Make a Difference with SURFAID

The first time SurfAid Founder, Dr. Dave Jenkins, visited the Mentawai Islands, all he had in mind was scoring epic surf. What he found changed his life, and the lives of thousands of others. Sixteen years later, thanks to the help of people like you, SurfAid is recognized internationally as the leading surf-related humanitarian aid organization.

Our Mother and Child Health program, which serves a population of 12,000 in Nias, has proven results in reducing infant and maternal mortality rates. In 2012, before SurfAid’s intervention, 8 out of 150 mothers died in childbirth. Today we have reduced that number to ZERO. During the same timeframe, there were 22 deaths of children under the age of 5. That number has been reduced to 5.

This would not be possible without your support. Won’t you please make a donation to help us bring our program to even more women and children?

Many communities have seen the success of their neighbors, and are now inspired to work with the SurfAid approach to improve their own health. Our goal for 2016 is to expand our program from 19,000 participants, to approximately 55,000 throughout all of our regions. Our model of assistance focuses on empowering and supporting local communities. One of our program participants, Sri, would like for us to share her story of how this approach helped her and her community.

Sri lives in Kuta village in Parado; a small village in the south of Sumbawa Island. Just like any mother, Sri wants her family to be healthy. Fearful of the constant illnesses that plague her village, she found herself visiting the local community health center. She met other women who shared her concerns and have a common goal of improving their community. Her visits to the health center became more frequent, and she began to share what she was learning with family and friends. Empowered by her newfound knowledge, she signed up to become a clinic volunteer.

Read more from the source SURFAID. Click here to donate!

Paddle-in surfing at Mullaghmore (video)

In the fourth episode of Threading Edges we check out paddle-in surfing at Mullaghmore. For a long time it was thought impossible to paddle into Mullaghmore. It was just too big and the conditions too extreme. But then Fergal Smith and Tom Low, inspired by the fearlessness of boogie boarders at the break, pulled it off.Now that the code has been broken and with advances in board design it is down to the strength and will of the surfers that ride this incredible big wave to push the limits even further.

How big is too big to paddle Mullaghmore?

International meeting on drowning prevention

The waves roll in.© Carter/

Researchers, academics, and members of the international life saving community returned this week from a significant conference on drowning prevention in Penang, Malaysia where Surf Life Saving’s efforts in preventative strategies were highly regarded.

The biennale World Conference on Drowning Prevention hosted 450 delegates from 55 countries, who presented on the latest trends and strategies aimed at curbing what is a tragic global issue.

For the first time the World Health Organisation (WHO) co-sponsored the conference. Frightening global estimates are that over 300,000 people drown every year, with the highest rate being boys aged 0-14.

Developing nations represent a significant proportion of these deaths and these numbers underscore the need for the life saving community to gather and share potential solutions to this epidemic.

The need to gather reliable data on non-fatal drownings was also highlighted, to measure both the economic impact and assess the risk profiles of specific coastal locations. Data gleaned from this research could help life saving organisations more effectively position their assets to improve rescue rates.

“It is truly inspirational to see the work being completed around the world to reduce the global drowning burden, which accounts for almost two thirds of the deaths from malnutrition and well over half that from malaria,” said Adam Weir, a member of the International Lifesaving Society Rescue Commission and Chair of the Rescue Operations Committee.

“While these major public health issues receive the attention they deserve, more needs to be done to address the global drowning problem. More than 90% of these deaths occur in low and middle-income countries. Through working alongside our counterparts in the International Life Saving Federation, SLSNSW continues to assist developing nations reduce drowning,” Mr Weir concluded.

The WHO Global report on “Drowning: Preventing a Leading Killer” is available to download HERE

The next World Conference on Drowning Prevention will take place in Vancouver, Canada in 2017.

Source: Surf Live Saving NSW

Surf Poetry Series Part 3: Last Wave by Scott Cuttre

We will continue to present you with surf poetry and other selections written by different people who have a love for the ocean over the coming months. The series begins with writings by Scott Cuttre. Find below the third poem in our surf poetry series by Scott.

Last Wave

There cannot be a lapse that will result in a fall
the moment of all effort I’ll clearly recall

An agreement with myself when I started this mission
I’ve stayed true to this pledge, refusing to back off a tradition

To understand what it means abiding by this rule
acts as pride within, allowing the deepest devotion to be fueled

Where I think this belief stems is the stretch of ocean I come from
starving for a consistent platform at times, making my spirit go numb

However the session is going, this last try must stand out
for myself and for those watching I can’t leave the slightest of doubt

But this credo goes deeper with all that’s at stake
this possibly could be the last ride to leave in my wake

So if decided this will be the end of my time in this place
my rails and my fins will act as footprints of my life to be traced

Nothing taken for granted, leaving my soul in this last culmination
the final act of a life, hoping to leave more than a minor quotation

Still there needs to be joy in this one final battle
not only for the session but to quiet this time’s endless rattle

One must have lived lavish to feel entitled to this grand manifestation
am I asking too much of my life’s greatest sensation

Scott’s Poems: Part 1 | Part 2

Poem by Scott Cuttre

Want to go surfing with Shane Dorian and Kelly Slater in Fiji?

Announcing your chance to win the ultimate surf trip in Fiji with Shane and Kelly!   It’s six days of surfing, fishing, golfing, and more surfing!   Flights are taken care of, and a private bungalow is already reserved.

Go to to enter because best of all, every donation benefits SURFAID and three other incredible causes.


45th annual SURFER Poll voting now open

Image: KHP

Voting for the 45th annual SURFER Poll is now open at through October 31st. A tradition recognized as the only awards in surfing that are completely decided by the fans, SURFER Poll gives readers the chance to cast a vote for their 10 favorite male and five favorite female surfers who will then be recognized during the annual awards ceremony in December.

Last year, John Florence dethroned 19-time reigning SURFER Poll king Kelly Slater and Stephanie Gilmore topped the women’s Poll.

This year’s winners will be announced on Dec. 6, 2015 at the invite-only awards ceremony at Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore of Oahu with a live webcast at Awards will also be divvyed up for the best films and performances of the year including honors for Best Barrel, Breakthrough Performer, Best Short and Movie of the Year, to name a few.

Special thanks to SURFER Magazine partners Nexen Tire, Martin Guitar, New Era, GoPro, Dos Equis and Turtle Bay Resort for helping to bring the biggest night in surfing to life.

(Source: KHP)

Surfing at 2020 Olympics a very real prospect

Mick Fanning laying down a solid turn in his first heat of the year at the Hurley Australian Open of Surfing 2015. Credit: WSL/Matt Dunbar

There’s two minutes remaining in surfing’s gold medal heat at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the athlete needs only a single scoring ride to win in front of forty thousand spectators and hundreds of millions of TV viewers across the globe.

This scenario is a very real prospect, after the International Surfing Association (ISA) submitted a formal bid in June this year, it has been announced surfing has made the final shortlist for inclusion at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

As one of Australia’s unofficial national sports, surfing will be competing with baseball/softball, karate, skateboarding and sports climbing before a final decision is made at the 129th IOC Session in Rio in August 2016.

Olympic Committee Panel chair Fujio Mitarai said sports popular with the younger demographic such as surfing would be popular.

Sally Fitz in action at Cloudbreak. Image: WSL/Robertson
Sally Fitz in action at Cloudbreak. Image: WSL/Robertson

“One thing I can say is that they’re popular among young people. Many are engaged in them globally.”

Surfing Australia CEO Andrew Stark spoke of the many positives of the sport’s potential inclusion.
“Surfing Australia is ecstatic at the news of our confirmed nomination for Olympic inclusion at the 2020 Japan Olympic Games. Surfing’s inclusion into the Olympics would be a dream come true for our sport.

We have been striving for many years to achieve Olympic Games inclusion and we certainly believe the Olympics will be better off with our sports inclusion. Australia will most certainly be a genuine Gold medal prospect and we look forward to starting the journey towards Olympic glory in 2020. This is a fantastic progression for surfing and for the Olympics”.

Surfing Australia Chair and seven times World Champion Layne Beachley said the sport would benefit immensely if selected as a new Olympic sport.

Layne Beachley and Stephanie Gilmore
Layne Beachley and Stephanie Gilmore share a laugh – Photo: Will Hayden-Smith

“Inclusion into 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games is a remarkable opportunity for surfing to be showcased in the international arena of sport. This reinforces the importance of Surfing Australia’s High Performance Centre and our developmental pathways to ensure continued nurturing and future success of our athletes.” “We are absolutely thrilled to be considered for inclusion and will do everything in our power to work with the AOC and the IOC to ensure this is a truly successful collaboration. There is no doubt we have the talent and membership to deserve this recognition, all that is missing is the opportunity so this announcement is one step closer to achieving our long term vision.”

Australian three times World Champion and current Word Surf League ratings leader Mick Fanning passionately backed the bid.

“It is probably the most watched sporting event in the world. It would be a huge honour to go and represent your country at such a prestigious competition.’

Australian Olympic Committee Media Director Mike Tancred said Australia’s strength as a surfing nation should have all sports fans excited about the prospect of Olympic inclusion.

Bells Beach, Victoria, Australia.
Bells Beach, Victoria, Australia.

“Australia is such a great surfing nation and we are very excited to now see the sport in Olympic contention for 2020. Olympic involvement will encourage more kids to get off the couch and try surfing and this results in a fitter, healthier Australia thanks to sport.”

Since the first ever World Surfing Titles were held at Manly Beach back in 1964, Australia has been a dominant force in the world surfing scene winning a combined total of 34 men’s and women’s world titles.

(Source: Surfing Australia)

Boot Düsseldorf launches watersports video clip contest

Photo: Messe Duesseldorf]

The organizers of boot 2016, International Boat Show Düsseldorf (January 23 – 31, 2016 in Düsseldorf, Germany) launched a competition for the best water sports video clips. Water sports enthusiasts can submit videos showing them in action in or on the water and upload them at (select “English” from the pull down menu) by December 15, 2015 to compete for the new boot Düsseldorf video award.

“We want really authentic clips of water sports enthusiasts which show that our sport is beautiful and, above all, great fun to try, too,” stated boot 2016 Director Goetz-Ulf Jungmichel. In line with the boot Düsseldorf motto “Experience 360° water sports”, the videos should reflect the entire panorama of water sports activities.

The award will be presented in the categories sailing, motor boating (including jet skiing and inflatable boating), yachting, diving, fishing, paddling, windsurfing, kitesurfing, wakeboarding and stand-up paddling as well as family vacation by, on or under water. The winners in each category will receive a very special prize: a Splash Drone supplied by Multikopter. This quadcopter is not just rain and splash-proof but also completely water-proof and can therefore start directly out of the water. These drones will be on show in the Water Pixel World at boot 2016. The second to fifth place winners in all the categories will also receive attractive water sports-related prizes. The winners will receive their awards at a ceremony held during boot Düsseldorf on Sunday, January 24, 2016.

The most attractive and exciting video clips will also be part of the new international advertising campaign for the 2017 staging of boot: the most distinctive images will be chosen for posters and advertisements and with the QR code, water sports fans will be able to access the winning video directly.

Source: MDNA