Matix X Compton Surf Club
Matix Clothing, located on Compton Blvd in the heart of South Los Angeles, teamed up with the folks at Camp Surf to provide at-risk youth from the Compton Boys & Girls Club a chance to escape from the city and enjoy a beach day at El Porto Beach. Dozens of employee's, joined by Matix team riders Turkey Stopnik, Chase Stopnik, J.J. Wessels, and special industry guests Luke Egan and Bruce Beach from Depactus, provided a day full of beach games, Wahoo's Fish Tacos, surf lessons and overall stoke in this inaugural Compton Surf Club beach day.
“We wanted to share the stoke of surfing with kids that live so close, but never get a chance to enjoy the beach and a chance to surf,” explained Matix Marketing Manager Gabe Clement. “Every kid stood up on a wave. That feeling of conquering something new and foreign is something these kids will take with them into the new school year and is something that can’t be measured.”
When the day was complete, the newly formed Compton Surf Club, comprised of Boys & Girls Club members, Matix and Westlife employees, and Matix team riders went home with something more magical than good school grades and finished excel spreadsheets can provide. They went home with smiles for miles and a stoke only riding waves can create!
The Compton Surf Club is an ongoing youth community outreach program, built by Matix, that aims to interact with the local Compton community and share the creative values and California surf and skate lifestyle that founded Matix. Starting in Spring 2015, Matix will be releasing a Compton Surf Club capsule collection with partial proceeds going back into the Compton community.
Big thanks to Camp Surf for providing surfboards and professional instructors, Wahoo's Fish Tacos for providing lunch of the day and Watts/Willowbrook/Compton Boys & Girls Club for an incredible group of future leaders.