This film is more than a board drive. This represents the hopes and dreams of surfers of Trinidad and Tobago and it is 45 minutes of worthy watching.
Here, the spotlight is cast on Chris Dennis and his efforts to provide underserved youths in his country with the gift of surfing, something that helped save Chris' life.
“Trinidad & Tobago has two different sides,” he says. While the country touts beautiful beaches and is one of the wealthiest nations in the Caribbean, due in large part to its oil and natural gas reserves, the country’s economic inequality is staggering, and many communities live in poverty. Police also say traffickers are rife and are moving fire arms across the country and into the wider world via the island nation's many ports.
As the drug death toll reached 500 in 2018, youth centres were more important than ever to protect at risk children.
“Surfing has been one of the biggest motivational tools for the kids in Trinidad,” Chris adds and has made it his life mission to share the transformative power of surfing with the youth in these communities.
Through Dylan Graves and the Gudauskas brothers’ foundation, Chris connected with Waves for Change, a South African non-profit that the Positive Vibe Warriors, in partnership with Vans, worked with on an extremely successful surfboard drive in 2017. The plan was to host a similar drive to bolster Chris’ grassroots efforts. The drive for Trinidad & Tobago united shops and surf communities on both coasts of the US and collected over 200 surfboards. Building on this support, in addition to training and guidance from his new friends at Waves for Change, Chris founded the non-profit surf therapy program Waves for Hope in 2019.
“It’s more than surfboards, and it’s more than a board drive to us,” Chris affirms. “It’s a human thing. If we share, and really care for each other, a lot of our problems will be solvable. So, it means the world.” Watch the full movie, above.