It's Not Just Surfing with this Women's Surf Community
All photos by Sarah Williams
October 2, 2020
By Ariel Kochbarski, @ofthemomnt
I’m still on a high from last week’s events; they exceeded our expectations and brought us all together in a new way.
The week in collaboration with Heal the Bay x Sameside was a triumph! We raised $138 (and counting) for the cause and completed three events in support of #coastalcleanup month. Our program consisted of three group Yoniswell happenings that our community expects from us: beach yoga class followed by a surf session in Manhattan Beach, a beach clean up followed by a surf session in Venice, and a dance cardio class followed by a surf session in Manhattan Beach. It was a packed week since September 20th to September 26th was the part of the coastal cleanup campaign that focuses on beaches; where we spend most of our time as lady surfers!
We had a wonderful turnout of diverse women from both our inclusive Yoniswell community and lovely new faces from our partnership with Sameside. It was not only great to do good but also to meet new people who care about causes we care about too. It’s a huge understatement to say that 2020 has been an intense year and taking action is more important than ever before. We have been feeling the effects of climate change so acutely here in California, post weeks of the most intense wildfires in decades. It felt proactive to get involved for change to happen; it was awesome to organize on a local level for causes that align with me personally as well as our sacred surf community.
The beach dance team
Yoniswell founder Jordan Auten
Beach yoga warriors
Trash collected in Rewilder Goods bags
We came together for the ocean, which we all enjoy, regardless of whether or not you surf, the ocean is an incredible natural resource we need to protect. People need the ocean now more than ever; it provides so much peace to so many. It has been a key factor in my personal journey of meditation, surf, exercise, and health. People who have access to the ocean consistently sight it as a key factor in their wellness; they have a 12% to 17% reduction in mortality rate, according to a study by University of New Brunswick in Canada. Along with a reduction in mortality rates, people who live within half a mile of the beach are up to 40% less likely to suffer from unhappiness, according to a study by the University of Exeter in England. All the more reason to take care of it!
Little lady doing her part for the cleanup
I’m incredibly grateful to have been able to be a part of this week. These events mark a turn in the reach of Yoniswell and are leading to new chances for us to partner with other organizations that align with our mission of surfing, community, and ocean preservation. Stay tuned for more as we’ll be running these upcoming events through Sameside on the Yoniswell page. We look forward to seeing you in some future gatherings!
Every Yoniswell event combines surfing, community and action.
Check us out at one of our events. We welcome all women of every skill.