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One amongst the Ocean: Meet Creative Multi-Hyphenate together with Seeababe Leah Dawson

Welcoming Leah Dawson to the Seeababe family! 

Uncategorizable in addition to one-of-a-kind, Leah Dawson smashes preconceived notions. She speaks amongst the wisdom in addition to humility of an elderly soul, withal has a childlike wonder, awe in addition to promise of the world. Back inwards the 2000s, she became known for her career every bit a women’s longboard sectionalization competitor, but today the all-around waterwoman is addicted to getting barreled piece riding weird vintage unmarried fin boards that would confuse thruster devotees.

Originally from Florida, Leah right away calls the North Shore of a Oahu in addition to a mermaid-shared “hen house” her home. When she's non surfing her human face upward off in addition to championing for environmental in addition to wellness causes relevant to the islands, she goes where her passion for creating music, visual media in addition to experiencing novel waters takes her. 

We met Leah through the global sisterhood of lady surfers in addition to have got admired her uninhibited in addition to powerful surf vogue from afar. The to a greater extent than nosotros got to know Leah in addition to her dedication, intelligence, mindfulness in addition to generous spirit, the to a greater extent than nosotros dear her.

We caught upward amongst Leah earlier she headed off to the Noosa Festival of Surfing to larn to a greater extent than almost this inspiring kid of the sea.

Pure style. Leah Dawson wears the Gaviotas. Photo past times Doug Falter.

What are your showtime memories of surfing? What keeps y'all surfing in addition to making it an essential component subdivision of your life?

When I was three, my dad pose me on the forepart of his board. I recollect it vividly. I recollect beingness amazed past times the natural playground of the ocean, in addition to that the the world made waves for us to play on.

This admiration of the body of body of water has exclusively grown, in addition to it has remained the most influential aspect of my life. I know myself more, because I verbalise to the sea, I express joy amongst her, I larn from her. I have got learned respect. I have got learned to inquire permission. I have got learned that at that topographic point is society inwards chaos, in addition to to predict the unpredictable is magic. My dear for the ocean, in addition to the connectedness it gives me spiritually to my surroundings keeps me falling inwards dear amongst life every fourth dimension my toes touching the water. And amongst surfing, at that topographic point is no halt to evolution. There is ever increment in addition to alter to last made. For that, I maintain to seek my wildest sea dreams :)

Leah Dawson on her unmarried fin. Photo past times Doug Falter.

What's your surf routine?

My surf routine changes all the fourth dimension but the ii things that ever rest consistent is that I have got to drinkable H2O in addition to I have got to stretch earlier I surf. The few times I have got gotten injured, I've forgotten to stretch earlier I paddled out in addition to hence I've made a commitment to myself to ever usage the fourth dimension correct earlier I surf to unite myself amongst the ocean, inquire for permission, in addition to acquire my trunk inwards tuned amongst the H2O inwards forepart of me. I dear putting my feet inwards the sand in addition to doing a serial of v stretches or hence that warm my shoulders, hips, knees up. But to a greater extent than hence it connects my soul to the body of body of water in addition to gets me create for the dance. 

If I'm dwelling at the henhouse amongst my roommates nosotros have got a surf routine of ever dancing inwards our living room earlier nosotros become surfing. It's our agency to acquire our spirit create for the body of body of water — to unite ourselves in addition to our sisterhood. It ever reminds us that surfing is our celebration.

What exercise y'all ever have got amongst y'all when going to the beach?

The most of import matter I quest that I ever have got amongst me to the beach is H2O in addition to sunscreen. I also dear to ride many boards hence I actually similar to convey a quiver of boards downward to the beach whenever I'm going someplace other than the pause exterior of my house. 

Leah Dawson's stoked face. Photo past times Doug Falter.

When you’re non surfing, what are your passions in addition to pursuits? 

I intend the most of import passions I have got is loving those to a greater extent than or less me, loving the populace to a greater extent than or less me, loving my life, in addition to seeking happiness. I exercise that inwards a myriad of ways: surfing, playing music, filmmaking, writing, practicing yoga in addition to practicing bodywork, to shout a few. 

I am pursuing a dream to positively impact the populace to a greater extent than or less me. Our global surroundings is screaming out for help. We alive inwards a fourth dimension when awareness is critical, in addition to alter is mandatory. I experience responsible to last an agent for that change. 

What are some of the environmental projects that y'all are passionate almost sharing? 

At the moment, I’ve been working on a brusk cinema serial called The Sea Appreciation Project that speaks to inspiring appreciation for the ocean, because without appreciation for something, how are nosotros supposed to have got aid of it? 

As surfers, it is our DUTY, to last the caretakers of the ocean, to construct clean our beaches, to brand daily choices that speak towards healing rather than destroying our environment. Surfers are connected to the body of body of water inwards a agency most humans aren’t. The body of body of water gives to us, constantly. We must give back. Every unmarried day, the choices that nosotros brand touching on our seas. Awareness is key. Appreciation is vital. 

No large deal, only getting barreled. Leah Dawson inwards Hawaii. photograph past times Doug Falter. 

Tell me almost your other passions — music, filmmaking, yoga in addition to bodywork. How does each i fulfill you? 

I dear playing music because it's an endless sail opened upward to our heart’s creation. Playing music amongst others is the exclusively other linguistic communication that I know, but it’s a universal one. Music is inwards everyone. 

I dear filmmaking because it's impactful in addition to it's a platform to limited myself in addition to my dear for the world. I believe media is the most effective agency that nosotros tin give the sack create alter inwards our populace hence I dedicated myself to pursuing a career inwards filmmaking in addition to media making amongst the foundation of making positive empowering content. 

Yoga has helped me to last the soul I am today. Learning almost breath, oneness, patience, in addition to flow have got correlated to all aspects of my life in addition to given me a deeper agreement of what it is to last human. 

Practicing bodywork has been a passion of mine for every bit long every bit I tin give the sack remember. Touch has ever been my favorite sense. I experience a magical issue energy when I identify my hands on a receptive body. I learned when I was almost twenty years former that I could create issue energy amongst whoever I was working on, in addition to that I didn’t have got to utilize my ‘own’ hence to speak. In the future, I await forrard to studying nether a master copy who has been passed downward an ancient technique. After that, I’ll consider it every bit a profession. But for now, it is my favorite agency to give to those to a greater extent than or less me. Because I realized, that when I give, I have the relaxation, in addition to oneness inside myself every bit well. 

Leah Dawson inwards gratitude in addition to happiness. Photo past times Doug Falter. 

You used to compete inwards surf contests. What were the most rewarding moments of your surf competition menstruation of life? 

I compete rattling footling these days, exclusively when I am invited to a exceptional event, or when an lawsuit takes identify at a surf pause that I wishing to surf amongst no i out! I competed inwards surfing consistently from historic menstruation of seven to 25, in addition to hence I lost the wishing to wishing to last judged on the matter that brings me the most happiness. Surfing is my spiritual food. The most rewarding moments of my competition menstruation were that of camaraderie amongst the other girls. Competing introduced me to some of my best friends inwards the world, in addition to competition ever felt similar a household unit of measurement reunion to me. Definitely getting barreled inwards contests has ever been my favorite moments, though they are few inwards numbers. More hence because at that topographic point were never barrels inwards contests, but perhaps that’s why I don’t exercise many contests whatever to a greater extent than too! 

What exercise love/hate almost surf contests? What role exercise they play inwards surfing? 

I dear contests because it brings people together amongst mutual interests. I don’t similar contests because y'all hence have got to compete against your friends. I dear striving to surf my best, but non inwards comparing to others. It’s non almost beating other surfers, or winning contests, it’s almost performing at your ain rattling best for yourself, pushing yourself, in addition to your limits of what y'all intend y'all tin give the sack do. 

Contests are of import to some surfer’s careers because it allows manufacture folk to run into you, but it to a greater extent than connects y'all to the electrical flow surfers who portion the same passion every bit you. We bring upward our ain surfing past times surrounding ourselves amongst other surfers. Competing naturally makes y'all strive to elevate. 

Leah Dawson inwards the flow. Photo past times Doug Falter. 

What exercise y'all dear almost surfing amongst immature human women? (and men too!) 

I dear surfing amongst other women because at that topographic point is an extraordinary issue energy a adult woman exudes when she is inwards the ocean. Women, historically, are elegant. When nosotros run into a adult woman embody this elegance inwards the sea, it is breathtaking. She makes it a dance. She moves amongst the waves, non ever looking only for the maneuver, but enjoying each 2nd of the ride. 

Women together inwards the body of body of water are frequently laughing, in addition to conversing, piece frequently lineups are unremarkably quiet, serious, in addition to competitive. Women inwards the H2O exude their natural joy. 

Leah Dawson wears the Seea Zuma inwards Hawaii. Photo past times Doug Falster. 

How did y'all detect out almost Seea, in addition to how have got y'all felt wearing Seea? 

I have got been seeing Seea to a greater extent than or less the surf populace for the concluding few years, admiring their clear honor for modesty in addition to expressing innate feminine beauty. Seea is different because dissimilar other companies inwards the woman soul surf industry, their ethic to create products in addition to advertise them inwards no agency exploits females every bit a sexual practice symbol, but rather accentuates her beauty inwards a fashionable, functional, pocket-sized manner. 

Seea is committed to their morals, in addition to the fellowship is seeing that at that topographic point is a large community of woman soul surfers who are hence inwards draw of piece of occupation amongst their same message. I don’t worry almost Seea ‘selling out’ to brand smaller in addition to smaller suits, because their foundation is built from the wishing of inner honor to smooth outwards. 

My favorite adjust is the Gaviotas adjust because I experience elegant inwards the water, similar I’m ever winning the ‘best dressed’ award, which never happens on land! But too the beauty of the adjust the functionality allows me to surf inwards whatever wave, without worrying that my adjust volition autumn off. I dear the neoprene over the body, in addition to the rash guard arms because I believe that roofing upward is the best Sun protection nosotros tin give the sack give ourselves. Stay warm, maintain your pare healthy, in addition to experience beautiful, that’s why I dear the Gaviotas. 

Thank y'all Leah for your sort words! You are an inspiration in addition to nosotros are honored in addition to excited to welcome y'all to the Seeababes family!

Check out Leah at piece of occupation in addition to inwards motion inwards her latest video, "Julune: Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 Surf Dream inwards Indo."