Surf Therapy

Child Friendly Mental Health Services for Under Resourced Communities

Surf Therapy combines the health benefits of surfing and physical activity with activities that help young people build protective relationships, identify emotions, self soothe and build a positive future vision.

Our Programmes

Surf Therapy

Surf Therapy builds social connections, provides respite from difficult thoughts and feelings, and develops skills to cope with stress.


We support partners to design, evaluate and implement Sport for Mental Health programmes globally. Our content is open access and we love to share with partners.

Research & Advocacy

We partner with academic institutions to understand what works and why. We share these results to inform programme design and funding strategies.

About Waves for Change

Waves for Change is a registered South African non-profit organisation. Since 2009, we have worked with universities, children and young people to develop a community based, child-friendly mental health service.

Through published, participatory research, our Surf Therapy programme has been co-designed with children and youth alongside supervision from local mental health experts. Together we have created an innovative programme that is both child and youth friendly and evidence based.

Get a Child to the Beach

Just a ripple can make waves and change lives through surfing and child-friendly mental health.