San Clemente’s favorite surfers the Gudauskas brothers have once again completed a huge surfboard donation drive for underprivileged kids through their Positive Vibe Warriors foundation. This time, collecting surfboards to donate to kids in South Africa, the group gathered over 650 surfboards.
A HUGE THANK YOU TO ABSOLUTELY EVERYONE INVOLVED!!!! What a special day to see all the donations for @wavesforchange and @surfersnotstreetchildren donated by the entire coastline of California. So much generosity and stoke, proud to see that we could get it all into the endZone and into a container headed straight to South Africa!! Over 650 surfboards donated, hundreds of wetsuits, leashes, fins, boogie boards and pretty much all walks of surfing equipment. Have to say a massive thanks to the crew that held it down on the frontline of from collecting, packing, donating, delivering, and seeing it to the final yard today! I know it'll be hard to tag everyone, but if you had a hand in the journey we thank you sincerely!!!!! LOVE TO AFRICA!!! #cantstealourvibe #keepthevibealive #passthepositivity #gromsforlife @hanaleireponty @tannergud @danedamus @frankiebdandrea @jwdowell @kubdowell @imuurmewerealltogether @donaldbrink @hydroflask @vans @vanssurf @surfride @prooflab @jackssurfboards @jimmicane @mylesmess @wsl @jordysmith88 @koloheandino22 @mikeyfebruary @noahohenester @blake.stern
As Pat Gudauskas says in the Instagram post after the months-long Can’t Steal Our Vibe Board Drive, “So much generosity and stoke, proud to see that we could get it all into the endZone and into a container headed straight to South Africa!! Over 650 surfboards donated, hundreds of wetsuits, leashes, fins, boogie boards and pretty much all walks of surfing equipment.”
The campaign was organized by the Gudauaskas brothers, South African surfer Mikey February, Waves for Change, Surfers Not Street Children and the Positive Vibe Warriors. Shapers, pro surfers, surf shops and everyday surfers answered the call to help South African children stay off the streets by giving them an opportunity to surf.
CAN'T STEAL OUR VIBE🙏🏽 We are so thankful for all the support for the #cantstealourvibe surfboard drive. It started off as an idea with @patrickgud @danedamus @tannergud and @mikeyfebruary to help support foundations @surfersnotstreetchildren and @wavesforchange to provide them with surfing equipment to help provide a positive outlet to the community. The sport of surfing is used as therapy for many of these kids and to see the surfing community rally and give back STOKES us out more than anything. This couldn't have been done without the support from @jackssurfboards @surfride @prooflab @wsl @freelinesurf @fleahab for being a drop off location and making this process run smoothly. Also to @surfindustries _ for donating 80 beginner boards to help the first experience in the water become a positive one. Lastly thank you to all of you who found a surfboard, wetsuit, boogie board or any equipment to donate to this board drive. You made this possible and the journey to bring positivity into the lives of thousands of kids starts today.: @jimmicane #PassthePositivity #keepthevibealive
Surfers Not Street Children is running a coordinated campaign, raising money to build a surf house in Cape Town and to help run a mentor program to keep children off the streets by giving them surfing.
The boards will be heading to South Africa and arriving in Cape Town in January. The Gudauskas brothers will head down there around that time and distribute boards from Cape Town to Durban and anywhere else they are needed.
Last year the Gudauaskas trio collected over 300 surfboards for kids in Jamaica who did not have access to any surf equipment but wanted to ride waves. Considering they more than doubled the amount of boards this time, we’d say people are very much behind the work these good people are doing.
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