Category Archives: Giving Back

MUSARITY Comes to Puerto Rico

We’re stoked to announce San Juan, Puerto Rico as the next spot on our Musarity tour, a series of art & music happenings hosted by independent surf shops and restaurants to showcase local talent in the surf community.

The event is open to the public and will take place on June 26th between 5 and 10 p.m. at Prros Locos on Calle Loíza with live music by Moncho D, Banjo, and Orteez. In place of a cover charge, Eidon asks that all those who come by bring 1 can of food (or another non-perishable food item) as a donation to a local charity.

The first 50 guests to bring a can of food will receive a special Eidon giveaway.

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MUSARITY LBC: An event to gather food for the hungry

We’re glad to announce that the Musarity Tour will be heading to The Good Bar in Long Beach, CA this Thursday, February 25th.

The event will showcase the work of local artists such as Steffan Attardo, Mark Nisbet, Steve Fawley and Ignacio Villanueva, and musical guests include DJ Justin Reynolds, VAVAK and The Absynth Quartet who are driving down from Humboltd for the shin dig.

Admission is 1 can of food per person to be donated to the Long Beach rescue Mission.

Looking forward to seeing you all there.

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The Musarity Tour: Local Retailers Give Back

This week kicks off the EIDON Musarity tour at Icons of Surf in San Clemente on June 25th and there’s a lot to be excited about.

Eidon is a small brand whose foundation is based on close partnerships with independent surf shops, and because we incorporate photography and art in so much of what we do, we’ve partnered up with 5 California surf shops and a bunch of great painters, illustrators and photographers, to co-host a series art & music events that gives back to the community.

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The events will feature artwork and photography from the likes of Mark McInnis, Matt Wignall, Ryan Bryant, Aaron Dorff, Matt Obrien and Kevin Ginther, and all evenings will be kept musical thanks to live performances by Ray Barbee who was kind enough to support us by performing throughout the entire Musarity Tour.

Guests will be asked to bring at least one can of food (or any other type of non-perishable and nourishing food item) and all donations will be given to a local charity of the store’s choice.

Musarity Tour event dates & locations:

June 25th: Icons of Surf, San Clemente
June 26th: Hobie Surf Shop, Laguna
June 27th: Kanvas by Katin, Surfside
June 29th: Homegrown Surf Shop, Ventura
June 30th: J7 Surfboards, Santa Barbara

All events are from 5 to 7 pm.

Waves for Water: changing the world, one surf trip at a time

It’s almost the holidays, so let’s talk giving back. For a couple years now, we’ve been following the progress of Waves for Water, a charity that saves lives just by getting the surf community to do what they love to do anyway — travel. Set up in 2009, Waves for Water’s mission is to bring access to clean water to the places that don’t have it.

Waves for Water founder Jon Rose working on the Wellness for Haiti program
Waves for Water founder Jon Rose working on the Wellness for Haiti program

So, how does the surf community fit into this plan? Partnering with Hurley, Waves for Water started the Clean Water Couriers program, where surfers act like couriers, bringing water filters with them when they travel to developing countries in search of waves.

The organization provides the filters, but leaves the trekking up to the courier: “Pack a few filters in your suitcase and either connect with local non-profits in that area or personally travel to villages to set them up yourself,” they suggest. It’s a smart and almost poetic way to give back to the places that offer us such wicked surf — offering water as thanks for waves.

Waves for Water Phillippines Haiyan relief effort
Waves for Water Phillippines Haiyan relief effort

But though the idea is super simple, it’s actually a solution to one of the biggest health threats in the developing world. The water filters they set up recently in Haiti helped to stop a cholera outbreak that had killed over a thousand and made thousands more ill. And they’ve done similar work in countries like Colombia, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

As well as spreading access to clean water, Waves for Water is also there when disaster strikes, leading fundraising initiatives to make sure that peoples’ other basic needs are met, whenever and wherever.

Waves for Water in Q'Ero, Peru
Waves for Water in Q’Ero, Peru

When the recent Super Typhoon hit the Philippines, Waves for Water quickly and urgently responded with an effort that has raised over $134,000 to date, providing as many as 20,000 people with access to clean water in the midst of this disaster. And back home in the U.S. last year, their Hurricane Sandy Relief Initiative raised over a million, helping the removal of rubble as well as rebuilding efforts.

Of course, you don’t have to be a world-traveling surfer to help Waves for Water. People can also purchase a filter, make a donation, or start a fundraiser. But for us in the surf community, becoming a Clean Water Courier is a really cool way to make the most out of the surf trips we already enjoy taking, and of turning our love for our lifestyle into love for people in need.

Waves for Water in Sierra Leone
Waves for Water in Sierra Leone

Waves for Water is one of those things that just makes you feel good to be a surfer, and we can only hope their message keeps spreading throughout the scene. As they put it: “Imagine millions of travelers doing this. Now, we’re making waves.”

Learn more about the work Waves 4 Water is doing, and about how you can help here.

 

Surf dogs: competitive dog surfing is where it’s at right now

Ready for a new form of competitive surfing that’ll make the Maverick’s Invitational look like a romp in a wading pool? Well, first things first, forget humans, because the new, most bad-ass wave in surfing is being led by a pack of dogs. Seriously, dogs.

When they’re not licking their own genitals or drinking out of the toilet, the surf world’s biggest canine competitors are diligently practising for the only surfing event that still matters — Huntington Beach’s annual Surf City Surf Dog competition.

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A competitor in the surfing with humans category. Photo: Frederic J. Brown, AFP

Here, our four-legged friends compete in a variety of styles, like: standing on a board facing forward, standing on a board facing backwards, keeping all four paws on the board, surfing with a human, and surfing with another dog. The list is endless!

The competition is actually a fundraiser, bringing in big league sponsors like Eukanuba, Purina and SONY, and benefiting a slew of animal welfare organizations. But don’t let that fool you for one second into thinking the competition’s “top dogs” aren’t one tough breed of surfer!

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Surf Dog champ Louie works hard for the win. Photo: Robert Lachman

The competition has different divisions for weight and size, as well as first, second, and third prizes for each size. Extra points are awarded for specialty moves. The whole thing’s pretty legit, even down to the fact that competitors are equipped with SONY GoPro cameras for wicked action footage. There’s also some nice congeniality awards, like “Crowd Pleaser,” a dog/owner look-a-like contest, and a costume contest — all stuff you don’t normally get outside of the dog surfing scene.

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A competitor is equipped with a SONY GoPro camera at Surf Dog 2013. Photo: L.A. Times

With all that going for it, it’s really no surprise that the Surf City Surf Dog competition is so popular; the event usually gets coverage from big name media outlets like the Los Angeles Times and The Sydney Morning Herald, which is more than can be said for some human surf competitions.

So, while dogs may not be the most graceful or dignified creatures, these days, they’ve got a leg up (two legs, actually) on boring old humans. If the internet has taught us anything, it’s that you can never, ever win against a cute animal. And, like it or not, dog surfing is where it’s at right now.

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Oh dogs, such noble and graceful animals. Photo: L.A. Times

India’s first female surfer goes Beyond the Surface in colorful and uplifting new surf doc

You can do incredible things your whole life through and probably still never be the “first” at anything.

So imagine living your life, feeling more or less ordinary, only to find out that you had in fact done something completely unique.

Beyond the Surface, a new documentary film in the works, focuses on one such person, and how her amazing relationship with the sport she loves is changing the face of surfing in her country and for her gender. The film, which is raising funds for completion on Indiegogo, follows Ishita Malaviya, India’s first female surfer.

“When I first found out that I could possibly be the first female surfer in India I was shocked,” says Malaviya in a trailer for Beyond the Surface. “I kind of felt special in a way. I felt like the universe had chosen this path for me [...] because when I started surfing, it just felt like I had found everything I was looking for in life and more.”

Set against the rich and colorful backdrop of India, the film focuses on Malaviya as she travels through the country with a group of young women, exploring the ways surfing, yoga, and ecological consciousness can help India – and the rest of the world – face some of their biggest challenges.

From Beyond the Surface's photo gallery
From Beyond the Surface’s photo gallery

Of course, Beyond the Surface is largely a film about surfing, and about the joy it can bring to people, especially those who suffer hardships. But in the context of modern day India, the subject necessarily sprouts branches as numerous and diverse as the people that make up this ancient and multilayered culture.

It’s a film that “will touch upon eco-tourism, youth and women’s empowerment, biocentrism and personal growth [...] integrating these causes with the pursuit of India’s perfect waves,” reads the Beyond the Surface website.

Hypnotizingly colorful, the film itself promises to be a beautiful journey, not only for the viewer, but also for the young women at its centre, as they ignite hope and passion in others by sharing their love of surf.

“All the while, they will discover more about themselves, exchange life experiences and – through the medium of film – inspire others to seek a deeper connection to their fellow humans and to the wonder of nature.”

You can learn more about Beyond the Surface at the film’s website or on their blog. And you can make a contribution to fund them on Indigogo here.

Sharing is Caring: Surf for Life

In our constant search for interesting stories about people and organizations that embody the Live, Travel, Surf philosophy, we discovered Surf for Life, an organization that is rooted in what most of us look for on a daily basis; authentic love for your neighbor.

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El Cuco, El Salvador. Photo credit: Richard Walters http://www.sasurfari.com/

While most travel agencies are in the business of sending tourists to poor or under-privileged countries to take more out of the community they are visiting then they contribute to it, Surf for Life organizes programs focused on leaving something behind to help nourish them after they are gone.

It offers an alternative vacation option that combines recreation with community service opportunities by matching surf teams with various international destinations that combine world-class surfing and social philanthropy. The common point of interest of all participants is their commitment to contribute to the advancement of a social cause.

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Playground in El Cuco, El Salvador. Photo credit: Richard Walters http://www.sasurfari.com/

Surf For Life’s goal for these volunteers is to help them participate in meaningful social and economic development projects designed the communities they travel to, and that’s something we think is worth sharing.

For info on the organization, or to join a trip, check out their website here.