Gudauskas brothers–professional surfers Dane, Pat, and Tanner– launch Positive Vibe Warriors Foundation, a surfboard drive for Jamaican youth
7 March, 2016 – Los Angeles – Professional surfers and brothers Dane, Pat and Tanner Gudauskas, in partnership with their Positive Vibe Warriors Foundation and the Jamaican Surfing Association, have launched a month-long surfboard drive benefiting Jamaican youth. For the entire month of March, Positive Vibe Warriors will accept used surfboards of any kind, as long as they are water tight, at all JACK'S surf shop locations in Southern California.
After a trip to Jamaica a few years ago, the brothers saw that, due to extremely high tariff taxes on incoming goods and very scarce supplies in Jamaica, there was not enough surf equipment to match the level of talent and enthusiasm for the sport on the island. Realizing this need led the brothers to develop the idea for the drive and use their combined influence to effect positive change in an underserved area.
"The global surfing community is very diverse, but we're unified by our appreciation of riding waves," said Dane Gudauskas. "There are so many places that have the passion for surfing but lack resources. Our hope is that through this board drive and our foundation, we are able to help others share in our passion and grow the sport around the world, starting with Jamaica."
Donations are tax-deductible and can be brought to any of JACK'S Southern California locations listed on their website, here. In April, the Gudauskas brothers will personally deliver all of the donated boards to Kingston's Camp Jamnesia and will hold a "day of stoke" enjoying the ocean. The event will be open to kids from all over the island and invites them to come enjoy the surf and learn about ocean safety.