Help Surf-First Compile the Same Data that Helped Save Trestles for Other Beaches in Jeopardy

WOULD YOU SPEND 15 MINUTES, IF IT MEANT SURFING THE REST OF YOUR LIFE? We thought you would. And the good news is you can. All across the country, surfers are facing access and environmental fights that fail to consider their needs and enormous impact. While fishermen and other recreational ocean users flex big muscle in courthouses and town halls, surfers get pushed aside a ‘segment group.’ A minor hobby for punk kids – instead of healthy lifestyle for whole families. That’s because we let them. Despite being a 1000-year-old sport with a $7 billion industry, surfing has failed to produce the demographic and economic studies to show who we are, where we live, and what we spend. So while other interest groups bolster their arguments with impressive numbers to prove their positions, all-too often, surfers get blindsided and bowled over, unable to offer a single hard number to support their cases or save their breaks. Not anymore. With your help, we can start to paint a true picture of who surfers are and how we behave. And every surfer who answers provides another stroke of necessary detail. All you need to do is take 15 minutes to fill out the survey. Here’s some quick rules: Answer honestly. An accurate study is our best weapon. When in doubt, leave an answer blank. We’d rather have less info than bad info. Pass it along to your friends. All information is anonymous. We promise not to share the individual details for commercial purposes, but we will share the bulk data – national, state by state, and as a whole. Right here....

Surfrider Needs Help to Save North Carolina Surf Spots

Act Now- SB 832 For the third year in a row, the N.C. General Assembly is considering a bill that would punch a hole in North Carolina’s long-standing ban on hardened structures that keeps our beaches public and natural. These structures can have major impacts on surf spots and healthy beaches. We need your help today if North Carolina’s beaches are to be protected for tomorrow. The bill, SB 832, which already passed the N.C. Senate, is set to be heard by the House Environment Committee. Please contact your House representative and ask them to oppose this grave threat to our beaches. The natural beauty and economic value of North Carolina’s public beaches and inlets exists today in large measure because our state leaders long ago adopted a conservative management policy that bans the use of hardened structures-seawalls, jetties and groins of any kind-from our coast. We agree there needs to be a plan for property threatened by coastal erosion –but tell the legislators that S832 is not it. Take action by clicking...