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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July 24, 2013

Beach Clean Up at Sun Splash Park

We need your help for a beach clean up on Saturday, August 24th from 9:30-11:30 am! We’ll be meeting on the beach right near Sun Splash Park in Daytona Beach (611 S. Atlantic Avenue). We will be partnering with Central Florida Starbucks for this beach clean up.

Parking is available at the park and on the beach.  Refreshments will be provided….remember your reusable water bottle and coffee cup!

There will be giveaways for most cigarette butts and most unusual item!  Bring a friend and come on out!

Questions? Contact chair@volusia.surfrider.org. See you on the beach!

 

Reminders from Volusia County:

  • Please remember to keep organic material on the beach (seaweed, plants, seeds etc.) and to clean carefully around sand dunes and vegetation. The organic items provide food for beach wildlife and helps build the beach by trapping windblown sand!
  •  Remember that cleaning up small pieces of trash is just as important as the big stuff! Cigarettes butts and small pieces of plastic are hazards, too. (Small bits of plastic can be eaten by wildlife, creating the problem shown in the photograph)

 

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May 7, 2013

International Surfing Day 2013

Come celebrate International Surfing Day with the Surfrider Volusia-Flagler Chapter! Saturday, June 22nd at our FREE 7th Annual Eco-Surf Clinic! Free for children ages 17 and under who can swim (parent or guardian required for surfing) We’ll have cool giveaways and snacks on hand, come out and support your local Surfrider and buy a t-shirt!

WHAT:  FREE ECO-SURF CLINIC

WHEN:  SATURDAY, JUNE 22nd FROM 10A-2P

WHERE:  ON THE BEACH AT LIGHTHOUSE POINT PARK, PONCE INLET

WHO:  SURFRIDER VOLUSIA-FLAGLER CHAPTER – LOOK FOR THE SURFRIDER FLAGS!

Sign-up will begin at 10am!  At 10:30am we’ll have a short surfing lesson and then all go surfing, boards provided by the Volusia County Junior Lifeguards.  We’ll take a break around noon, have some snacks and enjoy a short Eco-Tour and learn some cool stuff about your beach!  Chad Truxall of the Marine Discovery Center will talk about plants and animals in the ocean and estuaries surrounding Ponce Inlet.  Then we’ll hit the waves again after we give away some cool swag!  Membership not required.  RSVP by email encouraged but not required.

Also, we can always use a few more volunteers to accompany kids in the water.  We’ll have ISD or VFS t-shirts for our confirmed volunteers (sizes are limited) so email if you can help out.

For more info email:  chair@volusia.surfrider.org

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May 7, 2013

Hands Across the Sand

Joining hands is a powerful way to say NO to offshore drilling and YES to clean energy!

This movement is not about politics — it is about the protection of our coastal economies, oceans, marine wildlife and fisheries.  The accidents that continue to happen in offshore oil drilling are a threat to all of the above.  Expanding offshore oil drilling is not the answer; embracing Clean Energy is.

WHEN:  SAT, MAY 18TH 10AM MEETING & CHAPTER ELECTIONS / 10:30AM BEACH CLEAN-UP / 12:00-12:15pm JOIN HANDS

WHERE:  HARTFORD AVE BEACH APPROACH, DAYTONA (1825 N. A1A) HARTFORD HAS SOME PARKING SPOTS BUT IS A CLOSED BEACH RAMP. IF YOU WANT TO PARK ON THE BEACH, USE SEAVIEW OR WILLIAMS.

WHO:  SURFRIDER VOLUSIA-FLAGLER CHAPTER – LOOK FOR THE SURFRIDER FLAGS!

Please try and wear a black shirt/tank to represent drawing a line against dependency on oil/fossil fuels.  We are gathering on the beach and “Drawing a line in the Sand” against Offshore Drilling, Deepwater Drilling, Seismic Testing, Keystone XL Pipeline, Tar Sands & Mountain-Top Removal Mining and Hydraulic Fracturing…and EMBRACING Clean-Energy!  We encourage everyone to not buy/bring plastic water bottles and to keep this (and all) events minimum waste.  We’ll have some Gatorade on hand for you to fill your reusable container!  We plan on only leaving footprints in the sand!

The Volusia-Flagler Surfrider Chapter will meet at 10am, conduct a short meeting and chapter elections.  10:30am we’ll do a Beach Clean-Up.  Then we’ll meet on the sand by our tent at 11:30-11:45 and join hands at 12pm.  Afterwards, we’ll grill up some beach dogs for everyone so bring a friend and come on out, it should be a fun day!

STEP 1 – Go to the beach by at least 11 AM in your time zone, rain or shine.

STEP 2 – Join hands for 15 minutes starting at 12:00 PM in your time zone forming lines in the sand against oil drilling in your coastal waters. Yes to clean energy.

STEP 3 – Leave only your footprints.

  1. Use only approved beach accesses and parking.
  2. Create as long a line or as many lines as you wish.
  3. Be courteous and respectful to those who disagree with your view.
  4. Please steer clear of bird nesting areas
  5. Please steer clear of sea turtle nesting areas
  6. Please respect any flora and fauna during your event and leave nothing but footprints.
  7. …enjoy yourself, it’s the beach!

www.handsacrossthesand.com

For more info email:  chair@volusia.surfrider.org

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March 25, 2013

First Beach Clean-Up of 2013!

Saturday, March 30th! Come join the Volusia-Flagler Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation for our first Beach Clean-Up of the season! We’ll be meeting on the beach right near the Harvard Avenue Beach Approach in Ormond Beach (at 867 S. Atlantic Ave).  This section of the beach needs a little extra attention so come on out and help us spruce it up a bit!

Parking is available on the ramp and the beach.  Refreshments will be provided (don’t forget your reusable beverage holder)!

T-shirt giveaways for most cigarette butts and most unusual item!  Bring a friend and come on out!

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August 1, 2012

Join Hands Saturday, August 4th!

WHAT:  HANDS ACROSS THE SAND

WHEN:  SATURDAY, AUG 4TH 10AM PADDLE OUT / 12:00-12:15pm JOIN HANDS

WHERE:  HARTFORD AVE BEACH APPROACH, DAYTONA (1825 N. A1A)

HARTFORD HAS SOME PARKING SPOTS BUT IS A CLOSED BEACH RAMP.

IF YOU WANT TO PARK ON THE BEACH, USE SEAVIEW OR WILLIAMS.

WHO:  SURFRIDER VOLUSIA-FLAGLER CHAPTER – LOOK FOR THE SURFRIDER FLAGS!

Hands Across The Sand has been a global success with thousands of events in all 50 states and over 40 countries worldwide, from New Zealand to Hawaii. Joining hands is a powerful way to say NO to offshore drilling and YES to clean energy!

This movement is not about politics — it is about the protection of our coastal economies, oceans, marine wildlife and fisheries.  The accidents that continue to happen in offshore oil drilling are a threat to all of the above.  Expanding offshore oil drilling is not the answer; embracing Clean Energy is.

Please try and wear a black shirt/tank to represent drawing a line against dependency on oil/fossil fuels.  We encourage everyone to not buy/bring plastic water bottles and to keep this (and all) events minimum waste.  We’ll have some Gatorade on hand for you to fill your reusable container!  We plan on only leaving footprints in the sand!

The Volusia-Flagler Surfrider Chapter will meet at 10am and Paddle-Out to catch some waves.  If the surf isn’t good (or for those who don’t) we’ll do a short beach clean-up.  Then we’ll meet on the sand by our tent at 11:30-11:45 and join hands at 12pm.  Afterwards, we’ll grill up some beach dogs for everyone so bring a friend and come on out, it should be a fun day!

 

STEP 1 – Go to the beach by at least 11 AM in your time zone, rain or shine.

STEP 2 – Join hands for 15 minutes starting at 12:00 PM in your time zone forming lines in the sand against oil drilling in your coastal waters. Yes to clean energy.

STEP 3 – Leave only your footprints.

  1. Use only approved beach accesses and parking.
  2. Create as long a line or as many lines as you wish.
  3. Be courteous and respectful to those who disagree with your view.
  4. Please steer clear of bird nesting areas
  5. Please steer clear of sea turtle nesting areas
  6. Please respect any flora and fauna during your event and leave nothing but footprints.
  7. …enjoy yourself, it’s the beach!

www.handsacrossthesand.com

For more info visit www.surfrider.org/volusiaflagler or email:  vfsurfrider@gmail.com

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May 30, 2012

International Surfring Day!

Come celebrate International Surfing Day with the Surfrider Volusia-Flagler Chapter! Saturday, June 23rd at our FREE 6th Annual Eco-Surf Clinic! Free for children ages 17 and under who can swim (parent or guardian required for surfing). We’ll have cool giveaways and snacks on hand, come out and support your local Surfrider and buy a t-shirt!

WHAT: FREE ECO-SURF CLINIC

WHEN: SATURDAY, JUNE 23RD FROM 10A-2P

WHERE: ON THE BEACH AT LIGHTHOUSE POINT PARK, PONCE INLET

WHO: SURFRIDER VOLUSIA-FLAGLER CHAPTER – LOOK FOR THE SURFRIDER FLAGS!

Sign-up will begin at 10am! At 10:30am we’ll have a short surfing lesson and then all go surfing, boards provided by the Volusia County Junior Lifeguards. We’ll take a break around noon, have some snacks and enjoy a short Eco-Tour and learn some cool stuff about your beach! Chad Truxall of the Marine Discovery Center will talk about plants and animals in the ocean and estuaries surrounding Ponce Inlet. Then we’ll hit the waves again after we give away some cool swag! Membership not required. RSVP by email encouraged but not required: vfsurfrider@gmail.com.

Also, we can always use a few more volunteers to accompany kids in the water. We’ll have ISD or VFS t-shirts for our confirmed volunteers (sizes are limited) so email if you can help out.

International Surfing Day sprung from the idea that it would be great to have an annual day to celebrate surfing, while giving thanks and appreciation to our oceans, waves and beaches. From there, the first International Surfing Day began with one international event and 16 domestic events. It has grown to more than 71 International and 90 domestic events, spanning more than 30 countries across the globe. The day is not only filled with fun surf sessions and paddle-outs, but encourages people everywhere, no matter where they live, to give back through various activities organized by the Surfrider Foundation.

Visit www.intlsurfingday.com to learn more.

 

Photo by Kem Nair
May 15, 2012

Core Training this Saturday

CORE TRAINING & Meet the New Regional Coordinator
Saturday, May 19th
Marine Discovery Center 520 Barracuda Blvd. New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
10:00-10:30am Meet and Greet with Holly Parker, new Regional Coordinator
10:30-12:00pm Training

Dont forget to bring a Friend!

RSVP if possible: https://www.facebook.com/events/295495517197750/

We be having a meet and greet with the new Regional Coordinator as well as holding a much need Core Training for members and non-members to come and learn how to become better engaged volunteers.

The person that brings the most friends will get some great swag! We will also have some bagel and coffee available for those just rolling out of bed!

March 8, 2012

Surfrider Monthly Chapter Meeting and Beach Clean-Up

Come join us on Thursday, March 15 as we welcome the lengthening of the days!  Summer is almost here…yay!

Where: Hartford Avenue Beach Approach, Daytona Beach
Date: Thursday, March 15
Time: 5:30pm-7:30pm

Weather permitting… the Surfrider Volusia-Flagler Chapter will be having a Monthly Chapter Meeting/Beach Clean-Up.

We’ll meet at the Surfrider flag at 5:30pm to talk about the upcoming Project BlueGreen Surf Contest/Festival on March 24th and 25th on the beach behind the Hilton.

We could still use some volunteers for this event and also for June’s Eco-Surf Clinic. Email vfsurfrider@gmail.com if you can help out!

We’ll briefly discuss our 2012 schedule and then get some (cigarette) butts off the beach!

Refreshments will be provided and feel free to bring your board…if the waves are good, we might just have to paddle out!

Dont forget to bring a Friend!

January 10, 2012

Recent Article on Jetty Extension

NEW SMYRNA BEACH — There’s a new surf shop in town named Friction, and between the uncertain future of this town’s famed wave and the competition that wave has attracted, friction is something there may be plenty of for this new venture.

Many local surfers worry a pending U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ project to stabilize the inlet’s navigation channel by extending the south jetty also will cut the power off at a break widely regarded as one of the best on the East Coast.

Corps Project Manager Shelley Trulock said she doesn’t expect federal funding via a congressional earmark to come through for the project this or next fiscal year. Trulock also said the Department of Environmental Protection’s permit for the project has been extended through July 27, 2013. And, to lower costs, Trulock said, the extension has been reduced from 1,000 to 900 feet.

To read more click the article below:

 http://www.news-journalonline.com/news/local/southeast-volusia/2012/01/02/jetty-extension-could-alter-new-smyrna-beachs-famed-waves.html

October 27, 2011

TONIGHT! Flagler Pier Surf Zone Meeting

The Flagler Beach City Commission will discuss expanding the no-surf zone around the pier from 150 feet to 300 feet. The regular meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at City Hall, 105 S. 2nd St.

Extending the no surf zone to 300′ would have far reaching implications beyond  simply creating a larger buffer between the fisherman and the surfers. Flagler Beach has been the breeding ground for some of the best surfers in the country all coming from our quaint city. That will change if the buffer zone is extended. The waves break the best closer to the pier and this is the sweet spot that allows the youth to become great athletes and helps to serve as a place for the youth and adults alike. It helps give the youth a place to express themselves, exercise (which nowadays is a feat in itself), and gives them a place to occupy there time instead of hanging in other areas. This buffer has sufficed for many years and should suffice for many more to come. Please re consider this un needed and damaging extension of the buffer zone.

Sign the petition!

 

http://www.news-journalonline.com/news/local/flagler/2011/10/26/surfers-want-piece-of-pier-action.html

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