SHARING WHAT WE LOVE
One Watershed is an program developed by Surfrider LA and Venice Beach startup, StokeShare, to connect inner-city youth to nature through surfing. One Watershed is anchored in the enjoyment element of Surfrider’s mission. Enjoyment for us isn’t about the individual scoring their own waves. Enjoyment is about the collective. The community. How we come together to share what we love, the sheer joy of surfing and playing in the sea.
WE ARE ONE WATERSHED
If you’ve seen Surfrider’s Cycle of Insanity, you know the mismanagement of water is destroying watersheds. No matter where we live, everything we do has an impact downstream. This is as true in life as it is in the environment. For better or worse, our actions impact the people and environment around us every day. We have a choice every moment of every day to contribute something positive to the world. This is at the heart of One Watershed.
One Watershed events are held in the spring and summer on LA County beaches. To date, StokeShare and Surfrider LA have held 10 events, partnered with 6 different at-risk youth non-profits, and introduced surfing to over 200 kids. The concept is simple: crowdsource boards, wetsuits, bring kids from Los Angeles’ underserved communities to the beach, and share with them the joy of riding waves.
THE NEXT GENERATION
By connecting young people to the ocean environment and helping them to foster a healthy relationship with it, we hope to inspire a new generation of coastal conservationists who understand the importance of our ocean and the need to protect it.
Contact us if you’d like to participate in an upcoming One Watershed event.