Happy California Surfing Day with Surfrider CEO Chad Nelsen!

September 19, 2021

Catch a wave with us on this great show!

On this episode, hosts Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham commemorate California Surfing Day with Dr. Chad Nelsen, CEO of the Surfrider Foundation, one of the Nation's foremost coastal advocacy groups. With 50,000 energized members and over 200 chapters and clubs, Chad heads up a grass roots organization that brings the fight to local, state, and federal leaders on the issues of beach access, ocean protection, plastic pollution, coastal preservation, and water quality. How might the Surfrider Foundation strategically approach these problems? Find out on this episode of the American Shoreline Podcast, only on ASPN!

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Peter Ravella & Tyler Buckingham

Peter and Tyler joined forces in 2015 and from the first meeting began discussing a project that would become Coastal News Today and the American Shoreline Podcast Network. At the time, Peter and Tyler were coastal consultants for Pete’s firm, PAR Consulting, LLC. In that role, they worked with coastal communities in Texas, Florida, and North Carolina, engaged in grant writing, coastal project development, shoreline erosion and land use planning, permitting, and financial planning for communities undertaking big beach restoration projects. Between and among their consulting tasks, they kept talking and kept building the idea of CNT & ASPN. In almost every arena they worked, public engagement played a central role. They spent thousands of hours talking with coastal stakeholders, like business owners, hotel operators, condo managers, watermen, property owners, enviros, surfers, and fishermen. They dived deep into the value, meaning, and responsibility for the American shoreline, segment-by-segment. Common threads emerged, themes were revealed, differences uncovered. There was a big conversation going on along the American shoreline! But, no place to have it. That's where CNT and ASPN were born.