This project continues our support for Manuel 'Manu Shapes' and at the same time strengthening our partnership with 'Lwandi Surf' a nonprofit organisation in Ponta do Ouro, Mozambique. Two expert surfboard shapers will teach and share their knowledge of a sustainable and innovative shaping technique. This technique uses only natural or recycled materials that have almost zero impact on the ocean environment and will empower a new generation of sustainable artisans.
Mozambique has a wealth of opportunities to practice surfing, however, there's limited infrastructure and equipment such as surfboards are made from polluting materials impacting and littering the ocean, along with being produced far way and they are expensive. Mozambique has enormous potential for this sport and tourism is beginning to boom. This project will equip local people with the skills to produce their own equipment, furthering their access to this sport with zero environmental impact.
We provide the knowledge, skills and business acumen to the young people who engage in our workshops. Through mentorship and guidance, we will begin a locally sourced and locally made production of sustainable surfing equipment such as wooden surfboards, accessories made out of recycled materials and natural surf wax. This will impact Mozambique's economy and tourism industry by minimising its carbon footprint, taking giant steps towards sustainability whilst empowering the community.
The project will equip young Mozambicans with the skills and knowledge that can be transcended into creative jobs, generating economic value for the community. It will eliminate the barriers to accessing this expensive, often polluting sport, by encouraging a respect for the ocean and the environment. By using only natural materials and hand tools, this project not only produces skilled artisans, but sustainability pioneers who empower their community whilst protecting the environment.