Earlier this year, something amazing happened in the surf world. You might not have heard about it because it didn’t have any “Big Three” sponsors, it wasn’t “sexy” and it had nothing to do with the WSL. In fact, it was about as far away from competitive surfing as you get – one might even call it “collaborative” surfing. It was the first international Surf + Social Good summit, held in Bingin, Bali. It was a 4-day event that brought together many of the great minds and change-makers in the surf world, that are passionate about the transformative and unifying power of surfing to create positive social impact.
You know what I’m talking about – that intangible factor of surfing. That special essence of (non-competitive/non-commercialized) surfing. The essence that has the power to bridge the gaps between race, faith, gender, sexuality and address many of the socio-economic issues diving societies across the globe.