During the Quiksilver Pro France, Kind Surf held a workshop with a small group of disadvantaged local kids and adults in Capbreton. Kind Surf, an NGO headed up by international model and eco-activist Almudena Fernandez, hosts many workshops a year. Their motto is "Bring Happiness", and on this particular sunny afternoon is exactly what they did.
Participating in the event were five kids diagnosed with Autism along with two handicapped adults from the French association HandiSurf. Joining them were professional surfers Aritz Aranburu, Travis Logie, Freddy Patacchia, Marc Lacomare, Lucía Martiño, and current ASP World Champion Mick Fanning.
The participants and volunteers took part in two activities. First, a short workshop on environmental awareness and cleaning up the beach, where the crew learned the importance of looking after and preserving our coastlines. From there they set out to pick up a few pieces of trash along the beach. Next, they took to the shorebreak and had a surfing lesson with some of the world's elite.
Special thanks to the Santocha Surf Club and all of the volunteers who helped out with the event.
To learn more about Kind Surf and how to get involved, visit kindsurf.org