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Help Us Rise Above Plastics - Learn More Here.Have you ever wondered why there are no waves in Long Beach? It is because of the Long Beach Breakwater. The Long Beach Chapter has been advocating the reconfiguration of the breakwater for over 10 years so that the waves will come back to Long Beach along with many other benefits that other beach cities enjoy. City of Long Beach is a local sponsor of the Breakwater Feasibility Study, partnered with the Army Corps of Engineers.Beach cleanups are a fun and easy way to volunteer your time by helping to keep our beaches and ocean clean. Click to help.

The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful action network.

While supporting the mission and principles of the Surfrider Foundation, the Long Beach Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to reconfiguring the Long Beach Breakwater to bring waves back to Long Beach.

The Long Beach Chapter of Surfrider Foundation has been active since 1996, and has more than 1000 members in the Long Beach area (as of November 2009). The chapter’s efforts mostly focus on the “Sink the Breakwater” campaign to bring waves back to the shores of Long Beach.  We’re also very active in campaigns and programs listed under the “Programs” pulldown tab.

Our organization is a non-profit chapter, that benefits only from your direct support locally. If you are interested in volunteering your skills and time, or would like to make a donation to our local chapter please contact any of our executive committee members listed in our website. We appreciate your support and help in maintaining our local beaches.




Wavemaker Award, June 16, 2016

Presented by LB Surfrider Foundation to long time member Mr. Robert Palmer.  Robert Palmer was a founding member of the Long Beach chapter in 1998 and has been leading beach cleanups four times per month since 2006.



Wavemaker Awards, June 25, 2015

Presented by LB Surfrider Foundation to Mayor Robert Garcia, Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell, Kelli Koller, and John Seel.  Presented at our 6th Annual Breakwater Community meeting, which took place this year at Made in Long Beach.

Award WaveMaker



Breakwater Awareness Month California State Assembly Resolution, June 13, 2015

The California State Assembly passed a resolution supporting breakwater awareness month.  The chief sponsor was Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell.  A hard copy of the framed resolution was given to LB Surfrider Foundation during the paddle out on June 13th.  Supporting the resolution and present for the dedication was Assemblymember Ian Calderon of the 57th District (Whittier).  Thanks so much to Patrick & Ian for this really amazing item.

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2000 Tree Commemoration, May 30, 2015

I Dig Long Beach awarded a 2,000 Tree Commemoration to our chapter for planting 12 Crape Myrtle city parkway trees in 3 Council Districts: Austin, Price and Gonzalez.

Award IDigLB


The Neighborhood Leadership Program, August 10, 2014

The Environmentally Friendly Resource Fair at Lincoln Elementary in coordination with City of Long Beach’s Neighborhood Services Bureau. Presented to Jennie Wanner of the Surfrider Foundation.

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Go Long Beach Award, October 2011

Presented to Danny Spurgin of Surfrider Foundation by Long Beach 1st District Councilman Robert Garcia.

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Golden Hammer Award, May 12, 2011

It was awarded to Robert Palmer of the Long Beach Chapter of Surfrider Foundation for our continued advocacy for the reconfiguration of the Long Beach Breakwater.  Presented by Long Beach City Councilman Patrick O’Donnell on May 12, 2011.

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1st District Community Ambassador Award, August 23, 2010

Presented to Seamus Innes of the Surfrider Foundation from Long Beach Councilmember Robert Garcia.

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Endless Summer Award, May 13, 2010

From City of Long Beach 4th District Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell

Congressional Recognition- Service to the Community, October 16, 2010.

To Long Beach Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation from US House of Representatives congressperson Laura Richarson.