QLD SURFRIDER

A little over 30 years ago, three passionate surfers in Malibu, California, found out that their favorite wave was about to be destroyed. Those three people worked with their local community and Government until they were satisfied that their iconic wave would be preserved. This was the genesis of Surfrider Foundation USA, which sparked a global movement of surfers and ocean enthusiast to stand up for their coasts and local marine environments. A little over 30 years ago, three passionate surfers in Malibu, California, found out that their favorite wave was about to be destroyed. Those three people worked with their local community and Government until they were satisfied that their iconic wave would be preserved. This was the genesis of Surfrider Foundation USA, which sparked a global movement of surfers and ocean enthusiast to stand up for their coasts and local marine environments.

Capricorn Coast

Capricorn Coast is based in Yeppoon, bordering on the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. We are co-custodians (with council) of Australia's 2nd ever surfing reserve - The Big Dune Surfing Reserve - on Farnborough Beach. The reserve protects the patch of remnant beach scrub with the highest biocondition score along the Queensland Coast. Because of it's importance a number of community groups, NRM bodies and council work together to look after this special place. We fought against the over-the-top redevelopment of Great Keppel Is (lost March 2013). We are an important part of the Keppel Bay and Fitzroy Delta Alliance (KAFDA) campaigning against three massive coal ports proposed for Keppel Bay, 50 km south of us, with our air and water quality in the firing line, not to mention the impact on the Great Barrier Reef. We are stewards of the Reef and wish to protect our fickle surf breaks from human impact. John McGrath is the president of the Capricorn Coast branch and can be contacted on 0421 694 133 and j_f_mcgrath@yahoo.com.au

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Gold Coast

The Gold Coast Tweed branch is one of Surfriders oldest branches established in the early 90's when Surfrider was first founded in Australia.

Now over 20 years old the branch is a hub of knowledge and activity responsible for the grassroots protection of two local Endangered Waves: Kirra Point and The Other Side (TOS) at South Stradbroke Island. The branch also runs a number of Rise Above Plastics activities which includes community and school education events and the implementation of a bag share program aimed at reducing the use of single use plastic shopping bags in Burleigh Heads, known as Boomerang Bags.

The branch covers the geographic area between the Southport Stradbroke Island to the north and the Brunswick River to the south. Greg Howell is the president of the Gold Coast branch and can be contacted on 0414 939 942 and goldcoast@surfrider.org.au

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Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast branch looks after an extensive stretch of pristine coastline, from Caloundra to Noosa and on to Double Island Point.  The branch keeps busy with regular beach clean-ups and dune care across the entire region.  Our main local campaigns include the award winning 'Clean Up Double Island Weekend', run twice a year and regular 'School Education'.  We coordinate and manage the iconic 'EcoChallenge' event run annually and also conduct environmental awareness & education presentations at local surf, music & community events.  Craig Macintyre is the president of the Sunshine Coast branch and can be contacted on 0415 670 639 and sunshinecoast@surfrider.org.au

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