A little over 25 years ago a group of surfers in Malibu, California found out that their favorite wave was about to be destroyed. Think about that for a second. Think about something you love. Something that gives you enjoyment. Taken away.
This wave is known as First Point and this quintessential perfect California wave was about to be destroyed. Those surfers organized and worked with the local municipalities until they were satisfied that their efforts to preserve this iconic wave would be successful.
This was the genesis of Surfrider Foundation.
Today, we are doing this same thing in over 15 countries around the world.
Our mission is the protection and enjoyment of oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.
You can think about that as three concepts. “Protection and enjoyment”, we don’t want to put a velvet rope around a beach and tell people to keep off. We are surfers, we are beach goers, we are watermen and women, but perhaps most of all we enjoy the coasts. We’re a user group. Next up is “oceans, waves and beaches.” Think coastlines, we are engaged with environmental issues that affect our coastlines. “Powerful activist network” speaks to how we go about this mission. We are a grassroots organization. We are local in many coastal regions throughout the world.
We are parents, we are surfers, we are youth…we are you. We are engaged and focused on protecting that which we love; our oceans, waves and beaches.
Closer to home, the mission of the Central Texas Chapter of Surfrider Foundation is the protection of public access to clean and healthy Texas beaches and coastal waters and of surf breaks on the Texas coast that are so precious to surfers and beach-goers.
Execution of our Chapter mission entails many initiatives, including:
- Defense of the Texas Open Beaches Act, in support of Surfrider’s coastal Texas chapters and through local activism;
- Active support of efforts to prevent changes to Texas beaches, beach groins, and jetties that are detrimental to the health of
the beaches themselves and to affected surf breaks.
- Protection of the Central Texas watershed through cleanups and awareness projects;
- Cleaning and preservation of the Chapter’s adopted beach on the Texas coast;
- Recruiting and coordinating Chapter membership and promoting avenues for members and friends to support the mission in their
- Partnering with like-minded organizations on specific events and longer term projects; and,
- Creating an atmosphere that makes successful support of the mission a source of pride and enjoyment for all involved.