Perfect Wave sends hundreds of surfers each year to some of the most amazing places on this planet. One such place is the islands in and around Sumatra, Indonesia. Home to beautiful locals, mostly untouched nature and world-class waves that we all love. The Mentawai Islands off Sumatra’s coast are undisputably the world’s number 1 area for quality, quantity and consistency of surf. It is a dream of every surfer on this planet to visit this area at least once in their lifetime.

Perfect Wave is committed to giving back to the communities that are not as lucky as we are through multiple initatives.

Sumatra is one of the poorest regions of Indonesia and the local communities have long been battling poor health and poverty-related issues. The vast majority of Sumatra’s spectacular rainforests have also been rampantly destroyed in recent decades to make way for growing swaths of oil palm and rubber plantations. With the growing demand for palm oil, what little forest remains is highly susceptible to deforestation for expanding plantations. It is up to us all, especially us surfers, to give back to the communities that welcome us to their homeland every year.

We Support

A Perfect Foundation

A Perfect Foundation is a Non-Profit Organization created to empower local communities in remote surf regions through education and skill acquisition to make a sustainable difference. Through collaboration and direct support we are dedicated in assisting any way we can with the wants and needs of the local communities, while learning from them at the same time. A Perfect Foundation supports multiple programs through initiatives and fundraising for other established charities in these regions as well as our own community based collaboration centre in the Mentawai. This way we are able to make a direct difference where and when it is needed through medical, hygiene, clean water, education, skill acquisition and environmental programs. We can all make a difference, and through caring and collaboration we have the power to connect with people from many diverse cultures and create positive experiences.

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SurfAid

SurfAid is a non-profit humanitarian organisation whose aim is to improve the health, wellbeing and self-reliance of people living in isolated regions connected to us through surfing. SurfAid was started by a group of concerned surfers in 2000 who were struck by the suffering and preventable deaths in the Mentawai Islands. SurfAid now operates in the Mentawai, Nias, Telo and Banyak islands in western Indonesia, and Sumbawa and Sumba in eastern Indonesia. Many of the world’s best surf destinations are remote and people in remote areas are often forgotten, as delivering services there is costly, time-consuming and requires serious efforts. SurfAid passionately believes that no matter where you live, you have a right to access quality basic services. SurfAid delivers a pragmatic mix of practical support and capacity building to achieve behaviour change. It provides materials to build water tanks, water taps and toilets for clean water and sanitation, mosquito nets to avoid malaria, and vegetable seeds to help establish nutrition gardens to eradicate malnutrition. But it is the capacity building of community health volunteers, schoolchildren, community members and relevant government staff that really lies at the heart of what SurfAid does. The World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (WANGO) honoured SurfAid with their humanitarian award in 2007, ahead of more than 49,000 other not-for-profits. WANGO said: “SurfAid embodies the positive values inherent in surfing, namely individualism, courage, dynamism, and adaptability, and seeks to harness these attributes in implementing projects with measurable results.”

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Rainforest Trust

Rainforest Trust focuses on saving real acres of rainforest through land purchase and protection. Each of their projects has been identified as crucial to preserving critical habitat for endangered species around the world, and with your help we can save them now. Originally, 6 million square miles of tropical rainforest existed worldwide, but as a result of deforestation, only 2.4 million square miles remain today. The largest surviving block of rainforest in Sumatra is called the “Leuser Ecosystem” in Aceh province. This 6.4-million-acre tropical wilderness is the last place on Earth where the critically endangered Sumatran Rhinoceros, Sumatran Orangutan, Sumatran Elephant and Sumatran Tiger are all found within one ecosystem, and it is the only place in the world capable of supporting the survival of all four species. The threats to this last stand of pristine rainforest and its endangered wildlife in the Leuser Ecosystem are swiftly escalating as plantation owners are actively clearing all unprotected areas of forest. Make a stand today and thanks to a matching gift challenge by Rainforest Trust supporters, the impact of your donation will be doubled, enabling them to save twice the acres.

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Our Pledge

Perfect Wave’s procedure on travel documents has now changed. We no longer print paper documents and will provide all clients PDF documents via email only. We are very conscious of our carbon footprint and the paper usage that previously came from sending out thousands of paper documents each year. Further to this endeavour, Perfect Wave also donates $5 to the Rainforest Trust for every client that books with us and receives web documentation. We believe this is vital to the protection and restoration of rainforest in Sumatra, Indonesia.

We also ask all clients traveling to Indonesia to support A Perfect Foundation, and a $25 donation is included in all invoices. For every donation that is made, we match is dollar for dollar. We believe this is vital to the support and education of local communities.