We inspire conservation in unconventional ways
First Waves is an initiative that teaches teens facing adversity to surf and standup paddleboard on local waterways while also providing a hands-on education about filmmaking and conservation. By enabling our youth to enjoy our streams, rivers, and lakes they begin seeking the truth about water quality and ways that they can improve and safely enjoy them. The exhilaration of catching their first waves is the impetus needed to instill this change in the youth of our community.
All photography provided by Renee Rosensteel, courtesy of the Sprout Fund
At first glance, a group of teens yielding camera equipment and various electronics around water seems like a bad idea. Now, incorporate the instability of standup paddleboards, whitewater rapids, and the goal of scooping up every piece of trash we float by! “A recipe for catastrophe,” some will crow. At First Waves, our eyes bulge and mouths water at this morsel of contrast, challenge, and adventure.
First Waves is all about adventure. Learning to perform outside your comfort zone is what enables participants to grow, and inspire others. But like any proper adventure, there are obstacles to overcome. For First Waves, one of these obstacles are the rocks that surround the waves and rapids we surf and document. To stay protected, First Waves is proud to announce its latest partner, G-Form Protection.