June 21, 2015

Coverage from Margo’s stop in Detroit

It was a great time hosting and we wish her the best with the rest of her journey! Check out the story below.

Margo arriving ashore, met by Chapter President Ingo

Margo arriving ashore, met by Chapter President Ingo


June 3, 2015

Clean Water Paddle – Big Apple to Big Easy

One of Surfrider Foundation’s own is embarking on a stand-alone effort to raise awareness around water quality issues. The effort is a long-distance paddle by Margo Pellegrino, of the South Jersey Chapter, in her outrigger canoe. Margo will be paddling from the Big Apple (NYC) to the Big Easy (New Orleans) in a 2-part journey. Part I – which will be NYC to Chicago – will be from May 20 to July 18, 2015. Part II will take place in 2016.

Margo Pellegrino from the South Jersey Chapter of Surfrider

Margo Pellegrino from the South Jersey Chapter of Surfrider

Specifically, Margo wants to bring attention to the importance of/attack on the Clean Water Rule that the EPA is trying to finalize in order to expand the types of water bodies that the Clean Water Act protects (Surfrider action alert here). Margo is finding partners with local Surfrider Chapters and other like-minded organizations along the way to bring attention to local clean water issues as well – to encourage community dialogue, action, and stewardship around clean water.

We here in the Southeaster Michigan Chapter of Surfrider look forward to receiving Margo on June 17 in Detroit!

The paddle – stop locations and dates:


The project:

November 11, 2014

Surfrider Foundation names new CEO

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif., Sep. 25, 2014—The Surfrider Foundation Board of Directors today announced that Environmental Director, Dr. Chad Nelsen, has been selected as the Chief Executive Officer of the Surfrider Foundation, the largest grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our oceans, waves and beaches.

“Chad’s 16 years at the Surfrider Foundation as the Environmental Director has been marked by outstanding stewardship of our conservation mission,” Board of Directors Chair Liisa Pierce Fiedelholtz shared. “Nelsen’s proven track-record of leading high impact campaigns has clearly demonstrated his ability to significantly build the reach of this incredible organization.”

Effective on Monday, September 29, Nelsen will lead the Surfrider Foundation to support its 250,000-plus supporters, activists, and members, including 84 Surfrider Chapters around the country. He will work closely with the staff and the Board of Directors to develop a strategic plan that will grow and strengthen the organization.

“I am extremely honored to lead the Surfrider Foundation,” said Nelsen. “Our mission to protect our coasts is vital, and the strength and dedication of our grassroots activist network is the key to our success.”

Nelsen is very engaged in the environmental nonprofit community. He currently serves as the Board President for Save the Waves, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the coastal environment, with an emphasis on surf zone protection. He is also a Director at The Coastal Society, an international society that addresses technical, policy, educational, and management issues that relate to coastal areas.

He received a Doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles, a Master’s of Environmental Management from Duke University’s Nicholas School for the Environment, and a Bachelor’s of Science from Brown University.

On behalf of the Surfrider Foundation, the Board of Directors would like to thank outgoing CEO, Jim Moriarty, for his nine years of service to the organization and for his leadership, vision, and dedication.

For more information about the Surfrider Foundation, please visit surfrider.org.

Katie Ferguson, Communications Manager, kferguson@surfrider.org.

Make sure to check out his blog posts here to get to know Chad better!

June 3, 2014

International Surf Day, Celebrating 10 Years of Stoke!

On Friday June 20, beachgoers and surf enthusiasts from around the world will come together to celebrate the Surfrider Foundation’s 10-Year Anniversary of International Surfing Day (#ISD14). The nonprofit organization, which is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network, invites the public to save the date and take the day off work to join the fun!

ISDAs we remain steadfast to Surfrider’s mission to protect our favorite waves and surfing spots around the country, take this day to show your love and support. Participation in International Surfing Day is free. To find an event or to register for one, simply click on events.

Not near a beach or a Chapter on June 20? There are a variety of ways you can celebrate and give back to our beaches and ocean, such as picking up trash, hosting an event and becoming a Surfrider Foundation member.

Founded in 2005 by Surfrider Foundation and Surfing Magazine, International Surfing Day started with nearly 16 domestic and one international event, and has grown exponentially to 200-plus events in more than 30 countries. Since its inception, approximately 70 tons of trash has been removed from our coastal environments.

This International Surfing Day, Celebrating 10 Years of Stoke, is presented by the Surfrider Foundation, Volkswagen and ZeeBerry.com.

Media partners include Surfing Magazine and Surfline.com. In-Kind sponsors include Billabong, Spy, Vans, Firewire, Hurley, Rip Curl, Quiksilver, Roxy, O’Neill, Ocean Minded, Emergen-C, Earthpack, RVCA, Sanuk, Swell, Volcom, Rusty, Fresh & Clean Media, On A Mission, Fox, SIMA and Arbor.

Get stoked and join Surfrider’s 10-year celebration! To obtain a complete schedule of local events, ambassadors, special membership offers and contests, visit isd.surfrider.org (Share your Instagram photos with @surfrider and #ISD14).

February 13, 2014

Coastal Survey

Many thanks to Dr. Bob Howe and Ms. Erin Giese from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay for sharing this resource. If you’re scouting for a lake trip, want to get an aerial view of your favorite spot, or just curious what the shoreline of Michigan looks like be sure to check this out. This is from Erin,

The USACE took oblique images of the entire Great Lakes shoreline (USA portion only) in 2012 by plane and has provided the images for free online.  Check out this link:
http://greatlakes.usace.army.mil/  .

How to use this tool:
Once you’ve opened the webpage, select a Great Lake (or river) of interest to you by checking the appropriate box in the left-hand window pane.  You may select or deselect a particular state as well.  To view an image of interest to you, zoom into the area on the Google satellite map (in middle), and then select a spot along one of the colored lines that you’d like to view.  Note that each colored line represents an individual pass of an airplane.  Once you select a spot along the line, a window pane on the right will appear showing you the image of that exact spot on the map.  Double clicking the image will enlarge it and offer metadata.  If you scroll up and down and select different images in the right-hand window pane, your camera icon on the satellite map will move along with your picture change.

Your Friends at Southeastern Michigan Chapter of The Surfrider Foundation

February 3, 2014


Hey everybody, the band Slightly Stoopid is coming to town this spring. If you are new to the group, they are a California band with a unique blended music self-described as “a fusion of folk, rock, reggae and blues with hip-hop, funk, metal and punk.” For their tour they will be in town on March 16th in St. Andrew’s Hall in Detroit. Southeastern Michigan Surfrider will be attending and have a booth set up at the event. So check out the band, grab a buddy, and join us when the weather warms up!



September 8, 2013

Southeastern Michigan Chapter Surfrider members enjoy Detroit SUP Festival 2013

September 1, 2013

Bass Tourney at Lake St. Clair Metropark

We had our second big member drive during the Bass Tourney  at Lake St. Clair Metro Park this Aug 22-25 2013.


Giving people the chance to do the right thing with their finished plastic bottles.

Aug 22-25, 2013

Aug 22-25, 2013

Our Treasurer, Claudia, helps construct our booth!

August 28, 2013


Local  West Bloomfield artist contributes to this poster and captures our beginning. It really shows what we’re all about, check it out!

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(A .pdf formatted version coming soon)

August 21, 2013

August 22, 2013

Welcome to the Southeastern Michigan Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation. Our chapter will be focusing on the many inland lakes surrounding Detroit, Lake St. Clair, Detroit River and Lake Erie. We feel very much like the founders of Surfrider back in 1984. They were compelled to protect what they so dearly loved, a classic and iconic wave in Malibu California. Us Michiganders who have founded, and who are now presiding over this chapter, also feel compelled to protect our precious fresh water. This water not only allows us to enjoy our activities; water skiing, wake boarding, SUP; fishing, boating etc… and yes, unsalted surf; but also represents approximately 23 percent of this earth’s fresh water!

It is our privilege to represent the foundation here in Southeastern Michigan and its core values. It is also our privilege to work together with our friends, neighbors and communities to pull together and find a solution towards the preservation of our water.

By working together in an environment of trust and mutual respect, creating awareness and embracing change – we can make a difference. The initiatives and programs afforded to us from the foundations headquarters in San Clemente, California combined with our efforts locally will move us in a direction our children and grandchildren will be proud of. Because when it comes to clean fresh water and some H2o induced fun – tomorrow is already here! Let’s work together and protect this precious resource.

Sincerely, and on behalf of the Southeastern Michigan Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, welcome. Please join us to make us heard and have an impact on what we love.

Ingo Griessmann / Chair Southeastern Michigan Chapter


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