Surfrider Foundation – Santa Barbara Chapter


Our oceans, beaches, and waves belong to all of us and it is our job to protect them.

When you support the Santa Barbara chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, you are helping the chapter to continue to be one of the most successful volunteer environmental organizations in our community. Here are the victories that the Santa Barbara Chapter has achieved since its inception in 1992:

  • Isla Vista Seawall. Surfrider successfully opposed the plan to line Isla Vista Beach with a seawall that would have blocked lateral beach access and would have covered the beach at high tide.
  • ARCO Golf Course Project. Surfrider fought a successful 10-year battle against a plan by one of the largest corporations in the world to convert 200 acres of Gaviota Coast agricultural land into two golf courses. The golf courses would have generated toxic chemical run-off from pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers that would have contaminated surf spots and marine habitats. The project would have set an environmentally harmful precedent for development on the Gaviota Coast.
  • Naples MOU. Surfrider was the only organization to oppose the first memorandum of understanding between the County of Santa Barbara and developer Matt Osgood, who wanted to develop luxury homes in the Naples antiquated subdivision on Gaviota Coast land that was zoned for agriculture. Because of Surfrider’s effort, the county changed its agreement with Osgood to require one environmental impact report for his entire project instead of the two reports that he wanted. This began a series of events that eventually resulted in Osgood defaulting on his loan for the project, and it resulted in the consequent foreclosure by First Bank, which had loaned him the money to purchase the property. Imagine what might have happened if Surfrider had not been willing initially to stand alone against development at Naples.
  • Isla Vista Parking Program. Surfrider successfully fought the plan by the County of Santa Barbara to restrict coastal access parking in Isla Vista, which would have limited access to Sands Beach, which has the most consistent surf between Summerland and Gaviota.
  • Goleta Beach Groin. Surfrider prevented the construction of this environmentally harmful project that would have caused downcoast erosion of the beaches at More Mesa and Hope Ranch.

When we see what we love in trouble, we act. And we win.

Our irreplaceable Santa Barbara chapter volunteers serve as the first response to local threats in throughout Santa Barbara county. They are the boots on the ground who collaborate on both the local and national level with regional staff and issue experts to carry out our mission through campaign, program and educational initiatives in their local communities.

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Protect & Enjoy

Surfrider SB has built a network of coastal defenders who transform their passion for our coast into lasting protection. Bridging local knowledge with national experts in law, policy and science, our formula for success — both the playbook and the team — produces victories for our beaches year after year. Over the last 25 years we have a track record of more victories.

We don’t just play. We win.