The Surfrider Foundation was born when personal passion overlapped a glaring need. In 1984, three surfers faced the prospect of losing their favorite wave to coastal development and the subsequent environmental impact. Instead of lying down in the sand, they stood up and fought to keep this California beach intact. Today, that impassioned spirit pervades the entire Surfrider organization, which has since grown to include 90 chapters, 28 labs, and a network of more than 250,000 activists in 18 countries around the world. At each outpost, volunteers work with local environmental policy makers and community leaders to protect their beaches and waves from pollution. Their programs range from water testing, to protecting beach access, to eliminating plastics from the marine environment, to advocating for national laws such as the Beach Act of 2000?all to preserve the oceans and beaches for future generations.