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:


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:

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 or 206-221-6893. If you can’t attend this event, please check our website at 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:
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

May 2, 2014

Coastal Cleanup Thank You!!

A big THANK YOU to everyone who helped make this year’s Coastal Cleanup a success! Through the wind and
rain on an Easter weekend, we prevailed! The Olympic Peninsula Surfrider chapter assisted the Washington Coast Savers annual beach cleanup by hosting a volunteer BBQ at Hobuck Beach Resort. This is an event that the OPC looks forward to every year. We are looking forward to helping out for many years to come.  Thanks again everyone!

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April 24, 2014

Momenta | A Documentary on Coal Exports

Event Date:  Friday, April 25, 2014 – 7:00pm 

Event Location:  Maier Performance Hall, Peninsula College, Port Angeles

A Pacific Northwest coal project is threatening the global environment on a scale greater than the Keystone Pipeline, but most people have never heard of it. Momenta is a documentary film project that shares the story of the people living along the coal export trail and the project’s global environmental implications.  Co-sponsored by the Surfrider Foundation’s Olympic Peninsula Chapter.

Watch the Trailer

40 minutes Directed by Andy Miller and Robin Moore (2014)

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March 27, 2014

April OPC meeting: Mangrove Action Project

April OPC meeting: Mangrove Action Project with PA local – Alfredo Quarto!

When: Wednesday, April 2 6:30pm to whenever Rick kicks us out!
Where: Smugglers Landing Restaurant, 115 E Railroad Ave, Port Angeles, WA 98362

Come check out PA local, Alfredo Quarto, speak about his work with the Mangrove Action Project.  He is Executive Director and Co-founder of this organization which focuses on partnering with mangrove forest communities, grassroots NGOs, researchers, and local governments to conserve and restore mangrove forests and related coastal ecosystems, while promoting community-based sustainable management of coastal resources.

We will also be providing updates on the LaFarage property, beach cleanups, Hazwoper trainings, International Surf Day, state and national Surfrider updates, and much more!  *See attached agenda.

Also check out these upcoming events:

Washington Coast Beach Cleanups

Mark your calendars for April 19th, 2014 when CoastSavers and Surfrider will be hosting the Washington Coast Cleanup. Let your friends and family know about this opportunity to spend some quality time together on the beach, making a positive difference!  Cleanups will be taking place up and down the coast – BBQ to follow!  Check to out their website for more info and to register:

River & Ocean Film Festival

Date: April 19th, 2014
Where: Forks High School, Forks, Washington
Free admission. Doors open at 6 p.m. Films start at 7 p.m.

Enjoy film explorations of our rivers and oceans at the First Annual River & Ocean Film Festival at Forks High School on April 19. This event, held in conjunction with the RainFest River & Ocean Fair and the Washington Coast Clean-up, celebrates the freshwater and marine environments of the west end of the Olympic Peninsula. Short films from the Olympic Peninsula and beyond will highlight the beauty and opportunity of this region, as well as some of the issues faced by its marine and freshwater habitats and the human community. The event is free and open to all. The selected films are primarily shot in a documentary style and are family-friendly.

The Films will be shown at the Forks High School auditorium (around the back of the high school on the north side).

If you would like to submit a film for presentation at the festival, check out our website:

March 27, 2014

Why we love Surfrider

A rhetorical question, I know!  But sometimes it’s good practice to reflect on why we all became involved with this awesome organization in the first place and why we continuously give our time and energy to supporting the mission of the organization (hint hint: The protection and enjoyment of oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network).  This is exactly why we asked our members and guests at the OPC last month – why do they love Surfrider?  And I have to say we have an incredibly dedicated group of members and volunteers up here.  Here are some of the responses we heard:

  • The chapter is encouraging and open to new members
  • The local chapter network
  • It is a “young” organization that has made it very far in such a short amount of time (says one of our members who has been surfing these waters for over 52 years!)
  • We do hands-on work within the community – beach outhouses, beach clean ups, bbqs
  • We are involved in LOCAL marine issues
  • Good opportunity to get involved and give back to the community
  • Surfrider is an opportunity to get involved in a little bit of everything – hands-on work, policy, activism and pure enjoyment of the water!

Thanks for sharing with us and we hope to continue to inspire and create meaningful, positive impacts within our community!