September 1, 2015

September Meeting Agenda

6:50 – 7:00 Pick up pizzas and beverages

7:00 – 7:15 Settle in, pizzas and mingle (Shirts available for sale)

7:25 – 7:45 Program Updates

  • RAP
  • Beach Cleanups
  • Sloat
  • Ocean Beach Parking Lot Access
  • MOP
  • Education + OFG reachout

7:45-  Presentation from Patrick Conroy + Questions

“Waves, wastewater, and a Walkthrough: San Francisco’s Westside Combined Sewer System”

8:15 – 9 Breakout/Cleanup

July 6, 2015

July Meeting (July 6th)

We will be holding an Executive Committee (EC) meeting in our regular meeting’s place for July.

We are opening up the EC meeting to the general public around 7:30 for anyone who would like to come by.


Church of Surf – 3830 Noriega Street. SF, CA 94122

May 10, 2015

May Meeting Minutes…mmmmm

San Francisco Surfrider Monthly Meeting Minutes 5/5/15


Earth day – 4/19/15 SF Surfrider partnered with Zip Car and Sports Basement for a beach cleanup, Sports Basement provided rad t-shirts, and there was a BBQ with beer and burgers following at the Church of Surf. We also revealed our new gear, consisting of tank tops, sweatshirts, and men and women’s t-shirts.

407 volunteers, 1300 lbs. trash.

Plastic straws suck campaign launched this month, pushing paper straws instead of plastic, or better yet no straws in drinks, and The Page on Divisadero St.  is already trying it out. The logo was designed pro-bono by Carl and Will, who both attended the meeting tonight for their first time. Look for a bus banner coming soon on a bus in SF. Feel free to hashtag #plasticstrawssuck

Baker beach Cleanup– 4/25/15  SF Surfrider partnered with 5-Gyres at this months Saturday cleanup, with a raffle that many of the cleaners took part in. 150 people, including kids, 150 lbs. of trash

Brian Dow and Shannon Waters with Rise above Plastics received a special certificate on Earth Day from Eric Mar, a SF city official, recognizing their hard work and impact.

MOP – The Tubes and the Mermen at The Chapel, and Alt J both performed and Tia was out there tenting and getting out name out there, well done!

Special note – Thank you for all of those who supported Sustainable Surf event at the Balboa with Greg Long, it was a great event with a huge turnout, good food, drinks, and brands with a speech from our own Michael Stewart and of course Greg long.


Last Sunday’s beach cleanup on 5/3/15 with “Net Impact” over 80 attendees, and not a lot of trash on the beach to collect, good sign!

RAP – May 16th is the mac and cheese cook-off at Church Of Surf, an official event for the Plastic Straws Suck campaign. We need chefs! The event starts at 2pm.  “Amateur cooking for a good cause”. Tickets on line on our website, $20 advance, $25 at door. There raffle prizes including a 2-night stay in Mendocino and other great stuff. . Toph 1 is going to play, should be a good time.

Hold onto your Butts – Shelly, campaign started in So Cal to reduce cigarette waist on beaches. We have been recycling through Teracycle at beach cleanups. Goal is to put in ashcans at beaches and locally. The campaign is challenging us to pick up butts and find places where there is a high number of butts, take pics, and hashtag #holdontoyourbutt. We are starting of doing cleanups in the park, possible Dolores Park.

MOP – Big events coming up!

May 23rd – Baywatch Beach party at Cat Club,let’s educate about Hold Onto Your Butts. Proceeds go to our chapter, it’s straw free, and there will be a silent auction. The Event is posted on SFSURFRIDER FB.

June 6th is BFD that we will be tabling Beach cleanups-on

May 24th, and Baker Beach on the last Saturday of the month with French consulate, and Autodesk.

OysterFest, on August 30th, Surfrider is manning the silent auction. We need a bunch of donations.

JUNE-World Oceans Day-June 7th, for June 8th big day. A world wide day to celebrate the ocean and give back

June 20th, International Surfing day, cleanup and BBQ, a big paddle out, more news to follow

Education program – thinking about exploring a partnership with the Boys and Girls Club, to reach out into the local community.

*Brady Logan, native San Franciscan gave a moving talk about the selling out of OB to events that have impediments to public access to the beach. He would like to get on the monthly agenda.



May 5, 2015

Chapter Meeting Agenda – May 5th, 2015

6:50 – 7:00 Pick up pizzas and beverages

7:00 – 7:20 Settle in, pizzas and mingle (Shirts available for sale)

7:20 – 7:25 Introductions (5 min)

7:25 – 7:45 May Recap (20 min)

  • EC Meeting Highlights
  • PSS launch – thank the graphic Designer (Eva)
  • Earth Day Recap Beach Cleanup Stats (Jacqueline)
  • Cleanup with Net Impact
  • SF Supervisors Commendation
  • Sloat

7:45 – 8:15 Upcoming Events / Updates(30 min)

  • RAP / Plastic Straws Suck
  • Sloat
  • MOP
  • World Oceans Day in June
  • International Surfing Day in June
  • Oysterfest Plug
  • Education Plug

8:15 – 8:20 Public Announcements

8:20 – 8:45 Breakout

March 31, 2015

Program Updates – April, 2015



The big news this past month was our appearance at the Bay Conservation and Development Commission hearing on March 19. Our Chapter joined SF Baykeeper, Sierra Club SF Bay chapter, Ocean Research Foundation, Save the Bay, and others in calling for a halt to the expansion of sand mining in SF Bay. At the meeting, we publicly endorsed the Ca Coastal Commission’s recommendation that more study is needed on bay sand mining due its potentially significant impact to Ocean Beach erosion.
Also, stay tuned for an upcoming opportunity to help preserve the beach at Sharp Park.  A proposal to renovate the pump at the lagoon is slated to come before the Ca Coastal Commission in April. When known, we’ll confirm the details thru chapter communications (Facebook, Twitter, Website Calendar, and Email) For more info on our beach preservation campaigns, check out our blog!



Just in time for Earth Day, the RAP program is launching the PLASTIC STRAWS SUCK! campaign. We’ll need help from some enthusiastic volunteers who aren’t afraid to speak to business owners, asking them to offer straws upon request. Volunteers are asked to attend a training following the April chapter meeting on 4/7 (if you can’t make it but would like to be involved, please email Shannon at We’ll cover strategy and talking points, and schedule some days that we can walk the neighborhoods in groups. The RAP team is also looking to garner support from City Hall. Last week Eva and Shannon spoke with an aid in Eric Mar’s office to ask for (1) a city-wide ban on plastic straws, similar to the bottled water ban; and (2) financial support in the form of campaign ads on MUNI buses. We will be continuing this conversation and will keep the chapter updated.
Save the Date for a RAP fundraiser May 16th at Church of Surf. And come hungry as this will be our inaugural mac and cheese cook-off (catchy name and more details to come!)
Lastly, we are partnering with 5 Gyres at the Baker Beach clean up on April 25. Bring your product with micro beads, turn it in and get a raffle ticket and the chance to win a variety of ocean friendly prizes! 10AM-12PM.
March 12, 2015


Tonight’s meeting was very informative and we had a great turnout, 35 guests and all of the pizza was consumed. Spring is really shaping up, and our presence is being felt in the community. We had 5 Gyres, ZipCar, and Sports Basement employees in attendance.

February Recap 

Plant Don’t Pave was at Glen Park elementary school 2/28, where students, parents and Surfrider volunteers built a bio-swell (retention structure to keep water for planting), as well as little bridges and continued to work on making the ground hospitable for new plants. Phase two complete

Beach Cleanups – Statistics- 106 volunteers, 912 lbs. of trash.

SF International Film Fest-2/27 – 3/2 Jeff and Katie volunteered, did public outreach.

Upcoming Events:

Beach Cleanups – Sunday 3/1 and 3/16 at stairwell 17 from 10-12. Saturday 3/27 at Baker beach will be a big one- the American Bar Association is coming with volunteers

-We are starting to collect butts on beaches and partnering with “teracycle” to recycle them.

OFG -Event-Saturday march 21st, last gardening day from 10-2

Sloat – SF is updating their costal planning master plan. Sharp Park- there is talk to do away with golf course and restore it to where it should be. Keep an eye on his blog.

RAP – The plastic bag ban is being challenged so it will come to vote in November 2016.Shannon is looking for people to spread the word on their own social media or pounding the pavement about not using straws in restaurants and bars. RAP fundraiser in May-“mac and cheese cook-off” with raffle drawing (also looking for donations for that raffle).

Hold On To Your Butts – Shelly is looking to local businesses to sponsor ashtrays/receptacles. Also thinking of having mini-receptacles to encourage mindfulness.

5GYRES – We were visited by Marcus Ericson (cofounder), who published the plastics-in-oceans report. Blake- 5-Gyres new campaign manager, spoke to us about legislation to ban plastic micro-beads in cosmetics. (

Earn the Day- The videographer is wrapping up the video from the teaching kids to surf (Thanks Big Dog). The El Rio bar will have an even in April to show the film and ½ of all drink sales will go to the Boys and Girls/Earn the Day.

March 14th,  we will be tabling at Sunset Mercantile , located at 42nd and Irving. Donations for drinks will benefit Surfrider.

EARTHDAY!!! April 19th Guests from Zipcar and Sports Basement were at tonight’s meeting to discuss Earth Day planning. They will be sponsoring a cleanup on 4/19, with Zipcar inviting there 90,000 members and Sports Basement their thousands of members. Both companies will be offering incentives to their members, such as driving credit, and sports basement making t-shirts. Note-.Zip car services keep cars off the road, Surfrider member gets 10% off at Sports Basement!

-Along with the beach cleanup from 9-12, we are looking to have a BBQ at Church of Surf, and we would need volunteers. Check with Jacqueline (

March 3, 2015

March 3rd EC + General Meeting


6:20 – 6:50 EC Meeting

  • Discussion of Video Series after receiving offer for pro-bono work
  • Future Events 
    • Event Coordinator needed? Decision and next steps.
    • Relationship between event coord & program leads
  • Revamping EC meeting format
    • Less frequent but more robust format?
    • Schedule on calendar in advance
    • How to message to chapter

6:50 – 7:00 Pick up pizzas and beverages


7:00 – 7:20 Settle in, pizzas and mingle 

7:15 – 7:20 Introductions (5 min)

7:20 – 7:40 Guests from Zipcar and Sports Basemen to discuss Earth Day planning  (15-20 min)

  • Both reached out to sponsor ED activities – will discuss details

7:40 – 8 February Recap (20 min)

  • Super Planning Meeting Recap
  • Beach Cleanups
  • Sloat

8- 8:15 Upcoming Events / Updates( 20 min)

  • Beach Cleanups
  • OFG Event
  • Sloat
  • RAP
  • Open Positions
    • Beach Cleanup Lead
    • Education
    • Events Coordinator

8:15 – 8:20 Public Announcements

8:20 – 8:45 Breakout

February 4, 2015

Chapter Meeting Minutes – Feb 3rd, 2015

Introductions – New people! And quite a few old faces who we hadn’t seen in a while

Election-Mike was voted in for treasurer position, done by chapter by-laws, and we said goodbye to Adam.

January Recap

    • Super Planning Meeting Recap- The main goal being to grow our presence in 2015, by increasing programs and events, step up social media, reiterating empowerment and pride to our members, and by strategizing.  Culture is important here, we want to build a culture of respect, fun, mindfulness , and appreciation.
    • Sunset Community Meeting– are held at the sunset library, 3rd wed. of the month to discuss the new blueprint for the sunset, housing, commuting, etc.
    • Beach Cleanups-  nearly 100 volunteers at Sloat, 150 total, 550 lbs of trash. Next one is on Sunday the 15th, and Sunday the 28th. We still need clean up leaders
    • OFG- Glen Park elementary school-planting and biosoils. Phase 2 of rehabbing the soil at the school is this weekend, Feb. 8th,  from 10-2. If it rains, we raincheck.
    • Sloat- potential video in the works
    • RAP-Shannon and Eva- “Plastic Straws Suck” (their new campaign)  meeting on Sunday the 8th at 2 at Noriega Pizza.
    • MOP- The events this year are B. F. D., High Sierra, Outside Lands. Launching an ambassador program with national groups, and locals, to get exposure in SF. Partnered with Reverb-green touring process.  
  • Earn the DayMike Stewart is going to be the financial sponsor,  their website is coming soon. Documentary coming together soon, and Carl is planning to possibly  show the video with Surfrider at an event at Balboa, bar, etc with an entry fee to benefit the programs


Other programs or Events brought up by members-

  • All one Ocean– Adam and Lauren: New event-  March 21st a 5k run, 1k walk, this year its at Crissy Field. It will start with a beach clean up, and there will be yoga, music, and food. Adam is looking to team up with surfrider for possible donations for raffle to be held that day.
  • Ocean Film Festival- at Ft. Mason, we are tabling Feb.27th, Christy O’Connel is working on it, we need to check in with her before the event, she will need volunteers.
  • “Stoak Share”-New member brought this up, a program he started in the Sunset-shares adventure equipment- An online platform-, and you can rent out your board. A community of outdoor stuff that can be rented so you never have to buy new stuff when you travel and forget your board!
  • 5 gyres Valentines event at Establish, Thursday Feb.12th from 5-9.
  • National Park Services– meeting this Thursday Feb. 5th at 6pm at the Cliff House regarding bonfires on beaches.
February 3, 2015

Meeting Agenda – Feb 3rd, 2015



6:20 – 6:50 EC Meeting


  • Bills video thing
  • Discussion over goals
  • Internship
  • Super Planning meeting follow up
  • Merch and Business Cards
  • Carl Fundraiser



6:50 – 7:00 Pick up pizzas and beverages



7:00 – 7:20 Settle in, pizzas and mingle


7:20 – 7:25 Introductions (5 min)


7:25 – 7:35 Election (10 min)


7:35 – 7:55 January Recap (20 min)

  • Super Planning Meeting Recap
  • Beach Cleanups
  • Sloat
  • Earn the Day


7:55 – 8:15 Upcoming Events / Udpates( 20 min)

  • Beach Cleanups
  • OFG EventSloat
  • Secretary Update
  • RAP
  • Open Positions
    • Beach Cleanup Lead
    • Education
    • Events Coordinator

8:15 – 8:20 Public Announcements


8:20 – 8:45 Breakout


January 27, 2015

Contact Page Bug

Hi everyone,

There seems to be an issue with the contact page at the moment – for the time being, direct any and all emails to me (Brian) directly at ““.

We’ll let you know when it’s back up and running – and I apologize for anyone who’s emails have gone unanswered! We’ve just realized this now and are working ASAP on correcting it!

Thanks for understanding,

Brian Dow

Chapter Chair


** UPDATE** 

Back up and running  – thanks for your patience!


January 27th 12:50 PM