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.

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

08 Aug 2014

Lisa Andersen ready to fire in Malibu

Four-time ASP women’s world champion Lisa Andersen is raring to go in the third annual SurfAid Cup Malibu on Saturday September 6. Andersen was part of the Malibu Mavericks team when they won the inaugural SurfAid Cup in 2012.

“I am so looking forward to competing in this year’s SurfAid Cup,” Andersen said. “This event is special to me because it raises funds to help communities in the Mentawai Islands, where I just visited a couple of weeks ago to surf some of the best waves in the world. The format of this event is so much fun and that's what surfing is all about.”  ...read more

02 Jul 2014

Occy Gets The Chop

Surfing legend Mark ‘Occy’ Occhilupo will shed his famous blond dreadlocks next week in the name of a good cause. Occy promised to part ways with his locks, which have been cultivating for five long years, if Kelly Slater lost at last month’s Fiji Pro.

Now one lucky fan will have the honour of removing the dreads on national TV with FUEL TV launching an online charity auction tomorrow on eBay. ...read more

16 Jun 2014

Tom Carroll Asks For Your Support

My first real experience with SurfAid was nearly 10 years ago after the Boxing Day tsunami in December 2004​.​ ​It was one of the most extraordinary experiences​ of my life​. I had never seen that ability for humans to come together and be so efficient and offer up their expertise. SurfAid was able to get into really remote areas where other aid organisations couldn't because of their knowledge of the ocean and coastal areas. ...read more

12 Jun 2014

SurfAid Cup Malibu 2014

SurfAid is calling for teams for the SurfAid Cup Malibu 2014. The fundraising event is part of the MSA Classic Invitational and will be held on Saturday September 6th at Surfrider Beach in Malibu, California. And a one-hour Expression Session will be held on Friday September 5th.

The SurfAid Cup is a surfing competition involving 12 four-person teams, each fundraising for SurfAid, with a minimum of $5,000 per team to enter.

Each SurfAid Cup team, in order of their fundraising total, will get to pick a surf legend to join them. Pro surfers who have indicated they will compete this year include four-time ASP world champion Lisa Andersen, two-time world ASP longboard champion Jen Smith, big wave legend Greg Long, Strider Wasilewski and Kassia Meador.  ...read more

10 Jun 2014

SurfAid Hands Over Mentawai Projects

SurfAid has officially handed over the mother and child health and water projects in three hamlets that were started in 2012.

The projects for the Nemnemleleu community included training for the community health volunteers; materials for assessing the health and growth of children under five, and their mothers and pregnant women; and clean water through new piping from springs, water storage tanks and tap stands.

A large contingent of health department officials and other dignitaries attended the ceremony, which was held at the Nemnemleleu school. ...read more

27 May 2014

The Right To A Healthy Life

Many of the world’s best surf destinations are remote and people in remote areas are often forgotten, as delivering services there is costly, time-consuming and requires serious efforts. SurfAid passionately believes that no matter where you live, you have a right to access quality basic services.

Filmmakers Michael Lawrence and David Kruta recently went to the Mentawai Islands and Nias, off Sumatra, Indonesia, to cover SurfAid’s field work in mother and child health, malaria, water and sanitation, and emergency preparedness.  ...read more

09 Apr 2014

Margaret River Wineries win SurfAid Cup in WA

The Margaret River Wineries team has won the SurfAid Cup in Western Australia with a last-second ride in solid six foot (two metre) surf.

The MR Wineries scored 51.90 to narrowly defeat HSF aka the “Bar” Boys (51.80), with Macquarie WA third (42.67) and defending champions CineAds fourth (36.77). MadFish Wines and Grace Farm’s Finest finished equal 5th, while Caporn Young and Property Construction Nuts were equal 7th.

The eight teams raised $84,000 for SurfAid and Caporn Young (Jono Cullen, Todd Bennett, Jeremy Bower and Justin Wallace) won the fundraising trophy by collecting $17,500. ...read more

12 Mar 2014

Dr Dave Jenkins at TEDxManly

SurfAid is pleased to share with you a talk - Do something that matters - that our founder, Dr Dave Jenkins, gave at the recent TEDxManly...read more

07 Mar 2014

Top pros rev up for SurfAid Cup Margaret River

Top pros on the ASP World Championship Tour are lining up to compete in the SurfAid Cup, which will be held in conjunction with the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro, Western Australia.

This will be the third SurfAid Cup in Margaret River proudly supported by Surfing WA. Eight teams are aiming to raise $40,000 for SurfAid, and the event will be held on Sunday 6 April 2014 at Surfers Point.  ...read more