Surfrider Foundation Long Beach Chapter


About Us

The Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.

Surfrider Foundation now has more than 50,000 members in the USA and 90 chapters worldwide.  International Surfrider Foundation chapters and affiliates have been established in many foreign countries including the Surfrider Foundation Europe (with ongoing programs and Chapters in France, Germany, Spain, Portugal and Italy) as well as Japan, Brazil, and Australia.

The Long Beach Chapter of Surfrider Foundation has been active since 1996, and has more than 1000 members. Our programs help make the public aware of environmental issues like runoff, litter, and the use of plastic that ends up in our oceans and on our beaches. We schedule beach cleanups every first Saturday of the month to physically keep the beach clean and help volunteers learn what the problems are. If you are interested in volunteering with us, please email Nina Whitsett at

Chapter Awards

From 2010 to 2016 the Long Beach Chapter awarded the Wavemaker Award to Long Beach residents who exemplified the Chapter’s mission.

Wavemaker Award, June 16, 2016

Presented by LB Surfrider Foundation to a long time member Mr. Robert Palmer.  Robert Palmer was a founding member of the Long Beach chapter in 1998 and has been leading beach cleanups four times per month since 2006.

Wavemaker Awards, June 25, 2015

Presented by LB Surfrider Foundation to Mayor Robert Garcia, Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell, Kelli Koller, and John Seel.  Presented at our 6th Annual Breakwater Community meeting, which took place this year at Made in Long Beach.

Breakwater Awareness Month California State Assembly Resolution, June 13, 2015
The California State Assembly passed a resolution supporting breakwater awareness month.  The chief sponsor was Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell.  A hard copy of the framed resolution was given to LB Surfrider Foundation during the paddle out on June 13th.  Supporting the resolution and present for the dedication was Assembly member Ian Calderon of the 57th District (Whittier). Thanks so much to Patrick & Ian for this really amazing item.

2000 Tree Commemoration, May 30, 2015

I Dig Long Beach awarded a 2,000 Tree Commemoration to our chapter for planting 12 Crape Myrtle city parkway trees in 3 Council Districts: Austin, Price and Gonzalez.

Go Long Beach Award, October 2011

Presented to Danny Spurgin of Surfrider Foundation by Long Beach 1st District Councilman Robert Garcia.

Golden Hammer Award, May 12, 2011

It was awarded to Robert Palmer of the Long Beach Chapter of Surfrider Foundation for our continued advocacy for the reconfiguration of the Long Beach Breakwater.  Presented by Long Beach City Councilman Patrick O’Donnell on May 12, 2011.

1st District Community Ambassador Award, August 23, 2010

Presented to Seamus Innes of the Surfrider Foundation from Long Beach Councilmember Robert Garcia.

Endless Summer Award, May 13, 2010

From City of Long Beach 4th District Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell

Congressional Recognition- Service to the Community, October 16, 2010.

To Long Beach Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation from US House of Representatives congressperson Laura Richarson.