100K World Water Day

posted by / News, Photos / March 24, 2014

All Photos: DJ Struntz

“I was really excited about going down to Nicaragua with these awesome team of people to help provide access to clean water. I honestly have no idea what to expect, and was a little bit nervous when we showed up to our first location to distribute filters.” -Conner Coffin

“I was really excited about going down to Nicaragua with these awesome team of people to help provide access to clean water. I honestly had no idea what to expect, and was a little bit nervous when we showed up to our first location to distribute filters.” —Conner Coffin

“The little bit of nerves that I experienced quickly vanished when people were welcoming and excited to learn about the water filters and their benefits.” -Conner

“The little bit of nerves that I experienced quickly vanished when people were welcoming and excited to learn about the water filters and their benefits.” —Conner

“Awareness is great, but without action, its pretty worthless so I'm really proud that Waves for Water and Hurley H2O stepped up and created this plan for distributing so many filters in 6 different countries on the same day.  Obviously the people know they need clean water, so its so fulfilling to help be the bridge that enables them to gain access.” -DJ Struntz

“Awareness is great, but without action, its pretty worthless so I'm really proud that Waves for Water and Hurley H2O stepped up and created this plan for distributing so many filters in 6 different countries on the same day.  Obviously the people know they need clean water, so its so fulfilling to help be the bridge that enables them to gain access.” —DJ Struntz

“The real goal of this trip is to drive home the point of how easy it is to do this — go travel, go surf, go have fun, but take a few hours and help along the way.” —DJ

“The real goal of this trip is to drive home the point of how easy it is to do this — go travel, go surf, go have fun, but take a few hours and help along the way.” —DJ

“I’ve done some humanitarian work before at the homeless shelter at home, but this time felt different. The necessity of clean water was very evident.” —Conner

“I’ve done some humanitarian work before at the homeless shelter at home, but this time felt different. The necessity of clean water was very evident.” —Conner

“The highlight of this trip for me was to plug into existing networks that had already been set up here in Nicaragua and see filters in use — making a difference — and seeing how excited that other members of the communities were to get their own filter for their family.” —DJ

“The highlight of this trip for me was to plug into existing networks that had already been set up here in Nicaragua and see filters in use — making a difference — and seeing how excited that other members of the communities were to get their own filter for their family.” —DJ

“I expected to surf very little on this trip because it wasn't our main focus and the swell forecast looked really bad. I was mostly looking forward to providing people with water, but the waves were really fun every day right in front of where we were staying. DJ woke me up for dawn patrol sessions at 5:30 every morning.”

“I expected to surf very little on this trip because it wasn't our main focus and the swell forecast looked really bad. I was mostly looking forward to providing people with water, but the waves were really fun every day right in front of where we were staying. DJ woke me up for dawn patrol sessions at 5:30 every morning.” —Conner

“The whole reason I was here was to help these people and when I felt their gratitude and positive energy, it gave me a really cool feeling. It was that same sort of feeling as when you have an epic surf session. Just floating on a cloud.” —Conner

“The whole reason I was here was to help these people and when I felt their gratitude and positive energy, it gave me a really cool feeling. It was that same sort of feeling that you get after an epic surf session. Just floating on a cloud.” —Conner

“It’s such an easy program to plug into when you travel — even my little boy has even been one! This was a really unique opportunity because of it being centered on World Water Day.” —DJ

“It’s such an easy program to plug into when you travel — even my little boy has even been one! This was a really unique opportunity because of it being centered on World Water Day.” —DJ

“Its awesome to do something that has an immediate tangible effect in the life of someone else.” —DJ

“Its awesome to do something that has an immediate tangible effect in the life of someone else.” —DJ

“Dirty water can lead to many diseases and can cause illness and death to many people. It is especially important that toddlers and young children have access to clean water because they are less capable of fighting sickness.” —Conner Coffin

“Dirty water can lead to many diseases and can cause illness and death to many people. It is especially important that toddlers and young children have access to clean water because they are less capable of fighting sickness.” —Conner Coffin

“At the end of the day, while the lives of the people you interact with benefit from their new access to clean water, you yourself will be profoundly changed as your guard is lowered, your heart expanded and your world view shifted.” —DJ

“At the end of the day, while the lives of the people you interact with benefit from their new access to clean water, you yourself will be profoundly changed as your guard is lowered, your heart expanded and your world view shifted.” —DJ

“We went to 5 different distribution points and dropped off 75 filters. Each filter can provide 300 gallons of clean water per day. So, if completely utilized, we gave access to clean water for 7500 people.” —Conner

“We went to 5 different distribution points and dropped off 75 filters. Each filter can provide 300 gallons of clean water per day. So, if completely utilized, we gave access to clean water for 7500 people.” —Conner

Saturday was #100KWorldWaterDay, do you know what that means? It means that all around the world, over 100,000 people were given a gift. Given a right is more like it. They were provided with the right to access safe drinking water. Whether you’ve dabbled with biology or not, we can assure you that that’s pretty important. In other words, lives were saved. SURFING Magazine dispatched a crew including Conner Coffin and DJ Struntz to Nicaragua for #100KWorldWaterDay. This is their story.

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  • Kevin

    This is a great program and hopefully they are close to achieving their goal of supplying all of the people with these water filters. I have read about a few of these programs going on for World Water Day and this seems to be the best one, as others are supplying water filters that are only capable of supplying one person per day, while these can supply much more. Keep up the good work.