The Surfrider Foundation is committed to protecting our beaches and their natural shorelines. We work tirelessly at the national, state and local level to eliminate threats to our beaches such as: seawalls, rip-rap armoring, beach fill and other harmful development projects.

Locally, the San Francisco Chapter is actively engaged in two coastal preservation campaigns: Restore Sloat and Restore Sharp Park.

The Threat to Ocean Beach south of Sloat and Sharp Park

The shoreline south of Sloat Boulevard (on San Francisco’s Ocean Beach) and Sharp Park in Pacifica are threatened by a combination of erosion and rip-rap seawall structures.  When beaches erode, they need to migrate inland.  Rip-rap revetments and seawalls  block this process.   At some point, the beach is completely driven underwater. This has already happened along much of Pacifica’s shoreline.  At high tides, most of Ocean Beach south of Sloat is under water.

To address the erosion issue at Sloat and Sharp Park, the Surfrider Foundation advocates for “managed retreat”.  Managed retreat involves long-term planning to relocate threatened development. Sand replenishment is not a sustainable solution in the cases. With managed retreat, our beaches can effectively be restored and preserved for the long-haul.

For more details about our twin campaigns, pleas check out our coastal preservation blogsite.