Thursday, September 19, 2013

Reality Check in Fiji

These past few days have been full of so much excitement...signing the MOU with the Fiji Ministry of Health...strategizing on plans to bring clean drinking water to the 1200 rural villages of Fiji who drink contaminated water every day.

Nothing gives me a reality check more than to drive to the interior of Fiji and experience some of those rural villages. That's what I did today. 1 and 1/2 hours from Nadi, up steep mountains in a 4 wheel drive vehicle, we reached our destination. You can't believe that tiny roads like this would actually lead anywhere. But then, almost out of nowhere, a rural village appeared. It was like stepping back in time to a land one could only dream about.

The villagers still get around on horseback, and they get their water supply from the tiny river that runs through their village. I didn't take a water sample kit to know this water was not suited for drinking. With animals dropping their feces all around, this water was a walking time bomb! No wonder it is one of the Typhoid hotspots in the Western Division of Fiji!

As we walked into the village, we were greeted with a warm welcome. The village had gotten word that Give Clean Water was coming to bring them clean drinking water. I was humbled by their hospitality, and by the idea that Give Clean Water was part of changing their lives forever. I sat there with a deep conviction of the calling placed on my life, to solve a country's water crisis problem where half the country currently drinks contaminated water every day.

It's times like this when my heart is branded with determination to right this injustice! Children and adults should not have to die over something that is so easily solved. Give Clean Water, in partnership with the Fiji Ministry of Health has the solution! We just need to raise the money to accomplish this.

As I get ready to board my flight back to the United States, I'm reminded of just how rich we are as a country. We have all the resources necessary to change the world! So my calling is not only to solve a country's water problem, but to help you be a part of that awesomeness!

If you have followed the story of Give Clean Water and think it's a cool thing, I want to urge you to become a monthly donor. Let's raise up an army of people who will be able to say, "I was a part of solving an entire country's water problem!"

$25 per month for one year, gives a family a sustainable clean drinking water solution for the next 10+ years! Saving the lives of children is totally worth it!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Historic Day for Give Clean Water

It's been a few weeks of great expectation for this day to happen. I arrived at the Fiji Ministry of Health this morning and was greeted by the Deputy Secretary of Public Health. What an amazing leader she is!

After a few minutes of prepping, we went into the Ministry of Health conference room and was met by the law representative and the media specialist. It was all sort of surreal as we sat around the large conference table. As the Memorandum of Understanding was unveiled, I got quite excited to see the document. Within a few moments, the Fiji Minister of Health entered the room. He is a very nice man and a great leader for Fiji. He asked some questions about the water filter we use, and then we began to sign the Memorandum of Understanding document. We signed 3 copies and then had a cool photo session.

After the signing I presented the Minister, the Deputy Secretary of Public Health, and some of their staff with their own water filters thanks to a kind donation from Sawyer Products. (Sawyer rocks!)

Following the signing, I spent some time with the Deputy Secretary, discussing logistics on how we'd install filters and do follow ups if we were to receive a million dollars or more. I am super excited that the infrastructure is already in place for us to accommodate this kind of donation! The Fiji Health Ministry has a pretty robust infrastructure. Now all I need to do is find that donor! "To Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine"...Ephesians 3:20!

After our time in Suva, we drove 4 hours to the other side of the island to the town of Lautoka where we met with the Western Division Health Inspector and talked about all the Typhoid hotspots that exist right now. He mentioned how great it was that there has never been any more Typhoid outbreaks in any villages in which Give Clean Water has installed water filters! I am very moved by that fact and know we are making a great difference in Fiji!

Tomorrow, we're off to visit two villages where our October team will be installing filters. I will meet the head man and health workers, and take some photos of the villages in preparation for the October projects. After that, I'll be off to catch my flight home. 

Epic day!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Day One in Fiji - The Road to the MOU Signing

Today I arrived in Nadi, Fiji and headed over to my home away from home, the Raffles Gateway Hotel, right across from the airport. The staff is always so friendly there. I had a continental breakfast and waited for our Give Clean Water staff person to come pick me up so we could travel to the Capital city of Suva. 

The drive to Suva is beautiful as you pass through the Coral Coast, but poverty is also everywhere I look. Wages are low and costs are high in Fiji. I know everyone probably pictures Fiji as beautiful sandy beaches with palm trees everywhere. Well...there are a few resorts that look like that, but overall, Fiji looks kind of tired and run down. I like to describe it as Tijuana with palm trees. That said, Fiji has some of the friendliest people in all the world! I love it!

After a 3 hour drive, we arrived in Suva, the rainy side of the island. It’s green for a reason as it rains almost every day. Imagine Florida heat, with Seattle rain. Because of the constant rains, the roads are pretty bad.

We decided to go by the Ministry of Health office, just to make sure we’d be in the right place tomorrow for the MOU signing. After a brief stop, we met up with a local pastor who works as an accountant for many Fijian businesses and government offices. We asked him if he could help us with our registration to become a Fiji non-profit. Right now, Give Clean Water is a US based non-profit only. He said he’d introduce us to the right people tomorrow. I’m saying a prayer for that meeting tomorrow!

Now it is 7pm here in Fiji on Tuesday evening. It’s Midnight back home, just cracking into Tuesday. I’m feeling like it’s midnight too! It will be an early bedtime tonight!

Tomorrow morning is the big day! I can’t believe that the Fiji Ministry of Health is adopting Give Clean Water as their “Best Practice” for treating their rural water problems! I’m humbled by the opportunity, and “on a mission” to raise up an army of donors who will help us solve Fiji’s water crisis with a sustainable clean drinking water solution!

If you are reading this and haven't become a donor, I'm after you! $25 per month for 1 year gives a family a sustainable clean drinking water solution for the next 10+ years. Click on this link to become a monthly donor! 

Change the world with us!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Give Clean Water & Fiji Ministry of Health MOU

I'm sitting at my gate at LAX, waiting to board my flight to Fiji. This Tuesday, I'll travel to the capital of Fiji to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between Give Clean Water and the Fiji Ministry of Health. This is a very historic moment for Give Clean Water.

Give Clean Water has become Fiji's "Best Practice" for treating Fiji's rural water problems according to Madam Deputy Secretary of Public Health, Una Bera. The MOU gives the full backing of the Ministry of Health for the installation, data collection, and monthly follow ups for each family who receives a Give Clean Water filter. This is an amazing development in the sustainability of Give Clean Water's work in Fiji.

Each village in Fiji has a local health worker living in it who does a monthly report on the health of each village family. With the Give Clean Water MOU, the health workers will now incorporate water filter follow ups with each family as part of their monthly reporting. They will document changes in health, while providing continuing education of the operation of the water filter, making sure the families are using and cleaning their filters every day.

For the past 2 years, Give Clean Water has piloted this program in the Western Division of Fiji where there were many Typhoid outbreaks. Filter usage dramatically increased when the local health workers were involved in the follow up process. So much so, that the Fiji Ministry of health wanted to formalize our partnership with a MOU! To date, there have been NO reoccurrences of water borne sickness in any of the villages that received a Give Clean Water filter system!

There are 1200 rural villages in Fiji who drink contaminated water every day. Together, this partnership will change the country of Fiji forever!

You might wonder how you can get in on all the awesomeness? If you've been following the Give Clean Water story over the years, you've seen first hand the thousands of lives that are changed each year. We are raising up an army of people who want to change a country with us! Become a monthly donor and let's do this! 

$25 per month for 1 year provides a family with a sustainable clean drinking water solution for the next 10+ years! It's easy to do...just click here to visit the Give Clean Water website. In a couple of minutes, you'll be a part of changing a family's life forever with the gift of clean drinking water! When you become a donor, you will receive a photo and brief bio of your family, along with the GPS coordinate of their house so you can view it in Google Earth! Pretty cool!

So what are you waiting for? Let's change the world together starting with the country of Fiji!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Finally, a small camera that delivers amazing images!

People ask me all the time, "what kind of camera should I buy if I'm looking to upgrade from a point and shoot?" I've been a Canon fan for quite some time. Although I LOVE my 5D Mark 2 and quiver of lenses, that rig weighs a ton. My search for a smaller camera with great image quality has always come up short, until recently.

I did my homework and purchased a Sony NEX 6 mirror-less camera. What makes this little guy stand out is its big image sensor. It has a 1.5 crop factor, slightly bigger than the Canon crop sensors. The NEX is small, but delivers amazing images...right on par with my Canon 5D Mark 2.

Not only does the NEX 6 weigh almost nothing, the price tag is 1/3 of the price of the 5D Mark 2! The lenses are small too, but deliver amazing results.

I have to say, I LOVE the Sony! I would highly recommend this camera over a larger DSLR. I believe mirror-less cameras are going to be the wave of the future! Seriously, who wants to lug around a back breaker?

The other great thing about mirror-less cameras is that you can buy an adaptor ring that allows you to use all the big lens formats.

I've tried the Nikon, Canon and Sony mirror-less cameras, and to me...the Sony is the clear winner! Another great choice would be the Fuji, although it is nearly double the price of the Sony. For sure stay away from the Canon mirror-less. It is terrible! They are supposed to release a newer model and correct some of their blunders of the EOS M.

For my landscapes, I went for the Sony 10-18. I am including a couple of shots from this camera. Email me with any questions.

Keep you eyes pealed for a software class where I will show all me secrets! Comment on this post if you are interested in this class.

Happy shooting!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Good to Great for Social Sectors

I just finished reading an awesome chapter from Jim Collins' book "Good to Great". It focuses on social sectors and is not in his original book. It is available as a stand alone chapter, or an online PDF.

If you are interested in the social sectors of business, this is a great read. Whether you work with churches, NGO's, Boys or Girls clubs, or charities, this is a great read.

Here is a little section about building greatness...

In building a great institution, there is no single defining action, no
grand program, no one killer innovation, no solitary lucky break, no
miracle moment. Rather, our research showed that it feels like turning
a giant, heavy flywheel. Pushing with great effort-days, weeks and
months of work, with almost imperceptible progress- you finally get
the flywheel to inch forward. But you don't stop. You keep pushing,
and with persistent effort, you eventually get the flywheel to complete
one entire turn. You don't stop. You keep pushing, in an intelligent
and consistent direction, and the flywheel moves a bit faster. You
keep pushing, and you get two turns then four ... then eight ... the
flywheel builds momentum ... sixteen you keep pushing ... thirty two
... it builds more momentum ... a hundred ... moving faster with each
turn . .. a thousand .. . ten thousand . .. a hundred thousand. Then,
at some point- breakthrough! Each turn builds upon previous work.
compounding your investment of effort. The flywheel flies forward
with almost unstoppable momentum. This is how you build greatness.
By focusing on your Hedgehog Concept, yuu build results. Those
results, in turn, attract resources and commitment, which you use to
build a strong organization. That strong organization then delivers even
better results, which attracts greater resources and commitment. which
builds a stronger organization. which enables even better results. People
want to feel the excitement of being involved in something that just flat
out works. When they begin to see tangible results-when they can feel
the flywheel beginning to build speed- that's when most people line
up to throw their shoulders against the wheel and push.

If you would like to read the entire chapter, you can find it here:

Enjoy the read, and let's make some greatness!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Transformation At The Rescue Mission

Today was a great day! We had some awesome services at Newbreak Scripps Mesa...Went to lunch with my daughter, grandkids, and some great friends. One of them puts a smile on my face every time.

My good buddy Michael Henry Medlock is a walking miracle. A little over 5 years ago, he was invited to our church by a young marine. Michael would tell you that "he was tore up, from the floor up!" Most days were like that for him. But that invitation was the beginning of a great transformation for Michael.

Over the years, Michael has gone from a life where just about every day was terrible, to a life where nearly every day is a GREAT day! Michael is getting the great support he needs at the San Diego Rescue Mission. Today, he spoke about how much he loves being there...about how much his life has changed...about how much he loves Jesus who is giving him real LIFE!

Once a man living on the streets of San Diego, panhandling to just get by, trapped by an addiction to alcohol, Michael is being set free by the power of God in his life! And now he's beginning to use his story to strengthen and give courage to others. It's really quite an amazing transformation!

I'm so glad God never gives up on us, that He is always pursuing us, no matter what we are going through! I love my buddy Michael Henry!

Here's to the life transformation possibilities that surround us every day!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Give Clean Water Team In The Air!

After a bunch of flight re-arranging, the Give Clean Water team is officially in the air (minus me) on their way to Fiji for a week of water filter installs. What started out as a direct flight from LAX to Fiji, moved to a re-route to Honolulu, only to find out they'd been re-routed again to New Zealand. Good news is, they will get into Fiji 2 hours earlier than the Honolulu flight.

I'm on the delayed itinerary, departing Monday night. I'm really looking forward to being back in the place I love! It's officially a vacation week for me, and it will be filled with water filter installs in 2 villages and schools, catching part of the Volcom Fiji Pro surf contest, and meeting with the Fiji Ministry of Health in the capital.

One of the highlights for sure will be joining the top 34 surfers and the contest sponsors in Cuvu village with Chief Druku! We're expecting a big crowd this year as we'll participate in a traditional Fijian welcome ceremony, lunch, then the water filter installs. Last year, Kelly Slater, CJ Hobgood, and Alex Grey were among the surfing greats who joined us for the day of service.

A big thank you goes out to Volcom, Tavarua Island, and Islands Restaurants for providing the water filters this year for the villages and schools! Thanks also to Surf Credits for designating Give Clean Water as a recipients of their fundraising efforts during the contest. Together, we're forging a great partnership of sustainability in Fiji!

You can catch all the action of the surf contest on the Volcom Fiji Pro website. You can also download the Volcom Fiji Pro app for your smart phone or tablet and catch all the action there! I'll wave to you! :)

Friday, May 24, 2013

The Countdown Is On...

Last year's Volcom Fiji Pro was considered the best pro contest of the year. I was so stoked to be a part of it with Give Clean Water. The 2 villages and 2 schools where we installed water filters are working at 100% capacity thanks to our partnership with the Fiji Ministry of Health. Their health workers have done a great job all year with monthly follow ups and continued education in the villages.

This year, the 2013 addition of the Volcom Fiji Pro promises to be another great event! Give Clean Water will be teaming up with Volcom, Tavarua Island, Island's Restaurants, and Surf Credits for another day of service in 2 more villages and schools! This year one of the highlights will be installing filters in the Chief of Tavarua's home village of Cuvu! We're looking forward to a great day of service with the top 34 surfers in the world, plus event sponsors!

You can check out all the action of the contest on the Volcom Fiji Pro website. Check out the Give Clean Water project there too as it unfolds.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Building 2 Houses in One Weekend!

One of my favorite things to do is building houses for the poor in Mexico with Amor Ministries! I had the privilege of working there for 8 years, my wife worked there for 12 years, and they are simply the best at what they do!

This weekend, a group from Newbreak Church will BE the church and head down to the Tijuana/Tecate area of Baja and change two family's lives forever. They will go from a make-shift, inadequate shelter, to a brand new house!

Besides giving the gift of clean drinking water to people around the world, building houses for the poor is right up at the top of my list!

One of the families we are building for is the Herrera family. They live in a community called "Canon de la Raza" on the East side of Tijuana, at the base of a mountain called Cerro Colorado. When traveling in Tijuana you can't miss this great mountain, as it has giant lettering written on it, "Jesus es el SeƱor", which means...Jesus is Lord.

The Herrera family is still paying for their land and have a stable source of income, although it is only about a $2 per hour job. Maria works at home and Eddi makes furniture. They currently live in one room with a poor roof, floor and walls. They do not have electricity, drinkable water, a telephone, or a car.

They already sent Newbreak a little note..."God bless you for this house and the help. Thank you!"

Way to go Newbreak! Way to build hope for these two families!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

What if this came out of your tap?

We take for granted that we can walk into our kitchen, turn on the tap, and drink the water. I remember some warm summer days as a kid when we drank from the garden hose. It's always been like that if you live where we do.

Now imagine going to your tap and turning it on and this is what came out. There is no way we'd drink that! If you are honest, most of us are so spoiled we would not even drink the treated water that comes from our tap.

The fact is, most of the world drinks water like this, but they don't have the luxury of having a tap. They get it right from a river or dirty catchment device. That is the reason water-borne diseases are the number one killer in the world. It's not cancer. It's not heart disease. It's dirty, bacteria filled water.

Does that bother you? It bothers me!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Loving Our Community

I love it that at Newbreak Church, we love on our communities. A couple of weeks ago, the Newbreak Scripps Mesa campus took part in the San Diego Creek to Bay clean up. Our area of town focused on Hage Elementary school where we organized 100 volunteers to beautify the Hage Elementary school campus. In 3 hours, we painted the outside lunch tables, painted the entry way planters, painted the back walls of the campus, and painted the entry gates to the school...all in school colors. We also bagged up over 100 trash bags of trash and weeds! It's amazing what a few hours can do.

This coming Friday night, we'll team up with the Wangenheim Middle School PTA for their Spring Carnival. Newbreak Scripps Mesa will provide free face painting and balloon art, working the game booths, as well as the providing the 80's band...Van Duran. The carnival is from 5pm to 8pm and is a great, family friendly event.

All this is our way of showing some of God's love to our community. BEING the church in our community is what we do, and we do this stuff all the time! Don't even get me started on all the social injustices we are tackling in our local communities and around the world! Want to see more? Check out the outreach page of the Newbreak Church website. Don't forget to visit our partner's page too!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Anyone for an Extreme Fiji Trip?

I just spoke with my friend Naidu in Fiji. He did some work for Give Clean Water when we first got started in 2008 and 2009. He has worked his way up in the educational system of Fiji and has been a high school principal in several schools. His latest assignment...bringing top notch education to the 5th largest Fijian island, Gau (pronounced...Now).

There are 22 traditional Fijian villages on this island with one boarding high school. The amenities on the island are still very primitive. All of the villages drink water from catchment when they can, but mostly from a river source.

Naidu is the only person on this island with a Give Clean Water  filter. He still has his after almost 5 years and it is working great. He has a dream to bring clean drinking water to his island. Just the thought of it gives me chills. This would be a really amazing opportunity to supply an entire island with clean drinking water!

Anyone up for an extreme trip to Fiji in 2014? There is one flight a week to the island of Gau, on Tuesdays. I'd love to put at least 10 clean water filters in each one of these villages. That would be plenty to supply everyone with clean drinking water.

Who thinks this would be epic?

Friday, May 10, 2013

More Partnerships with Give Clean Water


We're less than a month away from a very special event in Fiji. The 2013 Volcom Fiji Pro features 34 of the top surfers in the world at one of the world's best surf spots, Tavarua Island, home to Cloudbreak and Restaurants.

While the contest is amazing, I'm most excited about the lives that will be changed during this contest! Give Clean Water is teaming up with Volcom, Tavarua Island, Islands Restaurants, Surf Credits, and the Fiji Ministry of Health to bring the gift of clean, bacteria free drinking water to two more Fijian villages.

During last year's event, Momi and Nabila village each received filters for every family who lives there. Thanks to this great partnership and our commitment to sustainability, I'm happy to report that both Momi and Nabila have 100% use of their filters at their 1 year anniversary! A special "thank you" to the Fiji Ministry of Health and their wonderful village health workers who have been so diligent with monthly follow up education and reporting in the villages. There has been an amazing turn around in the health of the villages thanks to the water filters!

Here's a look back at last year's event!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Free Photography Class Update

So here's the scoop on the Free Photography Class I'm teaching. It will be Saturday, May 18th, 9am - 11am at Tideland's Park in Coronado. There are 9 people signed up so far, but it's open to whoever wants to come.

Bring your camera, a tripod, and a chair.

This will be a class to help you get your camera out of "Auto" mode and really start capturing some great images. Bring a friend!

Here is a map to Tidelands Park. As you cross over the Coronado Bridge, take the first right towards Glorietta Blvd.
At the first stop sign, turn right and go all the way back to the Tidelands Park parking lot. Head over near the children's playground. We'll meet up there and find a spot for the class.

This is one of my favorite spots to photograph. Here's a shot I took from this spot.

Hope you can make it!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Make Your Words Count

Yesterday I was at the Starbucks in Mira Mesa (my second office) meeting with a couple of leaders from the Newbreak Scripps Mesa campus. We were discussing leadership ideas from the Ken Blanchard's book, Lead Like Jesus. Ken is a business leadership guru who is from the San Diego area, and brings a Christian perspective to leadership, one that is working for many fortune 500 companies.

At the end of my second meeting, We got up from our table and headed for the car. I noticed that as I got up, another guy sitting next to us got up, and followed us to the parking lot. I stopped at the entry of the parking lot and turned around, and noticed the guy following us stopped. Then he just stared at me. It was a little weird, so I asked if I could help the mid-twenties looking guy.

He said that he just wanted to meet me...weirder. Then he asked if I was some sort of Life Coach or something? I said "Sort of...I'm a pastor...why do you ask?" He said he was kind of eaves dropping on my meetings and was really getting into the concepts we were talking about in Ken's book. I thought that was cool since the whole discussion really was about how Jesus lead his disciples.

We talked for a minute, then I invited him to church this weekend. I told him if he came, we could set up a time to talk about leadership concepts and share some book ideas for him to read. He seemed like he was all-over-it. We'll see on Sunday.

Then he asked my name. I said "Darrel". Then he pointed to me and said "Darrel", then pointed to himself and said "Larson". That was weird as I thought he just used his super powers on me and somehow knew my last name. Turns out...Larson was his first name. What the heck?! I've never met someone with a first name of Larson!

Interesting encounter. Life Coach or Pastor...I guess you could say they are kind of the same thing. The take away for never know who is listening, so make your words count. I hope to see Larson this Sunday! Definitely looking forward to more meetings in the courtyard at Starbucks. Can't wait to sit in the middle and make my words count. God moment!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Free Photography Class Anyone? Read on...

As many of you know, photography is one of my favorite things. My specialty is tropical landscapes, and I have the number 1 "tropical photos" website in the world... at least Google thinks so. :)

Truth is... I love all types of photography. One of my favorite things is teaching others how to use their cameras.

The AUTO mode can be fun at first, but let's face it, you need to learn to tell your camera what to do because it's just not that smart on its own. That can be a scary, overwhelming thought...but it doesn't have to be.

If you search through my blog archives, all the way to the beginning, you'll find a series of photo tips that will help you get the most out of your camera. There are 30+ of them.

If you are like me though, I like "Hands On" learning, so every once in a while, I offer a free, "Hands On" photography class where we go out into the field, teach, and practice what we just learned.

So...what do you think? Comment on this post if you would be up for a free Saturday morning photo shoot, on location at one of San Diego's prime photo spots.

Keep tuned in for time and place. This is a great class to invite your friends to!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Clean Water For The Children

On a recent trip to Fiji, I was stunned as I spoke with one of the local Doctors. While our Give Clean Water team was driving to Belabelo Village, she told us that she had just had 2 moms come to her clinic, bringing their babies who were dead on arrival. Both babies died from severe dehydration that was caused from diarrhea, which was caused by a water borne bacteria.

Stories like these are so tragic, but they are all too common around the world. Something as simple as a clean drink of water seems so distant for some.

Give Clean Water is on a mission to eradicate water borne sickness in Fiji. Focusing on the 1200 rural villages who do not drink clean water, we want to make sure no more children die unnecessary deaths.

It's a true joy when we visit a village, and in a matter of hours, change their lives forever. The kindergarten kids of Nabila village (on your left) now know what it's like to grow up and never have to worry about water borne sickness again. Every family in that village has their own clean drinking water filter in their home!

The thought of changing the world can seem like a daunting task sometimes, but there are simple ways to make an impact. Giving the gift of clean drinking water is one of them.

Here's to changing a country!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Give Clean Water & the 2013 Volcom Fiji Pro

It's been a while. So many good things happening in my world. One of the upcoming cool events in my life will be participating in this year's 2013 Volcom Fiji Pro with Give Clean Water. The event runs from June 2nd - 14th.

Give Clean Water is teaming up with Volcom and Tavarua Island to install clean drinking water filters in 2 villages in Fiji. 34 of the top surfers in the world will take part in one of the most elite surf contests on the planet. As part of the contest, there will a day of service in which the surfers, sponsors, and event staff will travel to Cuvu village for a day of water filter installs. Each family in that village will receive a water filter kit capable of providing a lifetime of bacteria free drinking water.

Give Clean Water is committed to the sustainability of the clean drinking water project in Fiji, working with the Fiji Ministry of Health to follow up in each of the villages that receive water filters. Together, the partnership of Volcom, Tavarua Island, and Give Clean Water is making a huge impact on the lives of the people of Fiji!

The bonus of this trip...some of the best surf in the world! The ASP world tour is not only full of great surfers, but great people who love making a difference in the world. Last year's day of service included surfing greats Kelly Slater, CJ Hobgood, and big wave rider Alex Grey!

You can check out all the action of this year's contest on the Volcom website, or by downloaded the Volcom app on your smart device.