The Surfrider Foundation is a grassroots, non-profit, environmental organization that works for the enjoyment and protection of our oceans, waves and beaches. Founded in 1984, the Surfrider Foundation’s most important coastal environmental work is carried out by more than 60 chapters located along the East, West, Gulf, Puerto Rican and Hawaiian coasts.
Committed to the protection and enjoyment of the Jersey Shore’s waves and beaches, our chapter volunteers:
- Implement Respect the Beach, two educational programs that introduce students to beach ecology and to the watershed process.
- Employ Surfrider Foundation’s Blue Water Task Force, a water quality monitoring, education and advocacy program, to educate New Jersey citizens about coastal water quality problems and to build support for national coastal water quality testing and monitoring standards.
- Address political and environmental issues that threaten New Jersey beaches and waters, including beach replenishment, ocean dumping, and public beach access.
- Strive to open and preserve surfing beaches in coastal communities all along the Jersey Shore.
- Increase public awareness of our initiatives and issues impacting NJ beach enthusiasts at community and music festivals, beach cleanups and beach mapping projects, and at local beach/sporting events.
- Host and participate in surf clinics and contests, including the Chapter’s annual Manasquan Classic Longboard Contest, to promote surfing to the young and young-at-heart.