Free Surf – Girl EmpoweredPosted on: August 14th, 2013
With Ocean Ramsey, Faith Wenzl, Honolua Blomfield, Dax McGill, and Monyca Byrne-Wickey
By Lauren Shanahan
The label “surfer girl” might be somewhat cliché, but the connotation is growing stronger every year. Despite all the double standards, square box molds, and low budgeting, women’s surfing still cultivates respect. And girls are proving themselves not only by advancing past the boys at younger ages, but also by being role models throughout it all. These five highlighted females push beyond what’s expected of them and emerge with something to share. Something to teach not only other surfers, but also other waterwomen, career women, and aspiring youth worldwide.
Each female shares a perspective of her purpose that reflects the natural role model within. Whether it’s proving that women have a place in competitive surfing or that girls can be cute and feminine while still achieving equal goals, these career-driven-shark-diving-board-crossing-world-traveling-fierce-competing-and-free-surfing females are taking part in an important message. To find and believe your own purpose.And have fun throughout it and enjoy the journey.
Scuba instructor and model. Shark activist, free diver, waterwoman, surfer, world traveler, braver than most guys.
Starting the day off with a deep-water free dive is a highlight for Ocean. Seeing a shark while in the water is a blessing. Every three seconds a shark is killed, and despite their importance in fragile marine ecosystems, people’s fear is what holds them back from taking a stance against shark cruelty and disregard. Ocean’s goal in life is to help save sharks and other marine life. She’s hoping to achieve this by changing society’s perception of sharks, getting people past their fears, and inspiring others to take an interest in these fascinating creatures. Capturing peaceful interactions of human and shark is Ocean’s way of sharing her passion with the world. And with a healthy respect for the animal’s capabilities, this waterwoman has learned to read shark behavior and communication skillfully. Sometimes she’ll even spend more time with sharks, whales, and dolphins than she does her own family. As a female diving with great whites and tigers for the purpose of proving a message, girls everywhere can recognize how impactful they can be too.
On diving with sharks: “You don’t have to completely love sharks, but at least respect them as part of nature. They deserve to be there, they were there before us, and it’s their home… “As a surfer I love the days when I can go out, do a dive with sharks, and then go back into shore and go surf. Shark diving is a perception changer.”
On females in the sport: “I think you can be cute and feminine, but you can also do everything that all the guys do. You don’t have to fit into a cookie cutter society box of what you should and shouldn’t do, and what people expect of you. There’s no reason why you can’t do everything.”
Why Ocean is a role model: This inspiring woman lives by the quote, “what would you attempt if you knew you would not fail?” Ocean doesn’t allow fear to hold her back from anything and she believes in her purpose so strongly that it brings her face-to-face with sharks, a calculated risk this female is willing to take every single day. Ocean is brave but not fearless, driven by love yet levelheaded. Speaking up for what’s important in her life, Ocean leads the example that fulfillment comes from being true to yourself and true to the things that matter most. For this skilled diver this means the threatened marine life in our seas. To be a good person means fighting for what is meaningful and Ocean wonders aloud, “What type of person would I be if I didn’t speak up for sharks?” Discovering your passion is like revealing your purpose, so make it significant.
Full Article: http://freesurfmagazine.com/girl-empowered/