February 12, 2015

OPC Offers Scholarship to Local High School Seniors

Understanding the value of what our youth bring to our oceans, waves, and beaches, the Olympic Peninsula Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation has offered a 500 dollar scholarship to local high school seniors. The chapter has been privalaged to have local students being involved in our beach cleanup and water quality efforts and the need to give back to the community and to those working for a clean shoreline was apparent, which is why the scholarship has been offered. Below is more information on the scholarship itself and how to apply.

Olympic Peninsula Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation Essay Contest

January 27, 2015

Plastics Problem Letter to The Editor

Local resident Nick Parry describes the plastic problem we are facing in our marine waters in a recent letter to the editor featured in the Peninsula Daily News. We’ve all seen the increase of plastics on our beaches and in our waters so this timely letter is worth the read and thanks for spreading the word Nick!
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November 27, 2014

Chapter Meeting Wednesday December 3rd

Hopefully you fully recover from your Thanksgiving feast and can join us Wednesday night, December 3rd, for our monthly chapter meeting. We will be having a presentation on the recently release study regarding oil transport and export in Washington issued by the Governor. Gus Gates, Surfrider WA Policy Manager, will be presenting on his findings regarding the study and how you can help share your input. For any questions please send us an email or join us at 6pm at Smugglers Landing for a discussion and for sharing some recent surf stories.

November 3, 2014

OPC Chapter Meeting This Wednesday!

We will have our regular monthly meeting this Wednesday starting at 6pm at Smugglers Landing in Port Angeles. For more information on the meeting and the chapter please click the link to see the most recent chapter newsletter.

September 9, 2014

Washington Coast Recreational Use Survey


Hey OPC!   We are so lucky to live in such an incredible and unique corner of our state, let alone the world.  If you spend any time on our beautiful Washington Coast –  hiking, surfing, clamming, camping – please take a few moments to participate in Surfrider’s Recreational Use Survey.  This is an opportunity to shape coastal and ocean management decisions in Washington. Your participation can ensure that important recreation areas are identified and considered in Washington’s Marine Spatial Planning process – and in return you will be helping protect your favorite places and this beautiful corner of the world!

Take the survey: http://surfrider.org/washington-survey/


September 3, 2014

Chapter Meeting Tomorrow Night!!

Want the low-down on everything happening from Surfrider in the PA area? Come to the chapter meeting tomorrow night starting at 6:30 at Smugglers Landing for the full story and check out our recent newsletter for items on the agenda!

August 5, 2014

OPC Annual Potluck!

Our Chapter’s annual Potluck is this Wednesday at Chapter member Daryl Woods home. See the link below for more details, weather is looking great so come join the fun!

June 17, 2014

Annual International Surfing Day Event Friday Night!

This Friday night we will be having our annual ISD event at Harbinger Winery from 6:30-10. Live music, great food, refreshments, and a raffle full of good scores such as a surfboard and snowboard. A family friendly event with a $20 entry, $10 for students with student ID card.

May 31, 2014

June News and Monthly Meeting

OPC News and Monthly Meeting

*Volunteers needed – see below!*

June OPC meeting:

When: Wednesday, June 4 6:30pm ’til the cows come home!
Where: Smugglers Landing Restaurant, 115 E Railroad Ave, Port Angeles, WA 98362

Did you participate in the Coastal Cleanups this past April?  Either way, come check out an awesome slide show of all the hard working, rain-soaked, well-fed, smiling volunteers who spent their Saturday cleaning up the beautiful beaches of the Olympic Coast!

We are counting down the days until the much-awaited International Surf Day celebrations!  Learn more about all the great raffle items we will be giving way, how you can help with event preparation, and help us distribute tickets and posters around the community.

*VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Do you want to be an official judge and hand out prizes for a sand castle competition on Saturday, June 7?  See below for event details and email us if you are interested!  We will even throw in an OPC tshirt for whoever helps out!

We will also hear the latest on the Lafarge property, Surfrider policy updates, and talk about how we can be involved in the community event on June 6 and 7 hosted by Olympic Climate Action.

See you there!

Our Oceans in a Changing Climate

The health of the marine waters that embrace the Olympic Peninsula affects us all. Olympic Climate Action invites you to an evening of engaging folk music and a day of enlightening speakers and activities for the whole family.

June 6: An evening of music with Dana Lyons Concert at the Elwha Heritage Center
June 7:  A day of entertainment, speakers, sand castle contest and other great kids activities and fun events at the Port Angeles waterfront.

See their website for more info: http://olyclimate.org/

COASST Beached Bird Training


Help make a difference for the environment by collecting data for the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST).  COASST is a citizen science project dedicated to involving volunteers in the collection of high quality data on the status of coastal beaches, and trends of seabirds. Our goal is to assist government agencies and other organizations in making informed management and conservation decisions, and promote proactive citizen involvement and action. COASST volunteers systematically count and identify bird carcasses that wash ashore along ocean beaches from northern California to Alaska.  Volunteers need NO experience with birds, just a commitment to survey a specific beach (about 3/4 mile) each month.

If you are interested in participating, join COASST staff for a full, 6-hour training session. Hear about how COASST started, learn how to use the custom Beached Birds field guide, and try out your new skills with some actual specimens.  There is no charge to attend a training, but plan to provide a $20 refundable deposit if you would like to take home a COASST volunteer kit complete with a COASST Beached Birds field guide. Training activities take place indoors.


Sekiu Community Center
42 Rice Street
Sekiu, WA 98381

To reserve your spot at a training session, please contact coasst@uw.edu or 206-221-6893. If you can’t attend this event, please check our website at www.coasst.org or call 206-221-6893 for additional information on upcoming events and trainings.

May 2, 2014

May OPC meeting – Wednesday May 7 @ 6:30pm

When: Wednesday, May 7 6:30pm – “Aloha”
Where: Smugglers Landing Restaurant, 115 E Railroad Ave, Port Angeles, WA 98362

International Surfing Day is just a month and a half away!  On June
20th, beachgoers and surf enthusiasts from around the world will come
together to celebrate the Surfrider Foundation’s 10-Year Anniversary of
International Surfing Day. Check it out: http://isd.surfrider.org/
Our local OP Chapter will be hosting an International Surfing Day celebration
at a local winery with good music, great food and guaranteed fun.  Come to
the May meeting to learn more!

We will also be providing updates on the LaFarage property, PA landfill, coastal
cleanups, state and national Surfrider updates, and much