04 Dec 2011


More than 200 people participated in the second annual Paddle for Humanity for SurfAid at Tairua, on New Zealand’s North Island, on Saturday 19 November.

Tairua School students organized the event and raised $5,500 with the support of their principal Brendan Finn, teachers and the local community.  SurfAid founder Dr Dave Jenkins started the paddle and joined in and he thanked the schoolchildren and community for their support of children in need in the Mentawai Islands. 

“The money raised will supply two communities with insecticide-treated mosquito nets and help reduce needless suffering and death from malaria,” Dr Dave said. 

Reducing malaria infection rates in the Mentawai was SurfAid’s first campaign 10 years ago and remains one of its most effective. ...read more

14 Nov 2011


SurfAid's October SURF-N-SERVE events kicked off with a beach cleanup at Malibu's Surfrider Beach for SURF-N-SERVE LA on Saturday, October 7th.  Malibu High School's SurfAid Club represented with over 20 participants contributing to a cleaner beach at the Surfrider organized clean-up day.  All events honored Aussie Pro Surfer Dave Rastovich's TransparentSea Voyage and to get the word out around his new documentary, Minds in the Water.  The TransparentSea Voyage hopes to raise awareness around the killing of dolphins and whales around the world with the release of their documentary. The TransparentSea Voyage began their tour down California's coast on small single man sailing vessels in San Francisco, coming ashore at various points for a beach clean-up and documentary screening.  The SurfAid Schools program was proud to be able to partner with the TransparentSea voyage for the Southern California leg of their trip.

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11 Nov 2011

Tairua Paddle for Humanity

On Saturday 19 November the students of Tairua School are holding their second Paddle for Humanity event that was inspired by the actions of Dr Dave Jenkins. The inaugural event in 2010 saw the students rally over 200 members of their community to paddle surfboards, inflatable boats, surf skis and lilos across Tairua Harbour to raise awareness and money for SurfAid. This year Dr Dave Jenkins will officially start the paddle.

The school and its students organise the event and their participation demonstrates authentic teaching and learning at its best. The "Tairua School Citizen" aims to be a global citizen of the future and this year's Tairua Paddle for Humanity will embody this spirit. ...read more

20 Oct 2011

SURF-N-SERVE connects with TransparentSea Voyage

The TransparentSea voyage is coming to a close but they are still heading south and seeing some of the best and worst of the ocean along the way. You can follow the action at transparentseavoyage.com

The SurfAid Schools Program, supported by Billabong, is teaming up with the voyage on October 23rd when our SURF-N-SERVE program participants will assist with the beach clean up activity.

SurfAid Ambassador Angus Stone joined the voyage in its early stages and contributed to the song “ These 20 miles”. The voyagers have added a song a day to the music and are raising funds from the music, a Minds in The Water movie screening, followed by live in concert Band of Frequencies, art show & auction all in support of Surfer’s for Cetaceans (S4C) and other ocean minded charities. ...read more

30 Sep 2011


The kickoff to our first SurfAid SURF-N-SERVE event in Southern California on Sunday 18 September was a great success. We were excited to see a much larger turnout than we expected where 44 students, teachers, parents and community members worked with the Eli Howard Surf Camp and the SurfAid Schools Program to be a part of California's Coastal Clean-Up and World Water Day events.

Of those 44 people, there were 30 youth in attendance, 15 of whom received free surf lessons donated by Eli Howard Surf Camp. I had a great time sharing the stoke, working to be a better global citizen myself and sharing the inspiration of Dr Dave and the SurfAid story.  Despite our tight time line, in 20 minutes we cleaned up over 84 lbs. of trash!  Way to go! That is truly global citizenship in action.

A special thanks goes out to Eli Howard Surf Camp at the San Elijo State Park Campground for allowing us to utilize their epic location, all of their equipment, and the time of their amazing instructors.  Emily, a special thanks to you for squeezing us into your packed schedule at such short notice.  We SO appreciate it.  ...read more

07 Sep 2011

SurfAid Schools Program experiencing solid global growth

The SurfAid Schools Program, supported by Billabong, continues to attract teachers from around the planet who are looking for quality teaching resources. The Global Citizenship focus and humanitarian activities of SurfAid are providing stimulating lessons for teachers and students who access our materials for free at surfaidschools.org.  

We now have over 1600 teachers registered from around the globe. Australia leads the way but our burst of activity in California earlier this year has seen a 40% increase in sign ups since December 2010.  ...read more

02 Sep 2011

Social Studies Resource for secondary schools: Waves of Hope

The SurfAid Schools Program has just released a New Zealand school resource for years 9 & 10. Now available for FREE download on our website here.

This resource looks at why people move between places and how this has consequences for the people and place. An important secondary focus is on how individuals, groups and institutions work to promote social justice.

Students examine one facet of global tourism and explore how this has affected communities in an Asia Pacific setting. By examining the effects of Surf Tourism in the Mentawai Islands students are able to see how the process of tourism has contributed to a rapid and far-reaching transformation, changing the islands and the lifestyles of the local people. ...read more

08 Dec 2010

Tairua Surfing Community Paddle for SurfAid

The community of Tairua, on the east coast of New Zealand, pulled out the surfboards, paddleboards, kayaks, blow-up boats, lilos, rowing boats and more to ‘Paddle for Humanity’ on Saturday, 27 November.They made their way from the beach next to Tairua Primary School and paddled across the harbour to the Surf Club, where free sausages were supplied and hundreds of spot prize give-aways were distributed. ...read more

09 Nov 2010

Congrats to Angus and Julia for their ARIA recognition

Photo: Justin Lloyd, The Daily Telegraph

The SurfAid team applauds Angus and Julia, Cathy and the team at Original Matters the band and crew (past and present) and all who contributed to this well deserved recognition.

Success like this doesn’t come overnight. Five ARIA’s don’t come out of the blue. Great talent combined with hard “grass-roots building” work from the whole team is what produced this result.

Commenting on the awards, Julia said 'It's been a great year and it feels nice,'  ...read more

28 Sep 2010

Tairua - Developing Global Citizens

Tairua School is located on the Coromandel peninsula on the east coast of New Zealand. This small coastal primary school has enthusiastically embraced the SurfAid Schools program and is implementing the resource, Crossing the Divide which was developed by our New Zealand Schools Program coordinator, Adele Hatton. The school plans to take on the concept of citizenship, from local to global, as a unifying theme for educational engagement.  The Principal, Brendan Finn, has sent out a survey to the local community on the concept of citizenship and the students are writing and presenting a citizenship charter to the school board. ...read more