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Sponsors & Supporters

Ocean Girl Project Sustainable Surf Camps for girls was featured last July 13th on Hawaii’s KHON2’s Be Green with Kirk Matthews, mahalo Kathy and Kirk for helping create positive waves in young girls lives!! watch video

Watch the surf girl video, thanks KHON!

Nancy Emerson (pictured) an international professional surfing champion, and the originator of the world-famous Learn to Surf in One Lesson technique. She is a true professional who has placed within the top 10 of every surfing competition she has entered. Nancy has generously donated the use of her soft surf surfboards for the girls to use during the surf camp. Thanks Nancy for being such an amazing example to young surfer girls and for making a difference in their surf adventure!

Surf News Network hawaiiThe Official Surf Report site for Ocean Girl Project Sustainable Surf Camp . Before hitting the waves, surfer girls and guys in Hawaii first check with Gary Kewley’s Surf News Network. He’s on radio and TV, his hot lines receive up to 10,000 calls a day and his website, over 25,000 hits a day. Check out the SNN site and you will find Gary also generously promotes surf and fund-raising events across the island. We are very grateful for his continued support and for creating positive waves in a young girls life…mahalo for an awesome site for all surfers in Hawaii.

Surfrider a non-profit international organization run by volunteers. The Oahu Chapter’s mission is to improve water quality, ensure the public’s right to beach access, reduce plastic marine debris, and work for responsible, ocean-friendly development on the island of Oahu. Great group, doing important work.

Becausewesurf Hawaii
To live and work simply and purposefully towards a common good for all, this is what we strive to manifest. As a team it is about giving attention, time and transformation to what and where we purchase, what we support, what we promote, what we might sell, and to bring that awareness into what is or will be the accumulative effects on the environment and its people. The Becausewesurf web site was set up exclusively to freely promote surfers, surf fund-raising events, surf organizations and help save the planet.

MuuMuu Heaven is a family-run business channeling experience and creativity into the design of one of a kind, eco-conscious clothing. After years living the gypsy life across the globe, we are now based in what may be the most beautiful place on the planet…Windward side, Oahu, Hawaii.


Reef Watch to inspire and facilitate community stewardship of Waikiki. Thank you all the Reef Watch volunteers and staff for being so generous and educating us all on the ocean and reef. We are stoked to have you part of our sustainable team!


Water Safety!!! The success of ocean lifesaving, rescue, and related injury prevention initiatives in Hawai`i is primarily due to the “knowledge, expertise and courage” of the lifeguard force on the beach In Hawai`i ocean lifeguards are also officially referred to as Ocean Safety Officers. We are so grateful to them!

Sustainable surfing
Rerip.com is dedicated to preserving the environment and works together with the community to keep surfboards out of the landfills, and to reduce the amount of waste from new surfboard construction. Extend the life of your used board by posting it on Rerip.com.

Surf gear, great shop, Hawaii
Surf Garage is the destination for the classic, high-end surfboards and exceptional quality of surf accessories as well as artworks and prints.
Surf Garage is dedicated to being an active and supportive member of the community. Through partnerships and programs, Surf Garage continues its commitment to the people and places that surround us.
The Origami Whales Project began in Spring 2004 in response to the urgent need to raise awareness concerning the ever-increasing threat by the whaling nations towards the return of IWC sanctioned commercial whaling.

fabulous photographer wonderful person volunteer surf camps
Donna Welch, a professional photographer, captures the spirit of the moment working with people of all ages, sizes, and personalities in Hawaii. Donna will be capturing the girl’s spirit at our sustainable surf camps.

Hawaii Surf Icon volunteer surf camps
Hawaii surfing icon Jeannie Chesser’s paintings on canvas reflect perfect waves. Sea life and floral are also favorite subjects. Her recent entry into jewelry making also reflects the ocean with use of shells, pearls, and turtle shapes. “It’s totally therapeutic to work with beads, jewelry, and silver. That people like my stuff enough to buy it is certainly a bonus. She rocks!

organic, sustainable, surf camp supporter!
Honolulu’s natural and organic market. Umeke market offers a great selection of vitamins and supplements, healthy deli, natural groceries, bulk items, organic produce, green households and many more… One of the surf camp lunch and snack providers, lucky us!

Surfers strive to be plastic free and keep our oceans blue!

Learn more about plastic free in Hawaii..

As we strive for a single use plastic free sustainable surf camp, many have questions about overall plastic usage. This is a popular discussion and you can easily find many helpful articles on the web.

The very best most of us can do is reduce our use of plastic. Look for and use natural alternatives when possible such as textiles, solid wood, bamboo, glass, stainless steel, etc. Look for items with less (or no) plastic packaging. If you do buy plastic, opt for products you can recycle or re-purpose (e.g. a yogurt tub re-used to store surf wax, bread bags for dog doo-doo). Some plastics are deemed more harmful than others, this is a simple start guide to the meaning of plastic symbols.

The most common plastics have a resin code in a chasing arrow symbol (mostly found on the bottom of the product).

PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate): AVOID
Common Uses: Soda Bottles, Water Bottles, Cooking Oil Bottles
Concerns: Can leach antimony and phthalates.

HDPE (High Density Polyethylene): SAFER
Common Uses: Milk Jugs, Plastic Bags, Yogurt Cups

PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride, aka Vinyl): AVOID
Common Uses: Condiment Bottles, Cling Wrap, Teething Rings, Toys, Shower Curtains
Concerns: Can leach lead and phthalates among other things. Can also off-gas toxic chemicals.

LDPE (Low Density Polyethylene): SAFER
Common Uses: Produce Bags, Food Storage Containers

PP (Polypropylene): SAFER
Common Uses: Bottle Caps, Storage Containers, Dishware

PS (Polystyrene, aka Styrofoam): AVOID
Common Uses: Meat Trays, Foam Food Containers & Cups
Concerns: Can leach carcinogenic styrene and estrogenic alkylphenols

Other this is a catch-all category which includes:
PC (Polycarbonate): AVOID – can leach Bisphenol-A (BPA). It also includes ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene), SAN (Styrene Acrylonitrile), Acrylic, and Polyamide. These plastics can be a safer option because they are typically very durable and resistant to high heat resulting in less leaching. Their drawbacks are that they are not typically recyclable and some need additional safety research. New plant-based, biodegradable plastics like PLA (Polylactic Acid) also fall into the #7 category, safer but costly being more expensive to make and using the same precious resources to manufacture as regular plastic and if not recycled correctly, sits in a dump for 100-1,000 years. Another downside of PLA biodegradable (a somewhat misleading phrase) plastic is that it is typically made from genetically modified corn, at least in the United States. The largest producer of PLA in the world is NatureWorks, a subsidiary of Cargill, which is the world’s largest provider of genetically modified corn seed. If the plastic in biodegradable bags breaks down faster and smaller, doesn’t that logically mean that we will now have tiny bits of plastic on the beaches and oceans which are almost impossible to pick up and easiest for sea creatures to eat? Biodegradable plastic, sounds better but unfortunately and sadly is not a sustainable solution in the long run.

There simply is not a magic plastic bag right now that can counter act the severely harmful overall effects of any type of plastic bag on the earth.

For more information on healthy kids and plastic click here

From Service dog to Surfice dog, inspiring!

Each person who watches this video seems to find an individual message that touches them on many levels & it may well bring you to tears.

It’s about acceptance, adjusting expectations; focusing on the “can do’s” in life which allows for a celebration of amazing outcomes.

This is what becausewesurf has always been about and what the surf camps is becoming, helping others find and live their passion!

For more info on Ricochet, dog surfing, and her charitable causes, please go to http://www.SurfDogRicochet.com. To follow her on Facebook & Twitter: “Surf Dog Ricochet” This video is copyrighted by: http://www.surfdogricochet.com.

Enjoy, colleen

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Teaching Ocean Safety at Surf Camps

Honolulu, Hawaii

Lifeguard Helene Phillips will be conducting the ocean safety class and demonstrations for the Ocean Girl Project Sustainable Surf Day Camp in July.

Besides being a lifeguard on Oahu beaches for over 20 years, Helene is an all around accomplished water woman and a wonderful addition to our volunteer staff!

As surfers it is vital to always remember the ocean can be a wild and unpredictable environment.

Our responsibility and our way of showing respect in any ocean activity is learning and practicing ocean safety.

Join us at our July Girls Surf camp where we will be learning about this and more.

For more info:

International Surfing Day June 20th!

Surfrider Oahu Chapter
In honor of International Surfing Day, volunteers will be meeting at the entrance way to Diamond Head Beach. For those of you looking for a great Father’s Day activity, this is it. A special thanks to Wahoo’s Fish Tacos who will be providing lunch for all the volunteers.

Sunday, June 20, 2010
10:00am – 12:00pm
Diamond Head Beach Entrance

I will be there around 11am, after surf lessons. Everyone who wants to join us, call or text early..Happy Surfing Day everyone!

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Surfer Girls Join Hands across the Sand Hawai’i

No more oil spills: Hands across the Sand Hawai’i
The ongoing disaster in the Gulf of Mexico is a painful reminder of why we need to move off of dirty oil as quickly as possible. Join Malama Na Honu, Surfrider and other local partners next Saturday, June 26, in showing the world that it’s time for clean, renewable sources of power. Hawaii’s “Hands Across the Sand” activities will be part of hundreds of such gatherings across the country on Saturday. Be part of this highly symbolic event and meet others who care about the ocean and our clean energy future: HandsAcrosstheSandHawaii.org.

Think it can’t happen here? On February, 23rd, 1977, the supertanker “Hawaiian Patriot” cracked its hull in storm, resulting in a massive oil spill 300 miles west of Hawai’i. After leaking, the tanker caught fire and exploded, killing one crew-member and sending 99,000 tons of light Indonesian crude oil into the ocean.

Oil Spill Hawaii


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