Milwaukee Chapter

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Milwaukee Chapter

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Sunset surf parties on the beach; gallery nights at local cafes; winter excursions into open water: Surfrider-Milwaukee hosts events throughout the year to help you love your lake in a whole new way.

Lake Michigan is a part of the world's largest freshwater ecosystem: our Great Lakes hold 20% of our planet's surface freshwater! Join Surfrider-Milwaukee and help protect this precious resource for the next generation and beyond.

Surfrider-Milwaukee educates on the beach, at inland presentations, and through community-based campaigns. Join Surfrider-Milwaukee to learn more.

You can contact the Milwaukee Chapter via email at

Other Surfrider Foundation Chapters Nearby

Chapter City State Driving Distance
Chicago Chapter Chicago IL 082 miles
Lake Michigan Chapter Grand Haven MI 085 miles
Minnesota-Superior Chapter Woodbury MN 282 miles

Personal message from Chapter Chair John Suhar:

After learning about Lee and Larry Williams in the legendary surf documentary Step Into Liquid (a widely popular surf film, distributed globally, featuring 2 locals from Sheboygan, Wisconsin), I became completely inspired to become more involved. Eager to learn more, I read the book “Some Like It Cold” and introduced myself to the Wisconsin surfing community. In 2011, I watched Unsalted and attended my first Dairyland Surf Classic (the largest surfing event in the Midwest) shortly after establishing our Surfrider Foundation Wisconsin Great Lakes chapter (now Surfrider Foundation Milwaukee chapter).

After going to beaches in Milwaukee and learning about water quality issues I soon realized how important it was to make the environmental issues accessible to everyone and inspire individuals to change behaviors and take action to improve our waterways. Surfrider Foundation, to me, seemed like the best platform to address these issues and make lasting improvements. I founded and became the chair for our Surfrider Foundation Wisconsin Great Lakes chapter (now Milwaukee chapter) in the fall of 2010 and thought if there was ever a “leverage point” this was it. My interest and passion in doing so was without ego as I truly believe we can use surfing to lure people’s senses into awareness about local environmental issues and instill an ethic to protect our beautiful waterways. Of course, after awareness, comes education, and then action and I believe surfing can be the vehicle to touch all three.