Our ocean, waves and beaches belong to all of us and it is our job to protect them.
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.
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
Chair and Ocean Friendly Gardens Coordinator
Brad earned his degree in Meteorology from San Jose State and worked for many years as a Marine Risk Communicator. A Surfrider member for over 20 years, Brad progressively increased his activism with the Monterey chapter before moving to SLO County. With Surfrider SLO since 2010, he has served on the Executive Committee every year while also leading the chapter’s Know Your H2O program. He also recently took over the Ocean Friendly Gardens coordinator position.
Vice Chair and HOTYB Coordinator
Cynthia is an attorney who started volunteering for Surfrider when she began surfing in 2003. She helped to found the Cocoa Beach chapter, served as Secretary and then Vice Chair of the San Mateo County chapter, and was co-Chair of the Rise Above Plastics committee and an Executive Committee member with the San Diego chapter. After moving to the Central Coast in 2016, Cynthia served as our Volunteer Coordinator before becoming Vice Chair.
Tifnie is a Minnesota native who moved to San Clemente, California in 1992. Water has been a part of her life from a very young age; fishing on the Minnesota lakes, rafting and sailing in Wisconsin, paddle boarding in the ocean and beach bonfires down at Old Mans. However, it wasn’t until Tifnie joined Dana Point Outriggers in Dana Point that her love of being on the ocean began. Upon moving to the Central Coast in 2001 to get married and start a family, she joined the local outrigger team, Pale Kai Outriggers, where she not only coached the women’s team but was the treasurer as well. Tifnie has well over 20 years of accounting experience working in government, manufacturing and restaurant entities. She is very excited for this next chapter in her life working for Surfrider; making an impact and continuing her education of ocean awareness.
Blue Water Task Force Coordinator
Niel is an architect and an ocean swimmer and joined the Blue Water Task Force because of his concern about the cleanliness of the water he was swimming in.
Rise Above Plastics Chair
After hearing a presentation about the devastating effects of plastics in our oceans by another Surfrider member in 2014, Gage was inspired to spread the word and educate others. As a professional life coach and concerned human, she knows from experience that if people know better, they tend to do better, thus her desire to educate others about the dire effects of plastics in and on our environment.
S.T.O.P. Climate Change Coordinator
Charles has been a devoted fan of the Flintstones since childhood. He carried his toy Dino everywhere, even into his twenties. When he heard that oil deposits formed from dinosaurs, he became a passionate opponent of the fossil fuel industry. We won’t tell him that’s not true.
Ocean Friendly Restaurants Coordinator
In addition to helping local restaurants reduce their single use plastics, Liana also helps out with website updates and social media posts. She first started volunteering with Surfrider in 2009 as the social media coordinator and helping with the Know Your H20 program in San Diego.
Beach Cleanups Coordinator
Meaghan relocated from the suburbs of Chicago in 2007, always dreaming of living near the ocean as a child. Now that the dream has come true, she wants to make sure that they are well taken care of. She feels it is vital that our beach communities are educated on how important it is to keep our oceans clean. Meaghan works in the medical field as a technician and also works to educate local families on how to clean their homes without harmful chemicals.