About surfaid

Started by a group of concerned surfers in 2000 who were struck by the needless suffering and preventable death in the Mentawai Islands. Today we are proud that more than 95 per cent of our program staff are Indonesian nationals who work hand-in-hand with the communities of Western Sumatra, Sumbawa and Sumba, to bring about positive, sustainable health change while respecting the unique culture and customs of these islands communities.

Our Approach

We work with, and in support of, the community – from the idea for a program to the implementation of the program. We support bringing positive change to remote communities.

Our Values

We will create opportunities for learning and working together towards a common goal, encouraging people to take an active role in establishing their own healthy and resilient communities.


Mentawai – Nias – Telos – Banyaks – Sumbawa – Sumba

Practical Support


We partner with businesses for corporate giving, matching programs, employee engagement and other fundraising ideas.

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SurfAid is incorporated as a non-profit organisation in New Zealand, the United States and Australia.

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Whether you have a question about our work, want to get involved or just want to say hello, we’d love to hear from you.

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