July 5, 2018

Skip the Plastic July Bag Hero:

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS – The Skip the Plastic project of the Texas Coastal Bend Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation (TXCBC) recognizes community members and businesses that set a positive example by making the shift to reusable shopping bags or other alternatives to single-use plastic bags.  

Our July Bag Hero is Michiel Landers. We caught up with her as she was headed out to her car with a cart full of groceries. Aside from doing the right thing for the environment, Michiel’s reasons for bringing her reusable shopping bags to the store are practical ones.

She explained that she has to buy a lot of groceries to feed her family of four. “The reusable bags can hold more items than plastic bags do, so I make fewer trips from the car to the house when I get home. I also like the H-E-B insulated bags that keep hot foods hot and cold ones cold. We even use them as lunch bags for the boys when they go on day trips.”

As Michiel shows, reusable bags can be functional options to disposable plastic ones, adding convenience while preventing plastic bag litter in our bays and the Gulf. Sounds like a win-win to us!


If you have any questions about Skip the Plastic or our Bag Hero program, please reply by email or call the number below,

Neil McQueen / skiptheplastic.surfrider.org  / facebook.com/skiptheplastic / http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCp6w2IEFDqqPUgy4cQ54NcA / 361-765-4445

Skip the Plastic is a project of the Coastal Bend Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation. Our partners include:

City of Corpus Christi Clean City Advisory Committee / City of Corpus Christi Watershore & Beach Advisory Committee / City of Corpus Christi Marina & Marina Advisory Committee / Pride Corpus Christi / Clean Economy Coalition / Corpus Christi Windsurfing Association / North Beach Community Association / Coastal Bend Green Team / Uptown Neighborhood Initiative / Coastal Bend Council of Governments / Coastal Bend Group – Sierra Club / Captain Billy Sandifer and Friends of Padre / UT Marine Science Institute Green Team / Keep Port Aransas Beautiful / Aransas County Commissioners Court / Aransas County Navigation District / The Aquarium at Rockport Harbor / Aransas Bird and Nature Club /Aransas First / Rockport Center for the Arts / Wonderful Women’s Network / Aransas County Coastal Cleanup / SurfPortA.com / Mark Grosse Real Estate / Island Moon Newspaper / Laguna Madre Fly Fishers of Corpus Christi

March 30, 2018

April Issue of The Bend Magazine: Pick Up a Copy!

Surfrider Making Waves on South Texas Beaches

Mar 30, 2018 05:00AM

By: Julieta Hernandez  Photos by: Rachel Benavides

Don’t mess with Texas beaches, is the mantra of the Surfrider Foundation, a movement where local surfer activists are able to find their voices. After witnessing the mass plastic pollution plaguing the ocean’s ecosystem, the grassroots organization started bringing attention to the cause through perseverance and direct action.

With a clear vision for the future of our ocean conditions, the Surfrider Foundation has been growing its chapter in the Coastal Bend area since 2005. They aim to create a more sustainable atmosphere and healthier ocean life. Cliff Schlabach, Chair and Neil McQueen, Vice Chair lead the local movement.

“(As surfers) we’ve seen a lot of things. We’re actually, literally immersed in the environment,” McQueen says.“That fires us up to want to make change and to change the environment.” The foundation focuses on multiple programs to encourage efforts for a cleaner coast, including its yearly Leo Garza Surf Camp for the Disabled, storm drain cleanups, and beach cleanup programs. The introduction of the Ocean Friendly Restaurant program is one of the newer building blocks the Surfrider Foundation has laid since the inception

of its South Texas chapter.

“If you’re using less waste when eating, you’ll have less waste on the beaches,” explains Holly Thomas, Outreach Coordinator of the local Surfrider team. This is how the foundation introduces the Ocean Friendly Restaurant program, which aims to “focus on one restaurant, one customer at a time.” This plan calls attention to how restaurant products, such as Styrofoam cups and plastic straws, have begun drastically affecting marine stability.

To be certified as an Ocean Friendly Restaurant, establishments must fulfill a certain number of criteria to reduce their environmental impact. Participating restaurants can meet these standards by using bio-degradable to-go boxes, not giving out a straw unless requested, and switching to more efficient energy and water systems. In turn, reducing waste levels can result in better-cost efficiency for restaurants involved
in the program.
“We’re directly on the coast here,” says Christie Irps, Coordinator of the program. “What we’re eating, all the products that we’re using: the plastic bags, the straws, the Styrofoam to-go boxes … it’s so close, everything ends up right out in the water.”
The greatest appeal of introducing restaurants to minimal waste products is the creation of demand for said products. Eventually these alternative products will become less expensive and more mainstream, smoothing the way for restaurants to transition to a less wasteful business model.
With a goal of 10 to 15 networks within the first year, the first restaurant in Corpus Christi, as well as Texas, to fully commit to the program is the Texas State Aquarium’s Pepsi Shoreline Grill. This establishment not only follows the recommended criteria but also all 10 of the potential criteria.
Members and potential members of the South Texas Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation continue to join in brainstorming new ways to push for ocean protective services. The group meets the last Monday of every month from 6-8pm at Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi.
February 1, 2018




LOCATION:  6300 Ocean Drive, Room 1003 Natural Resource Center Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi, TX 78412

TIME: 6:00-8:00 PM

PRESENTATION BY: Deidre Williams over the Packery Channel Monitoring Program

As always soda and pizza will be provided!





January 31, 2018


*July 1st beach clean up @Newport Pass 10:00AM-?

*July 8th-July 22nd Youth World Sailing Championship, volunteer activities throughout the Coastal Bend make sure to get registered to volunteer!

*July 22nd Donation Based Yoga @ The Gold Fish 6:00-8:00PM

*July 30th Monthly Chapter Meeting @TAMUCC 6:00-8:00PM


January 1, 2018


The Texas Coastal Bend Surfrider Foundation would like to thank all of our supporters for their generous donations to our annual TXCBC Christmas party/fundraiser held on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017. All funds raised go toward supporting our Chapter’s current programs.

Donors listed in alphabetical order:

Adriana Leiva

Alison Funk

American Wine Connections

Benjamin’s Surf & Skate

Black Dog Sweets

Catfish Charlie’s

Debbie Noble

Emma Clarkson

Gill Landscape Nursery

Harrison’s Landing

Harte Research Institute

Island Day Spa

Island Time Sushi

John Olvey

Jon Steele

JMH Massage

Kacee Bones

Lorelei Brewing Co.

Michelle Haas

Pat & George Gardiner

Roy Heistermann

Sarah Searight

Saskia Short

Shelia Rogers Fine Art

Studio Be

Texas State Aquarium

Texas Surf Camps

The Exchange

The Nuss Family


Tropical Fish Haven

Wade Koniakowsky

Whitecap Liquor

Wind & Wave Water Sports



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