Surfrider Foundation, Outer Banks Chapter


The Surfrider Foundation is a nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves and beaches for all people through conservation, activism, research and education.

Founded in 1984, Surfrider’s most important coastal environmental work is carried out by many chapters located along the East, West, Gulf, Puerto Rican, and Hawaiian coasts. Surfrider now has over 30,000 members in the USA; in addition, International Surfrider chapters and affiliates have been established in the countries of Japan, Brazil, Australia, France and Spain.

Founded in 1993, Surfrider’s Outer Banks Chapter consists of more than 100 members — both locals and visitors — all committed to preserving the environment and access opportunities that define our home from Corolla to Frisco. It’s our belief that the more people enjoy the beach, the more they’ll work to protect its culture and ecology.

Over the past two decades, Outer Banks Surfrider’s tackled issues such as water quality and offshore energy while striving to give back to the community via scholarship programs, events and beach clean-ups. We invite anyone who wishes to join the cause — or just engage in healthy debate — to come out to one of our meetings or other scheduled activities.

For more info or details contact us here or find us on Facebook.

Recent campaigns/actions:

  • Annually involved in the world wide coastal clean up Big Sweep day (locally known as Beach Sweep), organizing the cleanup of 50+ miles of coast line and coastal waterways.
  • Organize and operate the Adopt-A-Beach program across Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, and Nags Head encompassing 87 beach accesses that are adopted and cleaned by local organizations, businesses, and individuals.
  • Organize and operate the annual paddle race to benefit local scholarships for students entering the marine science/ocean conservation studies.
  • 2017 cigarette butt campaign with receptacle installations at various accesses
  • 2017 helped to lead opposition against the plastic bag ban repeal bill
  • 2016 victory in two year offshore oil campaign when the white house announced no new drilling in the Atlantic in March of 2015
  • 2014/2015 Lead the offshore oil campaign which brought over 600 people to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) scoping meeting, the highest attended meeting in the history of BOEM.
  • 2009 – 2011:Implemented our “Clean Beaches =  Healthy Businesses” Campaign, which produced 4 new county and organizational resolutions against offshore drilling
  • Winter: 2010: Lobbied successfully to restrict ocean front height limits in Kill Devil Hills
  • Fall 2010: recipient of NC Coastal Federation’s “Brown Pelican” award for coastal stewardship
  • Summer 2010: Participated in international “Hands Across the Sand” Event in opposition to offshore drilling; raised $500 for Gulf Water testing
  • Spring 2010: Helped fund First Flight Underwater ROV trip to Hawaii where they won the prestigious international championship
  • 2008-2010: Petitioned National Park Service and the Negotiation Rulemaking Committee on behalf of access to surf spots in the National Seashore
  • 2006 – present: Annually award $1500 in scholarship money to local high school graduates for college, as well as fund other special projects