Surfing: more than a sport, a life attitude

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

Together, these modern missionaries warn fellow surfers, authorities, and politicians about the hazards in life, the environment, and society.

The surf NGOs are doing great work.

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 is active in 15 countries around the world.

Surfers Against Sewage issues alerts concerning water pollution and threats to marine life in the United Kingdom.

It is a very active and powerful environmental lobby in UK politics.

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 the backwash from the newly altered shore.

The surf NGO catalogs its work into endangered, threatened, damaged, and extinct waves.

SurfAid International aims to improve the health, well-being, 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.

Christian Surfers International was born in 1999 when groups of 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.

Surfer's Medical Association gathers healthcare professionals who frequently treat surfers as patients and who are surfers themselves and promotes research, training, and education regarding the trauma and disease factors that affect surfers. It 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.

Waves for Development creates life-enriching experiences in coastal communities through educational surf programs.

Cultural exchange, environmental conservation, life skills, social entrepreneurship, and sustainable tourism are some of the values this surf NGO wants to promote.

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