Industry News 7/24/2006

A "Wave of Compassion" Lets Everyday Surfer Make History... Again

A "Wave of Compassion" Lets Everyday Surfer Make History... Again


Huntington Beach, CA (July 20, 2006). Wave of Compassion is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the everyday surfer to make history. One grand prize-winner will win an all expense paid boat trip with Brad Gerlach, Will Tant and two other surfing heroes on a surf/cultural expedition to the Mentawai Islands and North Sumatra for 10 days this October on one of the most impressive surf charter boats in the world, the Indies Trader III.

The winner and their guest not only get a chance to surf the Mentawais and North Sumatra with four legends for ten days, but they will also have world famous surf explorer Martin Daly guiding the way, with acclaimed videographer Sonny Miller behind the camera for a TV special and DVD. The entire trip will also be photographed and covered by an A-List editorial crew from Surfline including Aaron Chang who will provide live updates to their audience of over one million surfers strong throughout the duration of your adventure.

Through the help and support of Surfline, Indies Trader Marine Adventures, Reef, Jedidiah, Cobian, Anarchy Eyewear, Wave Riding Vehicles, Kandui Resort, Saraina Koat Mentawai, and a multitude of additional supporters, this event's ultimate goal is to raise funds for SurfAid International. The mission of SurfAid International, a non-profit humanitarian aid organization, is to improve the health of people living in isolated regions connected to us through surfing.

The Wave of Compassion (WOC) experience encompasses an upriver visit to a Mentawai village to learn about the Mentawai people and their culture, a look at a traditional Nias cultural celebration, a visit with Dr. Dave Jenkins to witness and participate in SurfAid's frontline efforts to combat malaria and disease on the islands; an intimate look into the areas directly affected by the recent string of earthquakes and tsunami activity; and of course, we're striving to intermix great surf sessions with four of the best surfers on the planet participating, the most experienced surf charter captain in the world making the calls , and one of the best cinematographers capturing it all.

"Wave of Compassion reflects the global surfing community's increasing awareness of the need to give back. “ said Dr. Dave Jenkins, Chairman and Medical Director for SurfAid International , "and we're pleased to demonstrate how creatively it can be done."

This event will run from July to September when the grand prize winners will be announced. We will introduce our last two surfers on August 7 to keep things fresh and interesting...
We're pleased to announce that our first "featured surfer" is Reef's Brad Gerlach.
Brad is a truly diverse character; legendary pro surfer and progressive big wave surfer, actor, stuntman, TV personality, coach, musician, comedian, host, inventor, and humanitarian - the list is almost never-ending. His impressive performance on everything from modest to massive waves has established him as one of the best surfers of all time. Although he has become known as the man who conquers the biggest waves ever ridden, his career highlights definitely go deeper than water - his inclusion in Wave of Compassion proves that and speaks volumes about the true nature of his character and his innate desire to give back.

Our second featured surfer is Jedidiah's Will Tant.
A year in the life of Will is filled with exotic locations and moves that inspire photographers. Its no wonder all the major surf publications have been drooling over him. As Aaron Chang once said, "he's my favorite surfer, not just to shoot but to watch." Will might be one of the most underrated guys in the business. He's one of the hardest working faces in the lineup and it shows when you watch him lay into a turn for the first time, he's absolute magic. Beyond his surfing lies the most important aspect of Will. While most pros use their career as a catalyst to further their wave count and better their public image Will has a completely different motive. Relief work is not strange ground when speaking of Will. Whether he's in Sri Lanka on tsunami relief or Nicaragua building homes for the needy Will has used his time as a professional surfer to help others who aren't as fortunate as we. His direction is always aimed at the bigger picture and knows that every trip he takes means another opportunity to reach out to someone else. Its no surprise to find him aboard Wave of Compassion, there’s no other person that could bring the same enthusiasm to helping the people of Indonesia like Will can.

Please visit www.surfline.com, www.waveofcompassion.org, or www.surfaidinternational.org
for event information, updates, information about Surf Aid International and the Mentawai Islands/North Sumatra area, and the official rules and regulations governing this fundraiser. With your support - everybody wins!