Surfrider Foundation Australia (SFA) is a registered not for profit sea-roots organisation dedicated to the protection of Australia’s waves and beaches through Conservation, Activism, Research and Education (C.A.R.E.).
Founded in the USA, it is a global movement of surfers and ocean enthusiasts to stand up for their coasts and local marine environments.
The Sunshine Coast Branch looks after an extensive stretch of pristine coastline from Caloundra to Noosa and on to Double Island Point.
Surfrider’s mission and vision is to inspire an engaged surfing and coastal community who are passionate about protecting oceans, waves and beaches.
Surfrider works collaboratively with organisations on both a national and local level in partnership to protect our oceans, waves and beaches. The Foundation’s strongest resource is its international status and pool of dedicated members / activists who are active in their chosen industries who possess broad skill sets.
Surfriders resources are provided free for teachers to use in every school and classroom. The goal is to improve learning and understanding of our coast with the aim of making it fun and engaging for students and teachers.
- Rise Above Plastics is an educational tool aimed at upper primary and lower and middle secondary levels. Students discover the impact of plastics in the coastal environment at the local level.
- Creativity and Ocean Protection is an educational tool aimed at lower and upper primary school students. The tool is designed to use creativity to raise awareness of ocean protection.
Volunteer beach representatives tackle local and national coastal environmental issues at sea-roots level.
The Sunshine Coast Branch keeps busy with:
- Regular beach clean ups and dune care across the entire region, autonomously and in partnership with other local groups and councils.
- Educational presentations with schools, and on the beach.
- Conducting environmental awareness and education presentation at local surf, music and community events
- Coordinating and managing the iconic EcoChallenge event run annually and sustainably since 2011
- Main local campaign is the award winning Double Island Clean Up Weekend, run twice a year, attracting on average 200 volunteers and consistently removing more than 5 tonnes of rubbish
- Monthly Peregian Beach cleanup.