5 surf nonprofits that are making waves of change

Non-profit surf associations do many positive things for the surf community. Photo: Courtesy of the MeWater Foundation.

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that surfing is a business. It is, after all, “the surfing industry”. A lot of surfing is centered around selling boards, products, getting views, getting clicks, etc. But aside from big brands and money-focused companies, there are a number of non-profit surfing organizations that are focused on giving back. Here are five amazing non-profit organizations doing amazing work for the surfing community.

Founded in 2015, MeWater is a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate, inspire and empower youth and families through the magic of Mother Nature. Run by surfers and mental health professionals in San Francisco, California, they offer day and overnight camps for youth, families and groups and work to address trauma and stress in children. young people from poverty and violence. Run almost entirely by volunteers, MeWater is proud to offer its programs 100% free to participants.

Moore Aloha

Founded by five-time world champion Carissa Moore in 2018, Moore Aloha focuses on inspiring young women and, quite literally, spreading aloha. The non-profit organizes three to four events a year where girls participate in activities such as surfing, lei making, journaling/goal setting, beach cleaning , etc. The organization’s core values ​​center on love (a pillar of Moore’s philosophy) and treating yourself, others, and the world with kindness.

Surfrider Foundation

The Surfrider Foundation is “dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves and beaches, for all, through a powerful network of activists”. The non-profit association fights for plastic education, ocean protection, access to beaches, coastal preservation and drinking water. Surfrider Foundation programs include the Blue Water Task Force, Ocean Friendly Gardens, Ocean Friendly Restaurants, Rise Above Plastics, and beach cleanups, while fighting policies and development projects that harm our coastal environments. With chapters, programs, and volunteers across the states, the Surfrider Foundation is one of surfing’s largest nonprofits.

Sustainable Surfing

Using surf as a platform, Sustainable Surf’s mission is to protect ocean health and reverse climate change. Founded in 2011, Sustainable Surf is a solutions-based organization and is committed, as the name suggests, to delivering a more sustainable future for surfing. A 1% for the Planet non-profit organization, Sustainable Surf has programs and projects such as SeaTrees and the ECOBOARD Project that provide achievable ways for brands and individuals to make a positive impact.

Beautifully flawed foundation

Founded by shark attack survivor and professional surfer Bethany Hamilton, the Beautifully Flawed Foundation aims to encourage people and offer hope to overcome adversity. Inspired by Hamilton’s unwavering faith, the nonprofit focuses on three pillars to achieve its purpose: physical, mental and spiritual. The foundation offers retreats, conferences and sends out first aid kits to families who have suffered a limb loss.

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