Waves 4 Water – founded by Laguna surfer Jon Rose and supported by Costa Mesa-based surfwear brand Hurley – is calling on surfers around the world to help with rebuilding efforts for the devastation hurricane Sandy left on the East Coast.
Rose has traveled to many natural disasters through the years to get clean water to tragedy-stricken regions. He founded the non-profit in 2009 after finding himself as a first responder after an earthquake killed thousands in Indonesia, and spending much time in Haiti.
On the East Coast, Waves 4 Water will focus on removing storm debris and helping with basic survival needs, especially in surf areas struck by the hurricane.
The team is gathering information from areas such as North Carolina, New Jersey and New York coastal areas for immediate support.
“Many of our favorite East Coast surfing epicenters are completely wiped out and under water,” said Rose, who has also spearheaded previous relief efforts to countries such as Japan, North Korea and Afghanistan. “More than anything, there’s a need for resources and manpower to restore these precious stretches of coastline.”
Here’s more from the announcement:
The relief effort will be a multi-phase operation. The first mission will be to work with local crews to remove debris and provide basic survival supplies – food, water, blankets, etc. This will help sustain people until basic infrastructure can be restored. For phase two, the team will pick the hardest hit area and assist with their rebuilding efforts.
Several widespread needs are now being addressed by many of the other disaster relief organizations like the Red Cross, but the rebuilding process will require the help of the world’s surf community as well, and Waves For Water will be on the ground connecting with local relief teams and working to restore order. To support the missions, Waves For Water has set up a specific fund-raising page on its site (wavesforwater.org) for individuals and businesses to contribute.
To follow the progress and learn more about the Waves For Water relief efforts, go to wavesforwater.org.
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