Current world number one Courtney Conlogue and legendary freesurfer Dave Rastovich recently visited the remote island of Nias to help firsthand with SurfAid‘s programs as part of a new Billabong partnership. SurfAid runs a raft of programs that aim to increase the quality of health services for mothers and children and decrease mortality on the remote Sumatran island.
“I appreciated that SurfAid’s programs are more hands-on,” Conlogue, whose recent win in the Cascais Women’s Pro in Portugal took her to the top of the world rankings, told GrindTV. “They incorporate learning and a process to better the communities. I’ve been fully invested for years in SurfAid, but to come and help with my own hands and experience the change is incredible.”
SurfAid’s programs in Nias have been running for three years and are centered on providing practical support. Rastovich and Conlogue spent their time helping to build water tanks, water taps and toilets to help provide clean water and sanitation. They also witnessed the provision of mosquito nets, materials for community health posts to support pregnant women, mothers and children.
“SurfAid does amazing work saving lives in the most remote locations,” Rastovich told GrindTV. “The work that’s been done in these amazing places with these beautiful people is really effective. Indonesia is such a rad place, and I have had countless incredible trips here, so any chance to give back is appreciated.”