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.


04 Aug 2015

News From the Field - Update From Our Country Director



On behalf of the entire SurfAid team, thank you to all of you that responded to the recent international fundraising appeal. We are absolutely overwhelmed by the generosity of our community!

Of the many communities that you support in Indonesia, seventeen are in Sumbawa – home to the world-renowned Lakey Peak, Scar Reef and Supersuck breaks. In the past twelve months, these communities have built 117 family latrines in Bima on the eastern side of Sumbawa. Building latrines may sound like a simple thing, but the impact of a latrine, coupled with construction of clean water facilties and a hand-washing campaign, can significantly reduce the incidents of diarrhoea and respiratory infections like pneumonia. This is real transformative change for these villages. ...read more

28 Jun 2015

Dave Rastovich Supports SurfAid



Dave Rastovich recently took a trip to Nias to visit SurfAid's Mother and Child Health programs. Dave's trip reaffirmed his long standing support for SurfAid. ...read more

18 Jun 2015

Ibu Luseria helps bring fresh water to the village



This year, SurfAid was proud to celebrate 15 years of supporting communities in remote villages in Indonesia. Your generous support has driven major achievements – expanding beyond malaria prevention to build a truly effective mother and child health program and being a lead responding agency to five natural disasters.

When we think of places like the Mentawai we think of world-class waves, but we often don’t think about the people who live on the land by those waves.

I’ve been fortunate to make the hike to many of our villages and meet the people that you support. One of the most inspiring people I met this year was Ibu Luseria (pictured above). She is from Eruparaboat, one of the hardest-hit areas during the 2010 Mentawai tsunami.  ...read more

02 Jun 2015

2014-2015 Field Results


It has been an incredibly successful year for SurfAid, filled with many challenges and achievements. ...read more

12 May 2015

Field Update From Our CEO - May 2015



I’ve just finished an inspiring visit to one of our field programs in Nias and wanted to briefly share my experiences with you.

My first stop was Akhelawe, a cluster of villages in the area of Gido, in Nias. Gido is north and inland from the world famous break at Lagundri. We began our mother and child health programs late last year in Gido. ...read more

05 May 2015

Herbert Smith Freehills Make History at the SurfAid Cup Margaret River



Team Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) took home the ‘Double Cup’ at the the fourth SurfAid Cup Margaret River on Sunday 19th April, a feat never achieved in the four years of the SurfAid Cup held globally. ...read more

20 Mar 2015

Sydney Surfing Chefs Raises $44,000 for SurfAid



On 11th of March 2015, 300 plus guests descended on The Bucket List, Bondi and enjoyed an outstanding night of excellent food and fine wines, with the venue proving to be the perfect backdrop for the first ticketed Sydney Surfing Chefs event.

Guests included surfing and sporting elite, Martin Potter, Tom Carroll and Torah Bright, Andrew Judge and Dr Dave Jenkins founder of SurfAid along with their corporate supporters, top media, as well as a good sprinkling of Bondi local legends Rod Kerr, Eugene Tan, Bruce Hopkins, Harrison Reid, Dean Gladstone and Trent Maxwell….and of course a stellar team of chefs. ...read more

12 Mar 2015

March Field Update - Story of Marcelinus Talugoro



What’s important in your life? Your family, your job, your friends, your health, your future? To Marcelinus, the leader of the water and sanitation committee of West Sumba, the answer is something most of us take for granted: access to clean water and basic health care. ...read more

24 Feb 2015

City of Newcastle Team wins SurfAid Cup


For a second year in a row, the Newcastle City Council Boardriders have won the SurfAid Cup. Held at Merewether Beach, Newcastle, with 14 corporate teams raising $40,000 for humanitarian organisation SurfAid.

KCE won the SurfAid Cup fundraising trophy. The team of Chris Cashman, Troy Gould, Joe Myson and Paul Van der Velde raised $6,489. The Hunter Business Boardriders have now raised more than $200,000 for SurfAid since they started fundraising with the Surfest corporate breakfast in 2010.

All funds raised contribute to SurfAid’s mother and child programs in remote areas of Indonesia in Nias, Mentawai islands, Sumbawa and Sumba. “The funds raised by the SurfAid Cup in Newcastle, the ongoing support of Surfest, the Hunter Business Boardriders Club and the community of Newcastle saves lives in Indonesia. SurfAid works in places where hardly anyone but surfers go – but where there are high rates of infant and maternal mortality. Days like today show that surfers can make a real difference and give back to the places they love” says Andrew Judge, SurfAid’s CEO. ...read more

30 Jan 2015

Field Update from our Country Director



Happy new year and welcome to 2015! On behalf of the entire SurfAid team, thank you for your incredible support. With your help, we achieved some amazing results last year. I would like to share with you some of my personal highlights from 2014.  ...read more