Junior Women Empowerment Workshop Series

Young women encounter challenges everyday. Girls today experience far more oppression than previous generations. The media-saturated culture they are coming of age in exposes them to immense pressures to be beautiful and sophisticated. As they navigate a more dangerous world, young women are less protected and can find themselves in…

TSI and SJL Therapeutic Learning Center – TEAM SURF 2014

On Sunday, February 2, 2014, the SJL Therapeutic Education and Management Learning Center (SJL TEAM) held its annual TEAM Surf in San Juan, La Union, Philippines. TEAM Surf is an annual free surfing experience event for children with special needs and their families. In its fourth year, the event joined…

Typhoon Haiyan – A Personal Account

When our crew arrived at the Alphaland hangar in Manila, we were unsure if we could board the plane because they were prioritizing relief goods to Guiuan. Luckily, since our filters did not weigh too much, we were allowed to board. We were accompanied by Father Edgar, who had just…

TSI Team Brings Clean Water to Typhoon Victims

PHILIPPINES – On November, 8, 2013 the small, tropical Philippine archipelago experienced the strongest ever-recorded typhoon, known internationally as Typhoon Haiyan, locally referred to as Yolanda. The eye of the massive category 5 typhoon passed over Eastern Samar and Leyte, decimating everything in its path. The death toll has now…

Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda Disaster Relief

Unconfirmed reports suggest at least 10,000 people died in the central Philippines province of Leyte after Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the region. At least 10,000 people have died in the central Philippines province of Leyte after Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the region, a senior police official has said. About 70…

Ocean Cleanup Array Could Remove 7 Million Tons Of Plastic From Ocean

19-year-old Boyan Slat has unveiled plans to create an Ocean Cleanup Array that could remove 7,250,000 tons of plastic waste from the world’s oceans. The device consists of an anchored network of floating booms and processing platforms that could be dispatched to garbage patches around the world. Instead of moving…

Midway: A message from the Gyre

MIDWAY, a Message from the Gyre is a short film. It is a powerful visual journey into the heart of an astonishingly symbolic environmental tragedy. On one of the remotest islands on our planet, tens of thousands of baby albatrosses lie dead on the ground, their bodies filled with plastic…

Swatch Girls Pro China Set To Crown ASP Women’s World Longboard Champion This November

COOLANGATTA, QLD/Australia (Thursday, October 17, 2013) – The city of Wanning on the small island of Hainan, in the South China Sea will once again play host to the ASP World Longboard Championships this November. For the third consecutive year the ASP Women’s World Longboard Champion will be crowned at…

1st STOKEDinc Philippine Wahine Classic Celebrates Filpina Surfer Girls

Sabang Beach, Baler, Philippines – October 8, 2013 – The Surf Institute (TSI) successfully organized and launched The 1st STOKEDinc Philippine Wahine Classic, a pioneering tradition in celebration of the Filipina Surfergirl, on a festive Oct. 5-6 weekend at the iconic Aliya Surf Resort in Baler. This girls-only event, a…

In Newport Beach, surfers fight for their piece of the Wedge

Newport Beach is confronted by a growing tussle between bodysurfers and other wave riders over access to the coveted Wedge. By Adolfo Flores, Emily Foxhall and Joe Mozingo LA Times The denizens of the Wedge live to flirt with catastrophe. They are a subculture within a California subculture. A normal…