San Luis Obispo Chapter

About Us

Our ocean, waves and beaches belong to all of us and it is our job to protect them.

History
The Surfrider Foundation was started in 1984, by a group of visionary surfers from Malibu, California. Today, the organization maintains over 250,000 members, supporters and activists with 84 chapters in the United States and affiliates in over 20 countries worldwide.

Locally
The San Luis Obispo County Chapter is a group of volunteers working to protect our local oceans, waves and beaches. We all share a common passion – we love and appreciate our ocean, waves and beaches. We care about the Central Coast and want to make a difference.

The SLO County chapter formed in 1994 and actively protects nearly 100 miles of coastline from Point Sal to Ragged Point.

Read about Our Accomplishments.

Our Local Team of Volunteers

  • Chair
    • Melanie MacDowell, chair@slo.surfrider.org
  • Vice Chair
    • Jim Miers, vicechair@slo.surfrider.org
  • Secretary
    • Taylor Gullikson, secretary@slo.surfrider.org
  • Treasurer
    • Tifnie LaCabe, treasurer@slo.surfrider.org
  • Blue Water Task Force
    • Neil Dilworth, bwtf@slo.surfrider.org
  • STOP Climate Change
    • Charles Varni, stop@slo.surfrider.org
  • Social Media Volunteer
    • Lance Wilson, @surfriderSLO (Instagram)
  • Ocean Protection
    • Carol Georgi
  • Beach Clean-Up Coordinator
    • Hank Clardy, beachcleanup@slo.surfrider.org
  • Volunteer Coordinator
    • Hank Clardy, volunteercoordinator@slo.surfrider.org