Today we celebrate all of the women who protect our oceans — volunteers, activists, chapter leaders, legal experts, scientists, surfers, beachgoers, and so many more who contribute to the preservation and the protection of the place we call home — our ocean. Let’s take a moment to reflect on some of the progress we’ve made recently.

Equal pay in surfing –

“There is now a tribe of women big-wave surfers who have dedicated their lives to surfing big waves and want to showcase their talent… We need to show this next generation of girls and boys that all of us are equal and have equal opportunities.” – NY Times

Black Girl Surf –

Last week, we introduced you to Rhonda Harper, Founder of Black Girl Surf – “Welcome to “Get to Know,” a series highlighting Surfrider staff, chapter activists, friends and and other folks integral to our fight to protect California’s ocean, beaches and waves! This week, we’d like you to meet Rhonda Harper, founder of Black Girls Surf and longtime Surfrider supporter.” – Read on!

New Fish and Game Commissioner –

“Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the appointment Thursday of a San Diego County resident to the state’s Fish and Game Commission. Del Mar resident Samantha Murray, 42, has been executive director of the Master of Advanced Studies Program in Marine Biodiversity & Conservation at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography since 2017. She also runs her own consulting business”. – Read on!

One Ocean – Women Making Waves

Surfrider has had a number of major coastal victories recently that would not have been possible without the contributions of the extraordinary women who are part of Surfrider – scientists, attorneys, policy experts, teachers, volunteers, and surfers – women fighting to protect what we love. This year, we celebrate and honor all the Women Making Waves in their communities and across our network. – Read on!