Last month we asked Gold Coast’s surfing community to share the stoke: to open their hearts as well as their garage doors and to empty them of unwanted surf gear we just know is sitting in the darkest corners of storage units around the city.
Gold Coast’s Share the Stoke campaign, spearheaded by the engineers and music-lovers at The Avalon, Miami has seen generous Gold Coasters get on board with hundreds of pieces of surf-related gear donated for shipment to South Africa.
Roland Mork had the idea to organise the donation, once he realised a container of steel being shipped to the continent would only be at half capacity.
“We have room for 400 boards in the container,” Roland said. “And we’re currently at 127.”
There’s three weeks left to run in the appeal for used surf gear, which will see disadvantaged South Africans have access to the pre-loved equipment through charities Share the Stoke and Adaptive Surfing South Africa.
“And it’s not just surf boards that people have contributed to the campaign,” Roland said. “Wax, wetsuits, rash vests, leg ropes, fins, boogie boards have all been dropped off.”
To help get the total of surf boards closer to the 400-mark, The Avalon, Miami is throwing a family-friendly, private party this Saturday.
“We want people to come along and bring their donated gear and join us for a chilled out community event,” Roland said. “It’s a BYO party, but we’re putting on the music as a thank you to the local surf community.”
The party runs from 2.o0pm – 10.00pm with live music from 5.00pm. Anyone who brings a piece of surf gear or who has already donated is invited to attend.
“I’ve been amazed at the generosity and kindness of the Gold Coast surf community and how they’ve banded together for this cause. And what I’ve found out in the process, is that they’re already involved in all sorts of other charity causes,” he said.
“There are so many independent and small businesses in the local surf community who are basically social entrepreneurs – using their time and connections to give back to all kinds of local causes.”
“I guess this is a party in their honour,” Roland said.
The final haul of surf boards and associated gear will see countless disadvantaged youth out of informal South African settlements, off the streets and into the surf.
“Your surf gear contributions have the capacity to empower and enrich people’s lives,” Roland said.
“Local councillors, board riding clubs, shapers and surf stores and everyday surfers have united to bring our board tally up to 127 thus far,” Roland said. “And we have until 20 June before the container doors close.”
Keen to help out?
Donate your unwanted surf gear – boards, leg ropes, rashies, wet suits, wax or boogie boards to 7 Avalon Parade, Miami any time between 7am or between 2pm – 10pm this Saturday 2 June if you want to join the Share The Stoke party
Spread the word by letting your friends and families, board riders clubs or likeminded folk what we’re up to and how much we need their unwanted surf gear
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Share the Stoke party takes place Saturday 2 June at 7 Avalon Parade, Miami. Live music by Harry J Hart, MojoNative, The Stouts, Karl S Williams and The Maslows from 5.00pm with entry from 2.00 – 10.00pm. Entry is by donation of surf gear.