Boys to Men Networking kicks off 100 Wave Challenge
A two-month wave window awaits surfers inspired to catch 100 Waves for the boys of Boys to Men Mentoring Network. Boys to Men aims to expand opportunities for participation in its flagship fundraiser, while sustaining the generous “Surf Your Heart Out” spirit that powers its life-affirming mission.
“Your Crew. Your Beach. Our Challenge.” is the theme of the 12th Annual 100 Wave Challenge. The statement is a rallying cry to surfers, from Oceanside to Imperial Beach, to organize team paddle outs during a window between September 18 and November 21. Surfers are encouraged to build teams of between two and 10 surfers and create a 100 Wave experience that inspires them to fundraise, train, and catch waves together. Surf teams can select a beach to catch their 100 waves and a date to paddle out. Teams hoping to raise $5,000 or more will be treated to an elevated day-at-the-beach experience, including breakfast and lunch, snacks, an assortment of rehydrating beverages, 100 Wave Challenge swag bags and a team of volunteers to cheer them on.
Boys to Men Mentoring Network’s 100 Wave Challenge motivates each surfer to raise $1,000 and catch 100 waves. Catching 100 waves in one day is a personal challenge for participants. The program is a passion for mentors and a life-changing opportunity for at-risk boys to break the cycle of violence, gangs, drugs and prison in their communities, make better life choices for themselves, and achieve their dreams. The annual surf-a-thon accounts for 40% of Boys to Men’s budget. Organizers have set their sights on shattering last year’s record-breaking $500,000 haul, a feat accomplished during the darkest days of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Surfers can document their 100 Wave Challenge experience and share photos and videos on social media, using the hashtags #100wavechallenge and #surfyourheartout.