Surf for Life fundraiser will help build school in El Salvador
Ocean Beach surfers and local residents will gather Thursday night at the Park Chalet for a party featuring bands, discounted drinks, a surfboard raffle and a chance to change the lives of kids in an El Salvador fishing village.
Surf for Life, a nonprofit organization founded and run by Ocean Beach surfers, organizes working surf trips in which surfers travel to spots with great waves and volunteer in communities there when they’re not in the water.
Surf for Life’s latest project is in El Cuco, El Salvador, a remote village with no high school. The group is hoping to raise $25,000 to pay for the school, and donations from Thursday’s party will go toward that goal.
Some of the Ocean Beach surfers involved in the El Cuco project include Surf for Life co-founder and author Jaimal Yogis, fellow Surf for Life co-founder Alex Fang, Ocean Beach Bulletin Associate Editor Mark Lukach, Brian Lam, Andy Olive of San Franpsycho (which will be at the party printing T-shirts) and surfboard maker Danny Hess.
Music at Thursday’s Park Chalet party will be by members of Bayonics, plus The Welcome Matt. Hess will raffle off a surfboard at the party, and online donors who pony up a $100 Surf for Life donation in advance get 10 chances in the raffle. The Park Chalet will offer drinks at happy hour prices with a $5 donation at the door.
Thursday’s party runs from 7-10 p.m. at the Park Chalet, 1000 Great Highway.
On Friday, Surf for Life heads inland to the Mission District for a movie night at the Victoria Theatre, kicking off at 7:45 p.m. with “Stoked and Broke,” followed by the San Francisco premiere of “Under the Sun” at 9 p.m. Proceeds from the movie night will go toward Surf for Life’s El Cuco high-school project.