Do you remember the moment when you caught your first wave? I do. And I remember all the emotions that came with it: the rush of adrenaline, the euphoric feeling of being on a wave, and the stoke of knowing that my life was forever changed. However, out of all that I’ve gained from learning to surf, awareness and consideration for the ocean are the most significant.
As a surfer, my connection to the ocean has led me to believe that protecting it should come naturally with the lifestyle. I know I’m not the only one that thinks so. Take Mary Haberski, founder of Daana Blue, and Helina Beck, founder of WaveHuggers, as examples. Both women are part of a growing collective of surfers who are taking action in their local communities to foster awareness of the benefits of surfing and the importance of protecting the beach and ocean.