Our Mission

The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over over 250,000 supporters, activists and members and 100 chapters worldwide.

The Miami chapter was started by Wyatt Porter Brown and T.C in 1997, to begin pressing the City of Miami Beach to enforce existing litter laws and reverse the trashing of our local beaches.

Board of Directors

Spencer Ash, MPS • Chair •  chair@miami.surfrider.org
(Marine Affairs and Policy / Oceans and Human Health)

Lexi Brouwer • Vice-Chair • vicechair@miami.surfrider.org

Devon Bateman • Secretary • secretary@miami.surfrider.org

Mike Gibaldi, APR • Treasurer • treasurer@miami.surfrider.org
(Fmr. Chair, 2013)

OPEN • Volunteer Cord. • volunteercoordinator@miami.surfrider.org


At Large Board Members:

Jesse Bull, PhD • At Large1 • atlarge1@miami.surfrider.org
(Fmr. Chair, 2012 | Economics Professor, Florida International University)

Scott Stripling • At Large • atlarge2@miami.surfrider.org
(Fmr. Chair, 2013-2014 | BWTF Director | NOAA Meteorologist, National Hurricane Center)

Leigh Emerson-Smith• At Large • atlarge3@miami.surfrider.org
(Retired Miami Beach Lifeguard)


Program Coordinators:

Iris • Rise Above Plastics Coordinator • RAPCoordinator@miami.surfrider.org

Julia & Angela • Ocean Friendly Restaurants

Steve Vicenti • Beach Guru • BeachGuru@miami.surfrider.org

Jayson Koch (Fmr. Chair 2015-2018) & Seth Bloomgarden• Strategic Partnerships •

Dorothy Cambell, PTA • SUP Liaison
(Jackson Health System)