The Wave Project appoints new Chief Executive Officer

One of the great things about wave pools is bringing blue health to non-surf areas. The Wave Project, a group that uses surfing to help people in water both salted and fresh, has just appointed a new CEO, Ramon Van de Velde.

The organization works on the belief that the power of connection with nature and the beach can have a positive impact on mental health. Ramon will begin his role with The Wave Project in mid-March 2024.

“I am absolutely delighted to have been appointed as the new CEO of the amazing Wave Project,” said Ramon. “Since 2010, the charity has been improving the mental health and wellbeing of young people through surf therapy, and this is something very close to my heart.”

The Wave Project, located in Newquay, offers surf therapy to over 2,000 UK youngsters grappling with mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, and more. Addressing challenges like bullying, trauma, and bereavement, the charity has positively impacted the mental well-being of over 10,000 children and young people through its surf therapy courses during the past 13 years.

Tim Trythall, the program’s project coordinator, pointed out that access to The Wave in Bristol is crucial to making the program happen regularly.

“The Wave allows the Wave Project Charity to bring surf therapy to young people in urban areas struggling with their mental health,” said Tim. “Through our monitoring and evaluation, and our young people’s stories, we see some life-changing transformations. The artificial reef enables our organization to pioneer what surf therapy means away from the coast.”