Typhoon Haiyan: total destruction in the Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan has claimed more 2500 lives in the Philippines, with wind speeds reaching 235 mph and destroying thousands of homes.

The regions of Leyte, Tacloban, Samar, Cebu, Bohol, Panay and Mindoro have suffered the power of the natural elements. Death, devastation, and an urgent need for international aid.

More than 580,000 people had been displaced and 41,000 houses had been damaged, according to the local authorities. A total of 11 million people are believed to have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan.


Lani's: great beach, great surf

Surfrider Foundation is urging surfers to protest against the construction of a barricade at Laniakea Beach in Oahu, Hawaii.

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (DOT) has plans to barricade the Laniakea Support Park across from Laniakea Beach, in a misguided effort to reduce traffic.

"Though well-intended, Hawaii DOT's efforts will result in blocked parking and blocked access to one of the most popular and well-loved public beaches on Oahu's North Shore", Surfrider explains.


Water: a treasure for some Indonesian communities

SurfAid released some key results of their past year's work in isolated regions of Indonesia.

SurfAid has 60 field staff living and working in remote villages off the coast of Sumatra and in Sumbawa, eastern Indonesia. The support of donors worldwide has contributed tremendously to these key results: