March Beach Cleanup

Please join the Surfrider Foundation to help cleanup the beach. We’ll be on the beach at 10th Street in Saint Augustine Beach on Saturday. We will provide bags and gloves. Look for the Surfrider flag and table.

Where: 10th Street and the Beach, Saint Augustine Beach

When: Saturday, March 24 @ 9 AM

We hope to see you there!

You can park in the parking lot right off A1A Beach.

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

 

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.

 

Mahalo,
Paul Hayden


January Chapter Meeting

When: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 @ 7pm

Where: The Groove Cafe

134 Sea Grove Main Street, Saint Augustine Beach, FL

Hey Saint Augustine! Our first Chapter Meeting of the year is going to be at The Groove Cafe. St. Augustiners, we need your help! Our Executive Committee now has only 1 member from St. Augustine. We need your representation and involvement to help guide our Chapter and grow our presence and effectiveness in St. Augustine. We have all kinds of ways to get involved, we just need some committed folks that care about the oceans, waves, and beaches to step up. We are starting our new Ocean Friendly Gardens campaign, and we have two projects on the horizon for that. We also need help putting together out biggest fundraiser of the year: Black Tie and Baggies. Another area we are hoping to expand is our engagement of local schools by establishing Surfrider clubs at colleges and high schools, and visiting other classrooms. Additionally, this year marks our 10th as a chapter, and we’re going to be celebrating all year. We’re developing a t-shirt to commemorate that, and will be throwing a Member Appreciation Party. We need all the help we can get, and all the help you can give.

Surfers, parents, students, teachers, everybody – please come out to the meeting to learn how to get involved and have a say in the future of the chapter. Together, we’ll make 2012 (our 10th year as a chapter) our best year yet!

Agenda:

  • Update on Black Tie & Baggies
  • Update on Ocean Friendly Gardens campaign
  • Tenth anniversary events
  • member appreciation party on 2/18
  • 10th Anniversary T-shirt
  • School clubs
  • After the updates we will have an open floor discussion regarding the future of the chapter in St Augustine.

Let us know you’re coming on Facebook!

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.

Mahalo,

Paul

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.

Mahalo,

Paul

Girl Next Door Fashion Show

Please join us at The Surf Station and The Girl Next Door‘s 2nd Annual Fashion Show.

Date: Saturday, November 12, 2011
Time: 4:30-7:00 p.m.
Location: Coquina Beach Surf Club, St Augustine Beach (451 A1A Beach Blvd)
“The Surf Station and The Girl Next Door request your attendance at our 2nd Annual Fashion Show! Watch Mike P., Sara Lear, and all your local favorites tear up the catwalk showing off styles from Billabong, Hurley, RVCA, Lucy Love, Quiksilver, Roxy, O’Neill and Element. There will be a little something for everyone; so girls, bring your guys, and guys, bring your girls. This sublime event will take place at Coquina Beach Surf Club, St Augustine Beach’s newest hot spot! Keepers of the Coast and The Surfrider Foundation will be attending. There will be games and specials for everyone to enjoy. All are welcome and entry is free. Come on out and support your local surf community. You won’t want to miss this!!!”

 

If anyone is available or would like to help table at this event, please let us know: firstcoast@surfrider.org.

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.
Mahalo,
Paul

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.

August Chapter Meeting

Surf StationOur August Chapter Meeting is coming up. Please join us to learn what’s going on with the First Coast Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, lend a hand, and steer the chapter in the right direction. Surfrider doesn’t exist without your support.

Where: Surf Station

1020 Anastasia Blvd, St. Augustine, FL 32080

When: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 @ 7pm

 

Agenda
-Lowry Shuler will speak about the environmental  and economic benefits of energy efficiency
-Upcoming beach cleanups 8/20: We will be cleaning up in Jax Beach as well as St. Augustine Beach (due to skipping this past month’s beach cleanup). We hope to see you at one of them!
-We are getting ready to kick off our Ocean Friendly Gardens campaign and are looking for your help and input.
-For anyone that can take community service hours during their work week (or that is available to work some hours during a weekday), we are going to start having weekday beach cleanups.
-SOS/Surfrider End of Summer Bash: We have a location (Rush Street in Jax Beach) and will need some volunteers to help. Also, Sisters of the Sea could use all the help they can get on the day of the Surf Classic (set-up, break down, during event). It is 9/10.
-Black Tie and Baggies 2012: We are starting to think about this event for next year, which is tentatively scheduled for 4/28. We need some volunteers to help us put it together.
-Open discussion

 

Let us know your coming at the Facebook Event!

June Beach Cleanup

Surfrider’s First Coast Ccleanuphapter is organizing a beach cleanup Saturday, June 25. Please join us to help keep our beaches and ocean clean.

When: Saturday, June 25, 2011 @ 9:00am

Where: 8th Street and the Beach, St. Augustine Beach, FL

We’ll be set up in the parking lot to sign everyone in, distribute bags and gloves, and answer any questions you might have about the Foundation.

Bags and gloves will be provided.

Let us (and all your friends)  know you’re coming on the Facebook Event!

P.S. If it’s possible for you to ride a bike, skateboard, walk, or carpool, please do so!

@Black Tie and Baggies: Channel Islands longboard

Surf StationCheck out this awesome Channel Islands longboard that will be available @Black Tie and Baggies, courtesy of The Surf Station in St. Augustine. It’s a 9’2″ “Strange” model, and it is sweet. If you don’t win this one at the event, stop by The Surf Station and check out their other wares. You can also catch them on Facebook here.

Channel Islands longboard

This board will be available for raffle 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.

April Beach Cleanup

Surfrider’s First Coast Chapter is organizing a beach cleanup Saturday, April 23. Please join us to help keep our beaches and ocean clean.

When: Saturday, April 23, 2011 @ 9:00am

Where: 8th Street and the Beach, St. Augustine Beach, FL

Morgan will be set up in the parking lot to sign everyone in, distribute bags and gloves, and answer any questions you might have about the Foundation.

Bags and gloves will be provided.

Let us (and all your friends)  know you’re coming on the Facebook Event!

P.S. If it’s possible for you to ride a bike, skateboard, walk, or carpool, please do so! :)

April Chapter Meeting

When: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 @ 7:00pm

Where: Surf Station

1020 Anastasia Blvd, St. Augustine, FL 32080

Our April meeting is Tuesday, April 19 in St. Augustine. We will be upstairs in the board room at the Surf Station.

During the meeting we will have special guest speaker Matt Schrader of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District.

We have a bunch of stuff to talk about, including:

Q&A with Matt

Update on Black Tie and Baggies
Other upcoming events
Financial report
Plans for another Hands Across the Sand event in June

International Surfing Day

Much more

There will be drinks available, and we’ll have pizza for everyone that comes.

Check out the Facebook Event for the meeting.

February Chapter Meeting

When: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 @ 7:00pm

Where: Surf Station

1020 Anastasia Blvd, St. Augustine, FL 32080

Our second meeting of the new year is Tuesday, February 15 in St. Augustine.

During the meeting we will have special guest speaker Will Gresham, new director of the Eastern Surfing Association’s St. Augustine district.

We have a bunch of stuff to talk about, including:

Q&A with Will

Introduction of the new EC and new members and thanks to our new meeting host
Update on Black Tie and Baggies
Results of MOSH Science event we participated in
Other upcoming events
Financial report
Donation to the Emerald Coast Chapter for water testing
Plans for another Hands Across the Sand event in June


There will be drinks available, and we’ll have pizza for everyone that comes.

Check out the Facebook Event for the meeting.

November Chapter Meeting

Please join us in November at our Chapter Meeting to discuss important issues and the direction of the First Coast Chapter. We will have a speaker from the US Army Corps of Engineers.

When: Tuesday, November 9, 2010 @ 7:00pm

Where: Mojo’s Tacos (551 Anastasia Blvd. St Augustine, FL 32080)

If you aren’t a member and/or have never been to a meeting, come on out to find out what we’re all about. Meetings are informal and always somewhere with food and drinks if you’d like to make a meal of it.

Also, we’re always willing to talk about whatever you might want to bring up. So if you have an idea or concern, come to the meeting and let us know (or let us know about it here if you can’t make it).