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  • Philippines Volunteer Trip August 6, 2016 – August 16, 2016 Borongan, Eastern Visayas, Philippines Join us to help host a youth surf competition where the prizes are school supplies, scholarships and other fun items together with Surf to School program in the Philippines. Contact to sign-up

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Surf Sister Saturdays with Brown Girl Surf

Girls Learn to Surf on April 16 & May 21

Open to girls and women age 9 to 99 (moms, grandmas, aunties encouraged)
No experience necessary. All equipment is provided Meets Saturdays 10am-1:30pm, at Miramar Beach, Half Moon Bay. Sliding scale cost. (Click our calendar link in the left column to download registration form)
For questions, contact or call 510 239 7565

Brown Girl Surf is a fiscally sponsored nonprofit organization with a mission to build a diverse, environmentally reverent, and joyful women’s surf culture by increasing access to surfing, cultivating community, amplifying the voices of women of color surfers, and taking care of the earth.

Volunteer Surfboard Courier Program

Find out how you can help get surfboards to non-profit youth surf programs around the globe. Headed somewhere remote? Help us deliver surfboards, more information here. Destinations: Mexico, Colombia, Philippines.

Surfboard Packing: Jan 17

Sunday, January 17th. San Francisco, CA

Volunteer with us to help box and pack 40 surfboards for our after-school surf programs in the Philippines. Surf session in the morning, packing in the afternoon, 2pm onwards at The Box Shop

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Philippines Volunteer Trip: August 6-16, 2016


Surfing with Community:
A Returning Wave Adventure,

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.

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