, while Kinsley is the chair of the Suncoast Rise above Plastics Coalition. Each of them will be bartending for an hour during this two hour happy hour event. Come for the conversation and learn more about these organizations working hand in hand to work for the benefit of the future of our coastline here in Pinellas county. Change starts with habits and habits start with education…….

From 5-7pm each item they serve the Witch is proud to donate $1 to their organization, all tips as well will be donated too. Their will be a table to visit and find out more how anyone can help out on any level. More!

2016 Kickoff Party!

Clear your calendar – It’s going down! The Surfrider Foundation 2016 Kick Off Party jams out on January 16th, and you’re invited to take part in the festivities. The Bends will be hosting a plastic-free straw night of fun and excitement with local bands Badda Skat, Oceanstone, and Irie Vibes.

On top of some of the best reggae in the local area we’ll be slinging a surfboard raffle, skateboard raffle and dozens of other prize raffles/ giveaways throughout the evening. Entry fee per person is a $5.00 donation per person at the door (raffle ticket for donation in general raffle), but you may donate more than once for additional raffle tickets and big ticket item raffles.

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Barefoot Beach Rescue- September 19th!


Save the Date: Barefoot Beach Rescue, September 19th

Celebrate International Coastal Cleanup Day with the Suncoast Chapter and Barefoot Wine & Bubbly! We’re hosting a beach cleanup extravaganza and an awesome after-party, hosted by our great friends at Barefoot Wine! Stay tuned for more details!

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 Suncoast Surfrider Chapter Meeting

st pete brewing company

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

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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!

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