The Paddle-paddle
Surf Project

We collect old surfboards

We repair and donate to those in need

We act for a better future

Our Mission

We collect & repair

To preserve the environment 🌍

Despite the good vibes and the unconditional love for the ocean, surfing is far from being environmentally friendly.

Got an old broken board? Just donate it to Paddle-paddle. We will decide if it is worth being recycled or repaired.

We boost education

Through surf & local actors 📚

With the help from local actors, we use surfing to raise awareness on social and environmental topics.

We help the youth to build a solid foundation for a better future by hosting workshops and events to promote arts, music and photography.

We promote Art & Culture

Because it's kinda cool ✌️

Culture and art were created to tell stories and change people's perception on life. It helps to create a smarter future.

We decided to include art, music, photography and video as the third priority in our mission.

Projects

Where we've been

Sri Lanka

March 7th-8th 2020

Location: Welligama

  • Swimming equipment for the Sea Sisters program 
  • Inspirational talk and lifesaving show
  • Swimming lesson
  • First Aid update with the Sea Sisters volunteers

Colombia

October 24th to 27th 2019

Location: Somewhere along the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta

  • +10 surfboards for Costeño Social's kids
  • Environmental talk & beach cleaning
  • Board customization workshop & mural painting
  • Lifesaving games & surf

And also…

Morocco

April 7th to 9th 2019

Location: Rabat & Ain Sebaâ (Casablanca)

  • +18 surfboards
Morocco

Lombok

November 18th 2018

Location: Nambung beach area

  • +12 surfboards for local kids with the help of Anne, our contact in Lombok. 
Lombok

Sumbawa

November 5th 2018

Location: Lakey Peak, Indonesia

  • +1 surfboard for local kids
  • First surfboard given!
Sumbawa

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Helping more

Surfers, this is what we need

Surfboards

Used or new
Any shape or size

Even if broken in half, because we can recycle it and you probably can't.

Surf equipment

Used or new, we are a dream place for lonely fins or broken leashes

Fins, leashes, but also wax, boardshorts, wetsuits and sunscreen.

Donations

Even a small one
...but the bigger, the better

Because we only go to remote locations, transportation costs a lot of money. We need help on this part.

The Paddle Paddle Journal

Inspiring stories about people we meet on the way.

Interview #girlsforchange : Dörthe Eickelberg - Chicks on Boards

Amie de Paddle Paddle depuis plusieurs années, Dörthe Eickelberg a réalisé “Chicks on Boards” (“Surfeuses et rebelles” en français). Diffusée sur Arte, la série documentaire fait la part belle à ces femmes qui défient les conventions le temps d’une session et parfois plus. Confidences avec Dörthe En attendant la projection du documentaire le 11 septembre […]

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Interview #girlsforchange : Pauline François

Pauline est une professeure de yoga qui cumule plus de 500H de formations réalisées entre l’Inde et la France. Elle vous embarque dans son univers grâce à sa douceur, sa bienveillance et son ouverture d’esprit. Fidèle aux traditions indiennes, vous ressortez de ses cours libérés et apaisés. Ce qu’on aime chez elle c’est qu’elle ne […]

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Interview #girlsforchange : Coline - EllesSurf

Quand cinq nanas se rencontrent par hasard sur les vagues de la côte landaise, elles échangent rapidement et décident de se retrouver pour partager leurs sessions glisse. À force de voir grandir leur petit groupe, en invitant les amies de chacune, puis les amies des amies, elles ont eu envie d’aider encore plus de filles […]

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Interview #girlsforchange : Lucie - Skate'Her

C’était il y a 3 mois. Après avoir travaillé pendant 7 ans au sein de l’équipe digital marketing de Volcom, Lucie Curutchet, 29 ans, a quitté son poste pour se rapprocher encore plus du terrain et co-fonder avec Gaëtan Ducellier Skate’Her, un collectif dédié aux skateuses. Le tout, en parallèle du projet de maisons d’hôtes […]

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Interview #girlsforchange : Marion - Surfista Surfboards

Du design au shape, il n’y a qu’un pas [courageux]. C’est ainsi que Marion, architecte-designer et coloriste de formation, s’est attaquée à la fabrication de planches de surf dès ses études. En quête d’une technique aiguisée et d’une signature bien à elle, ses expériences la mènent des Landes jusqu’en Australie, en passant par Bali. L’une […]

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Who are you Damien L'Hotellier ?

During the planning for our project in Sri Lanka, we needed a doctor who was ready to join us and achieve the goals we had set. The project was to help Sea Sisters, an organisation which helps Sri Lankan women to emancipate themselves through surfing and swimming. Not only did we bring swimming equipment, we also […]

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Our discussion with Carlos and Miky, members of Costeño Social, Paddle-paddle’s partner in Colombia.

The origin of Costeño social is a group of friends, whose passion of surfing and their love of the region have brought them together. But its especially about Juan, a sports teacher and education associate. This association, located in North Colombia between the Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta and the Caribbean Sea, gives lessons to […]

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Seek Surf : Colombia's network to develop surfing

Our questions to Felipe, founder of Seek Surf and Paddle-paddle’s partner in Colombia. Originally from Colombia’s coffee hills in Perreira, Felipe spent his teenage years by the beaches of New Jersey where he learned how to surf. At age 23, he returned to his home country where he decided to develop a tourism project related […]

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Qui es-tu Mathilde Metairie ?

Nos questions à l’artiste derrière les photos de Paddle-paddle. Son 35mm toujours à portée de main, Mathilde est de ces créatifs à l’aise avec leur époque. Photographe indépendante depuis plus de deux ans, elle alterne entre rendez-vous clients et aventures de voyages – parfois les deux en même temps. Lorsqu’elle entend parler de Paddle-paddle, elle […]

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