A pioneer in British and European women’s surfing, Arlene Maltman was one of the first female surfing champions. She won the 1983 European Championships, the British Championships in 1984 and 1986 and was a member of Team GB at 3 World Games. She went on to compete at numerous professional championships across the globe and was the first female surfer to be on the cover of a European surfing magazine.
Her journey started at her home break in Jersey, CI in the summer of 1976, when aged 11, she borrowed a board and tried out surfing for the very first time. This then led her to a lifelong passion and connection to the ocean.
“It’s been a real observational process to learn how my mental state impacts my surfing and vice versa. I didn’t have a clue of how that worked at the beginning of surfing. I thought it was purely a physical sport and I think it was quite shocking because no one really guides you through it. No one kind of understood the frustration and the upwelling of emotions and thoughts that came from surfing… But that’s why I found it so challenging and so awakening I guess.” Natalie Fox
Originally from landlocked Birmingham, we first met Natalie when she was living in Jersey, the Channel Islands. She is a surf coach, yoga instructor, free surfer and a marine and environmental activist.
In the context of our mental health and general well-being, Mindfulness innovator, Dr. Tamara Russell says, “ We can drive ourselves mad, frantically trying to work out everything thats going to happen in the future. Which are anxiety states. Or ruminating endlessly on things which have gone on in the past. Which is a characteristic of the depressed mind.”
Furthermore, “we want to be in the present moment. The more we can learn to attend to the present moment, the bigger the present moment gets.” Dr Tamara Russell
Dr. Tamara Russell is the founder and co-director of the Mindfulness Centre of Excellence London, UK. She also teaches how to best use mindfulness techniques, to optimize performance. As a result her work demonstrates how we can improves our mental and physical well-being.
Dr. Russell’s approach combines clinical psychology, neuroscience and martial arts training. As a result, she engages both body and mind. This approach then provides total solutions to manage the stressors of our modern environments.
Lizzi specializes in applied neuroscience and environmental psychology. Based in Cornwall, UK, she works as a *Blue Health Coach and is a **Blue Mind Advocate.
“… in order to bring all that you can be into everything that you do. I believe that when each of us can embrace our fluid selves, free of our conditioned thinking we can be more compassionate, creative and courageous.” Lizzi Larbalestier.
*Blue Health Coach: Professional coaching using water connection activities and landscape metaphor to promote cognitive, emotional, social, physical, psychological and spiritual health and wellness.
**Blue Mind Advocate: Inspiring communities to access and protect healthy wild water as a free health resource. Sharing the neuroscience, positive-environmental psychology and philosophy of our human connection with water. Enabling marine conservation and ocean activism causes to communicate their message authentically to facilitate engagement and action.
The documentary makers Bronwyn Harvey & Christina Baldwin met at the London surf club back in 2012 . Due to their shared passion for surfing, adventure and storytelling, they became firm friends and creative collaborators.
Bronwyn Harvey is a professional editor. This includes past work with National Geographic & World BBC. Her work can be found on BronwynHarvey.com She also creates inspiring and poetic pieces of artwork through her BentCanvas Project. A surfer, scuba diver and true lover of the sea.
Christina Baldwin is Founder of Making Waves Global, the movement to inspire more girls and women to get into surfing. She is a professional photographer and loves to photograph anything connected to the sea. She is also a singer songwriter. Her true happy place is surfing waves and swimming beneath the seas.