Industry News 10/27/2008

Givbak Builds Homes, Schools And Opportunities In Central America

Givbak Builds Homes, Schools And Opportunities In Central America
Floridians will make a difference in El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua in 2009

Givbak, an effort by surfers to improve the living conditions for residents in Central American countries, today announced they are visiting El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua in 2009 to improve the living conditions of residents in the local communities.

Each 10-day trip will result in the recording of two episodes of the six-episode television series airing on the Sun Sports channel throughout Florida. The crew, consisting of Scott Marvin (host), Danielle Marvin (co-host), Robert Lyon (lead cameraman) and Chris Sundstrom (cameraman), will spend close to two weeks in each country addressing the needs of the residents by building homes, schools, establishing sustainable “Green” practices and promoting the local culture as a humanitarian backdrop for their search for perfect pointbreaks, reefpasses and sandbars.

“We’ve been doing this for three years and every year it gets better as our impact grows,” stated Scott Marvin, host of Givbak. “The excitement Givbak brings to each community is incredible, and when we combine those stories with the epic surf it truly creates a great and intriguing story for television.”

Marvin, a professional surfer from the Big Island of Hawaii now residing in St. Augustine, Fla., draws upon his experience as owner of Orange Tree Construction building communities of “Green” homes in North Florida. Danielle Marvin, wife of Scott Marvin, is also a professional surfer who specializes in graphic design and community outreach. Robert Lyon, owner of The Big Picture, LLC, and lead cameraman of Givbak, is a seven-time Suncoast Regional Emmy Award-winner, former CBS photojournalist, and producer of the former Island Hopper television series. Chris Sundstrom, a future Broadcast Communications major at Flagler College, will capture all the imagery while Givbak tours the towns and villages of Central America.
“Givbak has developed from an idea to a reality because we saw the need to help the communities we visited while traveling,” stated Danielle Marvin, co-host of Givbak. “It wouldn’t be possible for us to accomplish so much without the support of our families, the communities we visit and our sponsors.”

Givbak is currently looking for additional sponsors who would like to contribute to the success of the next Givbak. Interested parties would greatly benefit from the reach of the televised series throughout Florida, exposure in the series and additional mentions. For a sponsorship packet, please contact Scott Marvin at