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Breakwater Awareness Month is coming in June!

Volunteer Training

Interested in volunteering for Surfrider Foundation?  Already a volunteer but need a refresher? Come to our volunteer training! Find out what the Long Beach Chapter of Surfrider Foundation do to protect the ocean and beaches and how you can help. Please RSVP to Emiko:

Date: February 24, Saturday, 1-2pm

Location: Algalita Marine Research Foundation office at 148 N. Marina Dr. Long Beach, CA 90803.

Veggie Grill Fundraiser 11/30/2017

Flyer for Veggie Grill Fundraiser

Robert Palmer Memorial Paddle Out

Join us at the  California Coastal Cleanup on September 16, Saturday, 9am – noon at the Belmont Pier in memory of Robert Palmer.  He dedicated his life to the beach, and in this spirit, we should come together to clean-up our beaches!  We’ll be hosting a paddle out memorial at 11:30am.

WHEN: Sat, September 16th

WHERE: South/East side of Belmont Pier

TIME: 9AM-12P- Beach Clean-up and 11:30 – Paddle Out

You can bring surfboards, kayaks, paddleboards, canoes, and boogie boards. We encourage people to bring leis or flowers as an offering to the sea in Robert’s memory. No plastic pieces or string, please.

For questions, please email Viviana Cruz at

Farewell Robert Palmer

On Friday September 1, 2017 Mr. Robert Palmer passed away from complications from the West Nile virus.  Robert was a founding member of the Long Beach Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation holding positions on the executive committee since chapter inception. He was the chapter chairman for many years, leading countless meetings, speaking engagements, and public events.

Robert founded the Sink the Breakwater project for Surfrider back in 1996.  For 21 years he persistently worked to bring waves back to Long Beach, the city in which he lived, raised his family, and ran his private business. He was at his core an optimist with seemingly unlimited patience. Despite being ridiculed and ignored, Robert and his fellow volunteers persisted in their public education and outreach efforts and by 2005, both the public and city leaders came to think that waves might one day grace our shores. The project is currently being studied by the US Army Corps of Engineers and has full support from City Hall.

In addition to the breakwater, Robert worked tirelessly to clean the beaches of Long Beach.  He began with a monthly 30 minute beach cleanup on Granada Avenue and ended up co-hosting four weekend cleanups per month with different volunteer organizations. He’s hosted more beach cleanups than anyone in Long Beach sometimes hosting two on the same day. After seeing so much trash on the beach, he became politically active, successfully lobbying to ban single use plastic bags in Long Beach, which was a critical step in banning them State wide.  He has worked over the years with various city administrations to implement a citywide ban on disposable Styrofoam from restaurants and this ordinance is likely to pass in late 2017.

Robert was a surfer, sailor, motor cyclist, artist, teacher, businessman, environmental activist, husband, and father. His tireless efforts and his presence in Long Beach was a blessing and he will be truly missed.

An obituary is available in the Long Beach Press Telegram. and the Long Beach Post.

A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 9, at Bay Shore Community Congregational Church, 5100 E. The Toledo, with a reception to follow. A paddle out in memory of Robert will be held on Saturday September 16 at 11:30AM between the Belmont Pier and the Belmont Pool.

To make a donation to Surfrider Foundation in honor of Robert Palmer, click here.

Breakwater Awareness Month – June 2017

Join us in our efforts to bring waves back to Long Beach by supporting the 8th Annual Breakwater Awareness Month.  There will be two events, starting with a Paddle Out for the Waves.  It’ll be on Saturday June 3rd, 11AM – 1PM at the Granada Launch Ramp. Bring something that floats, and paddle out about 40 yards from shore to commemorate our lost waves and celebrate their return.

The second event is our annual General Meeting focusing on the Sink the Breakwater Campaign.  It will be held on Thursday June 22nd, 7PM – 8:30PM, at Made (238 Pine Ave., downtown Long Beach). We’ll explain the ins & outs of the ongoing Army Corps of Engineers’ East San Pedro Bay Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study. It’ll be important to remind the Army Corps of the importance of a Breakwater Alternative that restores the historical ecosystem that existed before the breakwater.

More details at our facebook event page

Fundraiser at VeggieGrill

Earth Day Coastal Cleanup

We’ll be setting up at 72nd Place and Ocean Blvd.  Gloves and bags are provided.  No RSVP necessary.  Contact for more details.

Keep Long Beach Foam Free

Are you tired of seeing expanded polystyrene (aka Styrofoam) all over your beaches? Have you heard of the 1.25 trillion pieces of plastic pollution in our oceans?  Write to the Long Beach City Council to ask them to enact an ordinance banning single use disposable foam from our restaurants and stores in Long Beach.  If you know which district you live in, e-mail your councilperson directly.  Send your support letter to all council members by going to this Action Alert Page!

There will be a motion to write an ordinance at the City Council Meeting on December 20, Tuesday, 5pm (Agenda).

Photo: Courtesy of Algalita Marine Research Foundation

Photo:  Courtesy of Algalita Marine Research Foundation


Vote Yes on Prop 67


Save California’s Plastic Bag Ban Vote “YES on Prop 67” in November.  Take the pledge!

Recent research tells us that there could be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050!1 We see singleuse plastic items, including the easily littered plastic bags, polluting our beaches and ocean. Marine plastic pollution is also extremely harmful, and sometimes fatal, for marine life.

CONSIDER THESE FACTS: • In California, the average person uses 360 bags a year—which adds up to 10 billion bags a year.2 • An average use time of a plastic bag is 12 minutes, but the bag lasts forever!3 • Less than 3% of bags are recycled4…which is why… • Plastic bags are one of the top items picked up at beach cleanups.

THAT IS WHY WE MUST FINALLY BAN THE BAG! After six years of advocacy to the California state legislature, a bill to ban plastic bags was signed by Governor Jerry Brown in September 2014. Unfortunately, due to the political maneuvering of the big plastics industry, the bill was stalled and will be put on the ballot as a referendum. The California voting public will now be asked to affirm this bag ban legislation by voting YES on 67 in November. Let’s make the plastic bag a thing of the past. Vote “YES on 67” in November. Learn more on