Meet Your Galveston Surfrider Community
Do you like clean water to fish or swim in? Or to drink? Do you have an interest in having access to the public resources of beaches, oceans and waves? Does coastal erosion and subsidence worry you? Then you should meet the Galveston Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, a local community of people who enjoy and see value in our portion of the Texas coastline.
Surfrider Basics: The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit, grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 50,000 members and 90 chapters worldwide. Over the preceding years, the foundation has weathered many changes in leadership, but has maintained a singular focus on access and the health of our nation’s coastal resources.
Surfrider in Texas: In 1999, a group of progressive surfers established the first Texas Surfrider Foundation Chapter, originally called the Texas Chapter, and now known as the Upper Coast Chapter. Almost 13 years later, there are five Surfrider chapters throughout Texas, covering all the major cities along the Texas coast as well as the state capital. 2011 is the inaugural year of the Galveston Chapter.
Throughout the first year, the local chapter has been involved with, and informed the public on, issues ranging from the Seawall Parking Plan, the city’s Erosion Response Plan, Galveston ISD after school programs, as well as the reduction of persistent marine debris for the Gulf and our shared ocean resources. They would like you to be a part of the fun.
How to participate: By becoming involved in community actions that benefit the oceans, beaches and waves, you benefit directly and have a great time doing it. We’d like to invite you to join our community group. Find out what’s going on now: galveston.surfrider.org, or join the discussions on our Facebook page. Monthly meetings take place every first Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Riptide Surf Bar 904 Avenue M in Galveston.
This is your beach and Galveston Surfrider invites you to join the fight for it.
The local surfrider chapter is also seeking unwanted mardi gras beads from the community. They plan to clean and redistribute the beads at this year’s mardi gras parade! Anyone who wants to donate their mardi gras beads can do so before, during and after mardi gras at the following locations around Galveston: eatcetera at 408 25th Street, Starbucks at 102 Kempner Street, MOD Coffee and Tea House at 2126 Postoffice, Oasis Juice Bar at 409 25th Street and Southern Spears Surf Shop at 6026 Seawall Boulevard.