Monterey County Chapter

Who we are

 

At our Chapter, we’re always doing something to protect our beaches and the ocean we surf in, swim in, love, and enjoy.

Want to join a beach cleanup or help preserve the Southern Monterey Bay coastline? Learn how to Rise Above Plastics and reduce the plastic soup in the ocean? Become a Surfrider member?

Explore our site to learn about all the programs we have to offer, and how you can get involved. And come out to our bi-monthly chapter meeting to meet and greet with other ocean activists and discuss the latest and greatest Monterey Surfrider happenings.

Leadership

Chair – Jeff White

Jeff White is our fearless leader and chapter chairman. When he’s not volunteering with surfrider or catching waves, Jeff manages KRML radio station (94.7FM), “the local’s station for Monterey Bay”. Jeff says it’s a pleasure and privilege to tell stories of people serving the community, and artists who deserve love.

Secretary – Katy Koenig

Chapter Coordinator – Open Position

Vice Chair – Antony Tersol

Born in Carmel, grew up in Carmel, so ocean became a part of my life. Went away: to UCSC where I studied physics and biology. Came back: worked briefly at an abalone farm, as a seasonal research aide for Calif. Fish and Game, and as a lab tech for MPC physics department. Went away: to UCSD for graduate school in Applied Physics, then Scripps Institute of Oceanography in Physical Oceanography. Went further away: to Bali where friends and I started a manufacturing and import company (Little Dogs of Bali). Came back to Monterey Peninsula, worked as a consultant in physics education. Since 2001 have designed and engineered solar energy systems, and am creating a solar energy training program for Rancho Cielo, Salinas.

Communications Coordinator — Open Position

Beach Clean Up Coordinator — Susan Singer

Susan was born in Brooklyn, grew up in Puerto Rico and Massachusetts and has moved 28 times (nationally and internationally) as an adult, about a dozen of those moves here in the Peninsula.  She moved here for the first time in 1994, has moved back and forth three times and has lived here on and off for 15 years.

Susan is a public high school teacher, a baker of custom cakes and desserts, a traveler, a racquetball player, and a bicycle rider.  She started volunteering at Beach Clean Ups in 2012 and took over the BCUs in November of 2016.  While she is not a surfer of anything but the couch, she loves the ocean and the beach and keeping it clean and accessible for all who visit it.

Ocean Friendly Restaurants Coordinator – Peter Adame

Pete works with restaurants in our community to incorporate ocean-friendly practices such as phasing out single-use plastics. Outside of Surfrider, Peter is the Director of Communications & Sustainability at Lusamerica Foods (aka Monterey Bay Seafood), a major West Coast seafood wholesaler and processor distributing to some of America’s largest retailers and foodservice companies. Previously, Peter was the Outreach Manager of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program and was actively involved with the Global Seafood Ratings Alliance. Outside of work, Peter volunteers at Shoreline Community Church and is a site host for a community-supported fishery called Real Good Fish. For fun, he likes to surf, play beach volleyball and tennis, and is on a co-ed softball team.

Volunteer Coordinator – Erica Aronovici

Blue Water Task Force Coordinator – Open Position

Plastics Lead – Alexis Morris

Blue Beers Coordinator – J.C. Hill

Events Coordinator – Michelle Menczkowski

Website Coordinator – Sponsored by Molly Duggan Associates

Treasurer – Chris Locke

Adopt-A-Highway Captain – Open Position

Local partnerships and affiliations

The Monterey Chapter of Surfrider has the advantage and privilege of being located in one of the most environmentally conscious and active areas in the country. This results in the ability to combine forces with other local, state, and even nation-wide organizations to achieve our goals. These local businesses and agencies support us.

Wahine Project
On the beach surf shop
Sudz Cyber Laundry