It all started as a small idea taking kids surfing from impoverished communities around Cape Town. The power of surfing, the ocean, the community has been life changing for not just us, but millions of surfers. We quickly saw the change and inspiration surfing can bring and want to share that with children and communities around the world.
We also discovered there are numerous scientifically backed studies to the benefits of surfing. Ocean and Surf Therapy is being found around the world to have numerous health benefits and also allow the participants a new and exciting experience. All the evidence and research led us to starting our first program in Cape Town, South Africa.
Partners - Our initial program began with Education without Borders which provides educational opportunities for disadvantaged and at-risk children through initiatives in South Africa and Canada, including after-school support programs in Math, English, Science, school leadership and youth mentorship.
We have also partnered with 9Miles Project, which through the provision of supplementary education, literacy classes, learning adventures, life skills and leadership training, including sports (namely surfing) 9Miles Project creates sustainable opportunities that engage, uplift, equip and empower impoverished and high risk youth from coastal informal settlements and communities.
Empower - Many children from poor, underprivileged communities turn towards drugs and crime as ways to escape. Surfing gives them a different escape. Surfing is a positive outlet for boredom which leads to further healthy lifestyle choices and relationships.
Motivate - The program will be a great incentive to also attend school, as these will initially be the students allowed to participate. The fun experience they have and then share, will lead other students to also do the same. Then as we grow, we will be able to share that experience with many more children and volunteers.
Stimulate - As the program begins and grows it will also stimulate the local community and schools as instructors and all other expenses, will be sourced locally. Through the support and education of the children, they will in turn eventually return the favor unto the communities they come from.
Transparent - All donations go towards the initial creation and sustaining o f the program. This includes purchasing or obtaining surfboards and wetsuits, if necessary. Then also teaching instructors how to teach surfing, ocean safety and to then run the program.
Bonding - Other initial setup aspects include talking and building a bond and trust with the kids before they even go to the beach. Creating a bond that allows them to confidently participate and also for us to understand what will be most beneficial for them.
Educate - The program will also include food (snacks and lunch), ocean safety lessons as well as fun beach games. The children will also be given lessons on ocean pollution and how it affects all ecosystems beyond just the local beaches.
SWB x LA
We are currently developing our Los Angeles surf and ocean therapy program, which will begin once a month with 3-5 kids from inner city communities.
The program will begin with small groups to establish relationships and sustainability.
We hope to help fund part of this program through sponsors from coastal communities. By also eventually bringing kids from these sponsor families along, we will build lasting opportunities and friendships.
We believe all children can embrace who they are,
can define their future, and can change the world.
To provide underprivileged children in all communities the opportunity to experience surfing; leading to positive and long-lasting life choices which benefit the local community as well as global society.
The ocean and surfing will be used around the world, in partnership with other experiences and education, to improve mental, physical, and overall well-being for all.