Our Mission

Surfrider Foundation Australia 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.

Our Mission is to inspire an engaged surfing and coastal community who are passionate about protecting oceans, waves and beaches.

A little over 30 years ago, three passionate surfers in Malibu, California, found out that their favourite wave was about to be destroyed. Those three people worked with their local community and Government until their iconic wave would be preserved. This was the genesis of Surfrider Foundation USA, which sparked a global movement of surfers and ocean enthusiasts to stand up for their coasts and local marine environments. Today, the Surfrider Foundation movement has grown to 18 countries around the world. 

Surfrider Foundation Australia was founded in 1991 in response to poor water quality issues along Australia’s east coast. Local surfers, being at the forefront of water quality, began a series of demonstrations and actions to persuade decision makers to take action on this ongoing issue. The group has been working hard to protect Australia’s coastlines ever since.

Since its humble beginnings and as we approach our 30th year of operation, SFA has grown to over 18 volunteer branches and many more volunteer beach representatives tackling local and national coastal environmental issues around Australia.

There’s still a lot of work to be done and our long-term success and growth is a tribute to our founders’ vision: that taking on an environmental battle may not be easy, but with constant pressure, endlessly applied, it can, and will, be won.