Kyle Thiermann NICARAGUA Ocean Inspired Project Wave of Optimism (WOO) Surfing for Change TRAVEL GUIDE TO NICARAGUA WOO

Today we turn our focus to Kyle Thiermann, professional surfer, activist and journalist, who started the "Surfing for Change" project. The project focuses on inspiring surfers to leave positive marks on both the local developing communities and also global surf culture. By creating free online videos he hopes to raise awareness on the current issues in several developing countries. [caption id="attachment_2616" align="aligncenter" width="638"]surfing-for-change-travel-guide-to-nicaragua-full-movie-2013 (photo credit:[/caption] Kyle released his sixth and latest video entitled "SURFING FOR CHANGE: TRAVEL GUIDE TO NICARAGUA". The video underlines the impact that surf tourists can have on preventing the harmful effects of surf-tourism on developing countries. He considers that this unplanned expansion will on one hand help the development of the Gigante town in Nicaragua, but it will, on the other hand, ultimately damage it. In just 13 minutes Kyle features Project Wave of Optimism (WOO), a non-profit organization consisting of a group of volunteers and young surfers who, in cooperation with Nicaraguans, are working on creating a new model of surf-tourism in Gigante. WOO works on different local cultural, arts and surf projects.  For instance, they have recently bought a bus to help the kids to go to school in Tola.

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