Donate Your Old Wettie To Help Stop #DAPL

How surfers can provide for protestors in Standing Rock, North Dakota

For the last few months, as protesters in Standing Rock, North Dakota have clashed with police and private security forces in an effort to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, many surfers have remained good intentioned keyboard well-wishers, posting our support to social media. But now, surfers who support the standing rock protesters can easily help in a more tangible way.

This week, a group of San Francisco surfers are heading to Standing Rock, bringing a truckload of wetsuits for the protesters, who are battling sub-zero temperatures while being sprayed down by firehoses and “water cannons” by both private security and state police, tasked with pushing back the protesters. Brian Dow is the head of Surfrider’s SF chapter, and has been collecting wetsuit donations all week. Working alongside him is Nick Wirtz—surfer, community caregiver, and chiropractor of the Sunset District’s Judah Street Clinic, who is heading to the camps in hopes of offering not just thick neoprene warmth, but also care and treatment for battle-weary protesters who have gone through cold, hard hell these last few months.

And it turns out, donation drives like this are popping up all over. A longtime Santa Cruz activist has been driving around a crazy van, picking up donations all over the Northern California surf town.

If you’re interested in doing a similar drive, Wirtz and Dow told us, it’s best to see if your local surf shop is interested in being a drop off point for the area, and encourage them to promote it on social media. Wetsuits and other supplies can be sent to:

Sacred Stone Camp P.O. Box 1011
Fort Yates, ND 58538

or

202 Main Street
Fort Yates, ND 58538