We have been supporting Waves for Change in South Africa since our 1st paddle battle in 2017. Last year the local crew from Cologne brought another partner organization with them: Valpo Surfproject from Chile.
This year we are doing our second PB Tour´22 in 6 cities, i.e. we have a total of 6 local crews who each select a local and an international partner organization according to the following criteria:
social & green engagement
connected to the surf / ocean
with a focus on promoting education
personal contact, targeted project funding & long-term partnership
Our Impact Partners 2022:
Waves For Change provides a child-friendly mental health service to at-risk youth living in unstable communities. Through access to safe spaces, caring mentors, and a provision of weekly Surf Therapy sessions, W4C gives children skills to cope with stress, regulate behaviour, build healing relationships, and make positive life choices.
wirmachenwelle (wmw) implements various sports and adventure education projects with a focus on surfing in Germany.
The aim of the projects is to promote the personal development of children and young people as well as physical and mental health. The participants prepare for a surf camp on the North Sea for several months. Various sports are used in preparation, which are related to surfing but can be practiced in urban areas such as Berlin. These include: surf skating, self-assertion, swimming, stand-up paddling and slacklining. In addition to the sporting part, wmw integrates exercises and methods for mindfulness, emotion regulation, social skills and group cohesion.
Valpo Surf Project works in the city's poorest neighborhoods, which are affected by violent crime, drug abuse, and chronic unemployment. VSP provides a vital role in our students' lives. Our students have few positive role models and limited educational and social support. Through surfing, academic tutoring, & environmental stewardship we engage, educate, and motivate our kids.Kids enter VSP as young as 8 years old and graduate at 18. Many of our graduates are the first in their families to attend college. They are also returning to VSP to volunteer as mentors, giving back to the next generation in their own communities.
Disfrutar el mar is a non-profit association that offers boys and girls with certain developmental challenges recreational therapeutic activities in the beach / marine area.
The main goal is to promote the integral development, autonomy and socio-athletic participation of these children and to promote their sensory-motor, psychomotor, social and emotional skills.
The method is based on two axes: the ocean as a natural environment, which offers the opportunity to work on sensorimotor, psychomotor, social and emotional skills. And surfing, which offers the opportunity to participate in social and sporting activities.
This work began in the summer of 2010 when a pilot course was held involving three children with generalized developmental disorder (PDD) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The result of this experience was very positive in all aspects. The children achieved greater autonomy, improved their physical condition, their perception of the body and their social skills (e.g. communication). In short, a huge improvement in their self-esteem was observed. On the other hand, the effect was also positive for fathers and mothers who saw that their children enjoyed an inclusive social activity.
Special Surf 78
Works with all persons, whether or not they have temporary or permanent special cognitive and motor needs in Baleal / Portugal.
Inclusive surf / surf therapy lessons take place almost every weekend for 8 to 10 months each year with our regular customers, but we also have one-off activities involving institutions and schools.
We use surfing as a therapeutic activity to develop skills in our students in the following areas:
- Autonomy and independence
- Attention and concentration
- Social and emotional stimulation
- Language and cognition