NICK Rozsa and mastermind Chris Papaleo have turned towards a new venure, Salty Beards. We caught up with Chris to ask why they are focussed on helping Ventura's homeless population? It's an usual step for a surf series...
"It was a combination of things" Says Chris. "It really all relates to when Nick was unsponsored. Last year at this time he thought his life was so bad and nothing could be worse. Then he realized he still had family, a roof over his head and so many other things money can't buy. Nick reflects a lot on last year and doesn't forget where he was at with his life or where he came from.
"I've always wanted to get involved with helping the community in some way. The homeless population is growing in Ventura and these guys have some really heart wrenching stories on how they ended up homeless. Most of them have no money, food, clean clothes or a place to sleep. Giving them a clean shirt, towel or blanket just feels good and seeing how stoked they are with nothing makes me put things into perspective and realise it's not all about having money or other materialistic things.
"Starting Salty Beards gave me a chance to give back to the community and help out those in need. Right now we can only afford to donate 10% of our sales to the homeless community but once we get a real budget all of that will change. We've got to this point and done all this on our own budget with no financial help from anyone. I work a regular job when the waves are flat to support my hobbies of filming and buying products for Salty Beards. Helping the homeless just seems like the right thing."
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