Emerald Coast Chapter

We are the beach people. The surfers, paddle boarders, kayakers, fishermen, swimmers, beach runners, and walkers. We are activists who want to protect the ocean environment, and our access to it! The ocean and beaches are our playground! More Details
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March 19, 2015

Coastal Monitoring Training

The Surfrider Foundation’s Emerald Coast Chapter is partnering with knowledgeable and experienced coastal monitoring experts to bring you a first of its kind training session. Find out important information on endangered coastal species, beach pollution, coastal erosion, post-storm observations, and oil related impacts.

What: Beach monitoring training session
When: Wednesday, March 25th, 6:30-9:00PM
Where: Escambia County Central Office Complex
3363 West Park Place, Room 104
Pensacola, FL 32505
Who: Everyone!

Here’s a look at what to expect:

Petty Officer Paul Burnett, USCG
Our current DWH responder will discuss how to report a pollution incident to the NRC. He will share photos of unique coastal species and how to properly report injured or dead marine life.

Joey Whibbs
Former DEP SCAT member with exceptional oil spill response experience. Joey will share his extensive knowledge regarding oil spills. He will also discuss the differentiation between oil, peat, discolored sand, and other frequently misreported substances.

Surfrider Foundation Emerald Coast:
Chapter leaders will share information regarding other common sources of beach pollution, including threats to the health of our oceans and sea life by plastics, cigarette butts, balloons, cans,  fishing line, etc. They will introduce you to a mobile app that can facilitate the reporting of pollution and wildlife concerns.

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March 11, 2015

Join us for 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 13, 2015

Call for Volunteers!

Surfrider is all about grassroots volunteering, that means getting people involved in activities and outreach in our local community and state, and helping them take the lead on creating change! There’s always something you can do to help, and if you have a good idea or know of an opportunity, let us know. For volunteer opportunities contact Mike Sturdivant or Susan Forsyth.

We are actively looking for new members for our Executive Committee, and need new committee members to help lead beach cleanups, plan social events, or implement any other ideas you might have!

 

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February 10, 2015

New drilling off the Atlantic Coast?

The federal government has proposed new offshore drilling for oil off the Atlantic coast. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) Draft Five Year Drilling Program includes plans for oil drilling in the Mid- and South Atlantic, as well as the Arctic Ocean. New offshore drilling would pollute our oceans and cause major impacts to marine wildlife including whales, dolphins, and fish populations. Tell BOEM that we don’t need another Deepwater Horizon on the Atlantic Coast! No to new oil and gas drilling and expanded seismic testing in the Atlantic! Click here to send in your comments!

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January 13, 2015

Emerald Coast Chapter to Lead Volunteer Monitoring Efforts

 

The Emerald Coast Chapter is continuing to monitor our Florida Panhandle beaches for ongoing impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. As of the end of December, the Florida DEP and U.S. Coast Guard have completed their monitoring programs. It’s now up to the public and volunteers to report oiling, tar balls, and tar mats. Here’s a bit more information on our Vice Chair, Susan Forsyth’s volunteer efforts:

Susan Forsythe with the Emerald Coast Surfrider Foundation, a nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to the protection of the ocean, waves and beaches through an activist network, has spent 3,000 hours volunteering to monitor beaches from Bay County to Baldwin County, Ala., and documenting and reporting tar balls to the NRC since the oil spill.

She said she and other members will stay vigilant in that mission. They also are looking into recruiting other beachgoers to help fill the void left by DEP.

“We are talking with the Coast Guard, and they said they would have a training session with locals from the beach community and train them to know how to identify MC-252 oil,” she said. “It has a distinct color and look.”

Surfrider will alert the public when and if this training materializes.

Click here to read the full article. The Chapter is looking for volunteers to help with their monitoring efforts. To find out how you can get involved or to learn more, please contact Vice Chair Susan Forsyth.

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July 13, 2014

Volunteer Spotlight!

Our very own Vice Chair, Susan Forsyth, was featured as the Surfrider Foundation Florida Chapter Network Volunteer of the Month!

Every Surfrider chapter has a core of volunteers who, when asked, will step up and get things done. If a chapter is fortunate, like the Emerald Coast Chapter, they may also have a leader who understands what needs to happen and makes it so, long before most folks would even notice the opportunity. In the Emerald Coast Chapter, this person is Susan Forsyth.

SusanFSusan first joined our chapter at the very onset of the BP oil disaster. She found our chapter in a state of emergency, desperately attempting to learn about the disaster and hopeful that we could protect our friends, families and beaches. Like many, she was dismayed at the shortcomings of local, State, and Federal disaster response. Rather than simply worry, complain, or try to ignore the impending crisis, Susan immediately embraced the opportunity to engage.

Click here to read about her many accomplishments!

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July 5, 2014

Kid’s Surf Classic 2014

UPDATED: July 29 – 10:36pm

In the event that we don’t have a ridable wave, you will still want to come out for a morning of fun in the sun. Pack your cooler, bring some shade and don’t forget the sunscreen. Activities start at 8am and go until 11am. Beach games, music and more will be theme of the day.  Those that register will still receive their Kid’s Surf Classic t-shirts. Extra shirts are available while supplies last. Only 60 have been ordered.

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Get Ready for the 3nd Annual Kid’s Surf Classic


When: August 2, 2014 (rain date is August 3, Sunday)

Time: 8am until champions are crowned

Location: June White Decker Park (near Back Porch restaurant) (Map)

Age Divisions: Super Grom (8 and under), Grom (9 to 13), Exceptional Surfers (Autism Surfs)

Cost: $25 – includes event t-shirt.

REGISTER FOR THE EVENT


You can also support the Emerald Coast Chapter with a donation.
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About The Event


The Emerald Coast Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, is stoked to announce the 2nd annual Kid’s Surf Classic. It’s a surfing contest just for kids! For many it will be a first time surfing experience and for some, a chance to show off their skills. For all involved, parents and children alike, it will surely be a great time on the beach. Need a surfboard? We will have a variety of longboards, shortboards, and fishes available for use. Need help catching waves? Have a parent assist you in the line-up, or we’ll provide a surfing expert to help get you into some waves.
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June 18, 2014

International Surfing Day 2014

International Surfing Day is this Friday, June 20, 2014! Join others who love surfing and clean beaches at any of the local International Surfing Day activities.

  • Fluid Surf Shop is hosting a pot luck-BBQ and gathering at Okaloosa Island Access #7.
  • Dog House Surf Shop is hosting a SUP paddle out at Okaloosa Access #2.
  • Our Emerald Coast Chapter will also gather at the Blue Mountain Beach Access for a late afternoon and sunset gathering.

Surfrider members, friends of the ocean, and family are all welcome to every event. If you are not a member, ISD is a great time to join or renew with special promotions going on!

JOIN NOW

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February 24, 2014

Chapter Meeting & Training!

You are invited to an Emerald Coast Chapter Meeting. This meeting is open to members and non-members.

Date and Time

The meeting will be held on Thursday February 27, 2014 at 5:30 to 6:30pm CT.

Details

Join us as we renew our commitment to the protection and enjoyment of our surf and beach. We will discuss ongoing volunteer efforts and training. We will especially welcome your great ideas for new projects!

Location

The meeting will be held in the SoWal Library conference room.

Dial In

You can dial in using the following dial–in number: (712) 432-1212 with Meeting ID: 601-256-663#

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July 2, 2013

Kid’s Surf Classic

Welcome to the 2nd annual Kid’s Surf Classic.

When: July 20, 2013 (rain date is July 21, Sunday)
Time:
8am until champions are crowned
Location:
June White Decker Park (near Back Porch restaurant)
Age Divisions:
Super Grom (8 and under), Grom (10 to 13)
Cost: $25 – includes event t-shirt

About

The Emerald Coast Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, is stoked to announce the 2nd annual Kid’s Surf Classic. It’s a surfing contest just for kids! For many it will be a first time surfing experience and for some, a chance to show off their skills. For all involved, parents and children alike, it will surely be a great time on the beach. Need a surfboard? We will have a variety of longboards, shortboards, and fishes available for use. Need help catching waves? Have a parent assist you in the line-up, or we’ll provide a surfing expert to help get you into some waves.

The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the enjoyment and protection of beaches for everyone. All profit from the contest goes to fund local Surfrider chapter campaigns. With your registration, you will be saving beaches around the world while playing and having a great time on your own beach.

WHEN
July, 20, 2013 (Rain date, July 21)
This event is limited to the first 60 registered. Day of the event registration will open at 7am. The first heat will begin at 8am. We expect the event to finish no later than 2pm.

WHERE
Destin, Florida — June White Decker Park. Located just east of the Back Porch Restaurant.

AGES
All kids, 13 and under. There will be two divisions, 8 and under, and 9 to 13 year olds.

 

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