This is from a recent trip to Costa Rica CJ took with Eric Geiselman and Balaram Stack for Surfing Magazine. You’ll be seeing photos from it in an upcoming issue. CJ Hobgood is no longer without a main sponsor. He’s with TWLOHA (To Write Love on Her Arms).
It’s not your typical surf brand. It’s actually a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. But it’s also a brand, and that’s the logo you’ll see on the nose of CJ’s board during this year’s ASP WT events, and everywhere else.
Here’s a press release below from a great person and friend, Jamie Tworkoski, to let you know more of what TWLOHA is all about. –Jimmicane
We’re big fans of comebacks. It’s at the heart of our message. TWLOHA is a few things at once we¹re a charity as well as a brand – but those things happened by accident. This started with a story. It was a story about starting over, and an attempt to help one friend in her battle with addiction and depression. We were blown away by the response messages from people across the planet telling us that the story we were telling was also their story.
Over the last five years, we’ve learned that millions of people struggle with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. And we’ve learned that most of those people feel like they’re not allowed to talk about it. As people we all experience pain. We lose things, and we run into some really big questions in this life. The true purpose of this press release is to say that it’s okay to be honest.
We believe that people need other people. We believe it’s okay to ask for help. We believe that great help exists, and we say that on behalf of the thousands of people all over the world who are finding hope and help, people sitting across from a counselor for the first time, people calling crisis hotlines, people stepping into treatment.
We’ve seen amazing doors open over the last five years. From our favorite bands supporting us to our favorite magazines telling our story to winning awards on national television. But for me personally, surfing is home. It’s where I grew up and it’s still my favorite thing. The heart of the matter is this: We’ve seen people literally choose to stay alive. We’ve seen people find sobriety. “Hope Goes Surfing” is simply about seeing those things happen in the surf community. CJ is going to play a big part in that and it¹s our hope that you might come with us as well.
Peace to You.
Founder, To Write Love on Her Arms