MOM: Music for Our Mother Ocean Series. The Surfrider Foundation partnered with Surfdog Records to create a benefit album Music for our Mother Ocean (MOM); for which Pearl Jam, The Beastie Boys, Jewel, No Doubt, Sublime and the Ramones, among many others, contributed original songs. Its follow-up, MOM 2 (1997), included songs from The Offspring, Brian Setzer Orchestra, Jewel, 311, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Porno For Pyros. In 1999 MOM 3 debuted with songs by Snoop Dogg, Beck, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chris Issak and Jane's Addiction. Pearl Jam graciously supported the launch of the (MOM) series recording the song “Gremmie Out of Control” for the compilation, and contributed “Whale Song” for the 1999 MOM 3 CD. In the end all three CDs raised more than $100,000 for the Foundation.
Numerous Chapter Victories! The Laguna Beach Surfrider Chapter (now the South Orange County Surfrider Chapter) convinced the city to implement a 10-point pollution plan. The Santa Cruz Surfrider Chapter succeeded in working with the City to address pollution runoff problems and also helped get education programs into schools. The San Francisco Surfrider Chapter received the Rossi Award for their beach clean up program.
The Washington State Surfrider Chapter stopped a petroleum test burn along 10 miles of Washington coastline involving 2,500 gallons of crude oil.
The Palm Beach County Surfrider Chapter planted over 60,000 mangrove trees in two county wetland restoration areas.
The Surfrider Foundation settled a lawsuit against the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) for cleaner waters at the U.S./Mexico boarder area. The settlement required IBWC to research the feasibility of using environmentally sensitive ponding systems rather than chemical wastewater treatment for the border area.
President Bill Clinton signed into law the Beaches Environmental Assessment, Cleanup and Health Act (B.E.A.C.H. Bill). The B.E.A.C.H. Bill establishes consistent nationwide standards for beach water quality monitoring, testing and notification. For several years, the Surfrider Foundation worked with a coalition of groups, including Natural Resources Defense Council, Center for Marine Conservation, and American Oceans Campaign on making the B.E.A.C.H. Bill a reality.
The State of the Beach Report, a comprehensive state by state review of America's shoreline measuring five critical beach health indicators, is published. The printed report ran from 2000-2008 and currently lives on the Surfrider Foundation's Beachapedia website.
After 10 years of pressure from the Surfrider Foundation and the Huntington/Seal Beach Surfrider Chapter in Orange County, California, a huge battle was won when the Orange County Sanitation District Board discontinued operating under a sewage waiver that allowed them to discharge 240 million gallons of partially treated sewage, per day, off Huntington Beach for nearly 20 years.
The Surfrider Foundation helped stop a major hotel development project in Rincon, Puerto Rico. This would be one of many wins by the Foundation to protect this special coastal place.
To protect Puerto Rico's rich marine biodiversity, some of the healthiest elkhorn corals in the world and the the surf that breaks over them, the Reserva Marina Tres Palmas (RMTP) was established in Rincon, Puerto Rico. It was a huge community effort, lead by The Surfrider Foundation. Reserva Marina Tres Palmas became one of the world’s first marine protected areas that included surfing as a key component.
The Surfrider Foundation and Surfing Magazine teamed up and declared June 20 International Surfing Day. Starting with nearly 16 domestic and one international event, International Surfing Day has grown exponentially to 200-plus events in more than 30 countries. Since its inception, approximately 80,000 tons of trash has been removed from our coastal environments.
The Surfrider Foundation created and implemented a regional support staff model leading to the strategic placement of staff in Florida, Northeast, Washington, Oregon, Hawaii and Mid-Atlantic regions. The organization increased staff support from 20 in 2005 to 44 today.
The Surfrider Foundation was awarded with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Excellence Award for Coastal and Ocean Resource Management, in the category of Non-Governmental Organization of the Year.
A long standing surfing ban at New York's famed Rockaway Beach was overturned thanks to pressure from the Surfrider Foundation's New York City Chapter.
The Surfrider Foundation's Virginia Beach Chapter helped ensure state legislators voted down a bill that would have opened their coastline to gas and oil exploration.
Art for the Oceans art auction in New York raised $320,000 in unrestricted funds for the Surfrider Foundation. Nearly 700 people, including celebrities, New York socialites and a host of East Coast surfers attended the event.