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  • Thank you to Mira of #BrownGirlSurf for the surf instructor... July 17, 2015
    Thank you to Mira of #BrownGirlSurf for the surf instructor training day! Balikbayod-Returning Wave is looking forward to collaborating with you on future projects! We had a great time meeting your team of volunteers and are grateful to be a part of it. Please visit to learn more about this awesome group, and as always, we invite you to che […]

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Philippines Volunteer Tour: Jan 8-18, 2015 & August 6-16, 2016


Surfing with Community: A Returning Wave Adventure,
In collaboration with Healing Water Journeys

Cost: $1830.75 per person (double occupancy)
(add $200 donation for local schools/optional)
January 8 – 18, 2016 (Mindanao)
August 6 – 16, 2016 (Leyte & Samar)

Have you ever dreamed of surfing in paradise while engaging with local communities? Whether you are a seasoned surfer, or have always wanted to learn, this tour is sure to deliver. Join members of Returning Wave to explore the Island of Leyte and Samar in the Philippines. Returning Wave focuses on promoting education through the love of surfing by creating after-school surfing programs that keep children in school by offering the incentive of surfing lessons, and access to surfboards. On this tour, participants will be able to assist team members in establishing and maintaining lasting programs with local schools in order to affect positive change.

On the tour, you will have many opportunities to surf and lessons will be offered for beginners. Other highlights include visits to caves, mangroves, rock formations, and waterfalls as well as wildlife viewing and snorkeling. Volunteer group activities include teaching workshops at the local schools and beach clean-ups.

Space is limited; to register contact:

Cantilan Program

Meeting with the team in Cantilan, Surigao Del Sur led by volunteer Coach Brendo who teaches the new members how to surf.

November Surfboard Repair Days in SF

If you are in the SF bay area, come join us for some surfboard repair. No experience necessary, wear work clothes and bring a friend.

RSVP for Nov 9th, 15th & 16th Surfboard Repair 2-5pm
and you can join us for surfing in the morning too!

Enter in SLOATED, a Women’s Surf Showcase to help build a Wahine Surf House

Our fundraising drive continues on to raise $3000 to build a Wahine Surf House in Samar, Philippines. Wahines can help us reach our goal by entering in SLOATED, a Women’s Surf Showcase on September 28th, Ocean Beach @Sloat Ave. in San Francisco. 

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Girls learn to Surf in San Francisco, June 28th

We will be in San Francisco for our next Wahine Project girls learn to surf workshop. Meet for some light yoga warm-up, surfing and ocean awareness. Must know how to swim, lessons are for all ages. Get your advanced tickets here to save you a spot in our workshop.  Email for more information


Girls Learn to Surf, March 16, 2014 (10am-1pm)

Save the date and join us once again for our monthly Girls Learn to Surf. Please use the link to buy your ticket by March 14th so we can have the right amount of instructors for you. Email for more info. Brought to you by The Wahine Project and Balikbayod—Returning Wave.


Donate to Rebuild Sulangan School in Guiuan, Samar, Philippines

Screen Shot 2014-05-01 at 4.16.43 PMWe’re helping the surf community in the Philippines by raising money to rebuild Sulangan School in Guiuan, Samar. Help us reach our goal by making a tax deductible donation today! (Click on the image to reach the campaign page). This February we’re bringing Surf for Life and Waves of Optimism with us to continue doing good projects in the Philippines. Joining us are surfboards to start the newest Balikbayod after-school surfing program in Guiuan, Samar.

Girls Learn to Surf, Jan 19

We are back on for the next date of Jan 19 so mark your calendars!

Join us for another morning of Yoga and Surf from 10am-1pm. All equipment provided, all levels, all ages. Fee: $35 Please RSVP, message us with your email address so we can send you reg and liability forms.:)

Meet in the parking lot next to NorCal surf shop (look for the car with surfboards and Wahines)

Fill a gallon of empty drinking water bottles full of hottest tap water you can fill with for a nice HOT water rinse afterwards :)

Brought to you by The Wahine Project & Balikbayod—Returning Wave

How you can help Typhoon Haiyan Victims

A survivor walks among the debris of houses destroyed by Super Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban on the eastern Philippine island of Leyte on November 11, 2013 (AFP, Noel Celis)

A survivor walks among the debris of houses destroyed by Super Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban on the eastern Philippine island of Leyte on November 11, 2013 (AFP, Noel Celis)

Here is an ongoing link list of how you can donate now to relief efforts:
Red Cross Philippines
The United Nations World Food Programme
UNICEF Haiyan Relief
CRS Catholic Relief Services
World Vision
Save the Children
Doctors Without Borders
ABS-CBN Foundation
Bayani Art

Girls Learn to SURF with The Wahine Project

November 17, 10am-1pm is our next learn to surf clinic in Pacifica, CA.
Email: to RSVP your spot!


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Giving thanks today for our local @returningwave HQ family and surfing sifu Jinan 'Arne' Wong who is a most patient teacher to us always ❤️ #Pacifica #California #sanfrancisco #surf #surfing Thankful for our worldwide surfing family

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