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« Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire, it has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. »  

Nelson MANDELA

1*Surf4Smile’s team & the Mi-Ma

2*Benoit Carpentier, our ambassador

3*How to contribute ?

 

1*Surf4Smile’s team presenting the MiMa:
   Mission Madagascar

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We are gathered by one common passion: surfing.

We are brought together by a common interest: to travel as a means of understanding the world and meeting incredible people along the way

We may not be rich financially (enough to fund our first mission), but we find richness in our diversity. Our team is made up of passionate and unique individuals from all walks of life. Among us we have members of all ages: old, young and in between. We stem from a variety of nationalities including French, Italian and Spanish. We are composed of a range of occupations as well, uniting the ideas and strengths of high school students, university students and full-time workers. We believe that each person is valuable and has something to share. We celebrate our differences and learn from each other to make ourselves a stronger team.

Our heterogeneous mix is a rare and special combination. Uniformity dies when diversity generates life.

« Mens sana in corpore sano »

A sound mind in a sound body – Juvénal

« Carpe diem »

Seize the day – Horace

These two Latin aphorisms from the well-respected poets Juvénal and Horace are two of our main principles. These quotes speak largely to our values as a team.

In addition to the classic poets´ wisdom, we have our own theory: Every smile is a sunbeam!

Surfing makes life better. It makes us smile, it makes us laugh and it brings us together. We share this zest of life.

In Madagascar, and particularly in Mahambo, the main reason surfing and other water sports are uncommon is because of the lack of material and resources.

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This is Da, a young member of the local gun crew of Mahambo, posing with one of the 5 boards of the village.

The Mahambo surfers are waiting for us! And without a doubt many more locals will enjoy learning the thrill of riding a wave for the first time.

That’s why our first and main priority is to give to these young surfers the materials and resources to live their passion.

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These are some of the boards we will bring and leave in Mahambo! From the Big up SweetSpot Surf school in Brittany.

But still, we plan to do more. Neslon Mandela said it himself: sports and physical activities are socialization spaces without any equivalents. They can change the world because they speak to the youths, they mean something for them. Sports overcome social differences as well as cultural differences.

Sports and physical activities can open people up to new perspectives of life. This can’t be said about many other human activities.

That’s why the Mi-Ma surf goes beyond just catching waves.

Not just surfing to surf, but also as a means to learn from each other, to get to know one another, create strong, lasting relationships and to continue working towards our goal: to help others live better by spreading the simple and unparalleled joy of surfing.

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That’s why before anything else the Mi-Ma organization is a civic mission based on the socialization through the surf. We hope to be of service to the people of Mahambo in sharing the joy of surfing and providing them with the materials to do so. During our stay we are certain to learn just as much from them (if not more) as they are from us. It will be a cultural exchange and together we can build strong human connections through surf.

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Sharing a passion: There can’t be a better reward for an instructor than seeing a big smile on the face of a student.

This is our idea: we hope that it has given you the desire to get know us better, and to learn more about our organization: Surf4smile !

Please don’t hesitate to ask us for more information! We’ll answer you ASAP…probably before or after a surf session 😉

Thank you so much!

A picture is worth a thousand words, and here´s one that will make you smile.

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In surf jargon this part of a wave is called the lip. So this one gives us a big smile 😀

2*Benoit Carpentier, our ambassador

We are lucky enough to count in our ranks an ambassador who is known world-wide in the Stand Up Paddle field. 

Because of his energy, his eternal good mood and motivation, Benoit Carpentier represents a great asset for our young association!

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Benoit Carpentier and Surf4Smile: en route to success!!

His role is and will be massive! In the preparation and also in the realization of our actions!

3*How to contribute for a successful mission?

Before realizing the Mi-Ma project we need to reach this sum of 15 000 euros, ideally before the end of March 2015! You can help us in many ways:

  • donate school supplies, medical, sport
  • donate to our postal address
  • donate via Paypal form
  • talk about our project to you friends and family and share it

We need your support !! Support us, share our project among your friends and family! So you bring us a lot!

You have decided to help us:
  •  donate via Paypal form

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Receiving your support will be a giant step though the concretization of our mission.

We are counting on you

From Europe thank you 10 times!

From Mahambo, surely much more!

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