Black Tie & Baggies Gala 2013

Get out your snazziest formal wear and give it some surfing style! Black Tie and Baggies is finally here! It’s First Coast Surfrider’s biggest fundraiser of the year, and it’s name is also the dress code: formal wear (black tie) mixed with surf wear (baggies). There’s going to be food, music, raffles, auctions, a best-dressed contest, drink specials, and more! Please join us to support your oceans, beaches, and waves for what promises to be a great night!

$10 at the door. Ages 18+
$2 drinks (cash bar)




February Chapter Meeting

What: Chapter Meeting

When: Tuesday, February 21 @ 7pm

Where: The Fish Company

725-12 Atlantic Boulevard, Atlantic Beach, FL


Its our first meeting of the year in Jacksonville and its at a great new venue! Please join us at The Fish Company in Atlantic Beach. Our guest speaker will be Brian Weissmann, owner of Trident Surf in Ponte Vedra. He will be talking about the new shop as well as his surfing roots growing up in California

Update on Black Tie and Baggies gala
More on Ten Year Anniversary goings on
Update on Ocean Friendly Gardens campaign
Upcoming events
Update on our web-site improvements and content
Talk from Brian Weissmann
Q&A with Brian
Open forum


We hope to see you there!

Let us know you’re coming on Facebook!

10th Anniversary and Member Appreciation Party

We are having a Party to celebrate our 10th Anniversary as a chapter and YOU! We’re proud of the involvement of our members last year, and want to reward you for it. There will be beer and wine specials and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Come on over and hang out with us for a while.

The Party is free for members (or those who sign-up at the door) and $5 for non-members. We’ll have an up-to-date list of members at the door (or you can bring your membership card, if you know where it is). So if your membership has lapsed, now would be a great time to renew.


Short Version

What: 10th Anniversary/Member Appreciation Party

Where: The Wine Bar

320 1st Street North, Jacksonville Beach, FL

When: Saturday, February 18 @ 7-10pm

Free for members, $5 for non-Members.

Let us know you’re coming on the Facebook Event.

Also, we’ll be selling these awesome new 10th Anniverary shirts at the party and throughout the year for $20. Let us know if you’d like to reserve one (in the Comments section below, at, or on our Facebook Page). Click to see details:

Thanks to Andrew Foster for t-shirt and poster design, Damon Williams for artwork, and Trident Surf for graciously sponsoring this sweet tee.

January Update from the Chapter Chair

It’s hard for me to believe but this year marks the fourty-seventh year that I have been surfing. If someone had suggested at the time I started that I would still be surfing at this point I would have laughed at them. I feel extremely blessed to still be doing so as this sport has given me so much to be thankful for. Obviously I have seen a great deal of changes in the sport and the environment since I started out. Some of those changes have been good and some bad. Relative to the environmental side, while I have seen some marked improvements in some areas it does appear that the challenges faced by our oceans and sea creatures are great. Be it from overuse of chemicals and associated run off, oil disasters, overfishing, global warming and associated sea rise, discharges from industry and the relaxation of some environmental standards, our way of life as surfers, fisherman and beachgoers is threatened.


It is for all of the above reasons why I joined Surfrider around the time it came into existence and why I am active today. I feel very grateful that I am able to serve the First Coast Chapter and it’s members as it’s chairman and to help make a positive impact on our beaches and oceans. Each of us joined the organization for varying reasone and come into the membership with differing talents, experiences and capabilities. Together, if we bring all those things into play, we can make a huge positive impact on our environment. And it doesn’t matter if you are a grom or an old crusty veteran of the sport like me.
Thanks again for your support of the chapter and please feel free to contact any of our Executive Committe members with any questions, comments or suggestions you may have. I will look forward to seeing you at our Member appreciation party on February 18th at the Wine Bar in Jax Beach or at a future meeting or event.


Paul Hayden

December Update from the Chapter Chair

On behalf of myself and the executive committee members of the First Coast Chapter we would like to wish our supporters, members and their relatives and friends a joyous and safe holiday season and a prosperous 2012. 2012 marks our tenth year as a chapter and we have a lot planned for the year. We will continue to split our meetings between Jax Beach and St Augustine Beach to accommodate and involve as many of our members as possible. On February 18th we will be holding a member appreciation/anniversary party at The Wine Bar in Jacksonville Beach (more details to come later). We are already making plans for our annual Black Tie and Baggies Gala scheduled for April 28th. We plan to have great speakers lined up for all of our monthly meetings as well and will continue to have beach clean-up events on at least a monthly basis starting in March. We already have some projects lined up for our Ocean Friendly Garden Campaign and will start committee meeting for the campaign in January. If anyone is interested in learning more about these events or wants to get involved please let us know. In the interim thanks again for your help and support of the chapter and Surfrider and I will look forward to seeing you soon.



November Update from the Chapter Chair

As the year 2011 draws to a close I have reflected on all that the Chapter has accomplished during the year. We conducted thirteen beach clean-ups between Jax Beach and St Augustine including participation in the St Johns Riverkeeper, International Surfing Day and International Coastal Clean-ups. In February we again set up an educational booth at the Water Education Festival at the MOSH and did the same recently at Fletcher Middle School. In April we re-established our Black Tie and Baggies Gala, which was a great evening. Many of our members also contributed their time and talents to many of the Florida Surfing Association events as well as the Sisters of the Sea contest and after party. During the year the St Augustine part of our chapter was re-invigorated and between Jax Beach and our St Augustine meetings we had some great speakers and solid attendance. In April, four of our Executive Committe members attended the Florida Chapter’s conference in St Pete Beach where we learned a great deal about what is going on with the Surfrider Foundation and participated in a one year memorial paddle out in honor of the victims of the BP oils spill disaster. During those meetings our own David Hunt was a presenter. In June, we again hosted the Hands Across the Sand event in St Augustine and received some nice press for it. We also recently rolled out our Ocean Friendly Gardens Campaign that you will be hearing more about in the coming months. With the help of Patrick Snyder and others we have revamped our web-site and will continue to improve the site.

Looking towards 2012 we note that it is the tenth anniversary of the chapter. We look to have a lot of exciting events planned for the year so stay tuned. In December we will be holding a Member Appreciation Party at Rush Street on 12/10. It will also be the kick-off of our ten year anniversary. We hope to see as many of our members there as possible.

All of this would not be possible without the help and dedication of our EC, members, volunteers, contributors, sponsors and partners as well as our meeting hosts: Fionn MacCools, The Wine Bar, The Surf Station, Chicago Pizza and The Groove Cafe. Thanks to all for a great year and I will look forward to seeing and working with you all in 2012.



September Update from the Chapter Chair

On September 20th we kicked off our Ocean Friendly Garden Campaign at our monthly meeting held at Rush Street/Chicago Pizza. I was very gratified by the great turnout and enthusiasm of those who attended. We had a great cast of presenters including Neil Armingeon our St Johns Riverkeeper, Donnie Pellicer, owner of Native Roots Landscaping, and our own Surfrider Florida Regional Director Ericka Canales. I am also grateful to Barbara Jackson who heads up the Ixia Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society for her valuable insights.
I am also thankful to those who volunteered to be on OFG committees and to our EC members who have helped in the effort in so many ways. A special thanks also goes out to Paul Herzog, who heads out our national OFG programs and is helping to guide us in our efforts.
In the coming months we will continue the discussion on our OFG campaign, form committees, look to establish partnerships with the likes of the St Johns Riverkeepers, who already have a River Friendly Garden program in effect that is very similar to ours, and the Florida Native Plant Society. Donnie Pelliecer has already agreed to speak again at our October meeting in St Augustine and Barbara Jackson will be speaking at our November meeting in Jax Beach.
We look at our campaign as a long-term and ongoing one as water and runoff issues will not be going away any time soon. Initially, our objective is to set up our committees of volunteers and professionals and identify potential partner organizations. We will then be working to educate the public, lawmakers and HOA’s on the value and benefits of OFG. We will then look to identify projects where we can construct  and certify Ocean Friendly Gardens in the community.
For those that are interested in finding out more about Surfrider’s OFG garden campaign please check out our link to the National web-site and if you want to learn about how you can help out locally please contact us and attend future meetings where we will have brochures and booklets on the subject available.
Thank you for your interest in and support of Surfrider and our chapter.
Paul Hayden, Chair
Surfrider Foundation
First Coast Chapter

Sisters of the Sea Surf Classic

Entry forms available available in Surf Shops around town and online here! Novice/Advanced, Shortboard/Longboard, Tandem, NEW Stand Up Paddle division! $30 per division early registration…$50 per division beach registration. All proceeds go to Bosom Buddies at the Women’s Center of Jacksonville!
When: Saturday, September 10, 2011
Where: Jax Beach Pier (south side) @ 8am
Divisions: Novice, Advanced, & Tandem
NEW! Stand Up Paddle Division

Don’t miss out on this great event. Registration is limited to the first 125 contestants. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer your time to this great event (set up, take down, qualified judges, etc), please contact Valerie.

Sponsors include (but are not limited to): Roxy, Billabong, Point Conception, AquaEast, SPY, Void Magazine, Girls4Sport, Fluid Surfboards, ProLite Smart Girls Who Surf, Carve Designs, DaKine, TacoLu, Surf Jax Pier, Tim Chew, Venus, Sunrise Surf Shop, Angel, Ocean Laguna, Jax Beach Board Shop, Shaka Laka, Smith Optics, Girl Next Door, Iguana Hot Sauce, Zinka, Surf Source, Indo Board, Surfco Hawaii, California Leash Company, Tucker Rentals, The Trophyman


For more information (or an entry form), check out the SOS website, Facebook Page, or Facebook Event.


And don’t forget!!!
Chicago Pizza presents the SOS Contest After Party/Surfrider End of Summer Bash!!!
When: Saturday, September 10, 2010 @ 6 to 10 PM
Where: Rush Street Bar next to Chicago Pizza

Jacksonville Beach, FL
$10 donation at the door ~ $5 for contestants
Donation includes dinner and a BOGO drink ticket!
Awesome RAFFLE including a surfboard, a smoker, and tickets for a post Jaguar game party cruise!!!

This event is on Facebook!

August Update from the Chapter Chair, Paul Hayden

I am often asked why we spend so much of our time on beach clean-ups and not enough time on other issues. The question is a fair one but to me the answer is an easy one. First of all as stewards of our coasts there is not a faster or easier way to make a positive impact on our beaches and oceans. During an average beach clean-up we pick up over fifty pounds of trash off of the beach, dunes and walkways that would otherwise end up in the ocean. Once there it can adversely impact marine species and the ocean’s eco-system. Bringing out our children helps teach them to respect their beach and for beach goers who see them and us cleaning the beaches makes them less likely to leave trash on the beach.
Each month we conduct clean-up’s in either St Augustine and/or Jacksonville Beach so please check our calendar of events and join us in our efforts.
And with regards to other issues we always have ongoing issues and campaigns that we are involved with. Whether it be paricipating in outreach programs, volunteering at other events or tackling major issues, we do all we can with the resources we have.
Next month we will be kicking off our Ocean Friendly Garden Campaign at our September 20th meeting to be held at Chicago Pizza. The meeting will be a very informative one and our campaign is one that could conceivably have a very positive impact on our local environment. Further details on that meeting will be coming out soon so keep an eye on our web-site for event specifics.
We will look forward to seeing you at our next meeting and future events.

August Beach Cleanups

When: Saturday, August 20, 2011 @ 9am
Where: 15th Ave S and the Beach, Jacksonville Beach, FL

The First Coast Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation is hosting a beach cleanup this Saturday in Jacksonville Beach. Please come out to clean up (especially following the beach nourishment activities that recently passed by) and make a difference for your beach. Surfing afterward for anyone that is interested.

We will provide bags and gloves. Hope to see you there! Let us know you’re coming at our Facebook Event!

Down in St. Augustine?
We’ll be doing our cleanup down there in conjunction with Keepers of the Coast’s Back2School BEACH FEST. There’s going to be a beach cleanup, surf lessons, a fun run, music, movies, art, and some of your favorite environmental organizations. Get more information on the event from the Keepers of the Coast website, or check out the Facebook Event here. This promises to be a great time.

Let’s Get Together & Feel Alright

Benefit for Erica Satterwhite

In 1991, seven year old Erica Satterwhite was diagnosed with kidney failure. Now 28, she recently had her 3rd nephrectomy due to cancer and is currently on dialysis awaiting a kidney transplant. Come out and show your support for Erica. Proceeds from raffle and silent auction will be used to help with her medical care. Donations may be made to Erica Satterwhite Benefit Account Jacksonville Bank, 1315 South Third St. Jacksonville Beach, Fl.

When: Wednesday, August 3 @ 7-9pm (today!)
Where: Dick’s Wings
311 North 3rd Street, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

For more information, see this event on Facebook or the article by the Times-Union.


International Surfing Day

Beach Cleanup and Paddle Out:

When: Monday, June 20th @ 6:30pm
Where: 15th Ave S and the Beach, Jacksonville Beach, FL
To celebrate International Surfing Day, we’ll have an after-work (or before-work, or neither as the case may be) paddle out followed by a sunset beach cleanup. We’ll be setup on the beach starting at 6:30pm and will be surfing and picking up trash. If you’d like to get in a surf session or if you’d like to help cleanup the beach, come on by and join us. It should be a fun time for a good cause.

Bottles for Boardshorts:

We are excited to be working with our friends at Billabong and Chipotle on a special ISD contest and fundraiser for this year’s International Surfing Day.
On June 20 (between 11am-2pm), the first 15 people to bring in a bag of plastic bottles to Chipotle (the St Johns Town Center location) will win a pair of recycled boardshorts from Billabong. The person to bring in the most bottles at this location, will receive a B9 wetsuit made from recycled bottles and materials! Additionally, 50% of all proceeds at participating Chipotles will go to the Surfrider Foundation on June 20th from 11 am – 2 pm.
So do your part by recycling some single-use plastic bottles and Chipotle and Billabong will reward you, and if you pick up a burrito while you’re there, you’ll be helping a good cause.

May Beach cleanup

Surfrider’s First Coast Chapter is organizing a beach cleanup this Saturday. Please join us to help keep our beaches and ocean clean.

When: Saturday, May 21, 2011 @ 9:00am

Where: 16th Ave S and the Beach, Jacksonville Beach, FL

We’ll have our table setup at the end of the parking area at 16th Ave S. Look for the tall Surfrider flag. Bags and gloves will be provided.

Feel free to let us know you’re coming on Facebook!

Black Tie and Baggies

Black Tie and Baggies poster lowres

Get out your snazziest formal wear and give it some surfing style! Black Tie and Baggies is finally here! Its First Coast Surfrider’s biggest fundraiser of the year, and its name is also the dress code: formal wear (black tie) mixed with surf wear (baggies). For some examples of what folks wear check out this gallery. There’s going to be food, music, raffles, auctions, a best-dressed contest, drink specials, and more! For more info and to let us know you’re coming, check out the Facebook Event.

Here’s the details:
Saturday, April 30 · 6:00pm – 10:00pm
@ The Atlantic (333 1st Street N, Jacksonville Beach, FL)
Live music by B-Liminal
Catering by Paco’s Mexican Grill
$10 at the door. Ages 18+
Items for raffle and silent auction. Items include:
A Channel Islands longboard, courtesy of The Surf Station
A Sector 9 longboard skateboard, courtesy of Sunrise Surf Shop
A Weber Smoky Mountain Cooker Smoker, courtesy of the Home Depot
Jax Axemen season tickets
Weekly passes to THE PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass
Passes to the Jacksonville Film Festival
A MOCA family membership
An Adirondack chair gift basket from Plaudits
A backpack and a six-pack from Burro Bags, some T’s from 20 Dollar Soda, a Bold Bean Coffee gift basket, gift certificates to several places including Sun Deli and Picasso Day Spa.
Original artwork by Damon Williams, Ryan Ketterman, and Brian Hornung of jaxbeachgallery, Adam Heindel, and Greg Heindel.
and more!


Please join us to support your oceans, beaches, and waves for what promises to be a great night.

@Black Tie and Baggies: Greg Heindel Art

@Black Tie and Baggies gala: “Cheeseburger in Paradise” by Greg Heindel. This great piece of art is a 24×18″ oil on canvas painting, wrapped in a handmade coquina shell frame and covered in clear lacquer.

cheeseburger in paradise

This piece will be available for silent auction at the Black Tie and Baggies gala: April 30th, 6-10pm @ The Atlantic in Jax Beach. Black Tie and Baggies is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and its name is also the dress code: formal wear (black tie) mixed with surf wear (baggies). For some examples of what folks wear check out this gallery. There’s going to be food, music, raffles, auctions, a best-dressed contest, drink specials, and more! Let us know you’re coming at the Facebook Event.