Waves for Change – Surf Therapy for Violent Communities


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Welcome to Waves For Change

Surf Therapy for Violent Communities

Waves for Change is an international award winning surf therapy and community building organisation that operates in communities that experience high levels of violence and poverty – where the sport of surfing has never existed.

We help children and young adults effected by emotional and psychological trauma develop the coping skills and emotional resilience they need to transition to stable futures.

In communities that are heavily under-resourced to meet the emotional needs of the most vulnerable, we increase access to services that promote well-being by training local community members to provide therapy and surf programming, introducing vital new skills sets and job opportunities.

Latest News from our Surf Blog


Jack Cheetham Memorial and Letsema Awards

Murray & Roberts, in partnership with the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC), […]

November 11, 2015

W4C in Lavender Hill

In January of this year we were asked to open programming for Lavender Hill. For […]

November 11, 2015

Beyond Sport 2015 Winner

BEYOND SPORT AWARDS 2015 WINNERS ANNOUNCED The work of the world’s most inspiring and impactful […]

October 26, 2015

BBC Report

Waves for Change on the BBC

Watch the BBC World report from their visit to the Waves for Change site in Khayelitsha

Youngsters from one of Cape Town's gang-ridden townships have taken to riding waves in a unique project aimed at getting them away from a life of violence.
They are being taught to surf, in a project which is part of the efforts to reduce the level of gun crime in South Africa.

Tim and Bongs talk Surf Therapy on the JBay morning show.

Watch founding members Tim Conibear and Bongani Ndlovu talk Surf Therapy with the WSL crew at this year's JBay pro.

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Waves For Change Events

Waves For Change runs many events throughout the year. Keep an eye on this calendar for an up-to-date list of events.
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