Everybody at Global Surf Industries believes in making a very real contribution to the community in which we work. To make sure we do so, we actively support a range of community initiatives which we feel best reflect our company mantra, "Life is better when you surf®".
The organizations profiled below are good examples of the types of charities GSI gets involved with. If you can help any of these organizations, please feel free to do so. On the other hand, if you think that any of these organizations might be able to help you, we can recommend each of them wholeheartedly on the basis of our experiences with them in the past.
At SurfAid our core mission is to improve the health, well-being and resilience of remote communities connected to us through surfing.
We believe that positive, sustainable and long-lasting change can only be achieved through the active involvement of the locals in the places we work.
SurfAid is committed to a 'hand up, not a handout' philosophy, and our focus is on empowering and supporting local communities to enrich their own lives, and increase their choices and possibilities for realising their own potential.
We strive for lasting improvement in the health, well-being and resilience of remote communities by implementing community-led development programs that are clear in their goals, effective in their implementation and subject to continuous monitoring and evaluation.
Get involved: surfaid.org
WAVES FOR WELLNESS
Our vision is to see a world where people understand mental health as a normal part of everyday life. Where ‘invisible’ mental health issues are treated like any other physical injury. Where there’s no social stigma, and people struggling don’t have to go it alone.
Our mission is to implement innovative programs that break down the barriers and stigma of traditional mental health treatment and support. Small ripples make big waves – by empowering individuals with tools for wellness, we’re making positive waves which strengthens community connection.
What we do is straight forward, we save lives through surfing. Using trained mental health professionals as surf coaches, we’re delivering innovative mental health support programs on a whole new level. Thanks for getting on-board (pun intended) and backing the vital work we do. Together with the support of our global community, we’re jumping in and tackling mental health head on.
Get involved: foundationwow.org
Surfing Mums Inc aims to unite mothers all over the world in their passion for surfing. They are a network of women, who are mums (of course), that also love to surf and still want to get out on the water as often as they did prior to having kids. Its not about how well you surf, or whether you are a longboarder, shortboarder, kneeboarder, bodyboarder, body surfer or just learning to surf - it's about getting wet and having fun! Their network encourages building great relationships with like-minded mums and their families. Joining each other on the beach when the surf is pumping, or simply make friends with other mums and go for surfs without the kids.
Get involved: surfingmums.com
Ocean Mind is a community organisation that provides therapeutic surf programs for young people aged 8-18 years experiencing mental health challenges, social isolation and disabilities. Ocean Mind's mission is to enrich young people's mental health, relationships and potential through surfing. We create a supportive environment for young people to realise their potential and build self-efficacy, resilience and confidence. By harnessing the energy of nature, young people build healthy relationships, develop positive lifelong skills, become connected to a broader supportive community and are supported to achieve their goals.
Get involved: https://www.oceanmind.org.au