Sebastian Inlet

The Sebastian Inlet Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation was founded in 1997 and spans portions of Brevard and Indian River counties in Florida. Our mission is the protection and enjoyment of oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. More Details
September 19, 2016

Executive Committee Declared Candidates

The following people have declared themselves for consideration for our Executive Committee elections in November:

  • Chair – Alec Buchness
  • Vice Chair – Josh Pause
  • Treasurer – Eric Schwarze
  • Secretary – Allison Arteaga
  • Volunteer Coordination – Ryan Dadds

 

June 20, 2016

Meeting Minutes

Read minutes from May 17, 2016 Executive Council meeting.

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June 16, 2016

Surfrider Elementary Education

When it comes to teaching children about ecology, there is no better tutor than mother ocean herself. This is why the Sebastian Inlet chapter of Surfrider was happy to partner with Ms. Weiss’ summer marine ecology program to offer her elementary-aged students some hands-on experience with the beach.

A perfect morning at the Archie Carr National Wildlife Preserve

A perfect morning at the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge

Our elementary education began with a scavenger hunt, eager to see who we might find on the beach that day.

Mrs. Weiss teaches us about our friend the Horseshoe crab.

Ms. Weiss teaches us about our friend the Horseshoe Crab.

Did you know? A horseshoe crab has 7 eyes, plus a photoreceptor in his tail.

Did you know? A Horseshoe Crab has 7 eyes, plus a photoreceptor on his tail.

In addition to the usual surfers and fishermen, we saw Pelicans, Sand Pipers, and even a Great Blue Heron. We also found this guy out for a stroll…

The burrowing ghost crab is easily startled, but this guy was brave enough to come out and meet the class.

The burrowing Ghost Crab is easily startled, but this guy was brave enough to come out and meet the class.

Some of the more entrepreneurial students ran off in search of buried Spanish treasure…

In search of Spanish doubloons...

In search of Spanish doubloons…

Hey, don’t laugh- stranger things have happened!

Of course, the real treasure located at the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge is our precious endangered sea turtles. Loggerheads and Green Turtles come from all over the Western Hemisphere to nest here, and our class was lucky enough to see a few of these nests and turtle tracks for themselves.

Exploring the tracks left behind by a mother sea turtle.

Exploring the tracks left behind by a mother sea turtle.

We explored all sorts of interesting creatures, both big and small.

The sand flea may not look very impressive, but it remains a cornerstone of our beach's food web.

The Sand Flea may not look very impressive, but it remains a cornerstone of our beach’s food web.

We also discussed our critical dune habitats, and how native plants like Railroad Vine, Beach Sunflower and Sea Oats help to maintain and build a healthy dune. These Sea Oats were planted by our chapter only a few years ago, and already the new dune is thriving and full of life.

Plants: the silent heroes of dune restoration.

Plants: the silent heroes of dune restoration.

Of course, no trip to the beach is complete without a tasty snack.

This watermelon sea turtle was created by the lovely Maureen Pause.

This watermelon sea turtle was created by the lovely Maureen Pause.

Healthy snacks, provided care of the Surfrider Foundation.

Healthy snacks, provided care of the Surfrider Foundation.

Best of all: no plastic garbage once the snacking is done.

Best of all: no plastic garbage once the snacking is done.

We also took the time to discuss the sorts of things that do not belong on our beaches, like single-use plastics, which harm our nesting turtles and collect in massive ocean gyres.

Trash collected within a quarter mile of the Ponce De Leon Beach.

Trash collected within a quarter mile of the Ponce De Leon Beach. What sort of example are we setting for our kids?

It is our privilege to help pass along our love of the beach to the next generation of Floridians. It is our goal to reach as many young students as we possibly can via our elementary education initiative.

Changing the world, one step at a time.

Changing the world, one step at a time.

All in all, it was a lovely morning. The only downside was this: we never did find that treasure…

Josh Pause offers a helping hand.

Josh Pause offers a helping hand.

Would your class benefit from a field trip like this? If so, please contact Josh Pause via email or via our Facebook page in order to schedule your event today.

We understand the limited budgets of our teachers and school districts. That is why there is no fee associated with these field trips. You supply the kids; we’re happy to provide everything else.

May 25, 2016

Capt Hirams 1st Annual Surf Fest: Saturday, June 4th

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May 9, 2016

Meeting Minutes

Read minutes from April 19, 2016 Executive Council meeting.

August 3, 2015

Join Us!

Pelican Park

June 10, 2015

International Surfing Day: June 20 & 21, 2015

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Saturday, June 20

Sports Page

220 Highway A1A, Satellite Beach FL 32937

Starts at 9pm

Member Appreciation Party

  • Swag!
  • Prize Wheel!
  • Drink and Beer Specials!
  • Live Music from Fresh Squeeze!
  • Vintage Surfboard Raffle!

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Sunday, June 21

Paradise Beach Park

2301 N. A1A @ The Big Pavilion

10am – 5pm

FREE…

  • surf lessons for kids
  • T-shirts for members
  • lunch from the grill
  • live music
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May 20, 2015

Surfrider National Features Mike Daniel Article

Our own Mike Daniel was recently featured on the national Surfrider website:

From Melbourne Beach down to Sebastian Inlet, the southern fifteen miles of Brevard County’s coast has always been a haven for surfers. The water always seemed a little clearer, the waves a little snappier, and the relative sparseness of development made for ‘’wilder’’ beaches. And of course there was the Sebastian Inlet itself, home to the best-known wave on the East Coast.

You can read the full article here.

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March 11, 2015

Florida Coasts & Oceans Day

Join the Surfrider Foundation and Florida Coastal and Ocean Coalition on March 24th and 25th at the Florida Capitol for Florida Coasts & Oceans Day!

We’ll kick things off with a lobbying training session on March 24th from 6:00-7:30pm at 621 Gallery, followed by a reception and mixer at Grasslands Brewery!

On March 25th we’ll have educational displays from other environmental causes and will spend the day meeting with legislators and attending committee meetings, touring the capitol, and networking with other ocean champions from across the state!

RSVP here!

Find more info on Facebook!

October 31, 2014

Surfrider FL State Conference Surf Stomp

Surf Stomp BBQ Party

Surf Stomp and BBQ, Live music Billy Chapman Band, surf videos, swag, and beer specials at the SportsPage, Satellite Beach, Florida on November 8th, 2014. 

$7 Show, $15 Show & BBQ. 

Proceeds benefit the Surfrider Foundation – Sebastian Inlet Chapter and Cocoa Beach Surfrider Foundation.

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