Surfing is pretty radical, especially when it’s used to transform poor towns into thriving sustainable communities.
From his Peruvian surfing documentary, CAPTURE: A Waves Doumentary, to surfing education, Dave is working hard at connecting surf tourism and locals for community betterment.
Dave grew up in Upstate New York riding horses and snowboarding. College afforded him stints in Colorado and France. The Peace Corps brought him to parts of Mauritania and Peru during the course of seven years.
“While working at the ski resort I applied to graduate school – the School for International Training – in conjunction with the Peace Corps’ Master’s International program,” said Dave. “Accepted to both, I went from the surf shop to rural Vermont to study Sustainable International Development with a focus in Organizational Management.”
Dave’s change from beach to school life helped him find the connection between his love and passion for surfing and doing good through social entrepreneurship.
“Finding a common ground between my passions of snowboarding / surfing and ‘doing good’ wasn’t always obvious, but through classes like social entrepreneurship the picture came into focus a bit more,” said Dave.
After spending a couple years surfing amazing Peruvian waves and meeting people from the coastal communities, he realized how development and surf tourism meshed. He tapped his education and some great thinkers to devise the WAVES for Development organization.
WAVES stands: W-ater, A-dventure, V-oluntourism, E-ducation, S-ustainability.
The concept came from a simple desire to connect surfing, sustainable development and disadvantaged communities where Dave surfed in Northern Peru. In addition to linking surfing to development, he wanted to help local people connect to the water through surfing programs that would teach values and skills for personal development. It’s a mutually beneficial relationship where locals involved in the program benefit personally and wholly.
Dave launched a pilot program in February ’08 and this past Feburary he completed his first film, CAPTURE: A WAVES Documentary with ski photographer Jeremy Koons.
Want to know more about how production went or more about Dave’s story? Want to volunteer? Check out the latest pictures and photos (they are amazing!) on his Changents story area.