On a recent surf trip to South Africa, Pat and Tanner Gudauskas made a pit stop in Durban and hung out with the nonprofit organization Surfers Not Street Children––a group committed to empowering underprivileged kids through the act of surfing. The Gudauskas brothers spent a day with a crew of Durban kiddos, catching waves and having fun on the beach. The visit left a huge impact on the Gudangs.
“They've created this library of boards for kids off the street to use, and they have a communal home, where kids from the age of 15 to about 20 can prosper under cool guidance and mentorship,” remembers Pat (read more about his visit here). “It was punk rock. Those guys are really committed to making a difference in a tough area. Durban definitely has its challenges, but those kids are finding that surfing is a great outlet for their energy.”
In 2016, the Gudauskas’, in tandem with their nonprofit organization Positive Vibe Warriors, organized a surfboard drive for the growing surf scene in Jamaica, where they corralled and shipped almost 300 boards to Jamnesia Surf Camp, located on the south coast of Jamaica. Motivated by the success of their efforts last year, they’ve decided (in typical Gudauskas fashion) to coordinate another board drive––this time for the youth of South Africa.
The drive starts today and will continue until the end of September. If you’re in California and would like to donate any water-tight surfboard, soft board or boogie board to the cause, stop by any of surf shops below:
101 Main Street
Huntington Beach, CA
The Surfer's Outlet by JACK’S Surfshop
176 Avenida Del Mar
San Clemente 92672
SURF RIDE Boardshop
325 N. Highway 101
Solana Beach, CA 92075
PROOF LAB Surfshop
254 Shoreline Hwy
Mill Valley, CA 94941
The boards will be sent to Surfers Not Street Children, and also to Waves For Change, a program that gives “surf therapy” sessions to help kids cope with stress and build positive relationships. To find out more about the donation process, visit Pat’s Instagram. To learn more about Surfers Not Street Children and Waves For Change, visit their websites respectively, here and here.
Nothing makes me more happy than to announce the @positivevibewarriors latest initiative #CANTSTEALOURVIBE SURFBOARD DRIVE. Please check out the information below to see how you can get involved and the locations that you can donate surfboards to kids in need in South Africa. 🙏🙌 @surfersnotstreetchildren @wavesforchange HUGE thanks to everyone involved, looking forward to spreading the stoke!!!! // CAN'T STEAL OUR VIBE // A surfboard donation to assist the youth of South Africa The donated surfboards will be going to benefit Waves For Change and the Surfers Not Street Children organizations in South Africa that provide safe spaces, caring mentors and a provision of weekly surf therapy sessions to give vulnerable children the skills to cope with stress, build healing relationships and make positive life choices. How to get involved : *You can donate any surfboard, soft board and boogie board that is water tight. We will not be accepting stand up paddle boards and windsurf boards. WHEN: September 1- September 30 DONATION LOCATIONS : JACKS Surfshop 101 main street Huntington Beach CA The Surfer's Outlet by JACKS Surfshop 176 Avenida Del Mar San Clemente 92672 SURF RIDE Boardshop 325 N Highway 101 Solana Beach,CA 92075 PROOF LAB Surfshop 254 Shoreline Hwy Mill Valley, CA 94941 to learn more about their mission, check out their websites : www.waves-for-change.org www.surfnotstreets.org