International ReSurf Group Helps Rosarito Beach Boys & Girls Club

International ReSurf Group Helps Rosarito Beach Boys & Girls Club

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. 

Most of the approximately two dozen members of the ReSurf project are teenage surfers who came by bus from San Diego. Fifteen-year-old Zach Katz, son of Rosarito realtor Max and Kathy Katz and a ReSurf member, helped establish the local effort.

The project will include building a surf shack, surfboard donations and lessons, plus photography and film lessons. (The complete itinerary plus more information follows this media release).

“The Rosarito Coast is a beautiful strip of land in Northern Baja, Mexico, where Americans make their retirement dreams come true, and surfers flock down from California in search of legendary surf spots,” said ReSurf founder Oran Bendelstein.

“In stark contrast,” he continued, “it is also home of an impoverished population, whose young don’t have such privileges as taking swimming lessons or learning a sport . . . The Boys and Girls Club is a natural partner for ReSurf, as we both share a deep commitment to inspire, engage and change the lives of underprivileged teens.”

The Rosarito Boys & Girls Cub since 2008 has operated from a clubhouse near the Rosarito Beach Hotel as it continues fundraising for the $1 million pesos needed to build a permanent facility. It serves 100 children.

The ReSurf effort will have a great impact on club members, said President Rosy Torres.

“Here in the Boys & Girls Club Rosarito, this program is going to attend first to our older kids from 11 to14 years,” said Ms. Torres. “These 30 kids will then pay it forward to the younger ones from ages 6 to 10 as an ongoing program.”

Added Bendelstein: “Youth participating in (the club’s) homework and mentorship programs increased their school attendance by a whopping 87 percent. These results are very much in line with ReSurf´s syllabus, which states that in order to attend the ReSurf Club, teens must maintain a good record of school attendance and grades.”

ReSurf has provided 300 boards, served 500 youths and trained 750 mentors throughout the United States and in countries including, Mexico, Israel and Jamaica.

Sponsors of the Rosarito project include GoPro, Artist & Craftsman Supply, San Diego Cultural Alliance, Cobian, SUPERbrand Surfboards & Apparel, The Rosarito Beach Hotel and Kathy and Max Katz.

“It is so important that young people have programs to guide them in the right direction,” said Hugo Torres, former Rosarito mayor and owner of the sponsoring Rosarito Beach Hotel. “We are very grateful to ReSurf and the young people who came from San Diego to assist.”

MEDIA CONTACT:                          Ron Raposa

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