Stoked with a purpose: Carmel Valley students organize board fundraiser for ReSurf

Forty reworked surfboards will be displayed May 31 at a fundraiser at The Melody League in Encinitas.
Forty reworked surfboards will be displayed May 31 at a fundraiser at The Melody League in Encinitas.
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Canyon Crest Academy students hope to help change the world one surfer at a time, getting involved with the ReSurf Project.

CCA sophomore Kylie Bobertz, freshman Jiten Peiris, junior Elliot Cohen and senior Stephanie Sek organized a fundraising event for ReSurf, a sustainable mentorship program that teaches surfing to underprivileged children around the world. As ReSurf works with the local community to refurbish donated surfboards for at-risk youth, the foursome gave the old boards over to a talented class of CCA artists to work their magic.

The resulting 40 works of art will be on display at a fundraising event held at noon May 31 at The Melody League in Encinitas.

“We hope to connect ReSurf with the surfing community around us and help out these underprivileged kids,” said Kylie.

The event will feature live music from CCA band Sad Muffin, barbecue food and live surfboard painting by artists from CCA and the community.

Some of the surfboards created that day and by the CCA art students will be auctioned off at an event in June; others will be donated to an orphanage in Baja Mexico.

The ReSurf event was the result of a project of CCA’s regional occupation program (ROP) business management class.

In the class, students learn about all aspects of running a business, work in the school café The Nest for four months and are required to form groups to start their own company.

Kylie’s group developed a fundraiser rather than a business, forming partnerships not only with ReSurf, but with the art class at school to paint the surfboards.

“Getting the class to do it was pretty easy; Ms. Jackson loved the idea,” Kylie said of the 40 eye-catching surfboards created by Angela Jackson’s Envision visual art class.

Kylie said the most challenging part of their project was coordinating the event in between their busy schedules as teenagers.

Melody League is at 1057 S. Coast Highway 101. For information, e-mail