The 2008 Alpinist Film Festival


SurfAid Executive Assistant Elizabeth Ritter stands next to Dan Malloy, Surf Night MC, and explains how Surf Aid International helps educate Indonesia's Mentawai people about malaria and other preventable diseases. More than $7,000 was raised for SurfAid International through the silent auctions held over the three nights and from donations. [Photo] David Swift

Knowing that the places of our athletic and spiritual inspiration often need our help, each year the Festival chooses one non-profit organization as its designated charity. Proceeds from the Festival are donated to the charity in the Festival's name (nearly $20,000 to date), and the charity is showcased throughout the Festival to bring awareness to its cause. The 2008 Alpinist Film Festival supported SurfAid International as its featured non-profit.

SurfAid International was founded in 2000 by Dr. Dave Jenkins, who the year before had traveled to the islands off the western coast of Sumatra in search of perfect waves. What he found instead were people suffering and dying from the ravages of malaria and other preventable diseases, Dr. Dave founded SurfAid, an organization dedicated to the alleviation of human suffering through community-based health programs. SurfAid currently features seven programs in 234 village that help the more than 100,000 residents overcome deadly, yet very preventable, diseases.


The mission of SurfAid is to improve the health of people living in isolated regions connected to us through surfing. For more information about SurfAid, and to make a tax-deductible donation, please visit the SurfAid International website.

Last but not least: don't forget that Tami Knight, one of our favorite climbing cartoonists and certainly our favorite eccentric Cannuck, rolled out a number of R-rated Alpinist Film Festival blogs. You can find them all in our AFF Blog Archives.

At the VIP Party before Snow Night, Yvon Chouinard—legendary climbing pioneer and founder of the clothing and gear company Patagonia—went through his presenter bag and returned items he did not need. The three volunteers laughed hardest when he pulled out a Patagonia catalog. [Photo] David Swift

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