Surf industry unites to help Puerto Rico after devastation of recent hurricanes

In the wake of the devastating round of hurricanes that ravaged Puerto Rico just over a month ago, the surf industry has united around the common goal of raising funds to help provide those on the island with clean drinking water.

Today, Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) announced they've surpassed their goal of $30,000 to support Waves For Water's filtration efforts on the ground in Puerto Rico.

The release states, “In the weeklong campaign, the surf industry partnered to raise over $39,000 – enough funds that will directly provide clean water to more than 75,000 residents for years to come.”

Waves For Water and SIMA have made it possible to provide 750 water filtration systems to Puerto Rico. Photo: SIMA and Waves For Water

Puerto Rico has been in a dire state since the third storm in a series of hurricanes, Hurricane Maria, hit the island. The devastation from Hurricane Irma, Jose and Maria combined has crippled infrastructure on Puerto Rico, and other islands in the surrounding area.

SIMA president Dylan Slater commented on the funds raised, saying, “I'm proud of this industry's quick response to unite and support a territory that we all share the utmost common concern for. We're honored to align with Waves For Water and support their amazing work in Puerto Rico."

Donors to the campaign include Billabong, EARTHPACK, Eros Schooner Yachts, L*SPACE America, Nixon, O'Neill, Quiksilver, Rip Curl, Roxy, Stance, SURFER and Surfline.

According to the release from SIMA, the amount raised by the campaign will cover 750 MVP Filtration systems, “which is the fastest, easiest and most cost-efficient way to get pure potable water to those in need.”

MVP Filtration Systems, according to Waves For Water, offer the “highest filtration rates available,” at 0.1 micron absolute, which means that it is “impossible for any bacteria, protozoa or cysts to pass through the filter.”

These filters can last for years, and are extremely cost-effective. One MVP System is capable of providing 100 people with clean water for up to 5 years.

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