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
June 9, 2017

International Surfing Day

364 days of the year, Surfrider and our coastal defender network work tirelessly to protect our coasts. On one day, International Surfing Day, we take a moment to celebrate the impact we’ve made, the campaigns we’ve won and the beaches we’ve protected. This ISD, join us as we celebrate our ocean, waves, and beaches.

We will be hosting a beach cleanup from 8-11 am in Jacksonville Beach, around the pier. The exact location has not been determined due to the likelyhood of dredge-and-fill projects taking place. But don’t worry, we will keep you posted!!

Bring your board out and catch some waves with us 😀


October 27, 2016

Vote NO on Amendment 1!

Amendment 1 will be on your November ballot. Don’t be misled; this is not a pro-solar
measure. Instead, it is a deceptive amendment backed by the monopoly utilities, which
seeks to stifle solar energy and keep Floridians captive power consumers.

Floridians should vote NO on Amendment 1 for three reasons:

1. Amendment 1 is funded by Florida’s big utilities to protect their monopoly markets
and limit customer-owned solar.
2. Amendment 1 paves the way for barriers that would penalize solar customers.
3. Amendment 1 misleads Florida voters by promising rights and protections that
Florida citizens already have.

Click here for a FACT SHEET explaining why solar supporters must VOTE NO ON 1.

The utilities are spending millions on this campaign but we are powered by millions of
people who can strike this deceptive ballot down by voting NO in November.
Help educate your family, friends and colleagues by getting involved with the NO ON 1
campaign. Share information on social media or volunteer to educate voters at polling
locations. Together, we can shed light on Amendment 1 and defeat it!!

October 12, 2016

Black Tie & Baggies 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!”
First Coast Surfrider Facebook Page via
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.
April 25, 2012

Spring Into Native Plants

Are you interested in:
– Reducing your water bill?
– Increasing your leisure time?
– Eliminating costly lawn care?
– Attracting birds & butterflies?
Then don’t miss this fabulous, FREE event from our good friends at the Florida Native Plant Society.

When: Saturday, April 28, 10 am – 2:30 pm
Where*: UNF Student Union Auditorium
One UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224
(*enter the campus from Kernan Blvd.)

More information here

February 17, 2012

February Chapter Meeting

What: Chapter Meeting

When: Tuesday, February 21 @ 7pm

Where: The Fish Company

725-12 Atlantic Boulevard, Atlantic Beach, FL


Its our first meeting of the year in Jacksonville and its at a great new venue! Please join us at The Fish Company in Atlantic Beach. Our guest speaker will be Brian Weissmann, owner of Trident Surf in Ponte Vedra. He will be talking about the new shop as well as his surfing roots growing up in California

Update on Black Tie and Baggies gala
More on Ten Year Anniversary goings on
Update on Ocean Friendly Gardens campaign
Upcoming events
Update on our web-site improvements and content
Talk from Brian Weissmann
Q&A with Brian
Open forum


We hope to see you there!

Let us know you’re coming on Facebook!

February 9, 2012 | 2 Comments

10th Anniversary and Member Appreciation Party

We are having a Party to celebrate our 10th Anniversary as a chapter and YOU! We’re proud of the involvement of our members last year, and want to reward you for it. There will be beer and wine specials and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Come on over and hang out with us for a while.

The Party is free for members (or those who sign-up at the door) and $5 for non-members. We’ll have an up-to-date list of members at the door (or you can bring your membership card, if you know where it is). So if your membership has lapsed, now would be a great time to renew.


Short Version

What: 10th Anniversary/Member Appreciation Party

Where: The Wine Bar

320 1st Street North, Jacksonville Beach, FL

When: Saturday, February 18 @ 7-10pm

Free for members, $5 for non-Members.

Let us know you’re coming on the Facebook Event.

Also, we’ll be selling these awesome new 10th Anniverary shirts at the party and throughout the year for $20. Let us know if you’d like to reserve one (in the Comments section below, at, or on our Facebook Page). Click to see details:

Thanks to Andrew Foster for t-shirt and poster design, Damon Williams for artwork, and Trident Surf for graciously sponsoring this sweet tee.

January 11, 2012 | 1 Comment

January Chapter Meeting

When: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 7pm

Where: The Groove Cafe

134 Sea Grove Main Street, Saint Augustine Beach, FL

Hey Saint Augustine! Our first Chapter Meeting of the year is going to be at The Groove Cafe. St. Augustiners, we need your help! Our Executive Committee now has only 1 member from St. Augustine. We need your representation and involvement to help guide our Chapter and grow our presence and effectiveness in St. Augustine. We have all kinds of ways to get involved, we just need some committed folks that care about the oceans, waves, and beaches to step up. We are starting our new Ocean Friendly Gardens campaign, and we have two projects on the horizon for that. We also need help putting together out biggest fundraiser of the year: Black Tie and Baggies. Another area we are hoping to expand is our engagement of local schools by establishing Surfrider clubs at colleges and high schools, and visiting other classrooms. Additionally, this year marks our 10th as a chapter, and we’re going to be celebrating all year. We’re developing a t-shirt to commemorate that, and will be throwing a Member Appreciation Party. We need all the help we can get, and all the help you can give.

Surfers, parents, students, teachers, everybody – please come out to the meeting to learn how to get involved and have a say in the future of the chapter. Together, we’ll make 2012 (our 10th year as a chapter) our best year yet!


  • Update on Black Tie & Baggies
  • Update on Ocean Friendly Gardens campaign
  • Tenth anniversary events
  • member appreciation party on 2/18
  • 10th Anniversary T-shirt
  • School clubs
  • After the updates we will have an open floor discussion regarding the future of the chapter in St Augustine.

Let us know you’re coming on Facebook!

October 31, 2011

Girl Next Door Fashion Show

Please join us at The Surf Station and The Girl Next Door‘s 2nd Annual Fashion Show.

Date: Saturday, November 12, 2011
Time: 4:30-7:00 p.m.
Location: Coquina Beach Surf Club, St Augustine Beach (451 A1A Beach Blvd)
“The Surf Station and The Girl Next Door request your attendance at our 2nd Annual Fashion Show! Watch Mike P., Sara Lear, and all your local favorites tear up the catwalk showing off styles from Billabong, Hurley, RVCA, Lucy Love, Quiksilver, Roxy, O’Neill and Element. There will be a little something for everyone; so girls, bring your guys, and guys, bring your girls. This sublime event will take place at Coquina Beach Surf Club, St Augustine Beach’s newest hot spot! Keepers of the Coast and The Surfrider Foundation will be attending. There will be games and specials for everyone to enjoy. All are welcome and entry is free. Come on out and support your local surf community. You won’t want to miss this!!!”


If anyone is available or would like to help table at this event, please let us know:

Sister's of the Sea
August 24, 2011

Sisters of the Sea Surf Classic

Entry forms available available in Surf Shops around town and online here! Novice/Advanced, Shortboard/Longboard, Tandem, NEW Stand Up Paddle division! $30 per division early registration…$50 per division beach registration. All proceeds go to Bosom Buddies at the Women’s Center of Jacksonville!
When: Saturday, September 10, 2011
Where: Jax Beach Pier (south side) @ 8am
Divisions: Novice, Advanced, & Tandem
NEW! Stand Up Paddle Division

Don’t miss out on this great event. Registration is limited to the first 125 contestants. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer your time to this great event (set up, take down, qualified judges, etc), please contact Valerie.

Sponsors include (but are not limited to): Roxy, Billabong, Point Conception, AquaEast, SPY, Void Magazine, Girls4Sport, Fluid Surfboards, ProLite Smart Girls Who Surf, Carve Designs, DaKine, TacoLu, Surf Jax Pier, Tim Chew, Venus, Sunrise Surf Shop, Angel, Ocean Laguna, Jax Beach Board Shop, Shaka Laka, Smith Optics, Girl Next Door, Iguana Hot Sauce, Zinka, Surf Source, Indo Board, Surfco Hawaii, California Leash Company, Tucker Rentals, The Trophyman


For more information (or an entry form), check out the SOS website, Facebook Page, or Facebook Event.


And don’t forget!!!
Chicago Pizza presents the SOS Contest After Party/Surfrider End of Summer Bash!!!
When: Saturday, September 10, 2010 @ 6 to 10 PM
Where: Rush Street Bar next to Chicago Pizza

Jacksonville Beach, FL
$10 donation at the door ~ $5 for contestants
Donation includes dinner and a BOGO drink ticket!
Awesome RAFFLE including a surfboard, a smoker, and tickets for a post Jaguar game party cruise!!!

This event is on Facebook!

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