First Coast ChapterProtecting 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
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Floridians should vote NO on Amendment 1 for three reasons:
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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.
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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
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“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.
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.)
What: Chapter Meeting
When: Tuesday, February 21 @ 7pm
Where: The Fish Company
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
Update on our web-site improvements and content
Talk from Brian Weissmann
Q&A with Brian
We hope to see you there!
Let us know you’re coming on Facebook!
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.
What: 10th Anniversary/Member Appreciation Party
Where: The Wine Bar
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 email@example.com, 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.
Where: The Groove Cafe
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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!!!
When: Saturday, August 20, 2011 @ 9am
Where: 15th Ave S and the Beach, Jacksonville Beach, FL
The First Coast Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation is hosting a beach cleanup this Saturday in Jacksonville Beach. Please come out to clean up (especially following the beach nourishment activities that recently passed by) and make a difference for your beach. Surfing afterward for anyone that is interested.
We will provide bags and gloves. Hope to see you there! Let us know you’re coming at our Facebook Event!
Down in St. Augustine?
We’ll be doing our cleanup down there in conjunction with Keepers of the Coast’s Back2School BEACH FEST. There’s going to be a beach cleanup, surf lessons, a fun run, music, movies, art, and some of your favorite environmental organizations. Get more information on the event from the Keepers of the Coast website, or check out the Facebook Event here. This promises to be a great time.