EVERY STEP MATTERS
In the walk of life, we at Cobian believe that “Every Step Matters”. For over 25 years our customers have enjoyed Cobian’s signature comfort and value, but our main mission is to serve as a platform to support others. You too can support others who choose to make a difference every time you select Cobian footwear.
FRIENDS OF BETHANY HAMILTON FOUNDATION
Cobian is dedicated to supporting the Friends of Bethany’s mission to encourage others to be overcomers in Christ through conferences, retreats, and more. Cobian donates a portion from every sale of Bethany’s signature sandal collection to the Friends of Bethany, and has been able contribute nearly $40,000 to date. Your purchase supports Bethany in bringing inspiration to people worldwide.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
The products we create exist to help enrich the world we live in. Since 1990, more than 124 million boys and girls in over 150 countries have experienced God's love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child. Through our partnership with Operation Christmas Child, Cobian has been able to donate over 20,000 pairs of sandals to kids in need around the world.
SURFERS NOT STREET CHILDREN
Cobian team rider Ntando Misibi grew up in the streets of Durban, South Africa. Through the work of Surfers Not Street Children, Ntando was given the gift of surfing, and a new hope for his life. Ntando’s story is becoming a source of inspiration for people around the world, and Cobian is thankful to work with him as a voice for our “Every Step Matters” campaign.
SURFING THE NATIONS
Cobian has a deep respect for Surfing the Nations, and how they successfully integrate surfing and humanitarian work to transform communities around the world. Recently, Cobian rallied retailers and ambassadors to help raise awareness, and provide financial support for the development of Surfing the Nation’s new community center which exists to serve the community of Wahaiwa, Hawaii.
CHRISTIAN SURFERS UNITED STATES
Cobian’s mission is to serve as a platform to support those who care for the needy, steward our planet, and provide hope and inspiration to others. Much of this is being lived out through Christian Surfers United States as they work along the coasts to serve the surfing community with humble Christ-like hearts. Over the years, Cobian has partnered with CSUS in a variety of events, international missions work, and developing resources such as the latest edition of the Surfer’s Bible. .
USA WATER POLO
Cobian is proud to be the Official Sandal Partner of USA Water Polo. USA Water Polo oversees the Olympic water polo program, as well as 20 different championship events annually. With nearly 40,000 members, USA Water Polo is the sanctioning authority for more than 500 Member Clubs and 400 tournaments conducted nationwide each year. USA Water Polo has a rich tradition of success at every level including World Championship, World Cup, World League and Pan Am Gold Medals, and most recently, Olympic Gold for our women's program. For a culture that trains hard in and out of the water, Cobian is proud to support these athletes with sandals that are water-friendly, built with quality materials, and comfortable to slip-on after a long day of practice.
At Cobian, we believe that each step of the journey is just as important as the finish line. That's why we choose to support individuals who are committed to making
EVERY STEP MATTER. Although no one can see what lies on the path ahead, we recognize the power in sharing the testimonies of those who have overcome to inspire others to follow in their footsteps.
WHAT BETHANY HAMILTON TEACHES US (AND FELLOW AMPUTEES) ABOUT OUR PERCEPTION OF BEAUTY
Writer: Juan Hernandez, TheInertia.com | Photo: Mike Coots
“It’s no secret Bethany Hamilton is one of the most philanthropically driven athletes you’ll ever meet. From working with SurfAid to being one of the Make A Wish Foundation’s most requested wish granters to her own Friends of Bethany Foundation and more, she’s a busy woman with a very big heart, to say the least. Her story is inspirational without needing much explanation: A teenage girl loses her arm in a shark attack while surfing, then not only returns to surfing but does it so well she becomes one of the sport’s best. She surfs big waves. She shows up at ‘CT events and upsets some of the Tour’s top competitors. And at 27 years old, she’s now been doing all this with one arm as long as she ever did it with two.
Professional accomplishments aside, the things that don’t make as many headlines are probably the simplest and most life-altering, like learning to tie your shoe or comb your hair with one hand, or how a woman’s perception of beauty will forever be changed when she no longer has an arm. “When you’re faced with the loss of your limb or some other physical difference there becomes, in your mind, a real challenge to what our culture says is beautiful,” Hamilton says. “There has to be a change in your mindset when it comes to beauty, from focusing on physical appearance—which is fleeting — to thinking of the heart and attitude and even something greater...”
Read the rest of the original article about Cobian Ambassador, Bethany Hamilton, at Surfline.com View more stories on Inspired Series at theinertia.com
NTANDO MSIBI WENT FROM THE STREETS TO SURF SUPER TALENT AND HE'S NOT STOPPING ANY TIME SOON
Writer: Dylan Heyden, TheInertia.com
“Ntando Msibi is a grom’s grom. His eyes get wide and his smile is visible from space when he talks about surfing. And when the kid came into our offices for an interview he crushed not one but two Red Bulls back to back. (No joke!) But unlike other 19-year-olds, Ntando’s accumulated enough real world experience to fill three lifetimes.
Ntando comes from Durban, South Africa. And at nine years old, after the tragic death of his mother, he found himself trying to survive on the streets. “Street children,” as they’re called, in South Africa and elsewhere often resort to criminal activity in order to survive. Drug habits are also par for the course when living on the streets. In this case, Ntando’s story is no different. When he first got involved with Surfers Not Street Children, a South African non-profit launched by Tom Hewitt to get kids off the streets through surfing, Ntando was in a bad place. He was sniffing glue, and at one point was hit by a car. He miraculously came out unscathed. Over time through Tom and Surfers Not Street Children, Ntando began surfing more and more and spending less and less time on the streets. As Tom puts it, Ntando became so enamored with surfing and would be in the water so much that by the end of the day he’d literally be too exhausted to return to old habits...”
Read the rest of the original article about Cobian Team Rider, Ntando Msibi, at Surfline.com View more stories on Inspired Series at theinertia.com
AARON GOLD HAS HAD ONE HELL OF A YEAR
Writer: Zach Slobig, Surfline.com | Photo: Logan Jacobs
“Early in 2016 the big-wave elite watched with mouths agape as Aaron Gold paddled into a monstrous wave at Pe’ahi — arguably the biggest ever paddled at the famed break. Known as a humble charger, Gold instantly went from underground to primetime. Since then he sliced his head open nearly to the skull on the North Shore, requiring 18 staples and a dozen stitches, and nearly drowned at Tavarua. Surfline recently caught up with Gold to talk about where his mind, body and spirit are at, after enduring such a harrowing year...”
Read the rest of the original article about Cobian Ambassador, Aaron Gold, at Surfline.com
HUNTINGTON ICON ‘SUMO’ IS A MESSENGER OF JOY WHILE BATTLING CANCER Writer: Dylan Heyden, TheInertia.com
“It’s hard to keep Sumo talking about himself for too long. He’d much rather discuss the community in Huntington Beach that defines him. I’m sitting in The Inertia offices in Venice. Sumo’s talking to me from Hawaii. We would have met in HB, but he was back where he grew up to undergo another round of chemotherapy for stage four colon cancer. Talking to him, you wouldn’t know it. He’s jovial. Upbeat.
Despite growing up in Huntington Beach, this is my first conversation with Blaine Sato – known around the world simply as Sumo. A perennial figure on the North Side of HB pier, and a local pastor, Sumo’s an institution in Surf City...”
Read the rest of the original article on how Cobian Ambassador, Sumo Sato, is making Every Step Matter on TheInertia.com View more stories on the Inspired Series at theinertia.com
Photo: Ellis, Surfer.com
“Nate Yeomans’ moustache has always been a conversation starter; these days, he’s making those conversations count, raising awareness about uncomfortable subjects like prostate and testicular cancer, as well as mental health and suicide prevention, issues that affect the lives of millions of men every year.”
Read the rest of the original article about Cobian Ambassador, Nate Yeomans, is making Every Step Matter on Surfer.com