We are beyond happy for our co-founder Chris Dennis to win the 2021 Aloha Award.
The Aloha Award recognizes individuals in the global surfing community who are ambassadors of the Aloha Spirit and who, in addition to cultivating and sharing their joy of surfing with others, have gone the extra mile to give back outside the water.
We are stoked and humbled to be internationally recognized for the youth and community development we do here in Trinidad & Tobago. It’s been an amazing journey since we officially started in 2019 and we are extremely grateful for all the support and encouragement we’ve been receiving from all over the world.
Waves for Hope offers youth development programs that utilize surfing, group discussion and mentorship to empower and provide positive psychology education to underserved youths. Our goal is to encourage positive life choices and create role models in under-served communities in Trinidad & Tobago.
Our goal with surf therapy is to help kids and youths in Trinidad develop skills to cope with stress and trauma, and help them develop positive self identities. Our surf therapy program provides young people with the opportunity to practice new behaviours and coping skills that can improve the way they deal with the impact of stress.
We know we cannot change the situation that the children live in, but we can give
them the tools to cope more effectively with the challenges they face every day.