February Update from the Chapter Chair

The tenth anniversary of the chapter had a great kick-off with a member appreciation party held at the Wine Bar in Jax Beach on February eighteenth. It was great to see old friends and make new ones at the event.
During the event we rolled out our anniversary t-shirts which became an instant hit thanks to a great design by our own EC Secretary Erin Handy’s son, Andrew Foster, and art-work by Damon Williams. The t-shirts were made possible due to the generosity of our sponsor Brian Weissmann of Trident Surf. There are still shirts available in both men’s and women’s styles for $15.00 each. They will be available for sale at future meetings and at our upcoming Black Tie and Baggies gala to be held in April.
The chapter continues to look for ways to upgrade our web-site to make it more user friendly. To that end, starting in March the newsletter will be presented in a video format. Next month we will also be adding a blog for our Ocean Friendly Garden campaign that will feature OFG events as well as monthly Ocean Friendly Gardening tips.
Lastly, we are fortunate that VOID magazine will be featuring an article about our ten year anniversary in their April issue so check it out.
Thanks again for your continued support of the chapter and I will look forward to seeing you at future meetings and events.

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 firstcoast@surfrider.org, 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.



October Meeting Agenda

Don’t forget to come to one of our meetings this month (more info here):

Jacksonville Beach: October 12, 7pm @ The Wine Bar

Saint Augustine: October 19, 7pm @ Mojo’s Tacos

Here’s what we’ll be talking about:

  • The latest events and news is available on the First Coast Surfrider web site. You can get to it at surfriderfirstcoast.org
  • We are still looking to do a Meet and Greet sometime before the end of the year. Anyone interested in volunteering for that, please contact us. We are still looking for volunteers.
  • Next beach cleanup will be this Saturday, October 16th in south Jax at 16th Ave South at 9am. Next cleanup in St Aug will be on November 20th. Next meeting in St Augustine will be October 19th.

  • We still need people interested in being on the Executive committee to contact us. Elections will be in December.

At this time we have the following people interested in being on the EC –

o   Morgan Southwell

o   Donald Ster

o   Amanda Stout

o   Patrick Snyder

This is your chance to ask these folks their plans and goals for the next two years. I’ve heard that some members have said that we don’t do anything, this is your chance to ask where they plan to lead the Chapter and how you might want to volunteer your time.

We still need several more volunteers. Serving on the EC requires that you are a member in good standing (dues current) and that you are willing to put the time into running the chapter.

  • Art Auction will November 6th at Paco’s Mexican Grill in Jax Beach – 7 to 10 PM. Bidding will close at 9:30pm so we can announce the winners and do the book keeping. You do not have to be there when the winners are announced if you are the highest bidder.

  • Pollution in the St John’s River – how involved do we want to be.  We are writing to Georgia Pacific, the DEP and the St John’s Riverkeeper with our support, but if we want to more strongly support the effort, we need volunteers. If you would like to volunteer, please contact someone in the EC. We are still waiting to hear from anyone.

  • A member brought up the idea of Surfrider doing some advertising for membership. I happen to think that this is a pretty good idea and may be a great project for a college student in marketing or advertising. IF you know someone that is interested, please contact someone in the EC.

  • …and as usual anything you’d like to discuss.

Thanks, see you there.

Ed Cronin

Chairman, First Coast Chapter

Surfrider Foundation

October Chapter Meetings

Please join us in October at one (or both) of our Chapter Meetings to discuss important issues and the direction of the First Coast Chapter.  The first is in Jacksonville Beach:

When: Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 7:00pm

Where: The Wine Bar (320 N 1st street, jacksonville Beach, FL)

Then the week after, we have a meeting in St. Augustine:

When: Tuesday, October 19, 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).

September Chapter Meeting Jax

We’ve got our monthly Chapter Meeting coming up on Tuesday at The Wine Bar in Jax Beach. We’ll be talking about our next beach cleanup, the latest issues, and a fun event or two we’re trying to make happen before the end of the year. We also have our Executive Committee (EC) member elections in December (check out the post about that here if you’re interested).

When: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 7:00pm

Where: The Wine Bar (320 N 1st street, jacksonville Beach, FL)

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 we’re all pretty laid back and cool (at least we believe that to be the case).

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).