SurfAid x Mexico | Help us #NeverForgetTheLocals

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

When I think of Mexico, I think of right-hand point breaks like Punta Abreojos and beaches like K-38 and San Miguel. Then I think of the smell of the tortillerias, the chilies drying in the sun, the parched earth and the beautiful people. 

What I don’t like to think about is that despite being mere miles away from one of the wealthiest countries on the planet, families are lacking even the most basic healthcare and quality nutrition. I want to do something and together, I know we can.

By now you’ve heard the SurfAid story – how in 1999 I took a life changing trip to the Mentawai.


Back home, I shared this experience with my local surfing crew. It was there I found the first 25 people willing to step up and make a difference. By agreeing to donate $25 each, we had the funds to register as a legal non-profit and SurfAid was born. SurfAid was founded by surfers who embraced the spirit of surf exploration and understood the impact of collective giving. Nearly 20 years later, thanks to support from people like you, SurfAid continues to act as a conduit to trigger human potential in areas that are often forgotten. With this founding principal in mind, SurfAid is embarking on another adventure - 


In 2019 SurfAid USA will expand services to Baja Mexico!

Surf trips to Mexico are a rite of passage. Who hasn’t felt the call of Baja’s famed right-hand point breaks and seasonal swells? But just like my early trip to Indo, these travels also expose us to a multitude of needs. That’s why SurfAid is excited to partner with the International Community Foundation (ICF). For over 25 years, ICF has worked directly in the Baja California peninsula and Gulf of California region, connecting people with projects aimed at improving quality of life through special projects and grants.

With ICF, SurfAid will partner with a carefully vetted project that will help strengthen the capacity of existing health services in the region. Coupled with our continued success in Indonesia, the collective giving of the SurfAid Tribe will be doing more than ever before. It’s been close to two decades since my life changing trip to the Mentawai, yet surfers like you continue to work together to ensure our communities have clean water & sanitation, basic healthcare, and improved nutrition.

This month, SurfAid is kicking off our latest campaign #NeverForgetTheLocals. The campaign will support our continued efforts to give back to struggling communities introduced to us through surf travel. Last year, you helped SurfAid exceed our goal of raising $50,000. This year, we need your support again. Will you please join us and donate to SurfAid? In 2019 your gift will make an even bigger impact as we prepare to expand to Mexico and continue our successful Mother and Child Health Program’s in Indonesia. We will continue to share updates as we finalize our project in Baja and encourage you to learn more about our project online.

With your help we promise to #NeverForgetTheLocals. Please join us.