Congratulations to Maui’s Matt Meola on nailing the cover of the new issue of TransWorld SURF! Shot during Sanuk’s “Operation Smile” in Peru, we knew it had to be a cover shortly after it landed in the inbox—nobody’s doing that! And for as cliché as it sounds, the trip to Peru was life-changing to all involved. “This was the most memorable trip I’ll ever go on,” says Meola. “I feel like surf trips are kinda selfish, but this was all about helping other people. That was an amazing experience” he adds.
Also in the October 2012 issue of TransWorld SURF…
A Little Trough Between Life And Death: The Nathan Fletcher Interview. Never one to hold back, Nathan opens up about everything.
Let’s Surf Seriously: The making of TransWorld SURF‘s latest and greatest surf flick ever. World premiere Wednesday, August 1 at the Lido Theatre!
Sanuk’s Operation Smile: Team Sanuk heads to Peru to to lend a hand to kids born with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities. In between visits to local hospitals, the crew scored great surf and went to Machu Picchu. Check out the trailer to their upcoming movie, A Different Reason To Smile, below. To find out more about Operation Smile go to operationsmile.org
About Operation Smile and A Different Reason To Smile
The collaboration kicked off in May when a team of employees and surfers from Sanük traveled to Peru to participate in one of Operation Smile’s medical missions. Sanük surfers Matt Meola, Torrey Meister and Alek Parker volunteered on the eight day mission, quickly becoming popular with the local families, doctors, and Operation Smile medical volunteers. In addition to entertaining the children and handing out stickers and free t-shirts, the Sanük team was invited into the operating room to witness the surgeries and assist in moving patients from surgery beds to recovery rooms. Meola, Meister and Parker also took a few days off to surf with local Sanük team rider Tamil Martino, a world-renowned longboard surfer.