The Vision: For happy, healthy artisanal fishing communities who are and respected as stewards for their aquatic environments, cultural heritage and wellbeing.

 

The Mission: To create grassroots actionable social & ecological change through audiovisual storytelling from the perspective of small-scale fishing communities.

Coast 2 Coast was established in 2014 when Nicolás Landa Tami, a cinematographer from Lima, Peru, and Emi Koch, a free surfer from San Diego, California met in Lobitos, Peru.

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.
APPROACH
 

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