Surfing is a big part of the community in the Mentawai Islands, however women rarely participate due to inequality and lack of confidence. At the MECC we run surf classes for girls and young women offering them an opportunity of gaining a life changing skill. The joy and empowerment these women are gaining from a previously male dominated sport is immense. Students also learn about rips, currents, tides and dangers associated with the sea. Through surfing, they are fostering a love, understanding and respect for their ocean environment.