Surfing: more than a sport, a life attitude

They save lives, waves, spots and marine life. There are dozens of non-governmental organizations (NGO) managed and run by surfers.

Together, these modern missionaries are warning fellow surfers, authorities and politicians for the hazards in life, environment and society. The surf NGOs are doing a great work.

Christian Surfers International (CSI) was born in 1999 when groups several countries joined together as an international movement. They aim to evangelize the surfing communities of the world, provide a bridge between the church and the beach and network Christian Surfers missions worldwide.

Save The Waves Coalition aims to protect and preserve the coastal environment. The first battle was held in 2001, on the island of Madeira, where a perfect wave was damaged by backwash from the newly altered shore. The surf NGO catalogues its work into endangered, threatened, damaged and extinct waves

SurfAid International aims to improve the health, wellbeing and self-reliance of people living in isolated regions connected to us through surfing. SurfAid was started in 2000 struck by the needless suffering and preventable death in the Mentawai Islands.

Surfer's Medical Association gathers health care professionals who frequently treat surfers as patients and who are surfers themselves and promotes research, training and education regarding the trauma and disease factors which affect surfers and is dedicated to helping all surfers be healthier.

Surfers for Cetaceans is committed to activating ocean-minded people everywhere to support the conservation and protection of whales, dolphins and marine life by mobilizing surfers and ocean crew worldwide against the harassment, capture and killing of cetaceans and other marine mammals.

Surfers Without Borders is a humanitarian aid organization dedicated to creating projects that teach environmental awareness, reduce ocean pollution, promote sustainable development, and foster good relations between surfers and coastal communities around the world.

Surfrider Foundation is one of the best-known surf NGOs in the world, and it promotes the protection and enjoyment of oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. Born in 1984, Surfrider takes action in 15 countries around the world.

Waves for Development create life-enriching experiences in coastal communities through educational surf programs. Cultural exchange, environmental conservation, life skills, social entrepreneurship and sustainable tourism are values this surf NGO wants to promote.

Waves are constantly breaking all over the world, and if you're on a surf trip or family vacations it's always good to know you can rent a surfboard anywhere there's a gem to be ridden.

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