Florida Keys Chapter

About Us

The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over over 250,000 supporters, activists and members and 100 chapters worldwide.

The Florida Keys chapter was chartered in August of 2018.


Chair: Shawn Martin 


  • Master of Science in Marine Biology and Coastal Zone Management from Nova Southeastern University.
  • Co-Founder and Dive Safety Officer for a scientific diving program.
  • PADI SCUBA Instructor
  • Adjunct Professor at Florida Keys Community College
  • Based in Key West

Vice Chair: Whitney Wemett


  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Environmental Studies from Stonehill College
  • PADI Divemaster and scientific diver
  • Based in Islamorada, contact for Upper Keys programming

Treasurer: Jason Wolf


  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Stockton University
  • Previously the Protect Our Reefs Program Manager and Development Director for the Florida Keys at Mote Marine Lab
  • Based in Key West

Media: Jason Hoegle


  • Media Technician for the City of Key West
  • Based in Key West


Ocean Friendly Restaurant Coordinator: Carley Vegso


  • Based in Key Largo

Lower Keys Cleanup Coordinator: Bailey Thomasson

  • Restoration Program Coordinator at Coral Restoration Foundation
  • Based in Key West