SurfAid is once again teaming up with Big Stick Surfing Association (BSSA) to bring you an epic day of surfing and saving lives. Last year, Pleasure Point lived up to its name and competitors were rewarded with a chest to head high south swell in exchange for raising funds for SurfAid’s Mother and Child Health Programs.
Your stoke for surfing goes beyond the beach – one day of surfing turns into a year of support.
The event is open to surfers of all ages and abilities and is a tag-team format. Each team of 4 raises funds for SurfAid and the team’s 5 th member is a pro or local legend provided by SurfAid. Previous pros include big wave riders, Shawn Dollar & Tyler Fox, hometown shredders Robert “Wingnut” Weaver & Nat Young and two-time ASP World Longboarding Champ Joel Tudor to name a few.
Each wave supports SurfAid’s Mother and Child Health Programmes – bringing clean water & sanitation, basic healthcare, and improved nutrition to SurfAid supported communities that face some of the highest maternal and child mortality rates in the world. This year’s event will make an even bigger impact as SurfAid USA prepares to launch our first partnership project in Baja, Mexico.
Ready to surf and save a life? Registration is now open. Don’t miss out, with just 4 spots left this event will sell out! Volunteer and Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Visit SurfAid’s Event Page or contact Erin@SurfAid.org for more info.
SurfAid’s core mission is to save the lives of women and children in remote areas connected to us by surfing. We specialize in working in very isolated villages where the maternal and child mortality rate is extremely high. Many in our communities suffer from preventable causes. SurfAid implements a “hand up, not a hand out” philosophy toward aid. Local staff provides advice, training, and expertise, but it is up to the community to implement and embrace change. We educate communities on simple things like washing hands before delivering a baby, sleeping under a mosquito net, exclusive
breastfeeding, and improved nutrition. All of which have enormous positive impacts on the
health of women and their families.
In Nias Indonesia, working with a population of 10,000, SurfAid has helped to reduce maternal deaths from 8 annually to zero for two years in a row. During the same timeframe, the mortality rate for children under five has all but disappeared with only one death reported last year. That is down from an average of 22 per year at the start of the program in 2012.
In the past 19 years, in addition to building award winning health programs, SurfAid has helped communities re-build their lives after five major natural disasters – earthquakes and tsunamis in the area.