"The coast is never saved. It's always being saved."
Peter Douglas, California Coastal Commission Executive Director (1985-2011)

Donate to help protect Ventura's 43 miles of coastline
Chapter Meeting
Tuesday, November 2nd @ 6:30pm

Beach Cleanups
Ormond Beach Saturday, Nov 6th @ 8:30-11:30
Respect the Rincon Parkway Saturday, Nov 13th @ 8:30-11:30
Ventura Promenade Saturday, Nov 20th @ 9-11am
Solo Beach Cleanups
Use the Marine Debris Tracker app

Volunteer Opportunities
Hold On To Your Butt
Rise Above Plastics

CORE Volunteers for Beach Cleanups

New Exclusive Chapter Merchandise Bundle
New members can purchase an exclusive Chapter Merchandise bundle coming November 2021

Surfrider's Annual Membership Drive
November 1st-December 31st, donate $25 to become a Surfrider Member to directly support clean water and healthy beaches

*Special Edition* Zoom Monthly Meeting: Where does Ventura County stand on oil spill preparedness off our coast? Are we ready? How can we be proactive?

Learn the answers to these questions as Surfrider deep dives into the Huntington Beach oil spill. Let's all understand how we can be prepared and involved in opposing offshore oil drilling. Surfrider will be joined by experts including Surfrider's Environmental Director Pete Stauffer, Sierra Club's Jim Hines, Santa Barbara County based Environmental Defense Center and Ecologist and Conservation Scientist Dr. Sean Anderson.

So please join us this Tuesday, November 2nd, at 6:30pm on Zoom to learn more about all the meaningful ways our community can prepare for future oil spills on our coastline. 


Major Oil Spill Off Orange County: The Surfrider Foundation is deeply dismayed to report that on Saturday, October 2nd, up to 131,000 gallons of oil spilled when a pipeline broke approximately 4 miles off the coast near an offshore drilling platform. The spill resulted in a 13-mile wide oil slick off Orange County, California, roughly the same size as the spill that hit Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara in 2015. This accident is yet another stark reminder of how dangerous and dirty offshore oil and gas drilling can be. I

There are two ways to take action: Text "OILSPILL" TO 51555.  and sign Surfrider's Action Alert to protect our coast from new offshore oil drilling.


Donate Your Gently Used Ocean Recreation Items: Got old gear taking up space in your garage? Our Chapter is collecting gently used Stand Up Paddle Boards, Kayaks, and Surfboards to support our programs and campaigns. Donors will receive an exclusive Chapter T-shirt and a tax deductible donation slip. Contact Laura at to get started

Surfrider in The News!:  A recent cover story in the VCReporter highlights Surfrider and Santa Barbara ChannelKeeper’s efforts to protect and restore the Ventura River: "What to do About Water | Efforts Continue to Create a Sustainable Ventura River Watershed".  VCReporter also published POWER TO SPEAK | NOT A SOLUTION, an opinion piece by Paul Jenkin urging that the removal of Matilija Dam is the true "physical solution".

Chapter Volunteers Needed: Calling all core volunteers! Passionate about the environment? Want to make a difference in your local community? Then you're in luck - because we're looking for someone exactly like you!

Surfrider Ventura is currently recruiting new members for our Executive Committee as well as a Volunteer Event Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator, and an Ocean Friendly Garden committee lead and members (experience in landscaping preferred). Click here for more details, or email BIPOC and members of the LGBTQ+ communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Forty nine years ago, Congress passed the Clean Water Act to clean up U.S. waters and waterways.  Yet, 95 percent of California’s rivers, lakes, bays, and wetlands are polluted by pesticides, trash, sediment, metals, and pathogens, infiltrating our waters, making it unsafe to swim, fish or drink. Ventura County Surfrider Blue Water Task Force tests for enterococcus at our local beaches during the winter when Ventura County water division reduces testing at County coastal sites.


Sampling and testing begins on November 4, 2021 and runs through March 31, 2022. Results are posted on Fridays on Instagram@vcsurfrider and Facebook@Ventura County Surfrider Foundation.

Remember the 72 hour rule before entering the water after a rain event. Wait at least 3 days after the last rainfall and stormwater runoff to clear before entering the water.  Make sure to rinse yourself with clean water after spending time in the water as well as your board, kayak, or fishing gear. Don't forget to rinse eyes, nose and cleanse ears.

For questions: please contact


Our Ocean Friendly Restaurant is thrilled to announce a new member to the programBank of Italy Cocktail Trust! Their incredible menu of delicious food and intricate cocktails is only matched by their jaw-dropping decor. And they're environmentally conscious, too? Wow. So, if you're looking to to have a fun night out in downtown Ventura, be sure to swing by! Our OFR committee is also currently working on recruiting new restaurants to become members of the program. As part of this process, we're developing a canvassing campaign to help spread the word about the importance and benefits of joining! If you are interested in participating in this important effort, please reach out to for more details.


Beach Cleanup Highlights:  A huge thank-you to our 115 volunteers for picking up 161.43 pounds of trash and 6.2 pounds of recycling at the Ventura Promenade cleanup this month! Shout out to Parker who joined us for their Corporate Games contribution and thanks to Pure Wild Co for donating cold drinks for us to enjoy! Join us this month on the THIRD Saturday due to holiday conflicts. November 20th: Sign up here!      

Call for Core Volunteers: We’re looking for core volunteers to help with the setup and running of our flagship monthly beach cleanups. Being a volunteer with this critical committee involves greeting people at the Surfrider tent, getting waivers signed, distributing cleanup supplies, weighing the trash that is brought in, and handing out trash data cards to see what our volunteers are finding. Showing up is guaranteed to make your weekend better! E-mail if you are available and interested in lending a hand for this incredibly rewarding work.

Volunteer Spotlight: 

Here are Eddie and Rosalva Stutts in East Ventura along Telegraph Road taking care of our environment while out on their morning walk.

Thank you Eddie and Rosalva!!!


Community volunteers and CSUCI Surfrider Club students worked together on Saturday, October 9, 2021 to remove 75 pounds of glass bottles, plastic bags and bottles, food containers, diapers, rope, aluminum cans, 403 cigarette butts, fishing hooks, monofilament fishing line and one derelict lobster trap from the Rincon Parkway Day Use beach.

Kudos to the Ventura High School Surf Team dad who broke from the team contest in the waves to assist in lifting the trap from the beach ramp to our volunteer's truck.

The U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife calls marine debris like this lobster trap "one of the most pervasive threats to the health of the world's coastal area, oceans, and waterways."

After surveying all the pounds of trash we collected in two short hours over two miles of the Rincon Parkway Day Use section, a volunteer team member noted, "Wow, we really made an impact."

Respect the Rincon Parkway beach clean ups are every second Saturday of the month starting at the second sea wall north of Emma Woods State Beach.

To join a clean up or for questions, email


Great News not just for Ventura County but for the State of California!!!  On October 5th Governor Newsom signed a landmark package of bills to create a Circular Economy in California, eliminate greenwashing and to breakfree from disposable plastics.  Three of those bills are especially pertinent to our efforts in our Plastic Free Ventura County Campaign: 

SB 343: To ensure truth in labeling by manufacturers regarding what is and what isn't recyclable.

AB 1276: With very few exceptions, single-us foodware may only provided upon request

AB 1201: Bans toxic PFAS "forever chemicals", requires compostable products to break down in real life composting conditions and puts the responsibility on manufacturers to ensure their products don't contaminate organic agriculture.

An excellent source of information on the above and much more regarding EPS, plastic and bioplastic foodware, greenwashing and recycling is the website Californians Against Waste

Sign Our Action alert to ban single use plastics in National Parks:


October was a banner month for installations of HOTYB Aschans!  We installed 12 in parks and walkways in Port Hueneme and 3 in Kellogg Park in Ventura!  Also, a big welcome to Marie Martin and Alexandra Wall, our newest members to our HOTYB Team!! 

The City of Port Hueneme through R.E.A.C.H. sponsored the twelve cans in Port Hueneme and the City of Ventura, again, generously sponsored the three HOTYB ashcans in Kellogg Park!  Thank you all so much for your support and helping to keep those nasty, toxic butts out of our beautiful environment!!

We are hoping to soon install cans in Oxnard and are in need of volunteers to help maintain the cans in that area.  Time requirement is normally two to three hours a month and would be GREATLY appreciated!!  Please contact Juli Marciel at if you are interested in becoming a volunteer.

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A Special "Thank You" to Our Supporters!

Beach Cleanup Sponsors:
D.A. Davidson & Co.
Sun & Swell, Inc.

Lisa Koch
In Memory of Rick Hunter from Karen Marks
Sammie Bynder
In Memory of Rick Hunter, from Karen Marks
In Memory of Steven Penn who loved surfing the Ventura beaches, by Rose & Robert Bothner
Athletic Brewing
Linda Kay Fisher
Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau
Ventura Citizens for Hillside Preservation (in tribute to Cheryl Heitmann)
Topa Topa Brewing Company
Channel Islands Marine Resource Institute
First United Methodist Church of San Buenaventura
Love, Beauty, & Planet - Surfrider Foundation
Santa Barbara Axxess Card
Yvonne Besvold
Linda England
John Williams
Mindy Thomas
Bruce Ford Brown Memorial Trust
Tom & Nancy Elsaesser Foundation 
Karen & Doug Kirk
Greg Young
Kelsey Tice

Workplace Giving:
Troy Dahm (FedEx Corp.)
Christine Macias & Isaac Ramsey (Costco)
Lisa Koch
Strickland Family Foundation

For Blue Water Task Force, In Memory of Chuck Vinson:
Lynda Blue
Stephanie & George Hines
Nancy & David Seay, Jr.
Rosena McConica, honoring her son Jim McConica (who swims from Ventura to Anacapa on a regular basis!)

Hold On To Your Butt Ashcan Sponsors:
Lisa Koch (3)
City of Ventura- Kellog Park
City of Port Hueneme through R.E.A.C.H. (12)
Deby Tygell honoring David Tygell’s Environmental Dedication (3)
Greg and Ann Moore (2)
Tony, Jadalyn, Kyler, & Bryce Marciel
Ann & Bill McDonald
High Exposure Photography~Dina Pielaet
Rincon Brewery Inc.
Alan Durelester (13 ashcans!)
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. - Xi Kappa Omega Chapter, Oxnard, CA
Cher Nielsen Hair Design (5)
Coastal Chiropractic
Elaine Lin
Harvest Café (2)
Herald Printing, Ltd.
Kay's Coffee Shop
Leashless Brewing, LLC (3)
The Refill Shoppe (2)
Joy Downing Riley and Mark Riley
Seabridge Marina (2)
Social Tap
Tony Suleiman, State Farm Agent, Port Hueneme
Topa Topa Brewing (3)
A Woman's Touch —Laura Oergel (planter ashcan at Social Tap)
Ventura Food Co-Op
Ventura Vacation Rental Association (8)
Zach Williams (2)
Ventura Children's Learning Center
Crowne Plaza (2)