March 10, 2017

Surfrider SLO’s 2017 Leadership

Janine Rands (RAP), Carol Georgi (OP), Niel Dilworth (BWTF), Charles Varni (STOP), Rob Nieto (OFG), Cynthia Replogle (Vice Chair & HOTYB), Brad Snook (Chair & KYH2O), Keihla Rivera (Secretary). Not pictured: Liana Harlan (OFR), Pat Patten (Treasurer), Volunteer Coordinator (open – maybe you?)

March 10, 2017

Welcome to Our Newest Ocean Friendly Restaurant: Baywood Ale House

Baywood Ale House: Where the craft beer is cold and most people know your name. They also use local, organic and farm fresh ingredients when available and have a pet-friendly patio.

690 Santa Maria Ave
Baywood-Los Osos, CA 93420
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Ocean friendly as of January 7, 2017.

March 5, 2017

Special Chapter Meeting April 11: STOP Climate Change

Join us for a special chapter meeting hosted by the STOP Climate Change program to learn about our campaign against the proposed oil train terminal in Nipomo. Two Cal Poly students will also present their project on local issues related to sea level rise.

The S.T.O.P. program promotes prevention of further drastic changes to our ocean, waves, and beaches by reducing emission of greenhouse gases, and adapting responsibly to changes already occurring.

There will be free food and drink specials!

Where: Chop Street, 779 Price St, Pismo Beach, CA 93449

When: April 11, 2017, 6-8pm

RSVP: Click here

March 1, 2017

Tap It Brewing Co. Fundraiser on April 18


For every pint purchased between 5-7 p.m., Tap It is donating $1 to our local Surfrider chapter! Featuring music by Tripped Up.

Tap It Brewing (
675 Clarion Court
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Directions: Coming north or south on Highway 101, take the Los Osos Valley Road exit. Turn east on Los Osos Valley Road, then left onto South Higuera Street. At the second stoplight, turn right onto Tank Farm Road. Continue on this road 1.5 miles and turn right on Santa Fe Road, then turn left on Clarion Court. Tap it Brewing is located at 675 Clarion Court, almost to the end of the road, located on the right.

February 23, 2017

Core Volunteer Orientation

Have you wanted to get involved with our chapter, but don’t know where to start? Perhaps you’ve already volunteered with us, but want to get more involved? If so, then join us for our next Core Volunteer Orientation!Core Volunteers are the heart and soul of our organization. They often go on to leadership positions within our chapter and help set our chapter’s strategy. This training for Surfrider members will provide you with the knowledge and tools you need to be a Surfrider ambassador. If you are not currently a member, please join through this link.

Snacks and drinks will be provided. Attendees will also receive a Surfrider Foundation t-shirt.

When: 2017-02-27, 6-8 pm
Where: iFixit, 1330 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo, California 93401
RSVP: Click here

February 5, 2017

Straight Outta (Supervisor) Compton

By Brad Snook, Co-Chair of Surfrider Foundation San Luis Obispo

Supervisor Lynn Compton, a SLO County Supervisor, is wrong to deny SLO County the federal funding of cultural education, marine research, and a new local stakeholder effort that a Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary could bring. It’s Federal funding! Why wouldn’t a coastal supervisor, like Lynn Compton, support the Sanctuary, too? Supervisor Compton says she is concerned about “local control”.

Supervisor Compton’s district, which is the coastal section of southern SLO County, is pivotal in decisions on whether SLO County will choose to protect the quality of its air, water, and county land. Is Supervisor Compton speaking for special interests like Philipps 66 and the oil and gas industry whose concern isn’tlocal control”, but “controlling the locals”? As locals, control of our shared resource belongs to all of us. Ours is a common truth, as is the history of this coastline, and it’s alarming to hear Supervisor Compton echo alt-facts when dismissing the opportunities a Sanctuary will bring.

Thousands of Sanctuary supporters are locals, too. We share a connection to this coast, the central coast’s culture, its history. Surfrider SLO joined many others on a path toward Sanctuary designation in recognition of our county’s stewardship of the sea and coast because our civilization places many unnecessary impacts upon the ocean. Stewardship is good, and a sound federal investment in protecting our ocean recreation and other resources from the devastating impacts of offshore oil drilling and seismic testing would benefit us all.

Our chapter seeks to promote a thriving marine ecosystem. We recognize that SLO County doesn’t have the jurisdiction to do that on its own, so Supervisor Compton should show her support for this protection by supporting this community’s National Marine Sanctuary designation effort.

Many of the benefits of the proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary are listed on the website, where thousands have gone learn more about the Sanctuary and to pledge their support. The Sanctuary does not regulate fishing. The sanctuary bans seismic testing, which fishers have joined us and others world-wide in opposition. However, the ocean is not only a fishery or a place to dump pollutants. The commercial fishing industry (whether local or global), the fossil fuel industry, or other polluting interests cannot claim control of our shared marine resources which all Sanctuary stakeholders will strive to protect.

Prior Tuesday, February 7th, we urge you to show your support for the proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary by coming to the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, February 7th at 9:00am, at the SLO Board of Supervisors Chambers: 1055 Monterey Street in San Luis Obispo. If you are unable to make it to the meeting, please send an e-mail to all Supervisors, referencing Agenda Item #3 (2/7/17 BOS meeting), asking the Supervisors to vote “No” on the “Resolution to Oppose the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary”. It’s that easy!

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