The Surfrider Foundation is a grassroots, non-profit, environmental organization that works to protect our oceans, waves, and beaches. Founded in 1984, Surfrider Foundation's most important coastal environmental work is carried out by Surfrider Foundation's 60 chapters located along the East, West, Gulf, Puerto Rican, and Hawaiian coasts.

Surfrider Foundation now has over 40,000 members in the USA; in addition, International Surfrider Foundation chapters and affiliates have been established in the 5 foreign countries of Japan, Brazil, Australia, France and Spain.
Santa Cruz Chapter needs volunteers! Contact SVC at to get involved.
  • Water Quality Testing
    Take weekly water samples at local beaches and/or assist in coordinating water sampling volunteers. Coordinator Eric Russell.
  • Beach Clean Ups
    Assist with beach clean ups on the first Saturday of every month from 11am-1pm. Coordinator Rich Ferdinand.
  • Storm drain stenciling
    Help paint local storm drains during summer months with the words "No Dumping, Drains to Bay". Coordinator Sean Van Sommeran.
  • Tabling at events
    Assist at the surfrider information table at various events such as surf competitions and clean water festivals. Talk to people about Surfrider, recruit volunteers, and sell merchandise. Coordinators Julia Burrows and Beth Phillips.
  • Merchandise
    Keep track of inventory of t-shirts, hats, etc. and restock inventory as needed once or twice per month following tabling events. Coordinators Julia Burrows and Beth Phillips.
  • Newsletter
    Assist in writing, taking photos, or editing Surfrider for quarterly newsletter. Coordinator Ryan Abbott.
  • Event Coordinator
    Lead the planning of Surfrider monthly meetings and various Surfrider events such as the Paddle out for clean water.
  • Mass Mailings
    Help with putting address labels on mass mailings and/or post flyers around town for various Surfrider events. Coordinator Dustin MacDonald.
  • Environmental Education
    Make environmental education presentations to local schools and businesses about Surfrider and clean beaches and water. Coordinator Beth Phillips.
  • Coastal Issues
    Stay current on local environmental issues and proposed projects of government and private groups. Attend meetings regarding these issues and act as a liaison for Surfrider Foundation, Santa Cruz Chapter.
  • Website Manager
    Keep chapter's website current and participate in design/modifications to site; Maintain and update our website weekly. This would likely require an hour or so commitment weekly.
  • Graphic Designer
    Arrange the layout of our chapter newletter four times a year.
Buy the latest Brown family surf-film and support Surfrider Santa Cruz

On Sunday, 10/22/06, with overhead bombs firing at Steamer's Lane in the distance, Surfrider Santa Cruz christened the 1st annual Blue Water Festival with the premiere of Peruvian surf-film, Peel: The Peru Project. Filmed entirely on location in Peru, home to some of the longest lefts in the world, this surf odyssey fuses electrifying surf footage with breathtaking glimpses into Peruvian culture, including a visit to enchanted Machu Picchu.

From the family who brought us Endless Summer and Step Into Liquid, Peel: The Peru Project features world-class surfers Mark Healey (Islands in the Stream), Jamie Sterling (Billabong XXL Big Wave Award winner), Women's World Champion Sofia Mulanovich, Jesse Colombo (one of the new breed of "Air" surfers), Randy Bonds (from The Kill Seven and Punk and Disorderly), and seven-time Peruvian surf champion Magoo de la Rosa. The movie's soundtrack includes music by the immensely popular Danish band, SURFACT.

"Peel is classic Brown family filmmaking with a modern twist," says Ross Garrett of Surfing Magazine. "Wes Brown and T.J. Barrack seem to have channeled the adventurous and insightful spirit of The Endless Summer with added high-performance surfing."

In its effort to heighten environmental awareness, Thousand Oaks-based monterey media has partnered with Surfrider Foundation chapters across the U.S. as well as making strategic marketing alliances with Surfing Magazine and to promote the film, which was released on September 26. When you purchase the film off our site, monterey media will donate a generous portion of proceeds to Surfrider Santa Cruz. It's a great opportunity to buy the latest Brown family film and do something for the environment at the same time.

For more information on and/or to purchase Peel: The Peru Project, visit our web site at
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