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About

Waves for Hope offers a surf therapy program to at-risk youths in the rural communities of Trinidad. We provide a safe space, caring mentors, the fun activity of surfing and evidence-based exercises to build healthy relationships and develop skills to cope with stress.

Our surf therapy program combines evidence-based therapeutic activities with surfing. The beach functions as a safe space where the participants are mentored by caring coaches and are given the opportunity to learn new skills to cope with their difficult situations and build positive relationships.

 

Our goal is to encourage positive life choices and create role models in our communities across Trinidad & Tobago.

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"I am happiest when I surf"

 

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Participants

We work with groups of up to 24 youths at a time.  These kids and youths live in vulnerable situations and are exposed to poverty, violence, abuse and family breakdown.


The Trinidad & Tobago Youth Project (TTYP) estimates that more than 50% of youths involved in school crime and violence are afflicted with health problems such as depression, emotional, verbal, or physical abuse, mood disorders and unresolved grief and loss.

 

Founders

Waves for Hope is a non-profit organisation founded in 2019 by Trinidad Surf Pro Chris Dennis & his Swiss wife Manuela Giger. Both are very passionate about surfing & believe in the healing nature of the ocean in combination with surf therapy.

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