Back in February we had the pleasure of meeting some really cool kids in Colombia. One of them was Yuri from Choco. After observing during the surf session it was clear that she had a passion for surfing. She wanted to keep trying to surf and ride the waves when most of the others had their fill. We get stoked to see females representing this sport.
Part of our event day included starting the Surf Club of Choco. Since they are now established they get to compete in all the competitions against other areas in Colombia. Being a part of this commencement was epic to say the least. Months after we left we got word that the club had competed in their first contest. For most of the kids that got to go to the event, it was their first time riding in a car not to mention flying through the sky in an airplane. Through surfing, these kids got to experience many things for the first time. That is the beauty of surfing! There are endless gifts.
After all of the new experiences the kids managed to pull it together to compete. They all did very well and especially Yuri. She got second place. She is the youngest competitor and representing Choco and doing very well. So far she has competed in two contests and gotten second in both. We all know it is just a matter of time before she is up on that podium in first place. We were curious about her thoughts and experiences since competing and sent over a little interview for her. Here it is:
STSF: How old are you?
STSF: What are your favorite things to do for fun?
Yuri: Surf and Soccer
STSF: How many years have you been surfing?
Yuri: 6 months
STSF: Who is your favorite surfer?
Yuri: Simon Salazar
STSF: How did it feel when Share The Stoke Foundation donated surfboards to your community?
Yuri: Very very happy, we didn’t have surfboards before and we wanted to surf.
STSF: What do you get from surfing?
Yuri: We get things like experience, lost fear, good dreams.
STSF: Why do you surf?
Yuri: I like it and I want to have a better life than now, to support my family and needed people in the future.
STSF: Please describe what surfing has given you?
Yuri: Travels, a surfboard, experience and new objectives.
STSF: Tell us about the surf competitions you competed in?
Yuri: Barranquilla was my first time. It was very good for me, not only to got second place but to know new surfers and in Santa Marta I discovered that surf is what I love.
STSF: What was your biggest lesson?
Yuri: I need to train a lot, to have discipline. I saw Claudia beat Jocelyn because of that.
STSF: Do you consider yourself a role model or leader? How or why?
Yuri: Yes, because in my community I’m focused on my sport and they can see it cause I like it very much.
STSF: Is there anything we didn’t ask that you want to share with us?
Yuri: Yes, please if you can support my dream to be a great surfer and if possible to my community too.
Here in Indo while it happened, so close but so far feeling so helpless. I so want whoever cares to know how much respect and love I had for the guy, in my own way, even though not much time was spent together really. He was indirectly my mentor, an inspiration in and out of the water since 1977 when I arrived on the Goldy to see his beautiful Hotstuffs everywhere.
If there is a man, a surfer, a shaper on this planet whom deserves utmost unreserved respect for his contribution to life, OUR lives, then there is no doubt it is AB. The ONLY thing I did not care for with AB was his insistence on fading me at Burleigh absolutely every time I shared our “home” together. He just knew he could do a better job than me on that iconic wave. You deserved every one AL. I am PROUD to have been faded by ALAN BYRNE.
His memory will never fade and it will continue to live all over the globe, specifically in Japan, Hawaii, Bali, Australia and his true home NZ where he left indelible mark on waves with his super smooth style, and his “SWEET AS BRU!” boards that always blew me away. Love you AB…Sympathies and love to Jane and the boys…
If you are in the land of Nether, make it your cultural duty to attend. Goes off Saturday, August 10th starting at 10 in the morning and running all day. There will be a Firewire demo fleet and tent so if you got questions, the crew will have answers. More details here
Come join a rocking party on a beautiful beach, sprinkled with surf stars, passionate environmentalists, artists, musicians and since this is Malibu, a few movie stars too… We will celebrate our passion for the health of the seven seas, and share the stoke that living on this amazing CA coastline brings to our lives. BUY TICKETS HERE.
The party will have compelling speakers, great local food and drinks, a focus on mind-blowing sustainable surfboards, “live” art, vintage surf films and live music by an All-Star band!
So don’t forget to bring your smile and your thirst for fabulous food and drinks, but you can leave your shoes behind, because we’ll be dancing with our toes in the sand. And be sure to bring the checkbook too – its a charity benefit folks, so lets do this right!
Note: parking is limited on site. Carpooling, walking, biking, golf-carting is highly encouraged!
All-Star Band with Surprise Special Guests
“Bitch’n All Stars” is a knock-out line up created by Rami Jaffee (Foo Fighters, Sound City Players, Wallflowers) with Jessy Greene (Foo Fighters, Sound City Players, Pink), Christopher Thorn (Blind Melon, AWOL Nation, Live), Brad Smith (Blind Melon), Dave Krusen (Pearl Jam), Jonny Kaplan and Dr. J (Jonny Kaplan and the Lazy Stars). Joining them will be SPECIAL GUESTSCisco Adler, and more…
Celebrity Speakers Include:
Shaun Tomson – World Champion surfer and author- Speaking on personal responsibility for our ocean, and his own love of his ECOBOARDS.
Daryl Hannah – Actress and advocate for a just world. She brings her impassioned voice to protecting the ocean.
Michael Stewart and Kevin Whilden – Co-Founders of Sustainable Surf and creators of their flagship programs: ECOBOARD Project, Waste to Waves, and the Deep Blue Surfing Events – which are all designed to positively engage both individuals and the surf industry together, in a collaborative effort to help solve the critical environmental issues facing our ocean playground.
Liz Crosson – Executive Director of LA Waterkeeper
Frankie Harrer and Thelen McKinna-Worrell – Sustainable Surf youth ambassadors and Malibu pro surfers talking about their role in protecting surfing’s future.
Get your own more sustainable ECOBOARD surfboard or SUP
We will have famous shapers and ZJ’s Boarding House on the beach ready to take your orders for a sustainable surfboard or SUP. Get your dream custom board made just for you.
Amazing Auction Items
Bid on and win unique and exciting sustainable surfing auction items. One-of-a-kind sustainable surfboards and SUPs, art photographs, surf gear, and lots more. All proceeds benefit non-profits Sustainable Surf and LA Waterkeeper.
Live Art and Eco-Surfboard Crafting
• Norton Wisdom will do performance painting to the music using light-screen technology.
• The Boyz from Earth-Technology (E-Tech) Surfboards in LA will be hosting a live “ECO” surfboard glassing demonstration on the sand, using a non-toxic, plant-based epoxy resin. It’s also VOC free, so no haz-mat suits needed, and you get to check out first-hand how surfboards are really crafted.
Fabulous Food and Drinks
Gourmet taco and ceviche bar by Petty Cash Taqueria. Experience the tastes from Chef Oso!
Specialty cocktails with Mako Vodka and VEEV. Mixed by Black Lab Ventures.
Surfrider Chardonnay from Rosenthal Estate Winery
Local micro-brewed beer
Non alcoholic drinks: Coconut water, alkaline water, aqua frescas
Please bring your ID to drink alcoholic beverages
By now you have seen NanoTune stickers on Firewires and pros’ surfboards alike as well as a bit of their press across the social media wire. So what exactly does NanoTune do? Have a look at this video to find out. The NanoTune team has put together a cool clip that visually demonstrates why boards with NanoTune go faster. Its all about reducing friction and turbulence. With an underwater camera mounted to the bottom side of a paddle board to maximize the demonstration, its easy to see what is going on. Above all else, the results in the field stand on their own as undeniable and that is exactly why Firewire has stepped up to factory tune all our boards with NanoTune. We feel that we are headed into a time where people will be paying attention to what goes on the BOTTOM of a board and that is a good thing! More speed for everyone!
For more info, check out their site.
Get your fight on! If you have any questions what the Save Trestles campaign is about, this it. Watch the video and get inspired.
For the next couple weeks Surfrider is going to be thirsty for your photos every Thursday leading up to ISD! Check back here each Wednesday to see what type of beach shots we’re looking for on Instagram that week!
Be sure to tag @Surfrider and #ISD between 6AM and 3PM PST each Thursday of the series in order to have a chance to win.
Check back here on Wednesday, June 12 for the announcement of our third photo theme!
Epic prizes, including a grand prize of a Firewire surfboard.
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Here’s more information about SURFAID:
WHO WE ARE
SURFAID is a non-profit humanitarian organization whose aim is to improve the health, wellbeing and self-reliance of people living in isolated regions connected to us through surfing.
SURFAID was started by a group of concerned surfers in 2000 who were struck by the needless suffering and preventable death in the Mentawai Islands, off Sumatra, Indonesia. Now SURFAID is a respected organization operating in the Mentawai, Nias, Telo and Banyak islands and will start work in Sumbawa, eastern Indonesia, in 2013.
WHAT WE DO
SURFAID, in partnership with communities and government, works to prevent disease, suffering and death through health promotions that aim to change unhealthy behaviors and reduce the risk from natural disasters so that people are better equipped to help themselves.
Our community-based health programs involve education in nutrition, hygiene, healthy environments, and disease prevention – including mosquito net distribution. In response to an unfortunately frequent need, we have built an award-winning capacity in emergency preparedness and have been a core agency responding to major disasters.
Our programs are designed to empower the people in the communities in which we work, aiming to bring about long-term behavior change that will reduce statistics of child mortality and malnutrition.
WHY WE DO IT
In the islands where we work, more than 70 per cent of the population lives below the poverty line and there is a poor understanding of what constitutes good nutrition and good basic hygiene.
The local people in this isolated and unique island chain face many life-threatening challenges, with diseases such as acute respiratory infection, diarrhea and malaria, plus birth complications, taking a serious toll. Malnutrition is an everyday reality for both children and adults, and natural disasters in the form of tsunami and earthquake add to the challenge of improving the health and wellbeing of the village communities.