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



W4C is an award-winning organisation based in Cape Town led by surfers and mental health […]

March 10, 2016

The Guardian profiles W4C’s Michaylah Petersen and Yanga Mpompomo

Last week the UK’s Guardian newspaper popped by Waves for Change’s Muizenberg site and spent […]

January 28, 2016

Sunday times lists W4C as one of the Young Guns of 2015

Sunday times lists W4C as one of the Young Guns of 2015 We’re stoked to […]

January 13, 2016

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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