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Partnering with local educational institutions, we engage rural youth from small-scale fishing communities as resilient researchers and skilled communicators, exploring their ancient seas and ancestral villages using accessible visual arts, multimedia tools, and new "edutainment" mediums to co-create stories rooted in traditional knowledge, fortified by science, and expressed through their imaginations for their ocean, lakes and rivers and communities' sustainable futures. 

OUR STORy:

In 2014, Nicolás Landa Tami, a cinematographer from Lima, Peru, and Emi Koch, a social-ecologist and free surfer from San Diego, California met in Lobitos, Peru. The two decided to partner up and established Coast 2 Coast.

Emi started the nonprofit, Beyond the Surface International, as a network of surfing for youth empowerment programs, offering virtual and on-the-ground support to organizations around the world. Through the Lobitos Cinema Project and his various projects, Nico facilitated audiovisual workshops for indigenous communities to share their stories through their own documentaries and photo series.
Inspired by each other's passions, Nico and Emi began traveling the coastlines together, facilitating surfing and storytelling workshops in small-scale fishing villages around the world. Upon witnessing the ocean's collapse and climate change's impacts on the communities and listening to their experiences, Emi and Nico created Coast 2 Coast as a platform for vulnerable, small-scale fishing communities to celebrate their existence and share with the outside world about the unprecedented social and ecological challenges they are facing on a daily basis.

EMI KOCH is a marine social-ecologist, Fulbright Fellow, and National Geographic Explorer from San Diego, California. When Emi was nineteen, she used her sponsorship as a professional surfer with Billabong to start her own nonprofit engaging youth in marginalized coastal villages through surfing. Beyond the Surface serves as the legal structure for Coast 2 Coast. Emi recently graduated with a Masters in Marine Biodiversity & Conservation from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. She did her undergraduate work at Georgetown University in Psychology with focuses in Anthropology and Justice & Peace Studies. 

NICOLÁS LANDA TAMI is a cinematographer, video journalist and audiovisual arts educator from Lima, Peru. Nico began his career producing television news stories with young reporters specializing in environmental news. He then worked as an audiovisual facilitator with indigenous groups across Peru, co-creating short films on education, health, human rights, and mining conflicts. As a cinematographer, Nico works on a diverse range of productions including documentary feature films, transmedia web, photography and publicity. One of his films, The Last Shaman, was recently brought to Netflix and executively produced by Leonardo Di Caprio. 

Cultivating in youth the moral courage to grow as proactive agents of positive change in their own lives and beyond.

Celebrating the unique meanings, values, and characters of a place to create, reinforce, or enhance sense of community.

Fostering heathy relationships from local to global through the power of play and storytelling.

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LOCAL COMMUNITY PARTNERS

A LIQUID FUTURE

ALF is a non-profit organization using creativity and the ocean to engage isolated coastal communities affected by tourism to take sustainable action in a local and global context.

Morotai Island, North Maluku, Indonesia

BODHI SURF + YOGA

Bodhi Surf + Yoga camps are week-long experiential learning vacations. Surfing, yoga, and community and nature immersion are the activities we use to facilitate memorable learning experiences for our guests.

Bahía Ballena, Uvita, Costa Rica

FUNDACIÓN SINUMAR

Started by the daughter of a local fisherman, Fundación Sinumar champions local youth by providing them with opportunities to grow through embracing their own creativity and unique abilities. 

San Bernardo del Viento, Colombia

GIVE & SURF

Give & Surf is an nonprofit providing substantive, hands-on, real world assistance and programs to community members living in remote communities along the coastlines. 

Bocas del Toro, Panama

HRIDAYA YOGA CENTER

The Hridaya Yoga Center offers daily meditations, drop-in classes, Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreats, month-long yoga courses, workshops, and an annual Teacher Training Course. 

Mazunte, Oaxaca, Mexico

LOBITOS CINEMA PROJECT

LCP is a intercultural audiovisual platform to promote the culture heritage and human rights of local Lobitanos through their own stories.

Lobitos, Peru

MANTA SAIL TRAINING CENTRE

MANTA Sail Training Centre is the first and only social enterprise in Vietnam that aims to promote human and environmental health via water sport. Olympic-trained fishermen teach water sport to guests, in turn guests support sustainable development goals and alternative livelihood for fishermen.

Mui Ne, Phan Thiet, Vietnam

SEBASTIAN INDIAN SOCIAL PROJECT

SISP is a nonprofit, charitable organization working to improve the standards of living among the financially and socially disadvantaged sections of the fishing societies in India.

Kovalam, Kerala, India

THE SHAKA SURF CLUB

The Shaka Surf Club began as a way to share the stoke of surfing, promote the sport and cultivating the surfing culture in India. 

Kodi Bengre, Karnataka, India

TRIVANDRUM SOCIAL SERVICE SOCIETY

TSSS is the nodal organization of Trivandrum Archdiocese to implement social action programs for the empowerment and development of people irrespective of caste, creed or religion. 

Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India

WAVES LOBITOS

WAVES inspires world travel and cultural exchange through surf experiences, while collaboratively building a network of partnerships that connect travelers, community members and grassroots initiatives.

Lobitos, Peru

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FAMILY & FRIENDS

ROSEMARIE LERNER ~ ADVISOR

A Peruvian documentary marker and co-founder of Quipu Project, Ros's interests are in new media technologies to tell stories for social-political impact.

Lima, Peru

TITO BOBBIO ~ ARTIST

Tito is an artist from Lima, Peru who explores nature in many of its dimensions in his artworks. He also enjoys riding waves and butter. 

Lima, Peru

MARCO BOBBIO ~ PRODUCER

Marco is a surfer and producer from Lima, Peru who connects us with socially-minded companies from South America to support our workshops.

Lima, Peru

RENATO CANALES ~ ARTIST

Renato is an artist from Lima, Peru who has a deep appreciation for the marine environment and is passionate about sharing art with others. 

Lima, Peru

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JEFF RUTHERFORD ~ ADVISOR

Jeff is Geography Teacher who works in environmental communications in the Mekong Region: training, teaching, writing, researching, fixing and farming.

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

HENRY ESPINOZA ~ PHOTOGRAPHER

The son of a fisherman, Henry is a talented surfer with a deep passion for the ocean. He's recognized as one of the best photographers in Peru.

Lobitos, Peru

LUCIA COZ ~ ARTIST

A vivacious and playful soul, Lucia is a young and talented artist who enjoys exploring sea and nature through her drawings and murals. 

Lima, Peru

MIKE PINETTE ~ ARTIST

A health coach and musician, Mike is also a talented artist who fantastically captures his encounters with nature through his illustrations. 

San Fransisco, California

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