Surf Industry unites to raise $30,000 for Waves For Water to aid Puerto Rico after hurricanes

Led by the SIMA Humanitarian Fund, the surf industry is coming together to help the victims of both Hurricane Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico. They have set a goal of raising $30,000, and all funds will be routed to Waves For Water, who is already on the ground in PR working to secure access to clean drinking water in the most impacted and neglected areas of the US Territory.

The water filters deployed by Waves For Water can serve clean drinking water to a family of 10 for over a decade. So far, Waves For Water has 1,500 filters on the ground, and the funds raised through this appeal will provide for additional filters as well as staff and travel to train the local communities on how to best use them.

“Surf culture and the surf industry have a long history with Puerto Rico, starting with the Fourth World Surfing Championships held there in 1968,” said Dylan Slater, President of the SIMA Humanitarian Fund. “The people, the surfing community and the surfing industry have been significantly impacted by these storms, and we feel an obligation to do what we can to help them get back on their feet.”

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Waves For Water provides water filters for access to clean drinking water

SIMA members, industry brands, surf industry employees and vendors are encouraged to join together to donate under this appeal via a donation page set up and maintained by the SIMA Humanitarian Fund. In order to expedite funds to Waves For Water, the deadline to donate is 5 p.m., PDT, Wed, Oct 11.

“It’s really tough down here right now. Disaster response work is always a game of logistics, but the widespread scale of impact from this one is almost unprecedented. It’s not just one place that was affected – island after island is wiped out,” said Waves for Water founder Jon Rose, who is on the ground in the Virgin Islands. “Our priority right now is focused around providing access to clean drinking water to help preserve life and prevent disease.”

The Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) is the official working trade association of more than 300 surf industry suppliers. Founded in 1989, SIMA is a non-profit organization that serves to promote awareness of the surf industry and participation in the sport of surfing through public relations efforts and a variety of services, educational programs and research.

For more information, contact Shannon Park Zseleczky at 949-366-1164, ext 5, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To donate to Water For Waves, go to http://sima.com/support-puerto-rico-hurricane-relief/

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