It’s always great to see people who are passionate about something channel that into a way that enhances the lives of others, and that is exactly what the dedicated people behind the ReSurf Project intend to do. Initiated by 3 surfers from Long Island, New York, the ReSurf Project takes aim at orphaned kids around the world, with the goal of not only teaching them how to surf, but furnishing them with salvaged surfboards as well. This type of interaction and engagement with these children is teaching them more than just a hobby — it offers them a positive outlet for their energy and feelings, as well as a different outlook on life. In places of the world that suffer deeply from destitution, this is the beginning of hope.
Oran Bendelstien, Mike Urra, and Steve Weinrib have teamed together to collect unwanted surfboards and recondition them to be viable pieces of equipment for kids to learn on. So far, they have collected 50 surfboards, which will be shipped to Israel for their inaugural project in March 2013. Collecting used surfboards and restoring them, rather than purchasing new ones, directly addresses the issue of trash recycling and makes the project a sustainable venture. These boards have come to the ReSurf team from donors in all parts of the world.
Professional surfers will be at the helm of the kids’ surfing education, generously donating 3 days of their lives to enriching the lives of these children. Additionally, a documentary crew will be onsite to film the entire process, from receiving and restoring the boards to watching the kids catch their first wave. The greatest hope of the ReSurf Project is that the very essence of paying it forward is felt by everyone involved, and that it inspires surfers and non-surfers alike to get involved in any way they can.
Of course, projects like this are not without expenses, which is why the ReSurf team has fired up an Indiegogo campaign to enlist the help of anyone interested in furthering this project. The true value of the work being done for the ReSurf Project cannot be overestimated, as the lessons learned by the kids and the team will certainly be life changing. If you would like to participate in this very worthwhile campaign, visit http://www.indiegogo.com/resurf for more details.