Photo: Tom Shaw (c)

Photo: Tom Shaw (c)


Sophie Hellyer is a surfer, writer and yoga teacher who divides her time between the Atlantic coast of Ireland and London. She's also a cold water swimmer, environmentalist, feminist, producer, model and public speaker.

Sophie grew up in Devon and became a champion surfer at national level. As her career progressed she became determined to foster a more diverse and inclusive surfing culture; she co-created the movement #RiseFierce which inspires women to try cold-water swimming, promoting body-neutrality and improving mental and physical health; she qualified as a yoga teacher and began hosting women's retreats; she became a prominent voice on matters of ocean pollution, plastic waste, sustainable fashion and eco-friendly living.

Sophie has worked for and with various clients: her writing has been published in national publications ranging from The Independent to Surf Girl magazine, and she has modelled and produced for major brands such as Adidas, Tommy Hilfiger and Toyota. In 2018 she was invited to give a TEDx talk in the Netherlands on ocean pollution.

Sophie has a committed and highly-engaged social media following and is keen to collaborate with publications and brands that share her values. Wherever possible, she hopes to enlighten her audience and promote meaningful change.


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