D.C. Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation
D.C. Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation


Surfers founded the Surfrider Foundation, but we are not just surfers.

The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves, and beaches. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 50,000 members and 90 chapters worldwide.

While surfers founded the Surfrider Foundation, we are not just surfers: skateboarders, snowboarders, kayakers, rock climbers, hikers, sky divers, mountain bikers… are all members of the diverse population that is the Surfrider Foundation.

For every reason why we love the beach, there is cause to protect it!

The DC Chapter represents residents from the greater Washington, DC, area, including western Maryland and Virginia. It naturally draws coastal transplants who have found themselves landlocked, as well as river- and bay-oriented natives. Because of our location amidst lawmakers, the chapter’s efforts include legislative agendas as well as river/bay clean-ups and public education. Most importantly, we realize that despite being hours from the nearest beach, our local actions can significantly affect the health of the coast, the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers, the Chesapeake Bay, and the rest of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed!

You can contact us by e-mailing: chair@dc.surfrider.org


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.

The chapter 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 also help with national issues as needed.

On top of all of that, we make sure we do 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.



If you are interested in getting involved with any of these events, just email 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. Follow us on Facebook and continue to check our website for the latest information!

Monthly Meetings – Our Chapter meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month, at 6:30 pm in Washington DC. This is when we get together to discuss what’s going on, what we’ve done, and plan what great stuff we have coming up. Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram to receive up-to-date information on meeting locations. 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.  You can find all of our meeting minutes at this link.

Cleanups – We are active in helping our local community stay clean. Join us throughout the year for on- and offshore cleanups!

Outer Banks Surf Trip – For the last two years, the DC chapter 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 – Get-togethers to socialize, share stories, and watch some surf movies.

RIPPLE! – The chapter’s annual fundraiser art show. A celebration of art and surfing.

International Surfing Day 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 – the DC chapter 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.

Looking for some other ways to get involved…


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Everyone is welcome, and this is a great way to see what is going on. Meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month. We discuss past and upcoming events, ongoing issues, campaigns, and it’s a chance for you to share your own ideas and get together with like-minded surfers and water enthusiasts. All are welcome to come by and introduce themselves. Please follow us on Facebook or Instagram for current meeting details.


The DC Chapter hosts clean-ups, movie nights, lectures, meetings, beach gatherings, and much more. There is always something going on, and we’re always looking for people to help out with events and programs. And if you have ideas to make events better, we want to hear from you. You can email volunteercoordinator@dc.surfrider.org.


We are always trying to keep up to date with the latest information about regional and national issues. Maybe it’s a questionable environmental bill going through Congress, or news of a municipal sewer flowing into a small creek. Whatever issues arise, we’d like to hear about it. You can be our eyes and ears and put the spotlight on water quality problems and/or solutions. You can e-mail us with the news.

Surfrider does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, or national origin for any reason. Surfrider promotes the healthy enjoyment of the coastal environment for all people.

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