Non-Profit Gifts Kids With Surf Gear
Supporting an initiative dubbed Rockaway Gifts 4 Groms, the non-profit group Waves For Water helped to distribute donated surfing gear for kids at the Smallwater Relief Center at Beach 96th Street on Tuesday, April 16th.
“The goal of G4G in Rockaway was really to give the local kids the things they need to surf again, to feel stoked again, and to feel normal again,” Greg Hahn of Waves for Water.
Brand new, name brand wetsuits were distributed as well as gift certificates to local surf shops. As a whole, the program was critical in supporting not only the children but also the local surf economy as many of the shops where the certificates were redeemable had sustained serious damage from the storm. Many have just recently reopened.
Following the wetsuit distribution the kids all enjoyed a screening of “East Coast Rising: A Surfers Tale of Hurricane Sandy.”
Waves For Water was able to supply 59 children in Rockaway and Long Beach who were affected by Hurricane Sandy. In Rockaway the group worked with local surf shops Boarders and Breakwater.
The group noted that fulfilling necessities such as food, clothing and shelter rebuilding after the storm, left little over for replacement of lost possessions.
This was especially true for some of the youngest members of these hard hit beach communities as seen first-hand through the work of Waves for Water on the ground in these areas.
Specifically in Rockaway and Long Beach a repetitive story emerged — one that recounted numerous young surfers who had lost all of their equipment in the storm without the hope of replacement and summer fast approaching.
Waves for Water extended thanks to Hurley, Body Glove, and Patagonia for their support as well as Jason Murray, Will & Cliff Skudin, Steve Stathis, Mike Nelson, Dave Juan, Greg Hahn, Michelle Cortez and Mister Furious for their efforts in making this program possible.