ReSurf, Stoked with a Purpose Surf-a-Thon and Festival on the Beach is coming August 31st.
You can catch a wave, take a free surf lesson, donate an old surfboard, paint with local street artists. Also, the surf contest is open to all ages so be sure to sign-up now.
Long Beach based non-profit ReSurf dedicated to teaching surfing and setting up surf clubs to underprivileged children will be hosting the first ever Surf-a-Thon and festival on the beach to raise money for Surf clubs in Rockaways and around city.
When: August 31, 2014
Where: National Blvd. Long Beach, NY (Behind the Allegria Hotel)
About The Event
Resurf is proud to announce the launch of “Stoked with a Purpose Surf-a-Thon and Beach Festival” to take place in Long Beach this Labor Day Weekend Sunday, August 31st on National Blvd (behind the Allegria Hotel).
In October 2012, after the wake of Hurricane Sandy, ReSurf took on the tragedy brought on by the storm by bringing positivity and life back to the shore through surfing. ReSurf founder, Oran Bendelstein had a dream and that dream started in his own backyard. Oran a Rockaway native and lifelong surfer sat staring at a collection of old surfboards and reflecting upon life lessons and guidance surfing had provided him and wanted to pay it forward. One of the first ReSurf projects was revamping the Long Beach High School Surf Club by collaborating with local professional street artists to kick-start the program by donating 30 refurbished custom surfboards, essentially helping to build for the high school the best surf club on the East Coast.
This Labor Day weekend, ReSurf is hosting a fundraiser Surf-a-Thon and festival to help share the same stoke with others by demonstrating what they do best. Teach surfing, accepting donated surf boards and, along with local street artists, will be turning these donated boards into beautiful new boards. This beach festival will be the main source of revenue to support the construction of a brick and mortar ReSurf Resource Center in Rockaway to serve community centers, youth organizations and public schools all over the city. The Rockaway resource center will provide underprivileged and at risk youth a safe and warm environment to learn and grow, hoping to give these children a tool to build the bright future that lies ahead.
The event will demonstrate to the public the process of what we do. We will have a surfboard drop off for anyone that has a board and would like to donate to our cause, a ding repair workshop teaching people how we fix the discarded surfboards. In addition our street artists will be doing a live surfboard art demonstration, and our very own Long Beach surf club members will be there along with the Resurf Team teaching surfing for free to anyone that wants to learn. Along with retail tents, activity booths, arts and crafts, yoga on the beach, bubble soccer, food and beverages, ReSurf will close out the night with a special guest DJ appearance certain to send this stoked crowd into a frenzy and keep our summer alive!
Working with local institutions such as schools, community centers and religious institutions Resurf programs work hard to refurbish donated surf boards, uniquely decorate them with the help of local artists, teach surfing and the values it instills and set up sustainable surf clubs. These clubs are maintained by our staff while putting the pieces in place for the eventual take over by local participants as a continuing program that serves the community and its children for generations.
To date Resurf Project has positively impacted the lives of over 250 young people around the world. Our goal going forward is to bring that same positive outlook and learning experience to as many children as there are surfboards. And when we run out, we’ll just make boards.
This Labor Day Sunday, come have fun, spread the love and, most of all support this amazing cause. Change the world one surfer at a time.