WHAT IS YOUR GOAL WITH THE POSITIVE VIBE WARRIORS (PVW)?
The goal is to effect youth water education and surf communities in a positive way. We’ve been doing the Stoke-O- Ramas and it’s been amazing, a really cool tool to raise money that goes directly back into the community where the event was held. So we gave back to Makaha Jr. Lifeguards, and the San Clemente Junior Lifeguard Association. We’re now working with the Jamaica Surf Association, to help pump up their mentorship for kids, so they can see surfing as a more tangible route in life, and just to have fun and be safe in the water. It’s been amazing. Seriously, every time we do a Stoke-O-Rama it’s the best day of my year.
WHY IS IT SO GOOD?
Because it’s just about celebrating having fun with your friends being on the beach and staying all day. And it’s cool, too, because this is the first contest experience for a lot of these kids, so it’s nice to have it be in a really relaxed environment. Everybody wins. You get a goody bag and it’s Eddie Aikau format, so the kids make heats even if they don’t make heats. You surf twice guaranteed.