In November 2000, Alan and Pam Skuse left their home on the Sunshine Coast of Australia, to volunteer at an orphanage for twelve months in Tapachula, Chiapas, a coastal city at the base of an extinct volcano. Little did they know that the organization they joined would close after six months, leaving the Skuses with a choice: to return to Australia, or take on the overwhelming challenge of caring for the remaining children on their own. Pam and Alan lacked resources and critical support, but dreamed of creating a true refuge, in place of a cold institution, or worse, the existing vacuum. In this coastal city with no other wave riders, Pam and Alan set out to create a unique surf community, dreaming of hope for children who otherwise had none. Surfing there allowed children who had suffered the unimaginable to forget the past, and taught them to live in the moment.