Profile: Charlie Plybon
Oregon Policy Manager, Surfrider
My first memory of the ocean was at Emerald Isle, North Carolina where I spent summers with my family at my grandparents’ beach house. Standing shore-side and grasping my grandmother's hand, the water smashed me from behind and I landed face first in the sand. Struck like a bell, my life has been ringing for the ocean ever since. With a hunger for the wild, I left my roots on the East coast for the rogue and rugged coast of the Pacific Northwest. Oregon had always been this mysteriously wild and distant place in my mind but since 2001, I've had the privilege of calling this special place my home.
Working with our volunteers, activists and chapters up and down the coast, I've learned that the people of Oregon are as special as the scenic beaches, rocky bluffs, temperate rainforests and old growth forests that adorn our shoreline. When it comes to people and special places, Oregon has a little bit of everything. Instilled most likely half by genetics and half in admiration of my parents, my greatest desire in life has been to help people. The Surfrider Foundation has been the perfect harmony for me to combine my love for the ocean and protecting special places with the ability to organize and help people.
NoteStreams By Charlie Plybon
With this new year comes at least one significant political outcome “we the people” in Oregon can actually celebrate, it’s the 50th Anniversary of the passage of Oregon’s Beach Bill! This landmark legislation guarantees access and makes public Oregon’s 362 miles of beaches and the movement to pass this legislation forever made beaches a birthright for Oregonians and visitors from around the world.
Oregon’s wild and untamed coastline has inspired great passion and intrigue for many recreational users and visitors to this special place. Unlike the placid waters and groomed beaches of a postcard vacation, Oregon’s rogue coast and ocean waters attract those who seek adventure and draw deeper connections to a day at the coast than beach blanket bingo and rum-filled cocktails. Drawing on these connections, Oregonians have taken action to protect what they love, now extending some of those protections beyond the shoreline.