Mark Massara earned an early reputation in the surfing and environmental communities when, as an attorney for the Surfrider Foundation in 1991, he won a lawsuit against two pulp-mill companies near Eureka, California, that were dumping 40 million gallons of toxic effluents per day into the ocean. He has since become one of the most prominent environmental lawyers in the US, and a strong advocate for coastal conservation.
Currently he serves as director of the Sierra Club’s California Coastal Campaign. He also founded Surfers Environmental Alliance and the National Association of Surfing Attorneys, and writes on coastal and environmental legal issues for surfing magazines and other publications. He is also frequently seen pulling in to massive barrels at San Francisco’s Ocean Beach.