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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 three 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.

Brice Boland – Washington Field Manager

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As the Washington Field Manager, Brice is the main point of contact supporting our chapter network. He serves as a resource for all chapter fundraising, campaign planning, and program development in Washington while making sure our activists have fun while doing so. Brice resides in the community of Tacoma, and brings a background working with non-profits as well as experience in the political field. He is constantly inspired by people who strive to make their local areas better places to live, work and play. Brice is also actively involved representing Surfrider with other Washington organizations serving on committees for Washington CoastSavers and the Puyallup Watershed Initiative. His passions include team sports, walking the beach or playing in the ocean, and skiing the rugged Cascade terrain. Contact Brice.

Gus Gates – Washington Policy Manager

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In his role as the Washington Policy Manager, Gus coordinates the chapters role on statewide policy initiatives such as marine spatial planning and ocean acidification, 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 9 years in the Pacific Northwest. Gus coordinates the Washington Chapters Policy Advisory Committee, and also serves at the pleasure of the Governor on 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.

Casey Dennehy – Washington Coast Program Manager

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As the Washington Coast Program Manager, Casey represents coastal recreational users on a number of stakeholder advisory bodies, including the Washington Coast Marine Advisory Council, the Grays Harbor County Marine Resources Committee, and the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council. As a resident of Westport, Casey has a deep understanding of coastal issues and actively works to protect our amazing ecological and recreational resources by engaging in the state’s Marine Spatial Planning effort, and the local Shoreline Master Plans. Casey also directs the Washington Surfrider Leadership Academy. During his free time, he enjoys surfing, clamming, fishing, agate hunting and hiking. Contact Casey.

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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.

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