Santa Monica Baykeeper
This year, proceeds from PSOS benefit Santa Monica Baykeeper's DrainWatch program. This program tests levels of bacteria from runoff and city drains which flow into the LA coastline from Malibu to Marina Del Ray. When people in the community suspect pollution, they can call a hotline and a volunteer is sent out to sample the water. The sample is then brought back to a lab to be tested, each test for bacteria alone costs $100. Currently it is unsafe to swim in Los Angeles County beaches at least two days after it rains, due to the high concentration of pollution running into the ocean. As many of you know and may have experienced, high levels of bacteria can make surfers and swimmers sick with sinus infections, staff infections, rashes and colds etc. Santa Monica Baykeeper is determined to make a change in local water and beach laws, by using the test results found with their DrainWatch program. To learn more about Santa Monica Baykeeper check out the website.
Waves for Water
This years proceeds go toward this young non-profit started by pro surfer Jon Rose and local surfer Christian Troy. Their mission is simple, "get clean water to everyone that needs it." They do this by sending easy to use water filters to areas without access to clean water. One $50 filter gives clean drinking water to a village of 100 people for more than an entire year. In addition they have started the Clean Water Couriers Program which allows people traveling in remote areas to pack water filters with them and then contact local organizations to get the filters to people in need. In three years Waves For Water has distributed the filters throughout Haiti, Japan, Brazil, Indonesia, Pakistan and the Amazon changing the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. In addition United Nations, NIKE and SurfAid International have all teamed up with Waves for Water to help fund the distribution of water filters to other remote villages and disaster stricken areas in the world. To learn more about Waves For Water check out their website.
Inside the Outdoors
This years proceeds go toward Inside the Outdoors, who takes inner city children on field trips where they learn about our environment and the eco-systems and animals that reside therein. This year we have chosen the Upper Newport Bay field trip program that teaches kids about the importance of the wetland habitats that run along the Pacific Flyway along the coast of Newport. The kids learn about the effects of pollution while they discover organisms, plants and animals first hand and learn about specific adaptations and the ways they depend on each other for survival. To learn more about Inside the Outdoors check out their website.
This years proceeds go toward Tumelo Home, an orphanage near Johannesburg, South Africa that provides a home for mentally and physically challenged children. Project Save Our Surf has decided to expand our efforts internationally this year, by providing a fresh water well for the home and it's residence. A small team will be traveling to South Africa to oversee the project and in addition to building the well, will be taking the Waves For Water filters to distribute them throughout the trip. To learn more about Tumelo Home check out their website.
5Gyres's mission is to conduct research and communicate about the global impact of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans and employ strategies to eliminate the accumulation of plastic pollution in the 5 subtropical gyres.To understand the impact of plastic pollution they study the 5 subtropical gyres by sailing through them. Together with their partners, Pangaea Explorations and Algalita Marine Research Foundation, they organize research expeditions, inviting scientists, journalists and other sailors to join the crew. To communicate about the global impact of plastic pollution, they share their findings through multimedia outlets and peer-reviewed publications. These include print and television media, websites and blogs, lectures and school outreach, and a traveling exhibition about plastic pollution to museums, science centers and aquariums. To eliminate plastic pollution they employ strategies that work. To stop the flow of plastic to the sea they advocate new materials, better designed products, fair legislation, and engage in consumer education. Post-consumer cleanup efforts focus on coastal and island debris removal and mitigation. Their vision is to witness plastic pollution decline in the environment until it is no longer found in the world’s oceans.
This year, proceeds from PSOS Hands on Projects will benefit Costa Verde International School. CVIS is an ecological, community-oriented, multicultural and bilingual private school located in Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico. Incorporating the natural beauty and dynamic culture of the local area, CVIS provides an intellectually stimulating curriculum for preschool through 6th grade with small class sizes and hands on instruction to inspire healthy, happy and well-adjusted life-long learners. In an environment designed to develop the talents and skills particular to each individual,Costa Verde students analyze and solve problems relevant to the world around them. Our dedicated staff of teachers, personnel and parents work together to provide a joyful and nuturing atmosphere with a strong comittment to diversity, the surrounding culture, and the education of conserving the natural resources of the world.
AmpSurf is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization, made up of amputees, veterans, friends and families of the disabled and depend on donations for their operation. Their goal is to Promote, Inspire, Educate, and Rehabilitate people with disabilities, especially veteran heroes through adaptive surfing and fun, safe, outdoor activities that all can participate in. One in five Americans struggle with a lifelong disability and nearly two million men and women have served our country in Iraq and Afghanistan and are coming home looking for ways to feel whole again and to fit back in to ””normal”” life. Whether they are an amputee, blind, suffer from PTSD, have quadriplegia, or suffer from a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Whether they served in WWII, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf war, Iraq or Afghanistan. Whether they are a child of autism, or a young woman who has lost a limb to Cancer, AmpSurf offers a unique program to bring the healing power of the ocean and adaptive surfing together for an experience that is both mentally and physically one of the rehabilitating.
For 9 years, AmpSurf has been providing theirr learn to surf clinics to serve those who need them. they have served hundreds of disabled veterans American heroes as well as disabled adults and children who probably never would have had this experience if it hadn’t been for their program.