Surfrider Foundation | Charleston Chapter

About Us

Charleston Surfrider

We are your local chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, a grass-roots nonprofit protecting beaches, oceans, and waterways across the United States.


The Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.


Charleston’s awe inspiring natural environment.

Our beaches and waterways are our playground and where we feel most at home. They are also incredible ecosystems with fascinating and important jobs: Our beaches are the birthplace of beautiful sea turtles. Our waters are the source of shrimp, fish, and oysters that feed hundreds of people each year.  And the natural beauty of our coastline draws over 5 million visitors and $4.2 billion to Charleston each year. Our entire lives are built upon the amazing natural environment of Charleston.


Pollution is endangering our beautiful home. 

Walking along Folly Beach we notice cigarette butts floating in the waves. Looking for shells and shark’s teeth on Sullivan’s Island we find bits of plastic. Kayaking down Shem Creek we discover sea turtles sick from having ingested plastic bags and fishing line. Single use plastic items are littered along our streets and bridges, making their way directly into our rivers, marshes and ocean.


This Summer alone, Charlestonians have recorded collecting 87,223 pieces of litter. 

But together we aren’t just collecting litter. We’re taking action to prevent it in the first place. We’ve successfully advocated for plastic bag bans in Charleston, on Isle of Palms, Folly Beach, and Mt Pleasant. We’ve converted 32 local restaurants to ocean-friendly practices and motivated 135 restaurants to ditch plastic straws. We’ve designed ocean-friendly gardens that filter pollution and sequester carbon.

Our Programs

Ocean Friendly Restaurants

Beach Cleanups

Ocean Friendly Gardens

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