Maike & Annette in Tom`s backyard
In autumn 2022, Tom from Jersey contacted us because he had heard about Provide the slide by chance. After seeing a film in which a protagonist transported beer to the front line for soldiers in Afghanistan, he wanted to bring surfboards to Africa for Provide the slide. He imagined personally transporting a load of boards to West Africa in a lorry. It didn't quite turn out like that, but almost 😉
We at PTS discussed whether it would be worth picking up boards from Jersey and initially considered the ferry costs and also had a big question mark over the customs fees.... Fortunately, we decided to take the plunge!
From the moment we arrived on the island in our van, it was all love. Tom had already collected around 70 boards, all piled up in his little garden. We were warmly welcomed by him and his family and got to know many incredibly nice and inspiring people. Natalie, Tom's neighbour, supported us very actively and promoted our collection campaign with great photos. Natalie and Tom have a project together in Jersey where they want to convert an old church into a skate hall with space for art and encounters.
After we had a film screening at James in the Merchands Cafe and were able to talk a bit about Provide the slide and the collection campaign in Jersey, things went through the roof. We could hardly save ourselves from donated surf equipment and had many very nice encounters with the people of Jersey. Many thanks also at this point for the generous donation of a really nice self-shaped board from Charlie Cadin, sponsored by James! We have rarely met so many incredibly generous people on such a small piece of land! We were completely overwhelmed and until the last minute before the ferry departed, more and more boards were added until we were finally able to drive 110 surfboards back to Switzerland for Africa and there was not a bit of space left in the van.
Fortunately, we also passed through customs without any problems. Only the weather.... well, that was very British;-) Next time hopefully without surfing in hail and onshore storms, but with great conditions - but that would probably have been too much of a good thing 😉 But we'll definitely be back!