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 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
“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
“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
“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 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
“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
“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
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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