Surfrider Beach Cleanup

This past Sunday, we volunteered to pick up trash on San Francisco's iconic Ocean Beach.

The famous Cliff House, overlooking Ocean Beach

We checked in at Stairwell 17 and were given buckets, gloves and a stick for picking up trash. We set out towards the ocean in search of plastic, cigarettes and micro trash. 

Trolling the beach for bits of garbage.

The littlest Surfrider helper!

Getting down n' dirty

There were over 50 volunteers and each came back with their buckets full of garbage. We thought it might be hard to find trash with so many people covering such a small area, but each person followed behind the next finding more small bits of trash the previous volunteer did not spot at first glance. It's crazy (and sad) that there is so much trash on just one beach, but it was also great to see everyone getting so fired up about doing their part to help clean up.

Founded almost 30 years ago by a group of surfers in Malibu, CA, The Surfrider Foundation strives to protect the ocean, beach and the waves they love by building a network of likeminded ocean lovers to lead others to defend our coasts. Their vision is "to keep our beaches open to everyone, promote smart coastal development that avoids coastal impacts, protect special ocean and coastal places before they are threatened, ensure the water is clean to surf and swim and the beaches are free of plastic litter."

 

Surfrider Foundation runs a number of campaigns and makes it super easy to for anyone get involved. In San Francisco alone they host 3 beach cleanups a month (1st and 3rd Sunday of each month at Ocean Beach, Stairwell 17 10am-12pm and Baker Beach and the last Saturday of each month on Baker Beach). 

Learn more about how you can get involved with your local chapter here and check out some of their awesome ads & campaigns aimed to build awareness about protecting (and enjoying!) our oceans and beaches. 

Read more about how Blu Kicks gives back to our oceans, lakes and rivers and check out each organization to find out how you can help!