Finalists about to paddle out for the main event in the 2015 Medewi Board Riders surf contest.
Medewi Beach Grom Clean
Volunteers teaming up with the local groms to help clean the beaches.
When the first rains hit Bali the rivers flush a years supply of plastics, trash and household residue down to the beaches. It is the onslaught that we fight hardest to overcome here in Medewi.
Let the Sea Set You Free
The Medewi groms will often surf for 3 or 4 hours, sharing trashed old boards with the noses snapped off...none of them have ever had a full block of wax all to themselves. The chance to earn a brand new board is like winning the lottery for them.
These state-of-the-art parabolic surfboards (Trinity pro boards that are also ideal for learners) are the incentive that entices the local groms to the beach cleaning days.
During a 2-day beach-cleaning session the team might collect more than a ton of plastics, bottles, driftwood and nappies (which, for cultural reasons, Balinese will never burn).
It is important that the clean-up days be fun and refreshments are provided to keep the kids motivated. It is even more important that the experience be educational and break-time is our opportunity to explain the importance of what we are doing and to show images and videos to illustrate the need for cleaner oceans.
Jimbaran beach, central Bali, after the first rains of the year.
Kuta Beach Rainy Season
Kuta Beach during the start of the rainy season.
A herd of locals check out improvements on the beach that they call home.
The point beach halfway through a 6 hour cleaning session...it will be like this until the next rains come.
Jai, a six year old volunteer from South Africa, helps with the beach clean.
Pak Nazri works as a manager on the Medewi beach-clean project and works hard to impress the kids with the importance of their labours.