650 Donated Surfboards for Kids in South Africa
More than 650 surfboards are headed for South Africa right now thanks to the generosity of people across California and a lot of determination from the Gudauskas brothers and Cape Town’s Michael February. The so called “Can’t Steal Our Vibe” drive was a months-long campaign put on by the surfers, Waves for Change, Surfers Not Street Children, and the Positive Vibe Warriors.
This year’s drive was the 2nd annual for the Gudauskas squad, who wrangled up over 300 boards last year to donate to kids in Jamaica. That campaign was put together for a community having problems getting enough surf equipment to meet the demand from wave hungry groms. Meanwhile, the #CantStealOurVibe campaign for South Africa was an entirely different experience, Tanner Gudauskas said earlier this year. “There are so many homeless kids there, and life for them can be so tough,” he told STAB Magazin. “Hopefully, it provides some hope and something positive. Surfing is proof that it doesn’t matter what color your skin is, or where you come from, or what language you speak. It cuts through all of that, and to be able to potentially help these kids get in the water and have that hope and stoke that surfing provides, we’re humbled.” The slogan, “can’t steal our vibe,” was started by February, who’s spent the year climbing the ‘QS ranks.
Needless to say, those 650 surfboards will be put to good use real soon. And hopefully, they put plenty of smiles on some faces in South Africa.