Category Archives: Surf Therapy

Cant Steal Our Vibe

Cant Steal Our Vibe

Positive Vibe Warrior Foundation The mission of the Positive Vibe Warrior Foundation is to inspire individuals to make a positive impact within their communities. In 2017, professional surfers and PVW co-founders Patrick, Dane and Tanner Gudauskas along with South African pro, Michael February, hosted a surfboard drive to benefit the Waves For Change organization in […]

What A Year!

3 x World Champ Mick Fanning & Taylor Knox visit one of W4C's new Surfing & Autism Programmes

WHAT A YEAR! Welcome to our September 2018 Newsletter! It’s September and so much has happened!We’re stoked to bring you 6 months of awesome Surf Therapy news! We’ve broken the 1,000 barrier!W4C now connects over 1,000 children per week to Surf Therapy programmes in South Africa and Liberia! Our programmes are delivered by a growing […]

2nd Annual ISTO Conference Brings Together Global Surf Therapy Nonprofits Changing Lives Through Surf Therapy

2nd Annual ISTO Conference Brings Together Global Surf Therapy Nonprofits Changing Lives Through Surf Therapy

A consortium of 25 leading global Surf Therapy organizations, Ph.D. students and researchers gathered in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa to share latest research & practice in the Surf Therapy sector JEFFREYS BAY, SOUTH AFRICA (July 20, 2018) The 2nd Annual International Surf Therapy Organization Conference was held in Jeffreys Bay. Twenty-eight individual representatives attended, representing […]

The Women of Waves for Change

As Women’s Month comes to a close, we look back on an amazing month celebrating the strong, inspirational women who drive change and fight for equality across South Africa. We also remember the thousands of brave women who marched to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956 in the fight for a non-racial and non-sexist […]

Popping Up In Liberia

Waves For Change

After successfully working for five years in challenging communities across Cape Town, Waves for Change were keen to see if their Surf Therapy programme – designed to help children cope with high levels of stress and trauma – could be applied in communities outside South Africa, where child mental health services are under-resourced and stigmatized.

The Power of Partnership | Action Impact Network

Action Impact

Action Impact Network In recognition of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) – specifically Goal #17: ‘Revitalize the global partnership of sustainable development’ – a consortium of international NGOs have formed the ‘Action Impact Network’ to establish a collective approach to measuring the impact of programmes delivering mental and wellbeing solutions to at-risk youth, through […]

Making Waves – W4C Launch Two New Sites in the Eastern Cape

W4C Port Elizabeth

We are thrilled to announce the expansion of our surf therapy programme to two new sites – East London and Port Elizabeth – in South Africa’s Eastern Cape. The launch of the new centres adds an exciting new chapter in our commitment to providing a child-friendly mental health service in communities where mental health services […]

Making Data Collection Great Again

Monitoring and evaluation of social programmes are vital and can be highly beneficial for learning, improved service delivery and communicating with funders. Unfortunately, the reality of applying ‘traditional’ academically rigorous evaluation methods comes with many challenges. It is that time of the year again. Collecting baseline data from our participants. Data for internal purposes (to […]

Waves For Change Excited To Reveal Re-Developed Monwa Site

Monwabisi Beach

Waves for Change,were delighted to showcase their refurbished and extended surf therapy centre at Monwabisi Beach (Monwa), Khayelitsha, Cape Town, on Thursday 23 February. In partnership with Breadline Africa and Objek Architects, W4C officially opened the new centre, which had originally consisted of three containers in need of TLC and now sports an additional two […]

Riding waves – Creating Jobs!

W4C Creating Jobs

Creating Employment using Surfing in South Africa In South Africa, youth unemployment is a real problem. In fact, 48.9% of Black African 20-24 year olds are not in employment, education or training (NEET)1. A surfing non-profit organisation in South Africa, improves lives of young children by employing local young adults as surf coaches and mentors. […]