Volusia Flagler Chapter

The Volusia/Flagler Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation was founded in 2008 and spans the entire coastline of Volusia and Flager counties in Florida. Our mission is the protection and enjoyment of oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. More Details
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December 13, 2013

Surfrider Foundation Gifts for Everyone!

Both Surfrider Foundation National and our local Chapter are offering some great gift options for the holiday season!

From National: 

For only $49, your loved one will receive a Surfrider Foundation membership, a $50 voucher to Swell.com, the top online surf shop that brings you the very best from established surf brands, and 2 on-demand movie downloads from The Surf Network, the largest and most extensive collection of premium surf video content on the internet. For holiday delivery, be sure to order before December 16th. Remember, when you give a Holiday Gift Membership you’re entered into a drawing to win a Firewire surfboard! (If the link above is not working, copy and paste this into your browser: https://secure.surfrider.org/page/contribute/surfrider-holiday-gift-membership-49?source=CH79)

From Volusia/Flagler Chapter:

$25 buys you a one year membership to Surfrider Foundation and this great reusable “I Love My Beach” tote from Chico Bags with the Surfrider logo! Email vicechair@volusia.surfrider.org to order yours today!

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Treasurer, Bek, signing the petition against Seismic Airgun Testing
December 9, 2013

Seismic Airgun Testing Public Forum and Beach Bonfire Social

Chair, Ryan, at our Seismic Airgun Testing Public Forum

Chair, Ryan, at our Seismic Airgun Testing Public Forum

 

The Seismic Airgun Testing Public Forum, held at the Brannon Center in New Smyrna Beach on December 5, 2013, was a great success! We had around 30 in attendance to hear speakers from Oceana, Fins and Fluke and Surfrider Foundation speak about the dangers of Seismic Airgun Testing. We obtained signatures for our opposition petition to the Secretary of the Interior from everyone there and it was a great night of discussion and education fueled by donated Starbucks coffee and pastries.

The next evening was our end of year Beach Bonfire Social and we had about 20 Surfrider members, volunteers and friends join us for s’mores and fun in New Smyrna Beach at the Sapphire fire pit. It was nice to sit back and relax and remember that our mission is not only about protecting our beaches, waves and oceans but also enjoying them!

Bonfire social in New Smyrna Beach, December 2013

Bonfire social in New Smyrna Beach, December 2013

Next year we aim to increase our impact by engaging more volunteers, holding more events like beach clean ups and Ocean Friendly Garden projects and fundraising to aid our efforts. We are truly a grassroots organization and this means that we cannot do any of what we do without YOU! If you are interested in getting involved in 2014, please contact vicechair@volusia.surfrider.org!

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November 6, 2013

Seismic Testing Public Forum

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We are pleased to invite you to Volusia’s first educational forum on seismic airgun testing on December 5 from 6:30-8:30 at the Brannon Center in New Smyrna Beach. Our forum will include information from experts, local leaders, and other passionate voices speaking about seismic airgun testing. Learn about the dangers associated with a proposal that could ravage our Atlantic coast.

Join Oceana Florida, Surfrider Foundation Volusia/Flagler Chapter, Fins and Fluke and Hands Across The Sand to get the REAL scoop on seismic airgun testing and find out what YOU can do about it!

Please contact vicechair@volusia.surfrider.org or Rmarques@oceana.org with any questions.

Be sure to join us for our Beach Bonfire Social the next day (Friday) from 8pm-11pm to celebrate a great year of protecting and enjoying our oceans, waves and beaches! See our calendar for more information or RSVP here.

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November 4, 2013

Florida Surf Film Festival is November 15-16

Volusia/Flagler Surfrider members get a 10% discount on festival passes! It will be a fun time, so we hope to see everyone there to support this great event.

Also, we need volunteers to man a table at this event, so if you’re interested, please email vicechair@volusia.surfrider.org.

Submitted by Salyna, won the "Teva" category of the Surfrider National contest!
November 4, 2013

Congrats Salyna!!

Our member, Salyna, won the “One Foot at a Time” photo contest for her Teva Sandal template submission! She also submitted many other photos, which you can view at our Rise Above Plastics photo album.

Digital beach clean up art: Submitted by Salyna (10/1)
October 7, 2013

October is Rise Above Plastics Month.

Join us for our first ever digital clean up of our beaches! There is no specific date, time or location. Sometime this month, go out to your favorite stretch of beach and conduct your own personal clean up. Then, take the plastic pieces and create a square foot of art (you can use the downloadable templates here) and email the photo to vicechair@volusia.surfrider.org or upload it to our Facebook page. Let us know where the trash was collected and any interesting finds you made. You can also submit your photo to OneFoot@surfrider.org to be entered to win a pair of Teva shoes or a Firewire surfboard!

Submitted by Salyna after her 10/4 beach clean up in Daytona Beach

Submitted by Salyna after her 10/4 beach clean up in Daytona Beach

In addition to the One Foot at a Time project, here are 10 ways to avoid unnecessary plastics in your life all month long:http://www.rapmonth.org/10-ways/. Challenge yourself to think twice before buying and make decisions that conserve energy, avoid waste and reuse and recycle items where possible!

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September 20, 2013

Thursday, October 17, 2013: Chapter Meeting In New Smyrna Beach

Location: Toni & Joe’s Patio, Time: 6:30 pm. We will be discussing our new campaign against seismic testing in the Atlantic, upcoming events and fundraising efforts. You do not need to be a member to attend, all are welcome! (FYI: Please do not bring outside food or drink into meetings. Toni and Joe’s is a great host, let’s make sure we are great guests!)

August 2013 Beach Clean Up with Starbucks in Daytona Beach
September 3, 2013

September 19, 2013: Chapter Meeting in Ormond Beach

Location: The Beach Bucket, Time: 6:30 pm. We will be discussing upcoming events, how to begin work on the Ocean Friendly Garden and Rise Above Plastics campaigns, partnering with local businesses, obtaining sponsors, and where we want the Chapter to go in the coming months. As always, you do not have to be a member to attend the meeting, everyone is welcome!

The Beach Bucket: 867 S Atlantic Ave  Ormond Beach, FL 32176, (386) 677-8111

Beach Clean Up 8/13
August 24, 2013

Awesome Work Everybody!

 

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The beach clean up with Starbucks at Sun Splash Park was amazing! We had 43 attendees (who signed in. Some did not, like the kids that helped out) who picked up a massive amount of trash. Today we started asking volunteers to separate cigarette butts from trash as they went and we will be sending the mountain of cigarette butts they found to TerraCycle to be recycled!

We cannot do this without all of you so thank you to everyone who took time out of their Saturday to help us keep the beach beautiful! Hope to see everyone next month at the International Coastal Clean Up!

The Beach is NOT an Ashtray!!

The Beach is NOT an Ashtray!!

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August 1, 2013

International Coastal Clean-Up

Each September, volunteers around the WORLD work together to clean beaches, rivers and other waterways. Volunteers document every piece of trash they find on standardized trash tally data cards. This information helps the Ocean Conservancy produce the world’s only state-by-state, country-by-country Marine Debris Index. By understanding sources of marine debris, we can work together to solve this problem.

Volusia/Flagler Surfrider will be participating in the International Coastal Clean-Up in 2 locations: The Crawford Road beach access in New Smyrna Beach and the Hartford Avenue beach access in Daytona Beach from 8am-10am on September 21, 2013. Please RSVP by August 28 with your preferred location and t-shirt size either on this event page or by emailing vicechair@volusia.surfrider.org. We will have passes to drive on the beach for everyone who volunteers, so you do not need to worry about parking.

In an effort to reduce the waste produced by the clean-up, please bring plastic shopping bags (to re-use for trash collection) and garden gloves (to reduce the use of plastic gloves)! Trash grabbers may be helpful but not necessary. Don’t forget to wear sun screen, comfortable clothing and shoes, and bring plenty of water!

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