ReSurf repairs old surfboards for at-risk youth, then teaches them to surf
It started with a stack of surfboards, dusty, dinged up, and retired, salvaged from the darkest depths of Oran Bendelstein’s garage. Inspired by the crooked smiles of Billy Wilmot’s underprivileged surf campers in A Brokedown Melody, Bendelstein collected more than a dozen of his old garage boards and donated them to the cause in Jamaica.
“If I had that many boards as just one surfer,” Bendelstein thought, “Imagine how many other old boards are out there?”
It’s from that question that ReSurf, a mentoring program that brings surfing to underprivileged children and teens around the world, was born. They connect with existing youth institutions, local schools, and community centers and provide them with boards and surf instruction programs.