The Wave Project X Vans

The Wave Project X Vans

Vans have selected The Wave Project as a partner for their 2020 Checkerboard Day and are donating $100,000 to the charity here in the UK! This support will directly support more children across the UK by giving them more opportunities to access surf therapy.

To combat rising mental health concerns due to global isolation, Vans donates $1M to 10 global charities and unites the Vans Family around a shared mission of mental health and well-being. Vans, the original action sports brand and advocate for creative expression, announced today the second-annual Vans Checkerboard Day to be held on Thursday, November 19, 2020. As a global initiative established to champion the power of creative expression, following a period of global isolation, this year’s Checkerboard Day will focus specifically on the vital role creativity plays in helping individuals and communities address mental health and well-being around the world.

“We’ve spent much of the year apart. And it’s been tough. But despite the isolation, both physically and psychologically, we are and always will be a Vans Family, forever connected by creativity,” says Doug Palladini, Vans Global Brand President. “A recent study by Complex showed that in the U.S. alone, half of today’s youth are more stressed and anxious now than before COVID-19 started. Through the power of creativity, our mission for Vans Checkerboard Day 2020 will be to show that smaller acts of expression can make a big impact on our personal and collective well-being.” – Doug Palladini, Vans Global Brand President.

Vans will support 10 charities from around the world whose shared purpose is to use programs focused on creativity as resources for coping with the stressors that impact mental health and well-being, by donating a collective $1 million. Each will receive $100,000 USD from The Vans Checkerboard Fund at Tides Foundation or via a direct donation from Vans to use towards their organization’s mission to improve the mental health and well-being of youth across the globe through creativity. This year’s recipients are: Campaign Against Living Miserably, The Wave Project, The Ben Raemers Foundation, Get Lit-Words Ignite, The Skatepark Project, Arte Por La Vida, Social Skate, Singapore Association for Mental Health, Buku Jalanan Chow Kit and World of Art Brut Culture.

Leading up to November 19, Vans will rally global fans to participate in a variety of digital brand initiatives focused on uplifting and driving awareness for the power of creative self-expression as a resource for mental health and well-being. This will include the #VansCheckerboardDay TikTok Challenge and the opportunity to hear directly from global brand ambassadors such as Tony Hawk, Anderson .Paak, Yaya Zahir and others about how their own forms of creative self-expression have helped them.

On top of the $1 million of support by Vans, fans across the globe will also have the ability to support the 10 regional charities by helping to raise additional donations. They can do so by purchasing a limited-edition Vans Checkerboard Day t-shirt or pair of Authentics designed by renowned artist and Vans brand ambassador Geoff McFetridge and 100 percent of proceeds for each product sold will be donated to The Vans Checkerboard Fund at Tides Foundation. Fans will also be able to donate loyalty points via the Vans Family app in exchange for a monetary donation.

Fans can continue to visit Vans.eu/checkerboardday for more updates

The Big Wave Project (Official Trailer )

The Big Wave Project (Official Trailer )

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The Big Wave Project – A Band Of Brothers

Filmed and Directed by award winning ocean cinematographer Tim Bonython

THE RAW AND UNCENSORED JOURNEY INTO ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST EXCITING CHALLENGES: RIDING THE WORLD’S BIGGEST WAVE
It is a production that is everything Tim Bonython lives for when it comes to documenting surfing.
Big wave surfing has evolved so much over the past 10 years and his relationship with this genre of the sport that has grown more than any other.
The Big Wave Project is about just that. It’s everything from where its come from to where it is now.
The production of the BIG WAVE PROJECT has taken Tim around the planet to interview the world’s most renowned big wave surfers to document the biggest & craziest waves. It’s a narrative film that will scare as much as it will exhilarate the viewer.
“The Danger Level increases as we attempt to climb a mountain of water where the peak keeps getting higher” Alex Gray, big wave surfer.
Five three years in the making, the BIG WAVE PROJECT follows a tight-knit crew of leading big wave surfers who are working together to attempt a personal goal that drills to core passion of surfing: Riding the World’s Biggest Wave.
We hear candid, personal, no-holes barred accounts as the real fear of death walks side by side with ultimate personal glory.
The BIG WAVE PROJECT depicts the history of the how the sport has developed from humble origins to modern tow-in surfing with the latest challenges of returning to the simple art of unassisted paddling into 100-foot walls of water.
This progression collides with the best swell season in 30-years as the World’s best paddle and tow into some of the greatest waves ever documented including what has been titled “the biggest wave ever attempted” featuring Aaron Golds infamous massive paddle-in wave at Jaws, Hawaii.
The BIG WAVE PROJECT also travels across Australia, Tahiti and finally to Europe’s new frontier of Nazare, in Portugual.
The BIG WAVE PROJECT incorporated the best surfers on the planet from around the world.
Jamie Mitchell, Aaron Gold, Mark Healey, Ryan Hipwood, Grant “Twiggy” Baker, Billy Kemper, with insights from Peter Mel, Big Wave icon Greg Noll, the legendary late Brock Little and many more…
A NEVER BEFORE SEEN RAW AND UNCENSORED JOURNEY INTO ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST EXCITING CHALLENGES – RIDING THE WORLD’S BIGGEST WAVES.
“The Danger Level increases as we attempt to climb a mountain of water where the peak keeps getting higher”. – Alex Gray, Big Wave Surfer.
5-years in the making “The Big Wave Project” follows a tight-knit crew (A Band Of Brothers) of leading big wave surfers who are working together to attempt a personal goal that drills to core passion of surfing – Riding the World’s Biggest Wave.
We hear candid personal, no-holes barred accounts as the real fear of death walks side by side with ultimate personal glory.
“The Big Wave Project” also documents the history of the how the sport has developed from humble origins when the original big wave surfers paddled with little or no support to outer reefs through modern tow-in surfing on almost unsurfable reef breaks to the latest challenge of returning to the simple art of unassisted paddling into 100-foot walls of water.
This progression collides with the best swell season in 30-years as the world’s best paddle and tow into some of the greatest waves ever documented including whats has been titled “the biggest wave ever attempted”
– Aaron Golds massive paddle-in wave at the famed Hawaiian break Jaws. “The Big Wave Project” also travels across Australia, Tahiti and finally to Europe’s New Frontier of Nazare.
Featuring Mark Healey, Ryan Hipwood, Grant “Twiggy” Baker, Andrea Moller, Paige Alms, Billy Kemper, Greg Long, Jamie Mitchell and Aaron Gold, with insights from Peter Mel, big wave icon, Greg Noll and the legendary Brock Little.
This film will be touring as part of the Australian Surf Movie Festival in May / June 2017
More screenings around the world to be announced. Visit: ASMF.net.au further details.
Contact us:
Tim Bonython
Director | Tim Bonython Productions p/l
Event | Film Productions | Stock Footage
100 Palmgrove Rd, Avalon Beach.
NSW, 2107. Australia
mob: 0412 500050 skype: surfingvisions
tim@surfingvisions.com | ASMF.net.au
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