We build leadership capacity across sectors to address pressing social and environmental challenges through intentional cultural and institutional redesign.
Brown Girl Surf works to build a more diverse, environmentally reverent, and joyful women’s surf culture by increasing access to surfing, cultivating community, amplifying the voices of women of color surfers, and taking care of the earth.
OUR VALUES ARE EXPRESSED THROUGH OUR BROWN GIRL SURF WOMANIFESTO:
PLAY – We play to be free, connected, and rejuvenated.
COMMUNITY – We are a community that takes care of each other by keeping each other safe, encouraging each other, and including everyone.
GIRLS EMPOWERMENT – We are strong in our bodies and our minds, and invent ourselves in our own images.
ENVIRONMENT – We care for and respect the ocean and land. We show gratitude for the gifts of nature.
EXPRESSION THROUGH ARTS– We use art to celebrate ourselves and our community
GRATITUDE – We practice gratitude to heal and find peace.
We have four strategies for executing our mission:
- Voice: We amplify the voices of girls and women of color surfers, both within our community, in the broader surf culture, and in the world at large.
- Community: We build a sense of community through our beach programs, our on-land events (screenings, outings, conservation actions) and through our mode of operating, which engages volunteers, families, and participants as key effectors of change.
- Conservation: Central to our holistic curriculum is cultivating a sense of interconnectedness and care for the earth, both on an emotional level, and through the actions we take to protect it. We conduct stewardship projects, nature education, and environmental actions both within our surf programs, and as stand-alone activities throughout the year.
- Access: We create access to surfing and to the ocean, by providing logistical, financial, and cultural support through our clinics, outings, and conservation actions.