By: Carsen Ott, Alexander Burgos, Pedro Juan Vazquez & Joan Rivera
Whether you are a surfer, swimmer, or just like to tan on the beach, we all enjoy the beaches, oceans, and waves of Puerto Rico. With the help of Surfrider Foundation and the opportunities they provide, anyone can do their part to keep Puerto Rico’s beaches and the ocean a clean place for everyone to enjoy. Becoming a member of Surfrider is an easy and fun way to get involved in your community and you’ll feel great about helping the environment.
The first Surfrider Foundation was established in Malibu, California in 1984 by a group of surfers. They began as a small group by protesting threats towards their Malibu Point surf break. Today, there are over 50,000 members in 80 different chapters worldwide spanning from Florida to Brazil to Japan.
The Surfrider Foundation chapters are the heart and soul of the Surfrider Foundation. They act locally to protect their community’s coast. If you love your oceans, waves and beaches you too can volunteer with your nearest local chapter in Rincón, Puerto Rico.
On an island as precious and small as Puerto Rico, environmental degradation is more than evident. With mass amounts of tourists and developers interested in coastal property, development has increased at an alarming rate. However, many have not realized the negative effects of this development and how detrimental to marine life, extreme coastal erosion and water pollution.
“The water quality is especially alarming in Rincón,” says Rincón chapter intern Nathan Clark, “people are swimming and surfing in highly contaminated water.” To find the source, water testing must be done, which can be quite expensive. However, with the help of volunteers and member funds, Surfrider can figure out the source of contamination and how to fight it head on.
Surfrider Foundation Rincón chapter as a fun, collective and alternative way to keep Puerto Rico’s environment clean, healthy and preserved for future generations. After attending one monthly meeting and getting to know the wonderful, progressive, and fun the people and events and activities are, you will understand how important you’re involvement is and how enjoyable it can be saving the environment.
There are so many opportunities to help through Surfrider that other environmental organizations don’t offer. Inten Clark lists some of these, “Surfrider stages activities such as pot-lucks, paddle-outs, concerts, beach clean-ups, boat rides, and snorkeling and scuba diving to clean the reef. They are all attended by lots of awesome people who really care about the wellbeing of Puerto Rico’s beautiful surroundings.”
Surfrider Foundation Rincón chapter is a fun, collective and alternative way to keep Puerto Rico’s environment clean, healthy and preserved for future generations. After attending one monthly meeting and getting to know the wonderful, progressive, and fun the people and events and activities are, you will understand how important you’re involvement is and how enjoyable it can be saving the environment.
Through becoming involved with Surfrider Foundation you will feel great about doing your part to save Puerto Rico’s beautiful island. You will make fun and environmentally conscious friends, enjoy outdoor activities with people like yourself, do your part to protect one of the most visited places of recreation, the beaches. You will also stand out from the crowd engaging in new and alternative experiences.
Wess Merten, chairperson of the Rincón chapter explains how important volunteers are to the success of the environmental campaigns that Surfrider are fighting to pass. “Volunteers are the backbone of everything we do. Without their help, triumphs like the Salva Tres Palmas campaign – turning Tres Palmas into the first marine reserve on the mainland of Puerto Rico – could never have happened.”
If the following environmental goals sound important and interesting to you, Surfrider Foundation Rincón is the perfect volunteer opportunity! The strategic goals are as follows:
- Stop human interruption of natural beach processes.
- Improve coastal water quality.
- Ensure healthy coastal ocean ecosystems.
- Protect waves.
- Secure universal, low-impact beach access.
- Motivate a global movement of care for coasts.
- Attain our vision through chapter-based activism – focus on community involvement.
With volunteers helping in new and exciting ways by becoming members of Surfrider, it is possible to become a huge part in the push for environmental acknowledgment and appreciation by making beaches be recognized as important ecosystems that bridge the land-sea boundary and promoting the protection of surfing areas and other recreational amenities so that Puerto Rico’s beaches will be healthy and unpolluted for future generations.
By becoming a member of Surfrider you are eligible to receive great benefits. These include 1 year’s worth of Surfrider Foundation’s award-winning publication, Making Waves, discounts at a number of retailers and restaurants, membership stickers, and a special Surfrider Foundation t-shirt. However, above all, you will feel the satisfaction of enjoying outdoors activities with people like yourself.
How You Can Become Involved in The Surfrider Foundation Rincón!
- Attend a Monthly Meeting held on the first Thursday of every month at Rincón’s public beach.
- Sign up and volunteer for one of the many events or activities held throughout the month.
- Sign up to be on Surfrider’s mailing list to receive emails about events.
- Become a member.
- Make a donation.
- Gift a donation.
- Visit The Surfrider Foundation Rincón’s website to learn more: http://www.surfrider.org/rincon
A link to our powerpoint presentation: https://engl3268.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/surfrider2.ppt