Lobitos, Peru, with Emi Koch
Billabong Ambassador Emi Koch's small nonprofit, Beyond the Surface International, has taken her across the high seas on youth empowerment projects applying playful energy through surfing as an innovative mediumfor positive social change. In all her travels to vibrant villages and colorful communities, one pueblo sets itself apart as a place overflowing with energy: Lobitos, located in Northern Peru.
Decades ago, Lobitos was taken over by the Peruvian military and more recently, the mafia, various oil companies exporting petrol to China, and the surf tourism industry. The wind is relentless, flames from the power plants make for unearthly lighthouses along the shore, the earth is sucked dry by oil drills, and swells consistently pound the shore.
Follow Emi’s journey to Lobitos as she helps their society for the greater good.
Where the harsh Peruvian dessert collides with the sympathetic Pacific Ocean, here you find Lobitos.
Local groms practice in the lineup among the tourists. In the ocean, all troubles are left on the land.
With support from Billabong Peru, Coast 2 Coast went on the road for the Billabong Cabo Blanco Tuberiders Event.
Club de Chicas or the Girls Club was founded by Antonella Avolio and Leah Donatiello as a space for the girls of Lobitos to have as their own safe space environment for learning and exploration.
Beyond the Surface and the Lobitos Cinema Project came up with an innovative initiative to connect kids from different coastal communities through sharing their own photographs.
Coast 2 Coast has evolved into an ocean conservation campaign and community activism project through audiovisual and creative-learning workshops to fight against the pollution, contamination, and poisoning of the Pacific.
WAVES Lobitos offers free surfing classes for local children taught by two local instructors, one of whom is Karen, the first and only local girl from Lobitos to surf.
With support Sector 9 Skateboards and GoPro, the Lobitos Cinema Project facilitated a video workshop with three local brothers who told their story of finding a new skateboard in their community.