For the first time, the Surfrider Foundation defined coastal victory and set a goal for the organization to achieve 150 victories in the next five years.



The Surfrider Foundation won a lawsuit regarding several blocked public beach access points in Ponte Vedra, Florida.  


The establishment of a ship salvage facility in Yaquina Bay, Oregon, is halted by the Surfrider Foundation Newport Oregon Chapter.



The Surfrider Foundation's Wavemaker Awards were created to recognize volunteers, supporters and partners who contribute in extraordinary ways toward Surfrider's mission. Approximately 75 awards have been given to date. Award categories include Environmental Activism, Distinguished Service, Chapter Leadership, Corporate Partnership and Coastal Impact. 




Trestles SAVED! The Surfrider Foundation won a huge victory when the California Coastal Commission ruled against a proposed SR-241 Toll Road extension that would have threatened San Onofre State Park and Trestles surf beaches in Southern California.


The Surfrider Foundation global headquarters staff moved into a newly constructed building in San Clemente, California. It was awarded a LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).


Surfrider Foundation launched several new programs


Not the AnswerA program focusing on protecting the nation's coasts from the risky practice of offshore drilling through grassroots advocacy at the federal and state levels. Surfrider chapter efforts include participation in Hands Across the Sand, an annual event where citizens join hands at beaches around the world to say no to offshore drilling and yes to clean energy.

Ocean Friendly Gardens: An outreach program designed to reduce urban runoff and residential water consumption in communities.

Rise Above Plastics: An educational and outreach program designed to raise awareness of and reduce the amount of plastic pollution in coastal and marine environments.

Know Your H2O: A program designed to educate people on the link between freshwater management issues and its impact on the nations oceans, waves, and beaches.

Quad: A youth service program providing young people with an opportunity to start school clubs throughout the United States.

Beachapedia: A wiki-based coastal information resource drawing on expertise of Surfrider Foundation experts and activists.



The organization unveiled a new logo


The Surfrider Foundation achieved more than 150 victories between 2006 and 2010.


The Surfrider Foundation won a public beach access case in Maine when the Maine Supreme Judicial Court unanimously ruled in McGarvey v. Whittredge that private ownership rights in the intertidal lands do not allow oceanfront property owners to exclude the public from crossing the wet sand to reach the ocean.


Making Waves went digital


Marine Debris Reauthorization Act was a Rise Above Plastics victory that addressed plastic ocean pollution on a national level.


The Maui Surfrider Chapter joined other marine conservation and Native Hawaiian groups in successfully mobilizing state lawmakers to oppose a golf course and 40 luxury homes overlooking Honolua Bay, Hawaii

The Rhode Island Surfrider Chapter helped save the popular surf break, Ruggles.


Surfrider Foundation won a protracted legal battle against billionaire and venture capitalist Vinod Khosla to restore public access to Martin’s Beach in San Mateo, California. Represented by Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy legal firm and attorney Mark Massara. Worked closely with San Mateo Surfrider Chapter and California Coastal Commission. 

California State Legislature passed the first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags, making California the first state to outlaw single-use plastic bags. Surfrider activists worked toward a statewide ban for six years. 

Today, the Surfrider Foundation is measurably stronger, with more force and movement than ever before.

The organization has over 80 Chapters, 50 high school and college clubs and more than 500,000 supporters, volunteers and activists fighting 100 active campaigns around the country. 

Armed with a model to defend the coast, since the Surfrider Foundation started counting victories in 2006, it has won a record of 400 victories (and counting). 

Protect what you love today, tomorrow and for generations to come. 

Check back with us as we continue to update this timeline.

For additional information about the Surfrider Foundation please visit surfrider.org