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Chapter members recycling Christmas trees for dune re nourishment. (Courtesy: Cape Fear Surfrider Chapter)

Surfrider Foundation was founded in 1984 by a group of surfers who were concerned with health risks associated with the coastal development of one of their favorite surf breaks in Malibu, CA. Their passion for the coastal environment led them to take action, and thus Surfrider was born.

Chapter President Ethan Crouch at Hands Across the Sand event. (Courtesy: Cape Fear Surfrider Chapter)
Chapter President Ethan Crouch speaking at the Hands Across the Sand event. (Courtesy: Cape Fear Surfrider Chapter)



Today, Surfrider has grown into a vast grassroots network of 84 volunteer chapters across the US and seven other countries. The different chapters focus on various campaigns that are specific to their local community.

In 1993, the Cape Fear Chapter of Surfrider was born. Dean Lassiter, owner of Aussie Island Surf Shop, and Chris Jackson, a Wilmington surfer and manager of Aussie Island Surf Shop were the chapter’s founders. The Cape Fear Chapter had truly grassroots beginnings with the membership base coming from the Surfrider surf competition participants.

Whoomperama Surf Competition in Carolina Beach. (Courtesy: Cape Fear Surfrider Chapter)

22 years later, the chapter carries on the spirit of its humble beginnings, and continues to grow in strength and numbers tackling important issues regarding our coast, and instilling a sense of stewardship within our coastal community.

Our board and its members are 100% volunteer based, all holding full time jobs in a variety of fields. We focus on a variety of issues including water quality, opposition to offshore oil drilling, storm water runoff, beach access, beach litter and ocean friendly gardens.

We welcome all to our meetings and events. Our next meeting will be Wednesday November 30th at Blue Surf Café from 6-7 p.m.

Our Facebook page offers daily posts, articles and reminders about upcoming events.

Use our website to find out about campaigns, events and also purchase Surfrider gear, proceeds from which go directly to our chapter.

-Content provided by the Cape Fear Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation

*This story was edited to correct the date of the next chapter meeting from December 30th, to November 30th

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