Surfrider Foundation Australia (SFA) was founded in 1991 largely in response to poor water quality issues along Australia's east coast. Local surfers, being at the forefront of water quality, began recruiting volunteers for 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 it's humble beginnings and as we celebrate our 25th year of operation, SFA has grown to over 15 volunteer branches and many more volunteer beach representatives tackling local and national coastal environmental issues at a sea-roots level around Australia.

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. Anthony White is the president of the Capricorn Coast branch and can be contacted on 0421 694 133 and capricorncoast@surfrider.org.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. Asha Bainbridge 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, autonomously and in partnership with other local groups and councils. Educational presentations within schools and on the beaches. Our main local campaign is the award winning Double Island Clean Up Weekend, run twice a year, attracting an average of 200 volunteers consistently removing more than 5T off this paradise every year. We coordinate and manage the iconic EcoChallenge event run annually and sustainably since 2011. We also conduct environmental awareness & education presentations at local surf, music & community events. Stephen James is the president of the Sunshine Coast branch and can be contacted on 0403 821 968 and sunshinecoast@surfrider.org.au

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