At Surfboard Trading Co. we struggled to figure out how we could best use our resources to impact communities.
Any surfer that has ever traveled to a third world country knows there’s no shortage of families that could use help. But what kind of help exactly? We’ve brought many kinds of provisions like donations of clothes, food, and surfboards for the local kids. While we will continue to do this, we found the most essential necessity is clean drinking water. Many have access to water it is not clean.
We decided our greatest impact will be to provide reusable water filters. These filters remove 99.99999% of all bacteria, such as salmonella, cholera and E.coli; removes 99.9999% of all protozoa, such as giardia and Cryptosporidium. It makes a tremendous difference in many villages who’s only access to water is filthy and from a well.
The best part of it all is how long the filters can last as long as they are cleaned. In addition to that they are small so we can fill travel bags with loads of them.
We use surf trips to surf of course but prior to heading to the destination we contact locals to see who is in greatest need of filters and carry out the logistics prior to landing in these countries.
Surfboard Trading Co. is committed to this cause – every trip, families get filters.
We donate all the proceeds of our apparel to this cause. We also receive donations from local surfers in Florida that we happily transport with us on our trips.
We always welcome surfers to contact us and let us know if they encounter families or villages who need these filters. Send us an email or give us a call and we would be happy to look into it!!
Cheers from the Surfboard Trading Co. Crew