I was recently asked to document a Waves For Water mission to Nicaragua. The story is told through the eyes of Hurley surfer Dane Zaun to show everyone how easy it is to help along the way while traveling and doing what you love. In Dane’s case “doing what you love” means surfing. For more on Waves For Water and our mission to Nicaragua please read Jon Rose's dispatch letter below.
"We were recently asked by Lance and Kristin Moss of Surfari Charters in Nicaragua to partner with them in launching our program for the villages around their camp. This type of mission obviously speaks directly to the core of what our organization was originally founded on - adventure surf travel. We accepted their offer and looked at it as the perfect case study to prove a model I've had in my head for a long time - one where surf/adventure tourism is infused (not bombarded) with a little more purpose. The idea was that once went down and helped Lance and Kristin set up some good trusty local networks to implement the program to - then all of their charters for the rest of the year can have the option of bringing filters down during their week to help reinforce those networks... It's creating a very user-friendly sustainable supply chain that rides comfortable on the coattails of peoples love for surfing and fishing. It's not a new concept, I believe Nihiwatu Resort in Sumba, Indonesia has a program where all their guests get to take one day out of their trip and help the nearby village through a number of projects they've set up. The philosophy is also being coined "Volunteerism" these days. I just like to call it - doing our part!
So, we went down to Nicaragua, brought 30 filters (enough to provide 3000 people with access to clean water) and set up three local networks with them. Since our trip every one of Lance & Kristin's charters has personally bought, carried, and implemented more filters to those networks. It's a model that is thriving and growing with each passing week. The last and probably most fun element of this mission was having some good ol' froth-mouthed grommets along with us - young LA based pro-surfer shredder, Dane Zaun, and his trusty filmmaker sidekick, Matt Grote. Their energy and stoke was a nice reminder of what W4W is all about... and a refreshing break from some of the heavier projects we've done recently in places such as Afghanistan and Haiti.
Matt made a video of the trip that shares the experience thru Dane's eyes... On behalf of W4W, I'm happy to share it with you all... I feel it's a great snapshot into the innocence and purity that comes from doing what you love, and helping along the way.
In addition to Hurley stepping up (as always!) I'd like to throw a shout-out to Lance, Kristen, and the entire crew at Surfari Charters for initiating this. Lastly, I need to throw out BIG props to W4W Executive Director, CHRISTIAN TROY, for really running point on this project and making it come to life from our end... Well done crew!!" - Jon Rose, Waves For Water - Founder
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