FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JUNE 22, 2015
International ReSurf Group Helps Rosarito Beach Boys & Girls Club
ROSARITO BEACH, BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO—-Today members of a group that uses surfing as way to help disadvantaged youth worldwide arrived in Rosarito Beach to establish a chapter at the Boys and Girls Club during a three-day stay here.
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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.
Here we have a crafty way to recycle your old surfboard, ideal for the city dweller looking to save some space! This DIY surfboard table how-to is courtesy of Adlin Deliz, York Surf jewelry designer. Her board is a 6’6 x 19, so change your measurements accordingly.
ReSurf was founded with the ambitious goal of collecting old discarded surfboards and salvaging them for donation to underprivileged children around the world. To date, they have collected 50 surfboards, which will ship to Israel for the inaugural project in March 2013.
In collaboration with local orphanages, ReSurf will teach these children how to catch waves, using surfing as a vehicle to create positive change. With the help of renowned surf film makers, Misfit Pictures from San Diego, they will document the entire experience to share with the world. Spreading the positive message will enable ReSurf to expand the project and pay it forward to underprivileged children in a new destination each year.