Earthquake in Chile: your help is needed

A massive earthquake and tsunami hit Chile this weekend. The earthquake epicenter was just 5km from Save The Waves Coalition's Maule Itata Coastkeeper office and is where Save The Waves' environmental advocacy efforts are focused.

The earthquake and tidal wave damage to the area where Save The Waves works is devastating. Friends, colleagues and neighbors in coastal Chile need everyone's help now more than ever before.

The destruction to infrastructure is severe, and includes massive damage to structures, drinking water systems, power, transportation, and communication. This means that aid and relief in the next few weeks will be crucial to help save lives.

Because Save The Waves Coalition's ongoing environmental work is in the exact same area as the disaster, the organization is uniquely positioned to help direct humanitarian relief efforts in the region.

Save The Waves is organizing a focused relief effort to this hardest hit region of Chile, including a humanitarian aid trip this week with a team that includes doctors, medics, and other relief workers. The organization is now accepting donations to support travel to the region to distribute water filters, medical treatment and supplies, local relief supplies, and camping gear to the affected coastal areas.


Porthtowan Beach: when humans do not respect places where they get free summer pleasures

Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) are calling all beach lovers to join us to welcome in spring on the weekend of the 27th and 28th of February at our beach cleans being held at beaches all over the UK.

Sadly we are all far too familiar with how the litter piles up over the long, stormy, tourist free winter months but together we can make a real and noticeable difference.

You and your friends can also help halt the tide-line of trash by calling on Gordon Brown to protect our coastline by implementing a National Marine Litter Strategy. Join SAS’s online petition now.


Somewhere Near Tapachula: a surfing way of life with orphaned, abused and homeless children

Somewhere Near Tapachula is the heartfelt true story of Mision Mexico, a children's refuge started Australian couple Alan and Pam Skuse. Based in Tapachula, Chiapas (on the southern coast of Mexico) this inspiring documentary focuses on Mision Mexico Boardriders Club, the unique surf community of orphaned, abused and homeless children. Directed and produced by Australian surfing filmmakers Stefan Hunt and Jonno Durrant of Surfing 50 States, the film premiers in Sydney on 25th February 2010 at Dendy Opera Quays and will tour around Australia.

For the first time the Skuses and the kids of Mision Mexico, tell their phenomenal tale of survival, love, hope and surfing. Documenting the stories of the 54 children of Mision Mexico, who have come from places of unimaginable poverty, trauma and abuse; and their experiences of healing and transformation through surfing and love. The film is a powerful lesson on the important things in life, and the power of riding waves, whether you are a surfer or not.