Waves For Change from jamie hancock on Vimeo:
Surf therapy combines the therapeutic elements of the ocean with the adventure of surfing to impact the physical and mental well being of individuals. Mental health is an area often not supported enough, especially with children. Waves For Change helps take vulnerable and lesser privileged children from under resourced communities into the ocean through the medium of surf therapy. With the guidance and support from the mentors and the power of mother nature, the children learn how to cope with stress, regulate their behaviour and learn how to make positive life choices.
I had the privilege to document and witness the effects of surf therapy first hand. What the people do at Waves For Change for the children is so powerful and incredibly heart warming. Getting to see how all the stresses and emotions of day to day life disappear for that time in the ocean is an experience I will never forget.