Washington Region

About Us

Our Network

The Washington State Surfrider Foundation Chapters are brought together under the Surfrider Foundation mission statement of the protection and enjoyment of our ocean, waves, and beaches through a powerful activist network. We are surfers, beach-goers, paddlers, divers, and those who simply love our marine waters and beaches in Washington State. Our chapter volunteers engage in a variety of programs and campaigns in the state such as: water quality testing, ocean friendly gardens, plastic reduction strategies, marine spatial planning, beach cleanups, leadership development, and fun events to showcase their work.

Washington activists come from all different backgrounds. You do not have to be a surfer to take part in your local chapter- many of our members enjoy photography, beach cleanups, and other water sports like diving, kayaking, and stand up paddle boarding – all you need is a passion for clean water and a commitment to fun and goals along with other chapter activists. Visit your local chapter’s page to see what is happening in your community and get active today!

Staff Support

We have two staff in Washington working on a full-time basis to further the Surfrider mission and help support our chapter programs and campaigns. Below is a little bit about them, the committees that they serve on, and their contact information.

Gus Gates – Washington Policy Manager


In his role as the Washington Policy Manager, Gus coordinates the chapters role on statewide policy initiatives such as ocean protection, coastal resiliency and eliminating plastic pollution, distilling complex information into actionable pieces, and helping to elevate our collective voice on coastal conservation issues. Gus resides in the Rainier Beach neighborhood of South Seattle, and has been a member of the Surfrider staff for over 10 years in the Pacific Northwest. Gus coordinates the Washington Chapters Policy Advisory Committee, and also serves at the pleasure of the Governor as the ocean recreation representative on the Washington Coastal Marine Advisory Council, as well as the Marine Resources Advisory Council focusing on implementing solutions on ocean acidification. Additionally, he represents Surfrider on the Puget Sound Environmental Caucus as well as the Washington Environmental Priorities Coalition. In his free time, Gus enjoys surfing, snowboarding, gardening, kayaking/fishing, and hiking/camping. Contact Gus.

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Our Mission

Our mission is the protection and enjoyment of ocean, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. Learn more about our network and our work.

You can think about that as three concepts. “Protection and enjoyment”, we don’t want to put a velvet rope around a beach and tell people to keep off. We spend a lot of time on and in our waters…we enjoy the coasts. We’re a user group. Next up is “oceans, waves and beaches.” Think coastlines, we’re engaged with environmental issues that affect our coastlines. “Powerful activist network” speaks to how we go about this mission. We are a grassroots organization. We’re local in many coastal regions.

We’re moms and dads, we’re surfers and beach goers, we’re kids and retirees… we’re you. We’re engaged to protect what we love: oceans, waves and beaches.

We would love to have you join us, you can join Surfrider here.