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!


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

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

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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,




Many thanks to all of the volunteers that helped to clean the beach & take a stand against big oil by joining hands! It was an amazing example of our community coming together & we look forward to continuing to support clean energy initiatives for the protection of our beaches, oceans & waves!









The Surfrider Foundation released the following statement following BOEM’s announcement:

“Seismic airgun testing would cause catastrophic impacts to the marine ecosystem, including potential injury or death to hundreds of thousands of whales and dolphins. It would also set the stage for offshore drilling off the Atlantic coast, a dirty and dangerous practice that threatens the health of our oceans and coastal communities. On behalf of more than 250,000 Surfrider Foundation members and supporters, including over 25 local chapters from Maine to Florida who have vigorously opposed the proposal, we call upon the Obama Administration to cancel plans for seismic testing in the Atlantic ocean.”


Help clean your beach and join us for THE EXPENDABLES, IRATION, SOJA & STEPHEN MARLEY!

This Spring we have partnered with Gulfster Presents again to bring you the best live reggae shows to Jannus Live! We will be tabling these upcoming shows and want you to JOIN US! Take one hour out of your week to help clean your beach & post your pic and tag us on Instagram @suncoastsurfrider or on our Facebook page! We’ll pick a winner each month to join us at one of these upcoming shows!


CALLING ALL ARTISTS! We are in need of new chapter T-shirts that reflect our mission for the protection & enjoyment of our beaches, oceans and waves! WINNER WILL RECEIVE A FREE ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP & SCHWAG and be announced at our next CHAPTER MEETING FEBRUARY 13TH 7 PM AT GREEN BENCH BREWING CO! Email your ideas/designs to or post on our Instagram and Facebook pages by tagging @suncoastsurfrider DESIGNS MUST INCLUDE OUR LOGO & keep in mind that the T-shirts will be Surfrider BLUE…THANKS FOR YOUR HELP!LOGO


Heartfelt thanks to all of our members, volunteers & supporters to make Suncoast Surfrider’s “Barefeet, Black-tie & Boardies” Ball a huge success! We were honored by the donated talents of TNA, Mountain Holler, Tribal Style & Resinated with a beautiful live art auction by Jon Lee. We’re grateful for the continued support of our surf community including Gulfster,  Nekton Surf Shop, Suncoast Surf Shop, #lovethesea art, Liquid Soul Surf, Local Longboarding Co, Mandalay Surf Shop, Surf Source, Watersports West, & Lenny’s Surf Shop!

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