I was in the Mentawaiis the day the quake hit. I was traveling throughout Indonesia surfing and doing humanitarian work. As with so many surfers who volunteer every year, the first part of my trip was to consist of a standard boat charter trip with friends through the Mentawaii Islands.
After that I was scheduled to fly over to Bali and work, with Skills For Humanity ( www.skillsforhumanity.org), on a humanitarian project for my new foundation — Waves For Water ( www.wavesforwater.org). My father, Jack, has an existing water related nonprofit called www.raincatcher.org.
A few months ago he and I launched a sister foundation, Waves For Water, with a central goal in mind: to create a platform for the surf community to help bring clean water to Third World villages worldwide.