Welcome to our blog where we share with you the progress of our field work, with its challenges and achievements, and also highlights from our fundraising events.

29 Oct 2014

Surfing Chefs for SurfAid in Perth raises $55,000+

Former ASP world surfing champion Tom Carroll has excelled in his first venture as a guest chef at the Surfing Chefs for SurfAid cocktail party in Perth’s Cottesloe Beach Hotel.

The fundraiser, in the Beach Club, was a special evening of gourmet food and outlandishly fine liquor prepared by Russell Blaikie (Must Winebar Perth) and his team of award-winning celebrity chefs, who share a common passion for surfing. Attended by 220 people, the evening raised more than $55,000 for SurfAid’s mother and child health programs in Indonesia. ...read more

27 Oct 2014

Cody Lovaas Named 'Best New Artist' At San Diego Music Awards

Congratulations to SurfAid’s youngest ambassador, Cody Lovaas, who has added another first to his list of accomplishments. Lovaas is the youngest musician to be nominated, and then awarded, ‘Best New Artist’ at the San Diego Music Awards.

Lovaas, at just 16 years old, has been carving his niche as a musician based on his love of surfing, coastal living, song writing and philanthropy. The San Diego Music Awards ceremony, which was held this month at Humphreys by the Bay, announced Lovaas as the winner of the category in front of a room full of talented peers. He was competing against seven other popular bands and musicians who hail from the San Diego area. ...read more

23 Oct 2014

Owen Wright aims up for OzForex SurfAid Cup

Brilliant ASP World Championship Tour surfer Owen Wright is returning from the European leg of the tour to compete in the OzForex SurfAid Cup at Queenscliff Beach, Sydney, on Friday 31 October.

Wright, 24, from Culburra on the NSW South Coast, is currently ranked 12th on the WCT and training hard for a world title campaign. After debuting at seventh in his first year on tour in 2010, he finished third the following year. ...read more

14 Oct 2014

Dr Dave Jenkins reflects on 15 years of SurfAid

Fifteen years ago I was excitedly packing my surfboards, destined for my first trip to the Disneyland of surfing, the Mentawai Islands.

At the time I was on a roll, successfully climbing the corporate ladder and saving to fulfill my dream of buying a yacht and sailing the world. But thanks to curiosity, things were about to change. Sitting on the boat after a perfect Lance’s Right session, I was watching the kids on the beach and wondered how life was for the local people just 50 metres away.  ...read more

26 Sep 2014

Ibu Luseria helps bring fresh water to the village

Ibu Luseria Salelelu Baja is the 65-year-old head of the women's group in the small church in Eruparaboat, in the Mentawai Islands. The 2010 tsunami took their houses and livelihoods, and their children, family and friends. The survivors have moved to higher ground, up into the forest, and slowly they are trying to rebuild their lives. ...read more

10 Sep 2014

SurfAid Cup Malibu raises more than $127,000

Team Firewire has convincingly won the SurfAid Cup Malibu in four foot surf at the iconic pointbreak, with 12 teams raising more than $127,000 for SurfAid.

Firewire (Mark Price, Taylor Jensen, Johnny Noris, Noah Erikson and their pro surfer Mike McCabe) scored 110.77 to defeat Malaria Free Mentawai (84.30), Dave’s Team Too (81.07), SurfAiders (68.20), Malcolm Hates Malaria (54.67) and Kids Deserve Better (27.80) in the final. McCabe scored a perfect 10 on one ride.

Firewire team captain, Mark Price, said the chance to surf Malibu on a really good day with only six surfers in the water was truly memorable. ...read more

08 Sep 2014

Tom Carroll joins Surfing Chefs in Perth

Former two-time ASP world surfing champion Tom Carroll is excited to be joining some of Australia’s top chefs for the Surfing Chefs for SurfAid cocktail party at The Cottesloe Beach Hotel in Perth on Wednesday 22 October.

The fundraiser, held in The Beach Club, will be a special evening of gourmet food and outlandishly fine liquor prepared by Russell Blaikie (Must Winebar Perth) and his team of award-winning celebrity chefs, who share a common passion for surfing.  ...read more

01 Sep 2014

Rosy Hodge steps up for SurfAid Cup Malibu

Former world championship tour surfer and ASP commentator Rosy Hodge is one of 12 pro/legends lining up to compete in the SurfAid Cup Malibu this Saturday September 6.

Twelve fundraising teams have entered the SurfAid Cup and they have raised nearly $40,000 so far with a target of $60,000. Teams of four surfers aim to raise at least $5,000 for SurfAid and, in order of their fundraising total, each team picks a pro/legend surfer to join them. Hodge said she was excited to be invited to compete in the SurfAid Cup Malibu.  ...read more

27 Aug 2014

Surfing Chefs for SurfAid Perth

Join us at Cottesloe Beach Hotel for a special evening of gourmet food and wine prepared by Russell Blaikie and his team of award-winning celebrity chefs who share a common passion for surfing. Our Surfing Chefs, who donate their work, will serve up an exquisite multi-course canape menu sourced from local produce.

Starring Russell Blaikie (MUST WINEBAR Perth), Ben O’Donoghue (BILLYKART KITCHEN Brisbane), Aaron Carr (VASSE FELIX Margaret River), Dany Angove (LEEUWIN ESTATE Margaret River), Jake Drachenberg (HAY SHED HILL Margaret River), Herb Faust (HERB FAUST FOOD Perth), Tony Howell (ARAVINA ESTATE Margaret River), Paul Iskov (Yoda - FERVOR FOOD Perth), and Eamon Sullivan and Scott Bridger (Bib & Tucker). ...read more

12 Aug 2014

Field Update from our CEO

I am just back from Indonesia having met with our community partners and SurfAid teams who are now working across four locations. Thankfully, we have been without a major earthquake or tsunami in the islands west of Sumatra for close to four years, which has really given the projects a chance to get into gear without the disruption of a major disaster.

There is a remarkable energy among the village volunteers and local health staff with whom we work. Our lead mother and child health project in Hiliduho, Nias, will be completed in October. Each of the 13 villages now has a working community health post, most of them thriving and sustained by local income generating initiatives such as catfish ponds, vegetable gardens and local stores or 'warungs'. ...read more