Former WCT surfer Michael ‘Munga’ Barry foundered ‘Godfathers Foundation’ in 1998.

Munga has always been a great supporter and generous in helping charities worldwide. Whilst he travelled the globe in his rewarding surfing career, he soon discovered the poverty and deprived conditions of the many people in remote locations around the world.

Munga was inspired to take his involvement one step further by bringing the Worlds top professional men and women surfers together to form the ‘Godfathers Foundation’. It is with his wife Krista, a former Australian Swimming representative who too has brought together the patronage from many of World’s top Swimmers and Ironmen in supporting this organization.

Left: Michael Barry & Taj Burrows Right: Winner of Susie O'Neil's swimsuit

Uniting the water world champions together was an integral part to structuring the foundations for the Godfathers of the Ocean to be capable of achieving their primary goal in raising awareness and funds for various charities worldwide. In the past ten years, Godfathers of the Ocean has raised over $100,000 towards various charities without the aid from Government assistance or grants. Godfathers’ solely run by support by their sporting identities, the surfing/ surf lifesaving, and swimming communities.Godfathers of the Ocean will endeavor to grow and flourish in the future to achieve their objectives, and it is with the additional support from sponsors, celebrities, family, and friends that will eventuate into an international contribution around the world. However, success will not be forthcoming unless businesses too are willing to be supportive.

Godfathers’ will need sustained efforts across a range of areas: support for awareness for particular charities via media; encouragement to form strategic alliances; support for research and development for various charities; Local and International development for growth.

Celebrities who have assisted the Godfathers Foundation: Sunny Garcia, Luke Egan, Kelly Slater, Mark Occhilupo, Joel Parkinson, Taj Burrows, Beau Emerton, Michael Lowe, Richie Lovett, Layne Beachley, Shane Powell, Rochelle Ballard, Shane Dorian, Troy Brookes, Lee Winkler, Michael Epplestien, Sam Cornish, and many more of the Worlds top

44 Mens & Women Surfers. Grant Hackett, Giaan Rooney, Julie McDonald, Chris Fydler, Geoff Huegill, Susie O’Niell, Andrew Baildon, Ky Hurst, Trevor Hendy, Phil Clayton, Steven King, Karla Gilbert, Jeff Fenech, Dennis Cotteral, Tony Longhurst.

Celebrities who have donated Items to the Godfathers Foundation: Sunny Garcia, Luke Egan, Kelly Slater, Joel Parkinson, Mark Occhilupo, Derek Ho, Bonga Perkins, Grant Hackett, Susie O’Neill, Rochelle Ballard, Layne Beachley, Mick Lowe, Joe Montana, Steve Young, Brisbane Broncos, United States Olympic Swim Team, Australian Swim Team, Mick Doohan, Karla Gilbert, Christian Lassen, Wyland.

Sponsors who have given support & time: Mitchell Surfing Foundation, 90.9 Sea Fm Gold Coast, Billabong, Quiksilver, Julbo, Electric, Globe, Nev Future Shapes, Cult Surfwear, Zumo Surfwear, Brothers Neilson, Mt Woodgee, Heineken Australia, World Surfers Web- site, Hard Rock Cafe Surfers Paradise, Sanctuary Cove Golf Club Gold Coast, Alex Bar & Cafe Alexandra Headland, Oceanic Cable Hawaii, Members of the YMCA Honolulu, Jodie Young, Jesses Faen, Gold Coast Bulletin, Paul Broben Double PR Photography Gold Coast, Lisa Jacob Star FX Gold Coast, Sam Ayoub, International Quarterback, Stewart Print, Laurinda & Peter Whitaker, Sean Wingate, Laurie Lawrence.

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