Surf Trip- Make An ImpactMany of you have been fortunate enough to travel the world to surf picturesque breaks.  You know, the ones that you would see in surf magazines.  I haven’t made it to Indo, but don’t worry though, it’s on my list of things to do.

I did, however, go to Mexico when I was younger to surf about two hours south of Ensenada with a group of guys.  We stayed at a hostel where the owner yelled at us any time we asked about the surf conditions or where to head out.  You would think if you owned a surf hostel you would be open to questions and helping your guests… right?

This was my first ever surf trip that I got to be apart of.  It was a great experience surfing with other experienced surfers on a secluded break with no one around for miles.  The water was absolutely freezing, but we didn’t care.  Good friends and waves make you forget about how cold the water is.  We got to eat tacos from the guy pushing the taco cart and immerse ourselves in the culture.  All of the “homes” there were shacks made of scrap metal and wood.  It was definitely an eye opening experience to see how other people in the world live.

This got me to thinking about planning my next surf trip.  I haven’t been to any of the exotic locations in Fiji or Costa Rica where you picture yourself riding a barrel in bath tub temperature water and tropical fish swimming underneath your feet.  I think it is time for me to cross it off my bucket list and start planning.

While researching for my next great surf trip in Fiji or Costa Rica, I came across a website that completely changed my mindset.  I discovered an organization called Waves for Development that helps the local community you are visiting.  Waves for Development is based out of Peru and encourages people to not only surf, but also help people.

Waves for Development believes that surf travel should benefit the people and the communities where it happens. WAVES creates life-enriching experiences in coastal communities through Educational Surf programs that develop youth into healthy & empowered adults and Surf Volunteerism programs that engage travelers & transform their world view.

Ok, well maybe the poverty stricken towns of Peru aren’t as nice as the beaches I described in Fiji.  But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t killer waves and people in need.  I began to think more about my trip to Mexico and how it would have been different if in addition to surfing, we also helped the local community.  I think it would feel pretty good to come home from a surf trip not only catching some great rides, but also knowing that I made an impact while I was there.

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