We spent many years in supporting charities like Street Child, Surfrider Foundation or Room to Read and now moved our engagement to the next level by founding Surf & Help. By initiating events, educational activities and surf camps in collaboration with non-profit projects we want to support social and environmental causes. In specific our goals are:
- Create sustainable opportunities for people facing any sort of disadvantages eg due to poverty, social exclusion etc.
- Protect the coastal environment and ecosystem.
- Offer participants of our activities a one-of-a-kind experience including surfing plus supporting the work of great non-profit projects.
The association Surf & Help is managed by the following board members:
- Florian Weimert - President
- Joan Ayala - Treasurer
- Dr. Rodulfo Rodriguez - Secretary
Florian Weimert - Director & board member - LinkedIn profile
Surf highlights: Surfing in Sierra Leone and Liberia 2012/14; 4 weeks in Indonesia in 2011; Living & surfing the US east coast when living in Boston 2005/6; First 'overhead' surf in San Clemete/California 1998
Home spot: Barceloneta
Favorite spot: Hossegor
Dr. Rodulfo Rodriguez – Board member - LinkedIn profile
2013 - present: CETaqua/Aqualogy - Project Manager, Barcelona/Spain
2009-2013: Fundació CIM ICTs coordinator, R&D department, Barcelona/Spain
2005-2009: SECE S.A., R&D Engineer
2009 - 2013: Surfrider Foundation Barcelona - Chairman
Surf highlights: Still dreaming of it ;)
Home spot: Agua Dolç Sitges
Favorite spot: Cote de Basque
Jon Egiluz - LinkedIn Profile
Home spot: Bakio/Basque Country
Favorite spot: Balangan/Bali
Joan Ayala- Board member - LinkedIn Profile
2013-today: uDefine - SAP Technical Consultant, Barcelona/Spain
2011-2012: MSc in Marine Sciences with specialization in Oceanography
2007-2011: Itelligence - SAP Technical Consultant, Barcelona/Spain
Surf Highlights: first surfing experience in Chacahua (Mexico). Surfing in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Canary Islands). Surfing in Panama and Costa Rica (pura vida!).
Home spot: Tarragona (Spain)
Favourite spot: Las Americas (Canary Islands)
2008-today: Surf Camp leader & Headcoach, ISA Level 2 Surf Instructor and Surf Guide in Taghazout/Morocco; St. Girons Plage, Vieux Boucau and Messanges/France, Algarve/ Portugal
2006-today: Snowboard & Ski Instructor and Freeride Guide ; currently at the Ski & Snowboardschool Axamer Lizum/ Tirol, Austria
2013-today: Volunteer for the Bureh Beach Surf Club/ Sierra Leone in Cooperation with the Welthungerhilfe E.V. for Eco Tourism Development in the Westernarea/Sierra Leone
Surf Highlights: Surfing and Exploring in Sierra Leone and Liberia/West Africa 2013-2014; 6 years working, living and Surfing in Morocco, France, Spain and Portugal 3 months Mauritius, 6 weeks Sri Lanka, Favourite Spots: Bureh Beach and Turtle Islands / Sierra Leone and Killers/Morocco
Judith Heidler - As environmental engineer and chemical-technical assistant Judith helps especially within our education efforts. Currently she is working for the Bavarian environmental protection agency and previously worked on a West Africa study on hygiene, waste management and sanity. Judith did her Bachelor thesis on the optimization of waste water treatment for developing countries in tropical areas with a study in Sri Lanka.
Marcus Friebe - Marcus is our our first full time volunteer doing his university internship from June to August 2015 at Surf & Help. Marcus is studying tourism & event management and with that background plus his past work within the event industry he is a perfect addition to our team in Barcelona.
Urdax Ugarte - Being a consultant in the tourism industry, Surf & Help is benefiting big, big time from the help of Urdax. Originally from the Basque Country, Urdax currently lives in Barcelona. LinkedIn Profile.
Dan Clarke - A 10 year Vistaprint veteran (Director, Customer Programs, Reseller Program owner, Sr Manager, Partnership Acquisition and CRM) and now Director of Consumer Marketing at Zazzle in San Francisco. We are glad to have Dan's help on various areas. LinkedIn Profile.
Anne Beuken - With her 5-year+ online marketing experience at Vistaprint and Weekendesk, Anne helps Surf & Help on the right social media strategy and touch. Anne also participated and finished in 2 unique fundraise runs: the Sierra Leone marathon and the Ghana marathon! LinkedIn profile.
Emilie Bonnard - Is helping us from Madrid, for example with content and translation for our website, social media etc.
Victor Iglesias - Big help here in Barcelona. He e.g. recently started to manage our newsletter mailings. LinkedIn profile.
Katja Hase - Is our volunteer in Germany and of great support for website updates and translation
Sabrina Bentivegna - Sabrina is making sure we get the right photos on our site and other media.
Beatriz Asenjo - After working for Intermon Oxfam or the OSCE as "International Development Officer for Western Africa" Beatriz is a great source of advice for our set up and the registration as non-profit associacion in Spain and our partnerships in West Africa. LinkedIn profile.
Daniel Vargas Diaz - Our favorite Art Director. Thanks to Daniel we got our great logo and help in many design topics, website etc.
Everybody of the above is active for Surf & Help on a volunteer basis so "huge thank you" for the big help! So stoked to have you on board.