13. May 2019
It was American Second World War soldiers who shared their love of riding was with local communities in Morotai’s world class waves, igniting a passion that has seen locals take to the waters with friends and whoop with joy at the thrill of catching a wave for over seventy years now, developing their own, unique style of surfing and surf boards. With this in mind, Morotai was an ideal location to celebrate seventy years of friendship between America and Indonesia. Mr Joseph R. Donovan Junior...
13. May 2019
January saw local communities welcome members of Conservation International’s Hawaii and Bali teams along with the founders of Save The Waves and Indonesia Locally Managed Marine Areas to Morotai to take the further steps in developing the Surf Protected Area Network for the island’s East and North Coasts. A global concept, Morotai is the first place to see the model trialled. In addition Matt Yamashita from Quazifilms Media and Mickey Pauole from Molokai joined the team to document the...

26. October 2018
It’s difficult to say and worse to have. Starting life as a small pimple on my back that I couldn’t really see, one thinks OK, this is OK. Let’s follow the usual procedure: clean with alcohol or some tea tree oil, put on a not-possible-to-come-off (even with surfing for a couple of hours every day) plaster (band aid) and all will be ok. No. OK. Let’s hit it with the invincible antibiotic cream and the plaster. No. Crap! It’s now become a scarlet red volcano on my shoulder blade, that...
26. October 2018
We recently had a team meeting at Maria's - the director’s house which is where I also live. One of the objectives was to check that we all understood our, and our team members’ roles and responsibilities with an upcoming project that is kicking off soon. This is included task allocation, understanding, execution and reporting back. From my experience, I have come to understand Indonesians as very contextual thinkers who look at things holistically, not seeing much as having an independent...

02. June 2018
We are thrilled to announce A Liquid Future’s new partnership with Conservation International and Save The Waves to establish Surf Protected Areas across Indonesia! The simple aim is to protect vast expanses of coral reef and marine ecosystems while establishing community driven development through sustainable marine tourism. Using surfing and surf tourism to its extraordinary potential is a win win situation for all involved – nature, local communities and visiting tourists. Enshrined in...
02. June 2018
Stoked to introduce A Liquid Future’s new team on the ground in Morotai. From left to right meet, Adetiya, Cicilia, Lizzie, Maria and Sar! All locals of North Maluku or Morotai, they are excited and committed to share their skills and enthusiasm to help create sustainable tourism development through surfing among the communities across Morotai. With a mixture of skills and backgrounds from education, finance, language, fishing, we are all set to give it our best.

07. February 2018
Using a creative tool, in this instance a camera, English and the power of nature, our early evening explorative photography class along the shoreline of their beach with the students of Bido was magnetic. For nearly all students it is a novelty to use a camera seeing the world through a new lens. A camera is a wonderful way to explore and absorb what’s around from a new angle, gaining new insights. Taking a picture on the same level as a crab scurrying along the shoreline; following the line...
27. November 2017
Rolling out our first month of our Action Communication Programmes has been a thrill! Watching students watching themselves learn English while simultaneously learning how to use a camera, take a photograph and record a video is a scintillating experience. For virtually all students (and most teachers) it is the first time they have used a camera and looked through a lens at the world. Astonishment would be the most apt word. The reflection it provokes is palpable and what we were very much...

27. July 2017
Smiles, smiles, smiles. I don’t know that it is possible for Indonesians’ smiles to get even bigger but those on the faces of the locals in Morotai seemed to when they heard we had received funding from the U.S. Consulate General Small Grants Awards to run our Action Communication Programmes. Comprising a syllabus centred on leading students from middle school to adult age groups on a journey of discovery we are aiming to develop a relationship and identity with the ocean as a diverse and...
09. May 2017
He lives with his older and younger sister and father. His mother lives in the capital, Daruba where she has found work. Utus left school a year ago as the family did not have enough money to send all three of their children to school. It costs about 300,000 IDR (that’s about $22 U.S.) to pay for uniform and registration. (Utus will return to school in June as we have provided him with a scholarship due to his hard working, honest, enthusiastic nature). He usually wakes up at 5am and will do...

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