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After completing the purchase of surfboards and wetsuits for the Makah Tribe in 2015, we then worked with the Makah community and a local architect to design, fund, and build a "surf shack" to store this gear and ensure that it remained accessible to the community.
Together we built a beautiful structure with cedar siding milled and cut in the Makah High School shop teacher's mill (Thanks Paco!!) and a huge amount of labor by our fantastic volunteers and board members. This surf shack is a testament to partnership with the Makah community and with Hobuck Beach resort in particular. Steve, thank you so much for all your hard work to make this happen! We're so stoked we get to work and play with you all, thank you for everything you do.
You can see in these photos that it took all of our Warm Current family to build this surf shack, and we had a great time doing it!! Every step of the way- from fundraising with the Evo team and the amazing crew at Bastille, to planning the build details with our Washington volunteers and making sure the permitting and the plans were in order with Makah Tribal leadership and our architect, to pouring the concrete and building the structure itself, we could not have done it without everyone chipping in.
Warm Current launched its third outpost in 2017 down on the southern Oregon coast, driven by the stoke and enthusiasm of Chris Chapman, known to all as "Chappy". Chappy saw the need for a healthy and positive outlet for youth in the communities of Port Orford and Bandon and came to Warm Current with an ask: How do I replicate what you've done up north?
We gave him the keys to the trailer (which has served as a kids camp incubator in almost every community we now work in), provided training on camp logistics and helped with a little back-end organizing. Before we knew it, he'd whipped together camps in 4 different communities, lined up Bandon Crewing Co. as a pizza sponsor and had "hyped" the program all over the south coast.
With the help of a growing cadre of south coast volunteers, Chappy organized and ran 5x larger community camps in Port Orford, Bandon, Coos Bay and Florence - helping over 150 kids hit the waves, many for the first time! In addition to the larger camps, the south coast crew ran a number of small clinics when the sun, wind and waves all lined up!
We've held camps on the south coast before in conjunction with the Surfrider Foundation and the Curry County 4H program, but in one summer season, Chappy has dramatically increased our presence and impact. He's already got more demand for future camps than he knows what to do with!