Since 1998 Ride a Wave has been giving children with special needs the opportunity to experience the thrills of surfing regardless of if they are physically, mentally, or economically challenged.  Ride a Wave has acquainted over 2,500 kids with the ocean and has shared with them the excitement of surfing.  With the help of over 300 volunteers, Danny Cortazzo, founder of Ride a Wave, has provided participants with life-changing experiences which reinforce their achievements and potential.  Funded entirely through donations, fundraising activities, and sponsorships, Ride a Wave is always encouraging community members to take action and become involved.  Volunteers are not limited to ocean and surf experts; the success of Ride a Wave requires a wide range of volunteer help.  Professional photographers volunteer their time to document and capture the smiles and spirits of all participants.  Since it’s creation, the foundation has spread past its’ home base in Santa Cruz, CA to assist Malibu Board Riders to serve kids with special needs in San Diego, Malibu, and Carpentaria.  To become involved in Ride a Wave as a participant or volunteer, click here.

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At any given time a surfer can easily list off at least ten different ways surfing is beneficial to one’s health.  Some surfers are convinced it’s the Vitamin D absorbed from exposure to sun rays, or the cleansing properties of salt water, or the high that is only achieved through total immersion in nature’s raw elements.  Regardless of where each surfer discovers his own refuge, all agree that the ocean provides a sanctuary to all that seek healing.

Israel and Danielle Paskowitz witnessed their son Isaiah find his balance in surfing.  Diagnosed with autism at age three, Isaiah discovered peace in the ocean when his father took him tandem surfing.  Realizing the comfort Isaiah experienced while surfing, the Paskowitzs’ organized Surfers Healing; a camp dedicated to sharing the miracle of surfing with autistic children and their families.  The camps rely fully on volunteer support in order to ensure free access to all families that wish to participate.  Each child is individually introduced to the ocean and given private lessons from an experienced surfer volunteer.  Contact izzy@surfershealing.org for more details about volunteering.

For the past year world-class surfers from all corners of the globe have been swarming to enter the online contest which awards the top contestants an opportunity to be featured in Taylor Steeles new movie Innersection.  Contestants submitted a short two-minute clip that highlighted their biggest aerials, tight snapbacks, and deepest barrels.  The public has voted, the ballads counted, and the points tallied;  the end result?  Twenty top surfers, all selected by fans, will be highlighted in the new flick showing off some heavy swell shredding.  As if this wasn’t sick enough, the winners have expanded their two-minute clips into longer segments overflowing with fresh footage.  The dvd, available for purchase, contains a vote code in which viewers then use to vote for their favorite surf section.  The results of this final vote mark the finish line of the contest; and the winner will walk away with 100 k.

This Friday night November 26, each surfer featured in Innersection will be hosting his own premiere at a venue in their hometown.

All-time wave ripper and dance groove master Mike Losness will be hosting his premiere at the La Paloma theatre in Encinitas, CA.

“I chose La Paloma because it is my favorite place to go see new movies.  It is also where I’ve gone to see the new Taylor Steele movies since I was younger.  It should be a rad night.”

Losness has collected a bunch of goods to raffle off in which all the proceeds will be donated to his foundation of choice. (johnnykickscancer.org)  The foundation focuses on educating the public about children diagnosed with Leukemia.

All shows are scheduled to begin between 6:30 pm and 9:30 pm on Friday November 26th.  Click here to find out locations and venues hosting the premieres.

In heat of the earthquake that shook Indonesia, which sparked Mount Merapi’s eruption and the destructive tsunami off the coast of Sumatra, Surfaid has been actively involved in supplying relief to locals and those affected by the natural disaster. Only hours after the 6-10 foot tsunami washed through the Mentawais, Surfaid launched an emergency response to assess damages and send out the first batch of first-aid supplies.  Due to the remoteness of the areas affected, the Indonesian Government requested that Surfaid take a leading position providing data concerning the various locations of devastation.  Massive storms and harsh weather passing through the Mentawais have hindered Surfaid’s relief efforts.  The death toll has risen to 431, 88 people have been counted as missing and 400 reportedly injured.

Surfaid CEO Andrew Judge requests more aid for the Tsunami Appeal, “We have budgeted to spend $2.86 million in the Mentawai after the tsunami and we need to raise nearly one-quarter of this through our public appeal.”

To donate to help the 15,000 people left homeless click here.

Today the surf community has lost one of its greatest athletes, enthusiast, and waterman.  32-year-old Andy Irons passed away Tuesday November 2, in route back to Hawaii from the Rip Curl Search in Puerto Rico.  Irons missed his Saturday heats in the contest due to illness and was traveling back to home to seek medical attention.  Sources confirm that he had contracted Dengue Fever.  The three-time world champion leaves behind a pregnant wife, family, and a ohana of friends.

Deepest condolences to the family and friends of Andy.

 

Save the Waves is hosting a film festival Friday, November 12th in the historic Victoria Theatre in San Francisco.  The second annual festival will feature a live performance by My Peoples before the world premiere of Dave Rastovich’s film Transparent Sea followed by a screening of 180 South.  Transparent Sea follows Rastovich’s journey along the Australian coast drawing attention to endangered whales threatened by over fishing, hunting, and pollution.

Doors open Friday, November 12 at 7 pm.  Film screening begins at 8 pm. 21 and over.

To purchase tickets click here.