Warm Current started as group of friends in 2009, sending donated wetsuits to organizations providing surf-focused youth development programs in Peru, Chile and Mexico. Since then we have established a chain of donation bins on the west coast and donated over 300 wetsuits to organizations whose work provides underserved youth access to the ocean, both locally and around the globe.
Wanting to turn the focus more locally, we began running free surf camps in the Pacific Northwest for those who would otherwise never have the opportunity. Over the past four years, with the power of over 350 volunteers, we have worked with over 600 youth from communities along the west coast, teaching basic surfing techniques, supporting personal growth and empowering participants to become environmental stewards.
2009 - Our first bin of donated wetsuits from Cleanline Surf Shop, in Seaside, OR
2009 - First shipment of suits in use at WAVES for Development in Peru
2010 – Warm Current’s first kids camp at the Clean Water Festival -Port Orford, OR
2010 – Complete website and rebranding campaign launched
2010 – With the money raised we were able to buy a trailer and surfboards…. surfboards arrive first!
2011 – Warm Current runs 6 surf camps for over 130 youth
2012 - 7 Community Camps, 93 Volunteers and 155 Stoked Youth!
2013 - Co-Founders John Koenig and Ryan Cruse are collectively named one of the "25 Portlanders Who Are Changing the World" in Portland Monthly
2009 – Warm Current donates suits and volunteers at Surfrider’s Makah kids surf camp in Neah Bay, WA. An idea is born, run more youth surf camps!
2010 – Warm current launches first fundraising campaign – The Faces of Warm Current – Raises over $4,800 dollars
2010 - Trailer all loaded up and ready for it’s inaugural run
2012 - We run first annual fundraising event Shaping the Northwest: A Celebration of Pacific Northwest Surfboard Shapers - Raises over $5000!
2013 - 11 Camps, 128 Volunteers, 210 Youth!
2013 - Second annual Shaping the NW event in Portland is a huge success - Over 400 attendees, 50 hand-made surfboards and raised over $8500!