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Today my guests today are two wonderful surfers from California: Tiare Hoegerman and Clarissa Kusel, the founders of The Ocean is Female.
Originally frustrated about the way the surfing industry represents women’s surfing, our two college roommates decided to launch an Instagram account, and a Blog, called The Ocean is Female.
The idea behind this side hustle, was give an outlet for women surfers who want to share their stories and demonstrate that women’s surfing doesn’t just boil down to a supermodel in a tiny bikini holding a surfboard.
What started as a project in October 2017, is snowballing into an encyclopedia of inspiring and empowering female surf stories. Every day, Tiare and Clarissa are receiving, curating and publishing inspirational women’s surf stories from around the world.
Today’s conversation is a tale of all tales. It’s an opportunity to meet the people behind this beautiful and refreshing non-profit project. Clarissa and Tiare have a contagious sense of humour and share their story about the inception of the project, how you can be a part of it, and their hilarious personal surf and travel stories.
Today they both have desk jobs, but one of the career choices that they took for a while was to travel the world as ESL (English as a Second Language) teachers. Our two besties share their experience and give some useful advice on how to make the most of being a teacher and catching a few waves.
If there is anything to take from the episode, it’s how The Ocean is Female is empowering women from all over the world to share their stories. Today, The Ocean is Female instagram account has already clocked over 5300 followers in less than 13 months.
I would like to specially thank Clarissa and Tiare for getting up really early in the morning to be on this podcast and for being such gorgeous guests.
Next week I’ll be talking to a University professor who has just launched a Geography of Surfing course at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Noosa.
In the meantime, take care, have fun and enjoy the waves
If you would like to share your story on The Ocean is Female, the best way is to connect with Tiare and Clarissa via DM on Instagram @theoceanisfemale or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As they mentioned in the podcast, they could do with some help on the blog www.theoceanisfemale.com, so if you want to reach out, just send them an email directly.
Amanda is an amazing young woman who started surfing later on in life. In fact, she took to surfing a few years ago when she traveled to Sri Lanka for four months to write her thesis. You could say she loved the lifestyle and the country so much. She decided to co-found a nonprofit organization called SeaSisters. SeaSisters is empowering girls and women by teaching them to swim and surf.
Today’s guest is the founder of Sea Together Magazine. Her name is Brianna Ortega. I couldn’t quite tell you where she is from as she has already moved 26 times since she was little, but when I got hold of her, she was in Oregon USA. This constant nomadic existence has lead her to entertain deep relationship with the ocean. For Brianna, the ocean is her home.
Renee is originally from Canada but operates both her businesses out of Los Angeles.
Renee is a Design Forecaster. For the past 20 years, she has been bobbing all over the world defining the next trends and influencing fashion, automotive, architecture and interior design brands.
Renee is also the founder of a new über-cool 100% plant based and ocean-friendly skin care brand : LABBE, for surfers and ocean lovers. You may have spotted her glorious black bottles on Instagram and around trendy stores in LA.
Today’s episode is a chat with Janaya Wilkins, who is from New Zealand and who has just last week, launched a kickstarter campaign for her very own eco-friendly luxury oceanwear brand called SLO active.
Faye is a talented writer and as an official day job she is a director at one of the biggest female magazines on the planet. It’s the kind of high profile job a lot of women would die for with loads of perks and famous and influential people to meet. But Faye has a really interesting side hustle: Après Surf, an Instagram blog to celebrate women’s surfing.