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A Rising Tide of Activism, Part 1: Surfrider Washington adds a new Chapter!

With the addition of the newly formed Grays Harbor Chapter, Surfrider Washington is now six chapters strong!

Way back in 2022, Surfrider Foundation published our new strategic plan that lays out a pathway for our organization to make a quantum leap to protect our coasts. By continuing to enhance our expertise, influence, and the power of our grassroots network, we aim to set the national agenda on climate and coasts.

A critical part of that strategic plan is to grow our network (currently ~200 chapters and student clubs) to over 120 Chapters and 400 Clubs. We are stoked here in Washington to be leading the charge with the addition of the Grays Harbor Chapter! 

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The Chapter got started back in early 2023, and has since continued to recruit and grow, hosting multiple cleanups and an epic launch party back in February - we had a full house, delicious food provided (plastic free!) by Oyhut Bay Grill, and sweet prizes donated by the North Coast Surf Shop!

Currently based out of Ocean Shores, the chapter plans to expand to the greater Grays Harbor area, including Aberdeen, Hoquiam, and Westport in the coming years. Right now, their focus is on plastic pollution - raising awareness through outreach and education, hosting beach cleanups, and getting an Ocean Friendly Restaurants Program up and running.

The Grays Harbor Chapter currently meets every other 3rd Tuesday - you can see what events they have lined up and ways to get involved on their website, and donate to support their efforts here.

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A full house at Oyhut Bay Grill; Liz Schotman, Surfrider's WA Regional Manager, holds up a cozy hoodie donated by North Coast Surf Shop to give away