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.

Chapter History

~By David Meyer

The Huntington/Seal Beach Surfrider Chapter operates solely on donations and fundraising. The Chapter always has issues and programs requiring funds to operate. Chapter Board Members are volunteers, working to protect our oceans, waves and beaches for everyone through Conservation, Activism, Research and Education (CARE).


Surfrider Foundation was founded in 1984 by Glenn Henning, Tom Pratte and other Malibu surfers who were concerned about the possible loss of their favorite surf break. Over the years Surfrider has grown to be one of the premier grassroots environmental groups fighting to preserve our precious coastal zone, we are “Keepers of the Coast”.


Our HB/SB Chapter was formed in 1989 as the Long Beach Chapter and absorbed Seal Beach and Huntington Beach because of no representation. In late 1998 the Chapter split to be the Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter we are today, leaving the Long Beach Chapter to concentrate on the Long Beach Breakwater issue.

Currently the H/SB Chapter has more than 2000 members locally and from surrounding areas, we are all volunteers in the Chapter and always need more help getting our issues together and word out. Our Chapter area includes Huntington & Seal Beach Beaches, areas from the San Gabriel River to the Santa Ana River and inland to the Foothills, (or most of the San Gabriel River Watershed).


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 to physically keep the beach clean and help volunteers learn what the problems are.