After experiencing the devastating loss of his father and best friend, Dan Fischer turned to surfing to cope with his grief and heal through the transformative power of the ocean. After one faithful salt water sessions on January 4, 2022, he decided to throw out an open invitation on social media to others who may be struggling with loss during covid’s very isolating time. He invited them to share the stories and names of loved ones who they’d lost and promised to bring them back to the place that meant so much to them. Dan then wrote all lost ones names on a surfboard and took them for ‘one last surf’. It proved so popular Dan is currently on currently his sixth board which is being finalised in Santa Cruz, but the seventh board is to be made in the UK by Skindog Surfboards after Newquay’s Sam Joyce approached Ben.

Sam says

“Dan at the One Last Wave Project has done some incredible work, releasing his latest board in South Africa. I am honoured to have the opportunity to take the reins here with the release of this 7th board.

“A year ago, I lost one of my best friends who died suddenly whilst surfing in Peru. His name is on the 4th board released by the OLWP which brought me and his family and friends a lot of comfort, so I am incredibly excited to be able to give back and offer thousands of others the opportunity to see their loved ones surf a wave. OLWP has also said that we can put my friend on this board so I can surf with him here in the UK.”

“Ben Skinner is joining the collaboration and he will be designing and shaping the board, which is amazing! So we are now looking to share the project with as many people as possible, so we can encourage people to get in touch with the OLWP and share names of people they would like to see on one of their boards.”
If you would like a loved one added to the list you can contact Sam here  or submit your request direct to Dan here 
It doesn’t cost anything to add your friend of family members names, you just have to submit their details and their story. Dan reads them all.