As one of the most popular things to do in San Diego, surfing infiltrates the lives of many. It's rare to walk down a local beach and not see a group of surfers sitting patiently in the line-up, waiting for the perfect wave. It's that love of the water and the stoke of catching a wave that captures the true surfers and takes uthem to the edge of the Earth in search of solid surf.
Local San Diego surfer and photographer, Sean Brody, has spent his years living in San Diego, traveling, surfing and capturing photographs of some of the best surf breaks around the world. Living the dream, as many people would say, but through this dream, he discovered the poverty and suffering taking place in some of the world's most surf rich communities.
After a 2009 trip to Liberia where he witnessed extreme suffering, poverty and disease among the local people, Brody was inspired to make a change. He could no longer focus on the epic surf and meanwhile ignore the suffering surrounding these idyllic waves. It was time to do something, to make a change - and so was born the Surf Resource Network.
The question was not "if" world class surf was a resource, it was "how" to transform this resource into revenue for local communities. The growing trend of traveling to the far corners of the earth for great surf can trample local communities by creating a fleeting and large scale surf tourism industry rather than one that is sustainable for it's local people. The Surf Resource Network is focusing on helping the residents in these extremely surf rich parts of the world through strong and stable economic growth from the boom in surf travel.
As well known breaks are starting to become overcrowded, surfers have started venturing all across the world in search of the epic "stoke" of big, clean waves and empty line-ups. The surf bum cliche has been transformed into a traveling extreme athlete looking to experience diverse cultures while also surfing some of the best waves across the globe. This incredible push for surf travel and tourism is an amazing opportunity for "surf rich" communities to flourish and build long lasting and sustainable revenue for it's people. Sean Brody and the Surf Resource Network is helping the process.
The Surf Resource Network provides an "SRN" guide with volunteer opportunities, lodging, and services around the world that are geared toward helping struggling economies thrive in a strong surf tourism community. By increasing awareness, education and providing incredible volunteer opportunities from Costa Rica and Peru to Liberia and Papua New Ginuea, the Surf Resource Network is making a big difference one break at a time.
For more information on the Surf Resource Network visit: http://www.surfresource.org/