The Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves and beaches for all people, through a powerful activist network. The Surfrider Foundation was founded in 1984.
The Surfrider Foundation is a largely volunteer-run organization. Nationwide, there are 80 local chapters doing the grassroots work along with 100 youth clubs. The Oahu Chapter is one of the 80 Chapters, and 7 youth clubs are active on the island of Oahu.
Nationwide, Surfrider activists are working on more than 100 campaigns across the country at any given time, with victories being won every month for our ocean. The Oahu Chapter works with incredible partner organizations and community members to make our victories possible. Some of the Oahu Chapter’s most notable victories include:
Bill 40: Bans Single-use Takeout Plastic at Food Establishments (2019)
When passed, this law was the most comprehensive ban on single-use plastics in the nation. It applies to the City and County of Honolulu (Oʻahu Island). The law phases in on January 1, 2021 with final phase on January 1, 2022. FAQ Here.
Ban on Toxic Sunscreen (2018)
Hawaii became the first place in the world to ban toxic sunscreen chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate that threaten our coral reefs. It goes into effect January 1, 2021.
Ban on Single-Use Plastic Bags County-by-County in Hawaii (2015)
This effectively made Hawaii the first state to ban plastic bags. Each county/island bag ban varies. For information on Oahu’s bag ban, go here.
Ban on Smoking at State Parks and Beaches (2015)
Hawaii became the first state to ban smoking at public parks and beaches. Cigarettes are the #1 littered item in the world, making this a huge victory for our beaches and ocean.