Wave Warrior and Surfer Girl Camps
Donations to NW Wahines support the following projects by helping us secure surfboards, wetsuits, food, and transportation for camp participants.
Wave Warrior Camps
Our Wave Warrior camps are part of the Warren Project, an outdoor therapy and mentoring program for disadvantaged youth.
The Warren Project is a part of the Olalla Center for Children and Families in Lincoln County and offers mental health services for these individuals. These young people are in need of positive adult role models, and we believe in the physical and mental health benefits of the outdoors via surfing! Our focus is to empower self identified girls and women through building relationships with the ocean and each other.
Surfer Girl Camps
Surfer Girl camps were founded by pro surfer, Kelly Potts, to bring surfing to underrepresented communities, with the goal of educating, empowering, and connecting women to the ocean and each other.
Last summer we had an opportunity to help our friend and mentor, Kelly Potts, continue to carry out her dream of helping build supportive female surfing communities. We traveled south to Crescent City and north to Neah Bay to play in the ocean with the girls and women of the Tolowa Dee-ni’, Yurok, and Makah tribes, supporting Kelly as volunteer surf instructors. These experiences taught us so much about supporting, uplifting, and listening to the girls and women we surfed with.
We saw the magic that happened when they were invited to reflect on their ocean experiences. "I felt free", said one little girl. "I learned I'm more connected to the ocean than I thought", relayed another. "I learned that I am powerful". The wisdom and growth that flowed from their lips confirmed our belief in the power that surfing can have on a life. With our hearts and minds full, we finally felt ready to host our own surf clinic.