Our mission is to promote education for youth through the love of surfing. Balikbayod is a project of the 501-c3 non-profit, The San Francisco Filipino Cultural Center.
We are a group of people who love the Philippines, love traveling, and would like to see surfing available to anyone who wants to try it, regardless of economic background. Have you ever traveled to surf in other countries and noticed the local children have an interest in surfing but don’t have access to surf boards? We did notice, and we began our program in the Philippines by bringing donated surfboards to the youth of the Siargao Cloud 9 area. Named the ‘Surfing Capital of the Philippines,’ Siargao is a popular destination for traveling surfers, but local youth had limited or no access to surfboards. Balikbayod—Returning Wave, promotes ‘giving back’ to the local community by donating surfboards and donating time surfing with the kids. Learn more about our mission ->
Local surf leaders manage the board borrowing program for the kids while our home base in the California Bay Area recycles surfboards and organizes Philippines surf trips to bring the boards you donate. Jin An Wong was our surf repair and lesson kahuna in San Francisco, seeking volunteers to lead surf repair. Help us repair surfboards and exchange your work hours for some surf lessons or practice. Contact us to volunteer, contribute or collaborate.