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December 23, 2008 / Wave Tribe

WAVES for Development

Waves For Development

Waves For Development

WAVES for Development is an affiliation of not-for-profit organizations dedicated to making the world a better place through surfing. Working in coastal communities, WAVES helps communities connect surfing and sustainable development through Educational Surf Programs for local youth and Adventure Voluntourism for visitors.

The idea for WAVES originated on the beaches of northern Peru in late 2004, when a group of international surfers shared a desire to help local youth with little resources enjoy surfing. Over the course of the next 3 years, WAVES formed a network over 30 dedicated individuals, organizations, and institutions in 10 countries. In 2006, Global Surf Industries committed to donating a shipping container of surfboards to be used in WAVES programming in Peru. These surfboards arrived in Peru in mid-2007.

Today, WAVES for Development is a formalized not-for-profit association in Peru and Switzerland. WAVES for Development International is a not-for-profit corporation in the United States, currently applying for 501(c)3 tax-exempt charity status. WAVES for Development Peru has signed an agreement with the Peruvian Sports Institute and the Peruvian Surfing Federation to bring Educational Surf and Adventure Voluntourism programming to communities throughout Peru. WAVES is currently offering Adventure Voluntourism and Educational Surf Programs in Lobitos, Peru.

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