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Kai & Brett Sanson to swim for SurfAid's "Swim 4 Humanity" fundraiser

Brett and I will be swimming this Sunday, March 21st, with Team PDS from Malibu in SurfAid's "Swim 4 Humanity" fundraiser.

I've been following this organization for a while and they've done some amazing work in the Mentawi Islands in Indonesia. I have to say, surfing in the Mentawis is something every surfer should try and experience at least once in their life - in a culturally conscious manner, of course.

While boatloads of wave crazed surfers zip around in air-conditioned cabins on multi-million dollar yachts, the local population struggles with diseases like malaria and their basic daily needs. Most of the local villages sit hidden back in the palm trees, just a few hundred yards away from pristine beaches and perfect waves.

I took the photos below on my first trip to the Mentawis in 1997. Later that day, after our surf, we walked through the village and it was an experience that I will never forget.



The Event:
Swim 4 Humanity is a fundraising event benefiting SurfAid International. Hosted in eight cities on the west and east coasts from March to May 2010, monies raised will go toward SurfAid's humanitarian programs.

Prior to the event, participating teams and individuals get sponsored by friends and family for a 30-minute swim at one of the swimming pool venues. Competitive freestyle swims will be held each day, and fun team relay races will take place in the afternoon.

Worldwide, 10 million children die each year from preventable diseases. Swim 4 Humanity to benefit SurfAid International is your opportunity to turn a couple hours of effort into life-saving support for isolated regions of the world. This year, we need your support more than ever!

If you'd like to help SurfAid's cause and support our fundraising efforts, you can donate through the link below. Any amount is greatly appreciated.
Team PDS Donation Page

Los Angeles Swim:
March 21, 2010 at 12:00 pm: Pepperdine University in Malibu - 24255 Pacific Coast Highway Malibu, CA 90263

About Surf Aid:

Humanitarian organisation SurfAid International is proud to celebrate its 10th anniversary this year after starting with a small malaria program in one village in the Mentawai Islands, off Indonesia’s Sumatran coast, in 2000. The scope of SurfAid’s work has increased from malaria prevention to now include water and sanitation, disaster preparedness and community health programs. In 2007, SurfAid was awarded the World Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (WANGO) Humanitarian Award, after being chosen from more than 49,000 not-for-profits worldwide.