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Surfing Magazine: Balinese Sludge Pit. By Kyle Thiermann

PRESS RELEASE Travel Guide To Nicaragua


February 1, 2013

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Pro Surfer Teams Up with International NGO’s to Document New Models of Sustainable Development

“SURFING FOR CHANGE: TRAVEL GUIDE TO NICARAGUA” to be released Wednesday February 6th, at the Patagonia Outlet in Santa Cruz, CA

Santa Cruz, CASurfing For Change, an organization dedicated to creating free online videos aimed at inspiring surfers to have a positive impact both locally and globally, announced the release of its latest video SURFING FOR CHANGE: TRAVEL GUIDE TO NICARAGUA at the Patagonia Outlet in Santa Cruz, CA on February 6, 2013 at 7:00pm.  The video will also be released on the Surfing For Change YouTube Channel one hour before the event.

“SURFING FOR CHANGE: TRAVEL GUIDE TO NICARAGUA,” a 13 minute short film, illustrates the role that surf tourists can play in preventing the damaging effects that surf tourism booms can have on developing communities.  Through the lens of acclaimed professional surfer and environmental activist Kyle Thiermann, this fast-paced documentary highlights a group of young surfers and volunteers from Project Wave of Optimism (WOO), a non-profit, who are working with Nicaraguans to create a new, replicable model of surf-tourism in Gigante, Nicaragua.

About the Film:

“SURFING FOR CHANGE: TRAVEL GUIDE TO NICARAGUA” is Creator and Host Kyle Thiermann’s sixth film in the Surfing for Change” series. Join Thiermann as he takes viewers to the fishing village of Gigante, Nicaragua to explore how surfers are working to create a new model, to benefit the local community while also meeting the needs of tourists.

Thiermann illustrates the boom and bust cycle that typically occurs when tourists flock to these communities, otherwise known as Butler’s Curve of Tourism, which consists of massive, unplanned expansion followed by a decline in tourism and a devastated town. Although this model is shown through the lens of surfing, it is consistent throughout all kinds of tourist destinations. The film highlights the work of Project WOO, a group of surfers who recognized the need for change in surf tourism development and set out to make it happen. Join Kyle and Surfing for Change to see the positive impact that surfers and their allies can have in preserving the natural beauty and cultures of global surf destinations.

About the Filmmaker:

Kyle Thiermann is a 23 year old pro surfer and activist. The Santa Cruz native combines surfing great waves around the world with making short films about current issues.  Thiermann focuses on the power that each individual has to create a better world through their everyday actions.

Kyle has surfed his way through Indonesia, Sri Lanka, South Africa, and Chile to name just a few. He uses the support from his sponsors, including Patagonia, Clif Bar, and Sector 9, to make short videos that encourage people to take action to transform their towns and the world. Kyle’s work has been featured in dozens of media outlets worldwide including Surfer Magazine and The Huffington Post. Kyle Speaks at Universities throughout the Country, and has also been a TED Talk speaker. He has won both a Peter Benchley Blue Vision Youth Award and Brower Youth Award.

For Interviews and Media Inquiries:

Contact Kyle Thiermann, at or 831-334-7060 and view the 1-minute trailer at





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Press Release: J Bay Nuclear Plant

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Jeffereys Bay Nuke Campaign

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“Surfing for Change: J Bay Nuclear Plant” is a new short film exploring the dangers of a planned nuclear power plant in the pristine shores of Jeffrey’s Bay, South Africa. Made by youth environmental activist, pro-surfer and filmmaker Kyle Thiermann, the film calls attention to the potential for environmental disaster if Eskom, South Africa’s national power company, locates the nuclear plant in the waters of one of the most famous surfing destinations in the world.


Featuring interviews with renowned environmental leader Van Jones, 11-time Surfing World champion Kelly Slater, documentarian Foster Gamble and local surfing activists, the film calls attention to the inherent dangers of nuclear power in the wake of the March 2011 Fukushima Daiichi disaster — the largest nuclear failure since the 1986 Chernobyl meltdown.


Underscoring deep concerns about what’s at stake, the film also offers a personal perspective from Takayuki Wakita, a Japanese surfer whose family lived 100 kilometers from the meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear power plant and now resides in J Bay.


“Surfing for Change: J-Bay Nuclear Plant” available for free through viral web outlets like YouTube, challenges young people to take action and use social media channels to support global opposition to the power plant, encourage exploration of alternative energy sources and points to decisions made by leading European countries to abandon nuclear power plants —Germany will end its nuclear power plant usage in ten years.


Thiermann hopes the film will aid the efforts of local residents who are fighting against a billion dollar initiative that promises employment opportunities in the short term; but risks future environmental catastrophe. “I met amazing people working to stop the plant from being built,” he said. “If it is built, the landscape would be transformed with the building of a power plant. And, the lives of these residents will also be transformed. And not for the good.”


“Surfing for Change” film series shows people who don’t consider themselves activists how to adjust simple daily actions to strengthen their local communities and protect the environment. His film Claim Your Change detailed how money kept in multinational banks is used to finance destructive projects worldwide. It inspired people to move hundreds of million of dollars of lending power into local banks and credit unions. Since then, he has made movies ranging from the importance of shopping locally to following a plastic bag to Hawaii.  Kyle has surfed his way across Indonesia, Chile, Peru, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Australia, Hawaii and throughout the US. For more information visit


Kyle Thiermann, 2011 Brower Youth Award Winner

Outside Magazine!

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Kyle's movie is in a big film contest. Please VOTE for it!

Ecorazzi: Jack Johnson Stars in ‘Where is Away? Solving Plastic Pollution in 4 Minutes’

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Jack Johnson (Extended Interview)

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"What's Up", Louie Psihoyos, Director of The Cove

Where is 'Away?': Solving Plastic Pollution in 4minutes

Where is 'Away?'

Where Is ‘Away?’: Solving Plastic Pollution in 4-minutes, is the fourth short movie in professional surfer, Kyle Thiermann’s Surfing For Change series. It tracks a plastic bag that Kyle uses in his hometown of Santa Cruz California, all the way to the north shore of Oahu, demonstrating both the destruction and solutions along the way. Famous musician Jack Johnson, and Story of Stuff’s Annie Leonard join Kyle in this fast-paced journey to highlight the power we all have to end plastic pollution.

My new movie is up now. Please share this important message with your friends!

Jack Johnson is just one of the amazing people in our upcoming movie! Please share it with your friends Saturday May 14

The world release of our new movie, Where is Away, comes out May 14

Who would win in a battle? My money's on the metal straw. What do you think?

Heading to interview Annie Leonard Tuesday

I want your help coming up with the title of my next movie. It's on solutions to plastic pollution. I want surfers to like it. If your idea is a winner you will win this FREE SECTOR 9 DECK! No ideas are bad.

Just saw one of the coolest documentaries I've ever seen last night! Check it out.

My backyard today!

Are you still banking with a large corporate bank? See how easy it is to move your money and BE A LOCAL!

Is your plastic bottle getting a massage in some far away fantasy land after you use it? Or is it more likely face down in a river like this? Hey, at least it gets to go surfing around the world as soon as it reaches it's next destination. Sweeeeet! Sorry for sounding like a downer, I just had to do some venting this morning.

Pam Anderson: Don't judge a book by it's cover.

Boards Made From Plastic Bottles?

Got to talk with some smart kids at PCS school today

Surfline just posted Buy Local, Surf Global. Please leave a comment on their site. Woohoo!

I just make a new Surfing For Change Facebook page. I hope you "Like" it.

Visited the waste management site on Oahu today