August 22, 1984
The Articles of Incorporation were filed with the State of California, signed by Glenn Hening as President.
Why the name “Surfrider”?
Although it seems its obvious, Glenn Hening actually coined it “Surfrider” after the Surfrider Inn in Santa Monica, California. It was the hotel Hening stayed at when he was eight-years-old and first visited the west coast with his family. 

1990
The Blue Water Task Force (BWTF), a volunteer-run, water testing, educational and advocacy program, was launched. Surfrider Chapters use the BWTF to provide valuable public health information to beach goers, creating public awareness and the political will to find and fix sources of beach pollution along the nation’s coasts. It’s the organization’s most successful program to date.