IT’S AN UPSTREAM BATTLE
So what can a Surfrider chapter that is 2+ hours from the beach do to help with ocean issues? Well, considering that we live in a major metropolitan area with waterways that feed into the Chesapeake Bay watershed, there’s plenty that we can do to educate our neighbors about good practices that will keep our water clean. The Potomac and Anacostia rivers are part of the lifeblood of the Chesapeake Bay and need to be guarded against stormwater flow and pollution.
DC Surfrider holds volunteer and educational events in the DC area and at the beach. We also partner with local environmental organizations and other Surfrider chapters (like Ocean City, Delaware, and Virginia Beach) for issues that arise, such as beach access, legislative disputes, coastal erosion, and various other water-quality topics. We will also help with national issues as needed.
On top of all that, we make sure we do the fun stuff too. Surf trips, Movie Night,and Snowrider Days are all part of keeping the stoke alive for the surprisingly large number of inland surfers and water lovers.
EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
If you are interested in getting involved with any of these events, just e-mail us or come to one of our monthly meetings. Whether you want to volunteer at an event, manage an entire activity, or have ideas about starting a new program, we’re happy to have you on board. Below are some examples of our activities throughout the year, and follow us on facebook and on our website for the latest!
Monthly Meetings Click here for information Our Chapter meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month, at 7pm at the Lululemon store in Georgetown, DC. This is where we get together every month to discuss what’s going on, what we’ve done, and plan what great stuff we have coming up. Everyone is encouraged to come by and see what the chapter is all about. You don’t need to be a member to attend one of our meetings- all are welcome.
Cleanups - We are active in helping our local community stay clean! Join us throughout the year for on- and offshore cleanups!
Outer Banks trip - For the last two years, DC Surfrider has kicked off the spring season with a surf trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina in May. Arranged as a meetup at Oregon Inlet Campground, it’s a three-day, two-night trip where everyone is welcome to come and bring as many people as they’d like. It’s a great way to get a jump on the warmer weather.
Movie Nights - Monthly get-togethers to socialize, share stories, and watch some surf movies.
Clean Water Paddle- For over a decade, this has been our signature event. Participants meet up at the Georgetown waterfront and paddle to the Key Bridge and back, all for clean water awareness. Surfboards, kayaks, canoes, or any other non-motorized watercraft are welcome. And new to the event is a trash cleanup at Roosevelt Island.
Adopt a Beach- DC Surfrider has “adopted” a stretch of beach in the Delaware Seashore State Park. It is a commitment to keeping this area clean and litter-free throughout the year. The goal of the Adopt-a-Beach program is to promote environmental awareness, recycling, and litter abatement through community involvement. It gives people the satisfaction of directly making their beach a better place to visit. At least two beach cleanups are planned annually, but everyone is encouraged to visit at any time of the year and pick up trash. Click here for info about our beach.
Check out our current events on facebook and our website, and if you are interested in volunteering, email firstname.lastname@example.org