About Us

Passionate surfers started coming together at Surfrider to put an end to pollution in 1984! That’s a pretty long time, right?

Since then, Surfrider has been working hard with its employees and tons of volunteers like you to help fight the battle of keeping the oceans clean. When kids choose to become a protector of the coast, they help keep things like your bath and drinking water clean, and give you clean oceans and beaches to enjoy!

But even though Surfrider has had plenty of help over the years, it still needs help from you. Talk to your Mom and Dad about helping out at Surfrider, so you can become a protector of the coast too! Ask if you can volunteer at the next Surfrider beach clean or talk to someone at your school about how to become a member.

What do we do?

Surfrider Ericeira tries to keep beaches and oceans clean by:

  • Hanging out in schools with kids and teachers to tell everyone about why they need to be green and make good choices for the earth.
  • Help cleaning beaches so your can family safely have fun at the beach.
Activity Pack!

Download your very own activity pack! It's filled with fun games and activities for kids!

What can you do?

Become a protector of the coast!

You can pick up trash when you see it in your neighborhood or on the beaches with your family. Surfrider has tons of group cleanups where kids like you all pitch in, and we would love to have to help out.

Talk to your teachers!

Let them know how much you love the land around Ericeira and tell others about how they can help keep those places clean. You can print off one of our activity packets for your teachers too!

Tell your friends!

If you see a friend dropping trash on the ground, it is okay to ask them to pick it up and throw it away in the proper bin. Tell others why you love Ericeira and how much you want to keep it clean.

Ready To Catch Your First Wave?

Catching your first wave as a surfer can be a pretty big deal. Getting up on the board for the first time correctly can take a lot of time and effort, but once you’re there it can make for a memory that will stick with you for a while. Here are some quick tips to make sure catching your first wave is awesome!

Be patient
Before you get started, decide you won’t get too frustrated! Surfing is supposed to be fun, and it will be. But things can be pretty tough in the beginning. You’ll take some pretty rough tumbles and maybe get a few knicks or scratches. Make sure you give yourself some time to relax and take in your beautiful surroundings when you need a break.
Be persistent
Good surfers have a determined attitude! They work hard and aren’t afraid to fall off their board a time or two. The only way to get better is to keep practicing!
Be confident
Don’t be afraid! People of all ages can learn to surf. People old and young can do it, so you can too. You’re never too young or old to get started if you have the right help!
Be smart
If you’re going to surf, you’ve got to have the right equipment and help along the way!
  • Pick the right board. As far as boards go, you’ll probably want a foam surfboard to start. They’re great for beginners, offer a ton of flotation and don’t hurt as much when they bump into you. They can be a little heavy though. If you’re just trying out surfing for the first time, it might be best to convince your Mom and Dad to help you rent one first. If they decide to buy instead, ask them to read our guide to surfing sustainably. If they go with a foam board to start, selling can be fairly easy.
  • Get the right help. If you’re trying out surfing for the first time, you’re going to need an experienced surfer out there to help you in the water. Surfrider’s friends over at Pocean Surf Academy can get you started. Mention them to Mom or Dad. They teach people of all ages how to surf and give you the push you need to become a great surfer.
Be Green
If you’re spending the day trying to learn how to surf at the beach, make sure your keep an eye on all your trash! This might sound silly, but respecting the environment is an important part of becoming a respectable surfer. The water and beach belongs to everyone, so keeping it all clean means everyone there gets to have a great experience. Get in the habit of disposing of food wrappers and plastics in the right place when you wrap up a day at the beach. This way, everyone can enjoy the Ericeira coastline!

Become a Protector of the Coast

Many of Surfrider’s volunteers devoted caretakers of the beach are under the age of 18 years old. In order to protect the identity of children, a child’s membership is possible to obtain through an associated organization or club at your school.

If children are not able to become a member through their school, there are still things they can do to help Surfrider. Visit the Take Action section of the Kids' Zone to find out how.

About Us

Passionate surfers started coming together at Surfrider to put an end to pollution in 1984! That’s a pretty long time, right?

Since then, Surfrider has been working hard with its employees and tons of volunteers like you to help fight the battle of keeping the oceans clean. When kids choose to become a protector of the coast, they help keep things like your bath and drinking water clean, and give you clean oceans and beaches to enjoy!

But even though Surfrider has had plenty of help over the years, it still needs help from you. Talk to your Mom and Dad about helping out at Surfrider, so you can become a protector of the coast too! Ask if you can volunteer at the next Surfrider beach clean or talk to someone at your school about how to become a member.

What do we do?

Surfrider Ericeira tries to keep beaches and oceans clean by:

  • Hanging out in schools with kids and teachers to tell everyone about why they need to be green and make good choices for the earth.
  • Help cleaning beaches so your can family safely have fun at the beach.

What can you do?

Become a protector of the coast!

You can pick up trash when you see it in your neighborhood or on the beaches with your family. Surfrider has tons of group cleanups where kids like you all pitch in, and we would love to have to help out.

Talk to your teachers!

Let them know how much you love the land around Ericeira and tell others about how they can help keep those places clean. You can print off one of our activity packets for your teachers too!

Tell your friends!

If you see a friend dropping trash on the ground, it is okay to ask them to pick it up and throw it away in the proper bin. Tell others why you love Ericeira and how much you want to keep it clean.

Catching your first wave as a surfer can be a pretty big deal. Getting up on the board for the first time correctly can take a lot of time and effort, but once you’re there it can make for a memory that will stick with you for a while. Here are some quick tips to make sure catching your first wave is awesome!

Be patient
Before you get started, decide you won’t get too frustrated! Surfing is supposed to be fun, and it will be. But things can be pretty tough in the beginning. You’ll take some pretty rough tumbles and maybe get a few knicks or scratches. Make sure you give yourself some time to relax and take in your beautiful surroundings when you need a break.
Be persistent
Good surfers have a determined attitude! They work hard and aren’t afraid to fall off their board a time or two. The only way to get better is to keep practicing!
Be confident
Don’t be afraid! People of all ages can learn to surf. People old and young can do it, so you can too. You’re never too young or old to get started if you have the right help!
Be smart
If you’re going to surf, you’ve got to have the right equipment and help along the way!
  • Pick the right board. As far as boards go, you’ll probably want a foam surfboard to start. They’re great for beginners, offer a ton of flotation and don’t hurt as much when they bump into you. They can be a little heavy though. If you’re just trying out surfing for the first time, it might be best to convince your Mom and Dad to help you rent one first. If they decide to buy instead, ask them to read our guide to surfing sustainably. If they go with a foam board to start, selling can be fairly easy.
  • Get the right help. If you’re trying out surfing for the first time, you’re going to need an experienced surfer out there to help you in the water. Surfrider’s friends over at Pocean Surf Academy can get you started. Mention them to Mom or Dad. They teach people of all ages how to surf and give you the push you need to become a great surfer.
Be Green
If you’re spending the day trying to learn how to surf at the beach, make sure your keep an eye on all your trash! This might sound silly, but respecting the environment is an important part of becoming a respectable surfer. The water and beach belongs to everyone, so keeping it all clean means everyone there gets to have a great experience. Get in the habit of disposing of food wrappers and plastics in the right place when you wrap up a day at the beach. This way, everyone can enjoy the Ericeira coastline!

Many of Surfrider’s volunteers devoted caretakers of the beach are under the age of 18 years old. In order to protect the identity of children, a child’s membership is possible to obtain through an associated organization or club at your school.

If children are not able to become a member through their school, there are still things they can do to help Surfrider. Visit the Take Action section of the Kids' Zone to find out how.