Northwest Straits Chapter Surfrider Foundation

Our Work

Transforming passion into protection

Surfrider’s focus is 100% on protecting and preserving our ocean, beaches & waves.


We’re champions for the surf and sand.

The Surfrider Foundation has a proven model for success—a playbook and a team—that transforms passion into protection. We continue to leverage that model within our network of chapters and clubs. We ensure beaches are accessible, keep our water clean, protect our ocean, preserve our coasts and keep plastic from polluting our waterways


Why Surfrider?


NWS Surfrider

“I really don’t know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it’s because in addition to the fact that the sea changes, and the light changes, and ships change, it’s because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea – whether it is to sail or to watch it – we are going back from whence we came.” — John F. Kennedy

This JFK quote encapsulates exactly how I feel. The ocean, waves and beaches have been essential elements in my life. I grew up on the beach, was an ocean lifeguard, my father taught marine biology, my brother was a professional surfer and now runs a surf camp for kids. I now have twin boys who are completely surf stoked and my family spends a ton of time at the beach. Our coastal lifestyles and economies rely on a healthy coastal environment. Clean water, beach access, healthy beaches and a thriving ocean are worth fighting for. – Chad Nelson, CEO Surfrider Foundation