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Beyond the Surface is a nonprofit working at the local level with remote and marginalized small-scale fishing communities for social-ecological wellbeing.


Ocean conservation is a social justice issue. We leverage surfing as a powerful relationship-building tool for positive change, engaging local youth and their families for self-empowerment. We facilitate participatory audiovisual workshops and mindfulness practices to address social and ecological challenges jeopardizing their sustainable futures. Through partnerships, we work to implement solutions together for healthy, happy coastal communities and small-scale fisheries. 

Participatory media workshops focus on cultural heritage, environmental 

education and social justice.

Surf sessions and swim lessons to build relationships, cultivate trust and foster ocean literacy.

Yoga, meditation and awareness-based practices to enable youth with alternatives to aggression and violent conflicts.


Over the last ten years, we've partnered with vulnerable coastal communities from Jamaica to India experiencing the affects of climate change, marine degradation, and overdevelopment. We believe in the power of play, nonviolent communication, and self-awareness as critical tools to enable youth with the aptitude to be advocates for their human rights for a healthy environment and their well-being. We strive to provide an outlet for young people to embrace their unique abilities, channel frustrations into direct positive actions, and share their indispensable voices with the world. 


We look at the relationship between fisheries and social wellbeing, with a focus on human security. How does climate change, marine degradation, and the race to fish influence maritime insecurities, criminal syndicates, and violent extremism specifically in vulnerable small-scale fishing villages.  Our intervention research focuses on engaging local residents, especially young people, in designing viable, rooted plans of action for their community's sustainability and wellbeing.


Support us by making a one-time donation to fund our future workshops and help us reach more vulnerable coastal communities. Beyond the Surface International is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and your donation is tax-deductible within the guidelines of U.S. law.






BTSI is a California-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit working in solidarity with small-scale fishing villages to build social-ecological resilience through surfing, storytelling, and mindfulness workshops.