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
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!


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.


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!


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#

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)
8am until champions are crowned
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


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.

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.

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

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



Age Division
T-shirt Size
Surfer’s Name

Kids Surf Class
May 2, 2013

Kid’s Surf Classic is Coming

Kid’s Surf Classic 2013 is coming this June 22nd in celebration of International Surfing Day. Check out this video of last year’s event and get ready for some exciting beach fun.

February 21, 2013

Emerald Coast Surfrider Presenting Oil Research Findings at NIEH Consortia

Surfrider volunteers are participating in the National Institute of Environmental Health Deepwater Horizon Research Consortia this weekend in New Orleans. We will be presenting our research findings. We have three essentials goals. -Educate the scientific community regarding the long term toxicity of BP oil and dispersant on our beaches. -Encourage the further study of health impacts with a dermal absorption study researching the passage of dispersed oil through the skin. And finally, – Highlight new research and advocate for removal of toxic dispersants from the list of approved oil disaster response methods.

Deepwater Horizon Research Consortia www.niehs.nih.gov


January 3, 2013

Surfrider Volunteer Opportunities for 2013

Still thinking about that New Year’s resolution?  How about a pledge to actively support your community and protect the beach you love? Surfrider Emerald Coast will be working on several great projects this year.  Each project is done by volunteers just like you…Regular folks who have decided to work together and do extraordinary things!

On deck for the first half of the year will be the following events:

February-  Log Jam, Surf contest at Pompano Joe’s

April-May-  Surf School, mentoring program

May-  Electric Mayhem, electric vehicle show

June-  International Surfing Day

If a project you are interested in is not listed, just say the word and we can get it going.  There are opportunities to lead campaigns for Beach Clean-Ups, Eco-Friendly Gardens, Rise Above Plastics, Ban the Bag, -all of these and more are ready for a passionate member to step in and crank it up!

So now, what’s your New Year’s Resolution gonna be?  Pump iron at the gym for a few days… or maybe pump up our beach for a lifetime or two of enjoyment!  You can always do both!

Happy New Year!

(-Use this contact button to send us a line about which project you would enjoy helping with!    –If you are commitment shy, you can easily help out by simply sharing a link to this post on any social media site- Facebook, Twitter, etc.)

Emerald Coast Beach Fest
October 25, 2012

Beach Spooktacular! -Saturday Oct 27th

Join Surfrider on the beach for a spooky good Halloween event.  We will meet at Pompano Joe’s restaurant in Destin from 10-2pm on Saturday Oct. 27th.  Enjoy a sand castle building contest. Bring your carved pumpkin for judging. There will be other fun games and a quick beach clean-up for the kids to participate in.  We’ll have prizes for the talented folks and a good laugh for everyone for sure! Bote Paddle Boards will provide stand up demos and a fun race.  Nothing to be sacred about! Kids even eat for free thanks to Pompano Joe’s.  And to top it all off, Pomp’s is making a donation to Surfrider just to thank us all for always taking care of our beaches.

August 13, 2012

Surfrider “State of the Beach” talk in Pensacola -Tuesday Aug. 14th

Surfrider Emerald Coast will be in Pensacola Tuesday to discuss our research findings and current oil disaster work. Please join us!

“State of the Beach” Report: Talk by Michael Sturdivant
Tuesday at 7pm at Bayview Senior Center, 2000 E. Lloyd St., Meeting Room 101, Pensacola, Florida

Not a crime
June 27, 2012 | 2 Comments

Will Surfing Become Illegal in Alabama?

We have had several reports of surfers being threatened with arrest or fines and being harassed by public officials in Alabama during the Debby swell. If you have firsthand experience with this event or a similar experience in Florida, contact us so we can get the facts straight and try to help you. In the mean time, you may want to obey the direct orders of any police officer. Even if they are mistaken about the legality of surfing, an officer still may have the authority to give orders governing public safety and you could be cited for non-compliance. The long term solution will be through education and establishing or revising ordinances to clearly allow the healthy sport of surfing.

The situation seems eerily similar the the event that led to the founding of our Emerald Coast chapter, when surfing was nearly outlawed in Walton County, FL. Many of us suddenly realized that somebody needs to do something… then we realized that the “somebody” was us! It took gathering facts, holding a few meetings and presenting our case to the county commission. a compromise was struck and the ordinance was struck down from consideration.

Anyone in AL that would like to work on these efforts can email us at EmeraldCoast@surfrider.org

Not already a Surfrider member? Click here to join now and be a part of the solution!

June 22, 2012

Surfrider Kid’s Surf Classic Is On!

It’s On! We are looking forward to the Surfrider Kid’s Surf Classic Saturday morning! Current forecast is looking very good! Partly cloudy with a 30% chance of afternoon showers. Surf is forecast to be 2.5ft (waist high) at contest start and build to chest high by mid day. (The larger surf is not forecast to arrive till late afternoon Saturday and then real nice swell on Sunday!) Join us for a great day at the beach. Check in opens at 7am. First heat starts at 8AM. We have only about ten slots available for walk up registration, so come early if you are not pre-registered.

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