Naked surfer rides waves for the environment

32-year-old New Zealander Marama Kake, known locally as “the naked surfer” in Sunshine Beach, Queensland, Australia, hits the waves in the buff in promotion of sustainable surfing.

“I’m not out there to get everyone to look at me, I just love the sensation and simplicity of surfing in my ‘sustainability suit”

naked surfer rides waves for the environmentYou’ve got to appreciate the “naked surfer’s” commitment to simplicity.  She’s not only surfing in her god-given curves, but riding “green boards” as well.  Her quiver includes a timber alaia designed for her by master craftsman Tom Wegener and another eco-friendly board from the D’Arcy factory on the Gold Coast of Australia.

Marama is a former student of politics and psychology who has worked teaching English to children in Japan. Naked surfing is part of her effort to gain support for a new environmentally conscious network called Project 13.

Naked surfing is not only a good medium to spread environmental awareness, but it also just might be the best way to bring peace to crowded surf breaks.  ”It changes the mood very quickly and cuts through the aggression that is finding its way to busy point breaks. It’s a sure-fire cure for wave rage,” Marama joked.

Critics who disapprove of taking the ol’ birthday suit for a dip in the ocean will be happy to know that Marama does take precautions to out in the surf, “I cover up, or paddle away, if I am anywhere near children and have never had any trouble with lifeguards or authorities and I’ve been doing it for years in Australia and New Zealand.”

Marama’s message? “get naked, get sustainable.” I say, “Why not?”

June 19, 2012

The Naked Surfer Rides Waves for the Environment

Naked surfer rides waves for the environment

32-year-old New Zealander Marama Kake, known locally as “the naked surfer” in Sunshine Beach, Queensland, Australia, hits the waves in the buff in promotion of sustainable surfing.

“I’m not out there to get everyone to look at me, I just love the sensation and simplicity of surfing in my ‘sustainability suit”

naked surfer rides waves for the environmentYou’ve got to appreciate the “naked surfer’s” commitment to simplicity.  She’s not only surfing in her god-given curves, but riding “green boards” as well.  Her quiver includes a timber alaia designed for her by master craftsman Tom Wegener and another eco-friendly board from the D’Arcy factory on the Gold Coast of Australia.

Marama is a former student of politics and psychology who has worked teaching English to children in Japan. Naked surfing is part of her effort to gain support for a new environmentally conscious network called Project 13.

Naked surfing is not only a good medium to spread environmental awareness, but it also just might be the best way to bring peace to crowded surf breaks.  ”It changes the mood very quickly and cuts through the aggression that is finding its way to busy point breaks. It’s a sure-fire cure for wave rage,” Marama joked.

Critics who disapprove of taking the ol’ birthday suit for a dip in the ocean will be happy to know that Marama does take precautions to out in the surf, “I cover up, or paddle away, if I am anywhere near children and have never had any trouble with lifeguards or authorities and I’ve been doing it for years in Australia and New Zealand.”

Marama’s message? “get naked, get sustainable.” I say, “Why not?”

steve watts
steve watts

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Growing up in South Africa, Steve spent his youth dreaming of far off places. After spending eight years extensively traveling to many of the great surf destinations of the world getting dengue fever, having a near death experience from a falling coconut in mexico, Surviving a 15 foot drop on a handboard on a Nias bomb, jumping from every rock he could find without adequate health insurance. and comprehensively debunking the myth there are no waves in Thailand, even if they are small. He decided it was time for a a degree. Steve Graduated from Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design in London with a degree in product design. He missed his graduation to go surfing in Californian, found a kindred spirit with Venice and never left




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