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Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves and beaches for all people, through conservation, activism, research and education (C.A.R.E).

The Charleston Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation concentrates on keeping our beaches and waterways free of trash to keep the Lowcountry beautiful, for your enjoyment.




The amount of plastic produced from 2000 – 2010 exceeds the amount produced during the entire last century.

Beach sweeps happen the third Sunday of every month at 6 p.m., May through September. Meet us second street and East Arctic. Bags and gloves are supplied by the chapter, if you have your own gloves, bring them! Sweeps generally last about an hour and a half and you are more than welcome to bring your furry friend!

During the Fall months (or as needed) we organize marsh sweeps with local schools. It’s a great way for school children to get a close look at how much garbage works its way into the marsh from the roadside. The hours the students spend doing the sweeps can count towards their required school service hours.

We assist the SCDNR in their monofilament recycling program by caring for and emptying the monofilament recycling stations at the Folly Beach boat landing and the Sol Legare boat landing. When the containers are emptied, the old fishing line is sent to DNR who then sends it off to be recycled into plastic fishing lures.

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You’re just a couple clicks from providing much-needed support to our efforts to protect the oceans, waves and beaches we love. Every donation, no matter the size, makes a difference and has a tremendous impact on our work.

Donations Examples

Here are some examples of what your support will enable:


Pays for two water tests to make sure a day at the beach is healthy & safe

Provides bags and gloves to remove 500 pounds of trash from the beach

Provides bags and gloves to remove 1000 pounds of trash from the beach

Protects ¼ mile of U.S. coast through our beach preservation program

Educates 2,000 school children about recycling and keeping our waters clean

Sends a Surfrider staff member to Washington DC to provide concrete, real-world testimony

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