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About Us

Waves of Freedom is a voluntary-led non-profit that uses surfing as a medium for empowerment, transforming the most vulnerable and marginalized members of society, especially women and girls, into self advocates and empowered change-makers in their communities and beyond.

 

The story of "Waves of Freedom"

The story began in 2010 when French filmmaker Marion Poizeau and Irish surfer Easkey Britton traveled to an unknown territory in the remote region of south-eastern Iran seeking new adventures and surf exploration. They were motivated to explore how they could surf and film in Iran, a country geopolitically misperceived by the West and if it would be possible for women to get to the water and go surf? Baluchistan, the poorest and remotest region in Iran is also the only region that offers any potential for surf, an area considered as one of the most dangerous in the world. With a mix of curiosity, apprehension, and uncertainty, Easkey with her surfboard and Marion with her camera bag filled with head-scarves, met in Tehran airport. This was the first time they met in person but both shared a passion for adventure and exploring the unknown. Almost immediately any worries they had were shattered. The Iranian people were the most welcoming they encountered on their many travels. And the locals were very excited to see surfing practiced in Iran for the first time by a woman. Marion made a short film of this first adventure: Easkey surfs in Iran.

The film made a big impact in international media with the short film going viral on the internet. The response was overwhelmingly positive both outside and within Iran. In August 2013, after connecting with other pioneering Iranian sportswomen who heard about their story, the two women decided to continue the adventure and return to Iran. This time with a project built around the objective: To share a passion for surfing in Iran and make it accessible to everyone, including women . They were joined by Mona Seraji, Iranian snowboard ambassador, and swimmer Shahla Yasini. This second trip had a real impact in the region. All three women shared the belief in the power of surfing as a tool for connection, self-empowerment and bridging barriers. This experience became the subject of Marion Poizeau’s feature documentary, ‘Into the Sea’, the story of the first surfers in Iran, a story shaped by women. Together they planted the seed for new opportunities and made history, becoming the first women to surf in Iran. It is the recognition of the power of surfing to transcend social, cultural and gender barriers that inspired Easkey and Marion to found the non-profit organisation, Waves of Freedom.

 

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Our Mission

The power of surfing as a creative medium for positive social change.

Waves of freedom is founded on the type of freedom Persian mystic and poet Hafiz described as the power of realising our own inner truth and “letting the soul unfurl its wings.”

At the core of Waves of Freedom is how surfing can become a medium to empower those who are most vulnerable in society, in particular women and girls.  Why surfing? Surfing is not just a sport but a lifestyle and an art-form synonymous with freedom and creative self-expression. Waves of Freedom has grown from a belief that the ocean does not discriminate:

“Once you get in the water the rules and norms of society dissolve and the power of the ocean to connect and spread happiness is huge.”  – Easkey Britton, TEDx Dublin 2013.

 

Our Vision

  • Surfing as a tool for gender engagement and gender equity across cultures.
  • Strong female role models and leaders in surfing
  • Self-empowered individuals who are active agents of change in their communities, and beyond.

Core objectives

  • Support and equip women and girls to exercise their rights, self-expression and aspirations through surfing
  • Catalyse dialogue and create an ecosystem for co-learning, collaboration and outcome-based approaches

 

 Our Values - 4 pillars of action

  • Capacity building – surf development programmes and fostering networks for connection and collaboration
  • Self-empowerment – mentorship and ambassador programme for female leaders in surfing
  • Storytelling (that moves to act) – creative medium for self-expression, e.g. digital storytelling
  • Knowledge – action research and research partnerships

 

View our Constitution and Good Governance Code.Waves-of-Freedom-Logo-website-LARGE

Meet the Team

Dr. Easkey Britton

Co-Founder and Chief Disruption Officer

 “If we could all make small change happen, then it would make a big difference.”

Easkey Britton is an internationally renowned professional surfer, artist, scientist and epxlorer from Ireland, with a PhD in Environment and Society. Her parents taught her to surf when she was four years old and her life has revolved around surfing ever since. [Read More...]

Marion Poizeau

Co-Founder and Film-maker

Freelance filmmaker Marion Poizeau grew up in the French Alps, where her passion for adventure and action sports inspired her to capture and present images on film. Marion has documented environmental and social issues in places as diverse as New Zealand and Kurdistan in Iraq. [Read More...]

Beckey-Finn Britton

Web Ninja

Beckey-Finn is a filmmaker and longboarder from the North West coast of Ireland. She hails from the Britton surfing family in Donegal where life evolves around the sea. She works as a Creative Digital Media Consultant at Bexter Productions and is Digital Media and Community Engagement Officer at Clean Coasts.

Orna Joyce

Guru of Policy and Practice

Orna Joyce is a Business & Human Rights / Opera Singing Professional...not simultaneously- unless thus requested! Orna has a LLM in Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Law from the Irish Centre for Human Rights at N.U.I. Galway. Driving her career are her two passions for the creation of sustainable, positive impact in the world and socio-economic sustainability via entrepreneurialism. Currently in the Phillipines working with Relief International to help small-scale farmers impacted by hurricane Yolanda rebuild sustainable livelihoods.

Mona Seraji

Operations Manager and Ambassador for Middle East

Mona is a champion, professional snowboarder from Tehran who had always wanted to try surfing, but never had the opportunity to do so, until now she met up with Waves of Freedom in 2013, becoming one of the first Iranian women to surf in her country! In 2009, she became the snowboard ambassador for Iran and is the only international female snowboard instructor in Iran. Her sporting career is filled with traveling, socializing and overcoming fear. Mona teaches snowboard and competes in Iran during the winter. 

 

Media

Coming Soon: ‘Into the Sea’

International Film Festival Release and Premiere Dates Coming Soon!

The feature documentary filmed in Iran that explores, through the eyes of three young, pioneering sportswomen, why it so important for women to practice sport and how the apparently simple act of surfing can become a powerful creative medium for change.
If you would like to support the successful release of this documentary please visit our 'Get Involved' page to donate.

 
 

Photos

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Photos from the set of 'Into the Sea', filmed near Chabahar in Iran, 2013 (more images coming soon!)

 

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