Pete Halvorsen


04.23.16 - InstaMeet w/ a Purpose. Save the Date...Save The World.

Earth Day Weekend, Join us for a morning of conversation, conservation and community. 

Surfrider Foundation x City of Manhattan Beach #SustainableMB

As we kick off beach season and celebrate both Earth Weekend x WorldWideInstaMeet (#WWIM13) with a beach cleanup around the Manhattan Beach Pier and a good old-fashioned InstaMeet.  

RSVP at the Surfrider/City of Manhattan Beach Event Page


Ok, now what's an InstaMeet?

"Since the earliest days of Instagram, people have been meeting up to take photos and videos together. As the community has grown around the world, so too has the occurrence of InstaMeets: gatherings of people coming together to connect, explore, and celebrate their creativity." -


Hey Pete, how did you get started Hosting these things?

I attended my first “InstaMeet” in San Francisco 4 years ago when Instagram was a fun free app with 1% of the users it has today. It was called #GandhiGram I met about a handful of “strangers from the Internet” we walked the streets of SF taking photos of each other and just talking this cool new app called Instagram. I met @lauralawsonvisconnti @moneal @artchang @issata @mrsgrubby @heysp for the first time. 

I immediately saw how Instameets can bring people with different backgrounds together through the common ground of Instagram.

Over 3 years ago I hosted my first InstaMeet in Manhattan Beach #foggypierpressure. I was overwhelmed by the turnout that came from me just mentioning on my feed “Hey I’ll be at the Manhattan Beach Pier for sunset at 5 pm on Saturday - come down say hi and shoot the sunset with me, you never know you just might make a friend.” So I had another the following December and decided to use the gathering to promote and help some good causes. With #givingpierpressure Instagrammers donated Christmas toys for the Special Needs Network in Los Angeles. Since then I have hosted over 20 InstaMeets around the world, some of which included beach cleanups, neighborhood trash cleanup, an awareness of Earth Hour and a neighborhood cleanup of Abbot Kinney co-hosted with TOMS #tomsinstameet.


9:30-10 am Check-In/Welcome

Manhattan Beach Pier 2 Manhattan Beach Blvd. Manhattan Beach, CA 90266


Parking: Can be "fun" I suggest the longterm parking lot located beneath the Metlox Structure (4 blocks from the Pier) The meters there take credit cards and have a 5 hour limit. 

Parking Structure is located at: 451 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266



What do I bring?

Your Phone and a sense of adventure and that's about it. These aren't professional photography gatherings (even though you wouldn't know it from the amazing photos that come out of the meetups).

Any questions feel free to drop me a line or ask on my Instagram page or in the comments below.



This last November I had the opportunity to travel with Surfrider Australia and Contiki Cares to help bring awareness of the huge problem that plastics are creating on our oceans and environment. We travelled up to the remote town of Yapoon and 5 rock beach where the marine debris is a huge problem. The amount of plastic we collected off this remove beach was incredible. To see more from the trip check out: