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One of the Surfrider Foundation's primary campaigns is Rise Above Plastics (RAP). A pressing issue for the planet, plastic bags float by all the time in the ocean and they don’t break down. Sea creatures are eating plastic particles—then we end up consuming that plastic in the fish we eat. Break the plastic cycle by helping organizations like the Surfrider Foundation raise awareness about this growing problem.
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Originally established in 1984 by a small group of surfers who came together to protect a wave break in Malibu, CA, today the Surfrider Foundation is an incredibly efficient advocacy organization. It works on multiple campaigns to protect beaches and coastal areas for everyone from paddlers and kayakers to sunbathers and beachcombers.
To learn more about Surfrider Foundation's work, click here.
The legendary surfer Laird Hamilton has achieved amazing feats on water, but has also seen pollution getting worse along the way. Read an exclusive interview with the surfer on how he's working to bring attention to the plight of the world's oceans.
To read more about Hamilton's advocacy work, click here.
In just the past five years, Surfrider Foundation has achieved more than 150 victories, from opening seven new beaches in New Jersey and stopping a toll road from being built through a state park in California to preserving an Oregon beach from development. And it’s all due to the grassroots efforts of 60,000 members.
To read more about Surfrider Foundation's amazing achievements, read an interview with the group's communication manager Alexis Henry.
Help out Surfrider Foundation! Anyone can sign up for the free e-newsletter called the Weekly Soup with articles about coastal issues in your area, from beach access issues to keeping the water clean. Or become a member, which is easy enough at $25 a year and includes a bi-monthly copy of Making Waves magazine. Or give a little more: $50 provides enough bags and gloves to remove 100 pounds of trash from the beach, and $100 protects a quarter mile of coastline through the Foundation’s beach preservation program.
To learn more about how to join Surfrider Foundation or make a donation, click here.