The Surfrider Foundation was founded by Glenn Hening, Lance Carson and Tom Pratte, a group of surfers who were concerned about the environmental threats posed by escalating coastal development at their favorite surf break, Surfrider Beach in Malibu, California. Relentless, the group addressed the issues and presented solutions to California State Park officials at a public hearing in 1984. They won. And, little by little, they started chalking up successes and fighting battles that continue today.
August 22, 1984
The Articles of Incorporation were filed with the State of California, signed by Glenn Hening as President.
Why the name "Surfrider"?
Although it seems its obvious, Glenn Hening actually coined it “Surfrider” after the Surfrider Inn in Santa Monica, California. It was the hotel Hening stayed at when he was eight-years-old and first visited the west coast with his family.