First Coast Chapter

Protecting your oceans, beaches and waves! The First Coast Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation was founded in 2002 and spans the First Coast of Florida, from the Georgia border to the end of Anastasia Island. More Details
August 13, 2015

Black Ties & Baggies Gala 2015 Details


When: Friday, September 25 at 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Where: Lynch’s Irish Pub 514 1st St N, Jacksonville Beach, Florida 32250

Band: TBD

Artists:  Calling on all Artists, if you would like for your art featured at BT&B, please contact us at the following BT&B event page Black Ties & Baggies Gala 2015 **Surfrider Foundation**

The First Coast Chapter will be hosting our one-of-a-kind annual fundraiser on Friday September 25th (7 to 10 pm) at Lynch’s Irish Pub in Jacksonville Beach (514 1st St N, Jacksonville Beach, FL).

Paul Hayden: “It will be another great event this year as it also combines our art auction.”

A portion of the proceeds from this year will benefit our Ocean Friendly Gardens program along with Saltwater Cowgirls to aid them in replacing their stolen gear!

“BT&B is an evening of live music, dining, drinks and some pretty rad silent auction items, Black Ties & Baggies will likely be the most laid back “black tie” event of the season”
Palm Beach County Chapter
**Surfrider Foundation**

BT&B Event Chair: Hayley DiGiano
BT&B Event Chair Helpers lol: Paul Hayden, Erin Handy, and Helen Cross

August 10, 2015

Surfrider Foundation and Firewire Collaborate on World’s Most Eco-friendly Surfboard

Firewire-Launch_mw-social The Firewire/Surfrider Foundation collaboration, featuring Firewire’s popular ADDVance model hit US retailers this month. Arguably the most eco-friendly surfboard build available at global retail today, Firewire’s Timbertek construction was an obvious choice for the partnership, and the ADDVance model in particular hadn’t previously been released in TimberTek construction.

Firewire will donate $75.00 per unit sold in the US towards the Surfrider Foundation’s ongoing efforts to protect our coastline and oceans.

Firewire CEO, Mark Price said,“We’re obviously passionate about building the best boards possible, and that is our main focus. However, if we don’t also give back as much as we can along the way we believe that everything else that we might accomplish, is diminished”.

Surfrider CEO, Dr. Chad Nelsen added, “Firewire has been a leader developing high performance, environmentally-friendly surfboard technologies for years so we are thrilled to collaborate on the Surfrider + ADDVance model. The project clearly demonstrates Firewire’s commitment to supporting Surfrider’s coastal protection efforts nationwide.”

Firewire estimates that the ADDVance collaboration could contribute as much as $25,000 to Surfrider in 2015, and potentially double that in 2016.

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July 30, 2015

August Volunteer of the Month: Helen Cross

“CONGRATULATIONS to our very own Helen Cross who has been chosen as the Most Fabulous Volunteer of the Month for the whole state! MAHALO Helen for everything you do!”
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REGION: Florida Chapter Network

Congratulations to Helen Cross our August Volunteer of the Month! Helen is a CORE member and activist extraordinaire with the First Coast Chapter.

Since getting involved with the First Coast Chapter last year, Chair Paul Hayden reports that Helen has helped with, “everything and anything we needed help with! She has helped with beach cleanups, rallies, Black Tie & Baggies, our art auction, and has been to every meeting!”

Helen is passionate about protecting Florida’s coast from oil and gas exploration. She has attended and provided comments at multiple Bureau of Ocean Energy Management meetings in opposition to the recent proposal to open the Atlantic Coast to seismic airgun blasting.

Helen has lived in Jacksonville since 1999 where she is also a passionate surfer and volunteers with multiple non-profit groups. Somehow she manages to run her own small company, Hel + LLC and work for a Global Logistics Company.
June 20, 2015

June 20th: International Surfing Day!


Join the First Coast Chapter as we celebrate International Surfing Day on June 20th! We’ll be partnering with great businesses and organizations to bring you a beach clean up, concert and after-party!

Presented By: Flomotion
Location: North side of the Jacksonville Beach Fishing Pier

10:00 – 12:00pm: Beach Clean Up (Jacksonville Beach Pier)
12:00 – 12:30pm: Prize Announcements
12:30 – 2:00pm: Surf Demo’s and Bocce and Corn Hole

Free Red Bull, Coffee, and giveaways from Flomotion! Prize packs will be awarded for the most cigarette butts collected!

Presented By: Sailor Jerry
Location: Lynch’s Irish Pub (Outdoor Stage)

2:00 – 3:30 pm: VIP Private Lunch with Sidereal
2:00pm: Doors open for concert
2:00pm: DJ Begins
6:00pm: Dalton Stanley Band
7:15pm: Hours Eastly
8:30pm: Sidereal

Drink specials from Sailor Jerry & Red Bull | Vendors and Food will be available and setup throughout the event.

Presented By: Real Time Entertainment
Location: Lynch’s Irish Pub (Indoor Stage)

10:00pm – 1:30am: Yamadeo

Drink specials from Sailor Jerry & Red Bull

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June 10, 2015

June Chapter Meeting!

Join the First Coast Chapter for their June Chapter Meeting on Wednesday June 17 at the Neptune Beach Library at 7PM. We will be joined by guest speaker, Nadia Gordon, Marine Mammal Research Biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission who will speak about Manatees, Bottle Nose Dolphins and The Atlantic Right Whales and also how seismic testing could affect them. We will also be discussing ongoing chapter events and issues as well as what will be going on with International Surfing Day on the 20th. Our meetings are open to all- members and non-members alike, so bring a friend!

What: First Coast Chapter Meeting
When: June 17th, 7:00pm
Where: Neptune Beach Library (600 3rd St, Neptune Beach, FL 32266)
Who: Everyone!

(Sponsored by Community First Credit Union) — with Josh Meinel, Paul Hayden and Catie Catiea at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens.
June 6, 2015

World Oceans Day

June 6th: World Oceans Day at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens!
(Sponsored by Community First Credit Union)

World Oceans Day, held every June 8th, is the United Nations-recognized day of ocean celebration and action. People all over our blue planet organize celebrations – which can be a huge event in your community, a special announcement, or anything in between – to support action to protect the ocean. This year, the theme is Healthy oceans, healthy planet, and we’re making a special effort to stop plastic pollution.
World Oceans Day

April 13, 2015

First Coast Ocean Friendly Garden Program

On April 8, 2015 First Coast chairman Paul Hayden presented an Ocean Friendly Garden slide show presentation OFG-Fletcher-225x300 to three of Sharon Silver’s science classes. The presentation demonstrated various ways the students and their parents could help protect the environment, our rivers and oceans while also saving resources and money through the use or the tenants of Surfriders Ocean Friendly Garden program (Conservation, Permeability and Retention).

Paul notes, “the students were very interested and involved in the discussion and asked good questions. It left me with the belief that they get the message and will be positive messengers of change if the future.”

Want to learn more about our Ocean Friendly Garden Program? Click here!

March 11, 2015

Florida Coasts & Oceans Day

Join the Surfrider Foundation and Florida Coastal and Ocean Coalition on March 24th and 25th at the Florida Capitol for Florida Coasts & Oceans Day!

We’ll kick things off with a lobbying training session on March 24th from 6:00-7:30pm at 621 Gallery, followed by a reception and mixer at Grasslands Brewery!

On March 25th we’ll have educational displays from other environmental causes and will spend the day meeting with legislators and attending committee meetings, touring the capitol, and networking with other ocean champions from across the state!

RSVP here!

Find more info on Facebook!

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February 16, 2015

Say NO to new oil/gas/seismic in the Atlantic

Join us this Thursday for a rally and press conference at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) public meeting on the proposed expansion of oil and gas drilling in the Atlantic. The public will have the opportunity to meet with BOEM officials and provide written comments on their plan from 3-7pm. The rally and press conference will be held at 5:30pm. For more info, click here!

June 10, 2014

Black Tie & Baggies Gala 2014 Details


The First Coast Chapter will be hosting our one-of-a-kind annual fundraiser on Friday June 20th (7 to 10 pm) at The Four Points Hotel in Jacksonville Beachfront (11 1st St N, Jacksonville Beach, FL). The party will be on their beautiful oceanfront patio.

There is a $10 donation at the door ($5 under 18), which includes 1 free drink ticket, appetizers and an evening of FUN! Beer, wine and soft drinks will be available.

We will have music by DJ Tony “Antoine” Prat, dancing, a silent auction with the best loot at the beach, and as always, our famous best-dressed contest with prizes! Start planning your outfit!

Click here for Black Tie & Baggies information!

For more info email or call Erin at 904-885-1348.

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