Dire Situation for Mentawai Islanders as SurfAid Runs Earthquake Relief Effort

In response to two powerful earthquakes having struck the region of the Mentawai Islands, SurfAid International is currently receiving donations for relief efforts where SurfAid has been and continues to provide humanitarian services.

SurfAid has visited and assessed more than 100 Mentawai villages and launched eight relief boats delivering food, shelter, medical attention, fuel, and building supplies to some of the 30,000 displaced residents. Additional support is needed to continue these efforts. Please support the people of the Mentawai Islands with a contribution to the Mentawai Earthquake Appeal.

SurfAid's Community-Based Health Programs Take Off

SurfAid's ongoing efforts to assist residents in lowering morbidity and mortality in the Mentawai Islands and Nias continues to make great progress. The latest milestone is the establishment of Care Groups in each of 53 beneficiary communities as part of the SurfAid Community Based Health Programs. Throughout the Mentawai Islands and Nias, 870 volunteers have been elected to SurfAid Care Groups; stewarding 37,000+ residents towards a healthier future.

Malaria Free Mentawai Program Makes Strides

SurfAid International completed Phase 1 and 2 of the Malaria Free Mentawai program with excellent results. All targets were met including the distribution of over 14,000 mosquito nets.

First Training Held at Quiksilver-SurfAid Community Health Training Centre

Katiet program designer Brendan Hoare demonstrates how to make compost on site at the Quiksilver SAI Centre. The first training in composting and growing vegetables and fruit has been held at the Quiksilver-SurfAid Community Health Training Centre, a model home/garden program which is due for first-stage completion in November this year.

Shaman read the disaster-preparedness comics

As part of its school based disaster preparedness program, E-Prep staff are distributing comics about tsunami, earthquakes, floods, cyclones and tropical storms and landslides. E-Prep is SurfAid International's community-based disaster risk management program funded by the Australian Government through AusAID.

While the comics have been developed for children, they also include basic information about disasters in the back and are also an important information tool for adults in the community.

SurfAid International and Billabong Launch Global Schools Program

SurfAid International and surf company Billabong launch a unique schools program that will have far-reaching effects around the world - alleviating suffering and death in impoverished communities.

The SurfAid International Billabong Schools Program will provide a dynamic learning opportunity for students, educating them about the geography, economy, culture, health and living conditions of the 70,000 people of the Mentawai Island region, off the coast of West Sumatra, Indonesia.

Billabong Girls Raise $25,000 and Experience SurfAid's Work First-Hand

After raising US$25,000 for SurfAid at their Design For Humanity event in Los Angeles in April, a team of Billabong Girls headed out into Indonesia's Mentawai Islands to experience SurfAid's work first-hand.

Keala Kennelly, Rebecca Woods, Silvana Lima and Sanoe Lake, along with team manager Megan Brainard, ventured into one of SurfAid's villages, Malilimok, to witness a Care Group meeting in action and also to visit one of the poorest houses in the village.

Swim 4 Life Comes to New York & New Jersey

Get out your swim caps and trunks, SurfAid's Swim 4 Life is coming to the US East Coast in October! This is a chance for surfers, businesses and humanitarians to get together, have a good swim, and help save lives. We have two locations covering New York and New Jersey and the dates are October 20-21. If you can't join us, please help us spread the word to friends and family in NY/NJ.

Legend Greg Noll gets a grip on event co-host Fernando Aguerre and Billabong's Paul Naude

Co-host Santiago Aguerre with Rob Machado and friends SIMA and Liquid Nation Do It Again! For the fourth time, Liquid Nation has exceeded expectations and raised $250,000 for humanitarian charities, including SurfAid International. Special thanks goes out to the Surf Industry Manufacturer's Association (SIMA), event hosts Fernando & Vicki Aguerre and Santiago & Cecelia Aguerre, and everyone who contributed to making this event such a great success!

Surpassing SIMA’s expectations, it is estimated that more than $250,000 was raised at the 4th annual Liquid Nation Ball. Held at the spectacular La Jolla oceanfront residence of Fernando and Vicky Aguerre, the guest list read like the Who’s Who of the surf industry.

Surf icons Rob Machado, Lisa Andersen, Greg Noll, Paul Naude, Bob McKnight, Dick Baker and more all enjoyed great food, dancing and a highly entertaining live auction in which the host himself, Fernando Aguerre, Vice-President of the SIMA Humanitarian Fund, Co-Founder of Reef, and Advisory Board Member for SurfAid literally sold the pants he was wearing for the sake of charity.

Sage Vaughn Art Show Benefits SurfAid International

A big thank you goes out to SurfAid supporter Debbie Frank and artist Sage Vaughn for generating $30,000 for our efforts by holding a benefit art show featuring Sage Vaughn's works. Held at Debbie's amazing home in Malibu, fifty percent of the proceeds from 31 works of art were donated to SurfAid as were raffle proceeds.

Special thanks to sponsors Debbie Frank Art, Sage Vaughn, Food Art Group and Sona Restaurant, Roberto Cavalli Vodka, Wild Rock Wines, and Karl Strauss Brewery. Music gratiously provided by Money Mark, Colin Giles, and Mikee Tucker.

Raffle contributers were Alpine Ascents Climbing School, Revive Skin Care, Dogeared Jewelry, Tiger Lily Jewelry, Clout Ride Shop, Surf Monk Clothing, and O'Quinn Clothing. Additional thanks to all of the donors that made this night such a great success!

A&I Santa Monica, Wachovia, and SurfAid International Presented SURFOGRAPHY

...A photographic collection documenting the lifestyle and culture of the surfing community. A great time was had by all and some fantastic photography was exhibited and auctioned to benefit SurfAid International.

Works were featured by: Eric Balaire, John Callahan, Alexis Cottavoz-Usher, Sean Davey, Rick Doyle, Tom Dugan, Jon Frank, Anthony Ghiglia, Charles Katz, Josh Kimball, Susanne Melanie, Grant Myrdal, Keith Novosel, James O'Mahoney, Dalton Portella, Tom Servais, Nathan Smith, Craig Stecyk, and Willy Uribe. A special thanks goes out to all participating photographers for donating their art for this event.

Special thanks to all of our event sponsors: A&I, Wachovia, Langers Juice Company, Greensurf.org, ZJ Boarding House, Good Magazine, Mission Playground, New Belgium Brewing, Peak Organic, Casablanca Restaurant, The Lowrey Family Donor Fund, Hama Sushi, and Footy CS.

Lastly, thank you to Deborah Snyder, Sonja Kallstrom, and Liz Johnson for working hard to make this excellent awareness and fundraising opportunity happen for SurfAid International.

The United World College's 24 Hour Swim continues to set the bar for independent fundraisers having been held for the second year and generating over US$56,000 for SurfAid International. In two years, this effort has raised $100,000! Special thanks to everyone involved but especially to Jackson English , the event organizer, and our rock in Singapore.

SurfAid is stoked to be the beneficiary of a revolutionary new service in hooking a mate up with a frosty, cold one. The nice folks over at the new Bondi bar & kitchen restaurant chain have graciously made SurfAid the beneficiary of the new Beer Shout!

2007 Paddle Round The Pier Beach Festival Benefits SurfAid for the 3rd Time!

For three years running now, SurfAid has been the beneficiary of the Paddle Round the Pier Beach Festival in Brighton, U.K. A big thanks goes out to Dave Samuel, Henrietta Hutcheon and everyone involved in this year's event for raising nearly $8,000 for SurfAid's efforts. We are pleased to announce that next year's event will once again benefit the people of the Mentawai Islands and Nias.

Soundwaves Cologne Benefit Event for SurfAid on August 25, 2007

Thanks goes out to Christian and the organizers of Soundwaves Cologne! About 300 guests raised a total amount of EUR 1330 which is great considering the trifecta of challenges: no one had never heard about SurfAid International, Germany has hardly any surf culture and Cologne is about 400 kilometers away from the nearest ocean!

You can look at pictures of the night at on the Soundwaves MySpace page. Wave of Compassion Videos You entered to win a trip of a lifetime (and unless your name is Paul Bryan, unfortunately you didn't win). You followed the picture show on Surfline.com last October while the winner's trip was profiled daily. Now see the vids and get pumped for the next Wave of Compassion!

A big thanks to Billabong, IMG Media and the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) for including a 5 minute segment on SurfAid's work in the Mentawai Islands in the television broadcast of the Billabong Pro Tahiti. Thanks to the ASP & Quiksilver for playing SurfAid's short commercial during the Quiksilver Pro at Snapper Rocks!

Thanks goes out to the ASP & Rip Curl for showing SurfAid's short commercial during the Rip Curl Pro Search 2007 in Arica, Chile. Thanks to the ASP & Hurley for showing SurfAid's short commercial during the recent ASP Trestles Contest - Presented by Hurley

Donate Your Car

In recent months SurfAid has been the recipient of quite a few generous donations of automobiles. Thanks to a great partnership with a unique company, Donate for Charity, we're not filling up the office parking lot, but rather these donations are quickly being turned into vital funding for our efforts.

If you have an automobile that you would like to donate to SurfAid's efforts, please contact SurfAid's offices at 760.753.1103 or log-on to Donate for Charity's website. Special Thanks to the Following Recent Automobile Donors: Alex Vinson, Maria Hoffman, Erik Sanders, Brian & Eileen Gilmore, Tom Pulles, Amber Barker, Matt Sommer, and Hilary Achauer.

Memorial & Tribute Donations

Giving to SurfAid's efforts in honor of a loved one is a great way to recognize a monumental event or memorialize a special person. SurfAid would like to congratulate Michael & Sally Starr on their recent nuptials and thank them for encouraging friends and family to donate to SurfAid's lifesaving programs in lieu of gifts.

Percentage Partner Highlight: Tim Baker's HIGH SURF

What do novelist Tim Winton, classical violinist Richard Tognetti, celebrity chef Steve Snow, world-renowned ethicist Peter Singer, motivational speaker Dr John Demartini and Greens politician Ian Cohen have in common? In a word - surfing.

Leading surf journalist Tim Baker has profiled the surfing world's most intriguing characters, encountered over twenty years of surf writing, to highlight the life lessons and boundless inspiration to be gained from a lifestyle built around waveriding. Tim will be donating 1% of royalties from sales of his book to SurfAid International.

Current Percentage Partners : ASONE Clothing Surf Diva SurfAid Tee Betty Belts Walgrove Industries Spa Samudra THE BURLY PACK Blue Water Gold Rush OKOTO Refined Applications AKA Surfboards BoardX Tengirri Surf Charters MangaluiNdulu Smashed! Travel Micaiah Hardison Surfing Magazine EPIC Products

Retail Partner Highlight: O'Neill Stores

Thanks to O'Neill for spreading the good word about SurfAid by selling our BandTogether wristbands through their shops in Santa Cruz, California. Plus, SurfAid would like to thank Jack's, Val Surf, Wetsand, Swell, Essential Surf, NorCal Surf, Freedom Surf Shop and Surfers Supplies for their recent support.

Current Retail Partners : Air & Speed Surfshop Sun Diego Beach House Channel Islands Surfboards Cinnamon Rainbows Elemental Surf & Skate Essential Surf Company Freedom Surf Shop Hansen Surfboards Hobie Surf Shop Jack's Surfboards (4 locations) McKevlin's Surf Shop Mitch's Surf Shop.

N.O. Surf Shop Natural Art Surf Shop NorCal Surf Shop Pacsun Spyder Surfboards Surfers Supplies Surfside Sports Swell Val Surf Warm Winds Waterboyz Surf & Skate Wetsand Whalebone Surf Shop ZJ Boarding House.

SurfAid would like to thank Robert & Robin Gerard, Milton Fiala, and Paul & Stephanie Riehle for generously opening up their homes to introduce SurfAid to friends, family, and co-workers. Your efforts are helping grow the base of support that powers our programs. Thanks, also, goes out to Mozy Cafe in Encinitas for "powering" an event in March with great food! Special Thanks to Wild Rock US Wine, Jiraffe and Duke's.

The Sennan Waterman's Association once again hosted their Surf Rodeo in memory of Ashley Moffitt to benefit SurfAid International. Auction winner, John Martin Jones, described Ashley as, "lifeguard, surfer and generally ace guy who was killed in his prime." SurfAid is proud to carry on Ashley's legacy through our life-saving programs.

Volunteer Highlights

SurfAid has been once again blessed with excellent volunteer support. Thanks goes out to interns Bryan Heller, Kimberly, May Chu, Jessica Calixto, and Kyle Donahue for their support over the summer. Too numerous too name; thanks goes out to everyone that volunteered time this summer helping in the office, at events, or at home.