Sharing the stoke

A few years ago, I was lucky enough to spend two years living in a the Solomon Islands with my family. Over the two years, only twice did we surf with anyone other than the locals…

It was such a great experience to share the stoke with the local surfers.  Our village was tucked behind a point on the inside of a lagoon, so we were pretty protected but my two favourite surfing villages (obviously) weren’t and they had both been decimated by a tsunami a couple of years before we arrived. Only a handful of houses remained and though new houses and a school were being built, many of the locals still lived on the hillside, not wanting to come back down to where they had lost so much. At the time, I didn’t know much about aid organisations and I was surprised to see the role of groups like the Rotary Club in these communities (At our local hospital, for example some rotary volunteers installed new drain pipes which allowed the hospital to have running water).

These organisations help in other ways too and now they are seeking your help to share the stoke with some of our island neighbours. The Rotary Club of of Mooloolaba are sending a container to the Western Province of the Solomon Islands in the coming weeks and are seeking any surfing equipment to give to the expanding local surfing community.

Any old surfboards, short or long in useable (fixable) condition can be dropped into Chris Kendall at Coolum Boardroom

stokeIf you’re on the West Coast of Oz, A Liquid Future are also running a surfboard drive for kids in the communities they work in in the Mentawai. Kids are currently surfing on half broken planks of wood, so anything that resembles a surfboard is better than what they are on now!

If you have a fibreglass, epoxy or soft top surfboard that you don’t use and you want it to go to a good home email us and we’ll pass on your details wherever you are in the world and help share the stoke with others.