Giving Something Back – 5 Awesome charities that support surfing

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Every time we surf, we take waves from mother nature and there is a tendency to take it for granted. But what we are doing in return? What can we do to protect our oceans and give the gift of surfing to those who may need it more than we do?

Here are just 5 amazing surf charities that need and deserve your help:

Surfers Against Sewage (SAS)

An environmental charity dedicated to protecting the UK’s oceans, beaches and waves. Their projects focus on issues including marine litter, toxic waste, climate change, sewage pollution and coastal development.

Last year SAS gathered 55,000 signatures through their ‘Protect our Waves’ campaign and gained parliamentary support as a result. British longboarding champion Ben ‘skindog’ Skinner is a supporter, so too is musician Ben Howard.

How you can help:

Make a donation, organise your own fundraising event, report pollution at your local break, or help out at the SAS beach cleans which take place throughout the year.

Visit their website

Wave Project

These guys help young people to reduce anxiety and build confidence through surfing. With projects based at 7 coastal locations in the UK (and one in London), the Wave Project runs short courses for groups and individuals on a referral basis, and provides lessons for primary and secondary school pupils which take place on the beach.

The testimonials speak for themselves. Through the wave project, surfing has literally changed the lives of those who have taken part with some even qualifying as surf instructors.

How you can help:

Donate via the website, make a referral, fundraise, or volunteer as a surf mentor.

Visit their website

Surf Action

A military charity based in Cornwall that supports veterans with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), physical injuries or those who struggle to re-adjust to civilian life. Surfing is proven to improve psychological wellbeing and through Surf Action, many veterans have found a new lease of life.

How you can help:

Fundraise – either through a sponsored event, activity advertised through Surf Action’s social media channels, or even as you shop through the ‘easy fundraising’ initiative. You can also make donations via their website.

Visit their website

Surf Aid

Focuses on improving the health and wellbeing of those in isolated regions of the Mentawi Islands in Indonesia. Founded by Dr Dave Jenkins, a surfer, the charity connects those affected through surfing, and provides access to clean water, malaria prevention education, nutrition training and mother and child health awareness.

How you can help:

Donate, fundraise, or buy a t-shirt from their online shop.

Visit their website

Waves of Freedom

Uses surfing to empower and transform the lives of vulnerable and marginalised members of society, particularly women and girls. Irish surfer Easkey Britton founded the charity following a surf trip to a remote region of Iran in 2010, and encouraged the local women to try surfing for the first time. The charity focuses on making surfing accessible to women and their support includes surf lessons, equipment, shaping workshops and water safety courses.

How you can help:

Donate new and used surf equipment, make a monetary donation or donate your skills and expertise to a new or existing project.

Visit their website

Image courtesy of Surf Action

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  1. Dave Aabo
    January 27, 2015

    Awesome to learn of some new organizations doing great work!

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