“Brown Girl Surf has been an amazing and unique experience for my daughter over the last 2 years. This experience has provided her with a sense of community, mentorship, and empowerment. She is at her best when she can be close to nature and has a fierce passion to preserve it, which BGS reinforces through its mission to protect the oceans. You should see the positive and vibrant energy she has when she returns after a day with BGS. Mira and Melissa are wonderful role models for leadership and sisterhood.”

- parent of past participant

 

“I’ve always had this fascination with wanting to learn how to surf. Learning new things can be terrifying because nobody wants to be bad at anything. Particularly adults. But there’s always value in pushing ourselves to be in new experiences, in places that feel safe.

The first time I came to a Surf Sister Saturday, everyone just greeted me like they knew me. I was super nervous that I showed up late and Marley was like “Hi Joi! So good to see you! We’re glad you made it!” and hugged me like I’d been coming to this beach for forever, and knew these people for forever. I very much immediately felt this sense of community by simply showing up, which I think can be a rare and special thing.


Anybody who decides to do even one Saturday with BGS, I think will feel that they have the opportunity to take a risk in a space where people are going to be supportive and are going to be kind.”

- Joi Ward, BGS Participant

 
 

"Whenever I pick her up, the first words out of her mouth are, "Can I go again next Saturday?"

- Father of a 12 year old (repeat) Surf Sister Saturday participant 

 

BGS has been an amazing experience that I think, one day, Sayre will look back on as a formative time. She has met such amazing, wonderful women and also made friends that I think she will grow up with. I wish every young woman could have such incredible and cool role models at this age. Thanks to all of you for your time, energy and wonderfulness. 

- Leisha Fry, mother of a Rising Leader youth

 

“Volunteering with BGS has been more rewarding than I could have imagined. Creating an inclusive space in the surf community, with a broad range of women and girls who are committed to and celebrate each other, the environment, and surfing has been such a wonderful part of my life. I am in awe of the constant positivity, compassion and sisterhood of the young women I've met through BGS.”

- Jamila Hubbard

 

“I’m grateful for Brown Girl Surf and how safe you make it feel here. Lots of places say they are safe spaces but don’t actually feel safe. This one does, so thank you.” 

- 12 year old participant from 2018 Surf Sister Summer Camp

 

"We jumped at the opportunity of Brown Girl Surf knowing how vital it is to get our daughter around peers.  She loves the water but swim clubs here have zero diversity so what you've provided her is priceless.  We'll make every effort to be back!"  

- Beth, parent of a Surf Sister Summer Camp participant who joined us from Kansas

 

“I never thought I would be in love with the ocean.  I grew up around it but for most of my life I didn’t know how to swim so I just avoided it.   Brown Girl Surf opened up a whole new world for me, I conquered my fears in ways I didn’t know I could and developed a confidence within myself that can never be taken away.  All of this while learning how to surf and meeting such incredible female surfers continues to be one of the greatest experiences of my life.”

- Nishan Jones, Intern

 

"Being a volunteer surf sister for BGS has given me a unique way to share what I love with young women of color who are so open and enthusiastic about the ocean and environment that it's humbling and soul satisfying all in one! It's such a special, positive community of badass women of all ages."

- Camille Ramani

 

“I’ve always had this fascination with wanting to learn how to surf. Learning new things can be terrifying because nobody wants to be bad at anything. Particularly adults. But there’s always value in pushing ourselves to be in new experiences, in places that feel safe.⠀
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The first time I came to a Surf Sister Saturday, everyone just greeted me like they knew me. I was super nervous that I showed up late and Marley was like “Hi Joi! So good to see you! We’re glad you made it!” and hugged me like I’d been coming to this beach for forever, and knew these people for forever. I very much immediately felt this sense of community by simply showing up, which I think can be a rare and special thing.⠀
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Anybody who decides to do even one Saturday with BGS, I think will feel that they have the opportunity to take a risk in a space where people are going to be supportive and are going to be kind.”⠀ - Joi, 2018 participant