“Just Add Surf: the transformative power of surfing” Irish surfer Easkey Britton gives TEDx talk

Proper respect for Easkey Britton. She hops up on stage at the TEDx Dublin event and gives this unbelievably composed talk titled “Just Add Surf: the transformative power of surfing”. Man we get the shakes and stammers presenting to a room of 10 people let alone a zillion, which is how many people will see it once it’s channelled through TED’s wonder web. The talk is also super interesting touching on a heap of issues close to our hearts. Our favourite nuggets include:

– “how the ocean doesn’t care if you’re a man or women”

– “how some of the first surfers were women…in the 1700s records show Polynesian women surfing with men described by Western explorers as ‘equals to their male counterparts'”

– “how research shows a lack of female role models is a key issue of female participation in sport but there isn’t a lack of female role models [in surfing] just differing media access and coverage in sport and gender norms, how society expects men and women to behave, and how these norms really control our attitudes and behaviours” [thoughts we touch on here]

– and she talks about her surf journey to remotest Iran (Baluchistan) to encourage “open-minded travel and tolerance” which you can watch a film about here

– “from connection arises passion which transcends language and culture”

Watch Easkey’s TEDx Dublin talk here:

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