Let’s Make Waves :: Using the unifying power of surfing to connect and bring about positive impact globally.
Debuting a new form of action-focused conferencing, we invite you to join the first global Surf + Social Good Summit.
Our vision is to create a global surfing community and social network across sectors: from business, non-profit, academia and civil society. This collaborative, cross-sectoral approach allows us to find meaningful, effective solutions and strategies applying surfing as a tool for sustainable social impact.
Participate in keynote talks and forum sessions with internationally renowned surfing entrepreneurs, researchers, practitioners, social innovators and leaders in their field, invigorating workshops and inspiring conversations that help build connections and create solutions for sustainable surfing futures.
The Surf + Social Good Summit is driven by core principles of connection and collaboration. Lack of connection to self and to others is one of the biggest issues in the world today. Now more than ever the major challenges of the world we live in from climate change to sustainability cannot be solved in isolation. The lofty goals of big global summits, corporations or development agencies often fail to connect with the day-to- day experiences and lives of activists and professionals around the world. There is great need to connect our actions and to collaborate.
Through connecting the streets with the boardroom, or in our case, connecting the beaches to the boardrooms, to the research labs, and to the community halls, we can communicate and connect our goals with beneficiaries and partners on the ground to deliver breakthrough positive impact.
These principles are integral to how we function as business, non-profits, institutes and individuals. We believe that coming together, through connection and collective leadership we make waves and deliver breakthrough impact.
“Once you get in the water, the rules and norms of society dissolve and the power of the ocean to connect and spread happiness is huge.”
Connect :: Collaborate :: Impact
Let’s Make Waves:
During the Day - Just Add Surf: Life- Leadership workshop; A one-day pre-Summit self-exploration workshop for wave-makers, led by Dr. Easkey Britton.
Evening - Registration with an address from the Summit team, special guest, movie screening and informal dialogue offering the opportunity for participants to connect and setting stage for the Summit.
16th May - Connect ::
- Inspire+Connect to broaden perspectives on surf and social good - expect interactive, participant-driven day breakout sessions, discussion panels, and speakers to inform the group of the activity and trends in the field and hare lessons learned.
- Create +Collaborate to identify opportunities and solutions.
- Share solution prioritisation.
Speaker and workshop details to be announced soon.
17th May - Collaborate ::
Girls Make Waves Action Day - Specialized workshops, surf lessons, expert speakers connecting and growing the community of global female surfers. In recognition of the positive impact surfing and the ocean can give to women in particular, we will address gender engagement and women's empowerment through surfing. Through a series of fun and engaging workshops led by a diverse mix of inspiring local and international female leaders and surf-stars we explore how we stay connected, share experiences, learn from each other and grow a community of surfing for positive change.
18th May - Impact ::
- Impact Lab - to establish knowledge needs for surf for social impact, and set the agenda for Summit- initiated research projects and communities of practice.
- Summit Wrap-Up.
TICKETS & REGISTRATION
i. LETS MAKE WAVES pass - All-in Summit pass, 15-18th: $125
ii. CONNECT pass - 2-day Summit pass, 15-16th: $75
iii. ACTION pass - Girls Make Waves, 17th only - $25 minimum donation, free for Indonesian nationals.
iv. IMPACT pass - Research Network Workshop, 18th: $50
Reduced rate available for students and/or participants from developing nations only:
i. All-in Summit pass: $75
ii. 2 day Summit pass, $50
A $25 minimum donation is recommended to support the Girls Make Waves Action Day.
Please provide details to support your selection of this ticket option (e.g. student card, nationality).
Be one of many innovators and wave-makers at the nexus of Surf/Innovation/Social Good tackling core challenges on the path towards true social impact.
We are a global gathering of conscious surfers, engaged global citizens and change-makers, leaders in the non-profit sector, social entrepreneurs, socially-responsible and ethically-minded surf companies, university researchers and students, as well as our cause partners - Waves of Freedom, +Social Good Foundation, Beyond the Surface International, A Liquid Future, Little Seeds.
We are comfortable on the edge, and fuelled by a desire to explore the unknown. We like to take an unconventional approach. We encourage everyone to make their voice heard and their presence felt. We have no patience for stale or static experiences. The beauty of a community is the access it brings to new ideas, spaces and people. We believe giving gratitude and service to others is the fastest path to purpose.
Internationally renowned professional surfer, artist, scientist and explorer from Ireland, with a PhD in Environment and Society. Co-founder of the non-profit Waves of Freedom, using the power of surfing as a creative medium for social change.
Founder of a Liquid Future, a Non Profit Organisation aimed at facilitating free educational programs in English, Swimming and Surfing to the local communities of Southern Sipora Island, Mentawais Indonesia.
Founder of Beyond the Surface International, a network of surf industry actors supporting the growth of surfers from conflict-prone environments.
Founder of Little Seeds Surf Coaching, promoting community capacity building and youth development for marginalised groups.
Founder of Salt Gypsy, an independent surf-wear company with unique and cutting-edge designs for women.
Ex corporate lawyer turned avid surfer, living and working in Bali for the past 3 years, loves to practise yoga and work with causes involving the Ocean and children.
Arguably the world’s only Kurdish female surfer, during a visit to Indonesia her love for the ocean began. Gule’s background is teaching English and surfing, hospitality, linguistics and business administration.