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Portland, OR

Our mission is to drive personal development and create healthy, active lifestyles for youth through surfing.

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Neah Bay outpost completed!

Abigail McCarthy

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.

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Southern Oregon Coast Outpost Launches!

Ryan Cruse

 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!

Shaping the NW 4 and Summer 2016!

Abigail McCarthy

A few months ago our friends at Evo Seattle hosted our fourth annual Shaping the Northwest fundraiser at their beautiful store. We had surfboard shapers from all over the PNW (see below for links) show classic and innovative board shapes, we checked out the engineering and artistry of board design from our title sponsors at Fiberglass Supply, and we all enjoyed beers from Sierra Nevada and Kombucha from Brew Doctor.  We raffled off so much amazing gear from local surf shops (Urban Surf, WaveHounds, Coastal, Surf Ballard, Seaside Surf, Oregon Surf Adventures, and Cleanline Surf) as well as local companies like the incredible Feathered Friends, Depactus, MSR, OR, PushFins, and Second Ascent AND we had the support of industry leaders and classic outdoor brands like Patagonia, Smith, Woolrich, Thermarest, Zeal Optics, and Super! Brand. Last but not least, everyone was blown away by the art that was on display from local artists Renick Woods, Brian TobinMark McInnis, and Jonathan Jarodsky. We were so stoked on the turnout and the support for our first Seattle STNW.  Many, many thanks to all of our incredible volunteers and sponsors. Killer photos by Darrell Kirk and Eva Rendle.

Now for the numbers- we had around 250 people join us for the party and we raised $7000 from art, raffle, and ticket sales. What are we going to do with that money? We will fund all of our 2016 summer surf camps, (schedule here), AND we are totally amped to announce that we will be building a gorgeous permanent structure for the outpost with the Makah Tribe at Hobuck Beach Resort in Neah Bay. We have a local firm of architects and surf-shack designers who've volunteered their time to help us design and build this structure, and we will be using the money we raised at STNW4 to make it a reality this summer! Stay tuned for more updates....(hopefully they won't take me 2-3 months to put on the site in the future...)

Shaper websites:

Frest Coast surfboards

Blackfern surfboards

Murdey Surfboards 

October Surf

NW Surf Designs

BRAND Surfboards

Herbst Hand Shapes

Machine Surfboards

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