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
September 8, 2016

September 12th, Partnership Day with Native Sun Jacksonville Beach!


We are very excited to announce a partnership with Native Sun Jacksonville! On September 12th, Native Sun has pledged to donate 5% of store sales to our local chapter, when you shop at the Jacksonville Beach store!

Native Sun Natural Foods Market will also be joining us on at our International Coastal Cleanup Day event, so come on out to say thanks!

For more information, you can read their PR here: pr-native-sun-surfrider-coastal-clean-up-september-2016

December 22, 2015

Message from Outgoing Chair Paul Hayden

As my term as Chair of the First Coast Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation ends, I wanted to send a note of thanks to all of our members, supporters, partners and especially our great executive committee members who have helped to support me and the chapter during this past year. All of your support has made this a great experience for me and makes me proud to be a part of such a great organization that is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our oceans, waves and beaches.

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December 17, 2015

Welcome to our new Executive Committee

Congratulations to our the 2016 First Coast Chapter Executive Committee!

Chair: Hayley DiGiano

Vice Chair: Kathy Hayden

Secretary: Open (Contact us if you’re interested in serving!)

Treasurer: Erin Handy

Volunteer Coordinator: Cameron Keys

At Large: Paul Hayden

OFG Coordinator: Daniel Penniman

Beach Clean Up Coordinator: Justin Bosso

October 15, 2015

Chapter Elections

Calling all leaders! The First Coast Chapter is looking for you! The First Coast will hold elections for the Executive Committee at their December 16th meeting at 7pm. Details on location to be posted shortly. The chapter will be electing the following positions: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Volunteer Coordinator. If you are interested in running, please contact Holly Parker before October 31st.

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.

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!

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

ISD Membership Packages Available


We have ISD special-edition Surfrider membership packages available if you begin or renew your membership with the Surfrider Foundation. We will have these for sale at Black Tie & Baggies and all our meetings, beach cleanups, and other events going forward.

$40 gets you:
One-year Surfrider Foundation Memerbership
One-year Subscription to Surfing Magazine
2014 International Surfing Day t-shirt

May 16, 2013


The First Coast Chapter is also home to the University of North Florida QUAD Club. They work with the Chapter to protect and promote the waves, beaches, and oceans of our beautiful, local environment. Click here to learn more!


February 21, 2013

FL Legislative Update – February


This information was presented by Surfrider Foundation FL Regional Coordinator, Holly Parker, at our February meeting.

State Issues:

Ocean Outfall Bill

It’s back! Since the Surfrider Foundation successfully passed an Ocean Outfall Closure bill in 2009, there have been numerous attempts to delay or weaken its implementation. This year, like the last two years, is no exception. Senator Diaz de la Portilla (Miami-Dade) submitted SB444, titled “Domestic Wastewater Discharged Through Ocean Outfalls”.

Learn more here:

Oil Drilling in Blackwater River State Forest

You may have already heard rumblings of a new bill proposing oil drilling on state lands. There is a bill proposing oil/gas exploration on state lands, but it is limited to the Blackwater River State Park (near Milton). We will be keeping an eye on this bill to make sure it doesn’t morph into anything broader, but the good news is that identical legislation was filed last session and promptly killed after substantial public outcry.  Stay tuned for more as there are additional developments. Learn more here:

FLORIDA DEP Beach Management Funding Assistance Program

The DEP has released its list of local projects though the Beach Management Funding Program. Once this list is approved, these projects will be fast tracked and we’ll have a much harder time stopping them.  You can also see each individual funding request application here:

Nassau County Shore Protection Project

Nourishment of approximately 4.4 miles of Atlantic shoreline between DEP Monuments R11 and R34.  Restoration was completed in 2008 and nourishment is scheduled for nourishment 2014.


FEDERAL  $2,997,938

STATE    $282,138

LOCAL  $325,394

TOTAL $3,605,470

St. Johns County Shore Protection Project

Nourishment of approximately 2.9 miles of shoreline between DEP Monuments R137 – R151 in St. Johns County. The project includes 0.9 miles of beach within Anastasia Island State Recreation Area. Restoration of the federal project and the non-federal extension within the state recreation area was completed in 2003. Emergency nourishment was completed in 2005 based on damages sustained during the 2004 hurricane season.



STATE    $138,317

LOCAL   $179,215

TOTAL   $317,532

Federal Issues:

Seismic Testing Delay

Good news! The US Department of the Interior has delayed a decision on whether to conduct seismic surveys in the Atlantic until October. For those chapters working on this campaign, that means you have several more months to push petitions, sign-on letters, and public outreach events. Learn more about seismic testing here:

Surfrider at the Florida State Capitol!

Save the date for our lobby day at the State Capitol on April 4, 2013. Details to come.

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