Surfing For Change Releases Nicaragua Movie


Pro Surfer Teams Up with International NGO’s to Document New Models of Sustainable Development

SURFING FOR CHANGE: TRAVEL GUIDE TO NICARAGUA” to be released Wednesday February 6th, at the Patagonia Outlet in Santa Cruz, CA

Santa Cruz, CA – Surfing For Change, an organization dedicated to creating free online videos aimed at inspiring surfers to have a positive impact both locally and globally, announced the release of its latest video SURFING FOR CHANGE: TRAVEL GUIDE TO NICARAGUA at the Patagonia Outlet in Santa Cruz, CA on February 6, 2013 at 7:00pm. The video will also be released on the Surfing For Change YouTube Channel one hour before the event.

“SURFING FOR CHANGE: TRAVEL GUIDE TO NICARAGUA,” a 13 minute short film, illustrates the role that surf tourists can play in preventing the damaging effects that surf tourism booms can have on developing communities. Through the lens of acclaimed professional surfer and environmental activist Kyle Thiermann, this fast-paced documentary highlights a group of young surfers and volunteers from Project Wave of Optimism (WOO), a non-profit, who are working with Nicaraguans to create a new, replicable model of surf-tourism in Gigante, Nicaragua.

About the Film:
“SURFING FOR CHANGE: TRAVEL GUIDE TO NICARAGUA” is Creator and Host Kyle Thiermann’s sixth film in the Surfing for Change” series. Join Thiermann as he takes viewers to the fishing village of Gigante, Nicaragua to explore how surfers are working to create a new model, to benefit the local community while also meeting the needs of tourists.

Thiermann illustrates the boom and bust cycle that typically occurs when tourists flock to these communities, otherwise known as Butler’s Curve of Tourism, which consists of massive, unplanned expansion followed by a decline in tourism and a devastated town. Although this model is shown through the lens of surfing, it is consistent throughout all kinds of tourist destinations. The film highlights the work of Project WOO, a group of surfers who recognized the need for change in surf tourism development and set out to make it happen. Join Kyle and Surfing for Change to see the positive impact that surfers and their allies can have in preserving the natural beauty and cultures of global surf destinations.

About the Filmmaker:
Kyle Thiermann is a 23-year old pro surfer and activist. The Santa Cruz native combines surfing great waves around the world with making short films about current issues. Thiermann focuses on the power that each individual has to create a better world through their everyday actions.

Kyle has surfed his way through Indonesia, Sri Lanka, South Africa, and Chile to name just a few. He uses the support from his sponsors, including Patagonia, Clif Bar, and Sector 9, to make short videos that encourage people to take action to transform their towns and the world. Kyle’s work has been featured in dozens of media outlets worldwide including Surfer Magazine and The Huffington Post. Kyle Speaks at Universities throughout the Country, and has also been a TED Talk speaker. He has won both a Peter Benchley Blue Vision Youth Award and Brower Youth Award.

For Interviews and Media Inquiries:
Contact Kyle Thiermann, at kyle@surfingforchange.com or 831-334-7060