Skudin Surf Rallies To Help Rincón Rebuild After Hurricane Maria
Skudin Surf is dropping in, in a positive way to help with Hurricane Maria relief efforts in the surfing communities of Puerto Rico in Rincón, Aguadilla and surrounding areas. For almost a decade, the Skudin brothers, Cliff and Will, have brought the sport of surfing to people of all ages and abilities in the seaside towns of Rockaway Beach, Long Beach, Atlantic Beach, Lido-Nickerson the Beach and Rincón, Puerto Rico.
They have launched a GoFundMe online fundraising campaign through their nonprofit, Surf For All, an organization in which they educate and teach people with a variety of disabilities about surfing. Through their GoFundMe campaign, 100 percent of proceeds and donations will go towards hurricane disaster relief.
Cliff Skudin said, “We started this fundraising initiative to help out the local businesses and residents of Rincón, whom we know well and love. We are working with JetBlue to transport cargo such as chain saws, generators, water and other critically-needed supplies. We are mainly focusing on what the community’s needs are for rebuilding. For example, a good friend of ours basically lost everything in his surfing business — surfboards, paddleboards, you name it. But we are determined to help him and other local businesses get back up and running.”
Skudin said that their goal is to reassure people that once Rincón is up and running, don’t cancel your trips, at least hopefully not by the holidays. “I feel like the media is exaggerating when they say the entire island is down for the next 10 years. A lot of pro surfers down there are saying that’s not true. Together we can and will rebuild in a bigger and better way, and remember the awesome waves will always be there,” Skudin said.
As of press time, within two days, the Skudins’ online campaign has raised $2,655 of the $50K goal. To donate towards the Skudin’s GoFundMe campaign, visit: https://www.gofundme.com/rinconhurricanemariarelief
Also on Saturday, October 14 from 6 to 9 p.m., they will be hosting a Rise Up Rincón relief fundraiser at the Beach House, located at 906 W Beech Street in Long Beach, featuring reggae sensation JahStix, open bar, appetizers and raffle prizes. For more information, visit Skudin Surf’s Facebook page or email email@example.com