Rainforest Trust logoThe Perfect Wave sends hundreds of surfers each year to some of the most amazing places on this planet. One such place is Sumatra, Indonesia. Home to beautiful locals, mostly untouched nature and world-class waves that we all love. Mentawai Islands off Sumatra’s coast are indisputably 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.

However, these amazing and remote places battle with their problems, and us, surfers, should not be turning a blind eye to the area that has enriched our lives and many of us visit year after year. The vast majority of Sumatra’s spectacular rainforests have 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.

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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!!

TODAY FEWER THAN 100 SUMATRAN RHINOS EXIST IN THE WILD. PHOTO BY WILLEM V STREIN

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.

Within the Leuser Ecosystem sits a proposed 2-million-acre Gunung Leuser National Park. However, lying outside the park’s boundaries are some of the richest biodiversity areas with the most important populations of Sumatran Rhinos, Sumatran Elephants, Sumatran Tigers and Sumatran Orangutans. Rainforest Trust has identified the Kluet watershed as one of the most vital areas for the survival of these spectacular animals.

Make a stand today by protecting an acre of Sumatran rainforest for just $9.82. 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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The Perfect Wave have changed our procedure on travel documents and now offers clients the option to have their documents sent out via email instead of snail mail. We are very conscious of our carbon footprint and the paper usage that comes with sending out thousands of paper documents each year. For every client that chooses not to receive the posted documents, The Perfect Wave donates $5 to the Rainforest Trust for the protection and restoration of rainforest in Sumatra, Indonesia.