I’m constantly asking myself this and I’m still figuring it out. Read more
I have a responsibility with this platform and my position in a time where people are listening. I know it’s a calling. I know I no longer want to be characterised by my aesthetic. What can I be doing here? Is it enough? Is it beneficial? How can I speak more powerfully? What more can I do in my day to day life?
I also know there are many flaws in my character, but hopefully I have some redeeming features too. I’m not entirely good, I haven’t always made the best decisions. I also haven’t always had the support network around me that I do now.
This morning I went live with Jenni Murry on BBC Radio 4 Women's Hour. We discussed the sexualisation of female athletes, the damagaing monoculture we are all too often presented with in the media, and the importance of more diverse role models.
I was terrifed, you can probably hear my heart racing, but I did it anyway.
You can listen to the show here. Read more
This week was a hard week for me, regardless of whether you've read my previous blog post, this article should explain everything.
As a female athlete, I’m upset by how the media has portrayed me – and I’m determined not to be quiet anymore - click here to read the article.
A massive thank you to the Independent for giving me the opportunity to share my voice. Especially to Chloe Hubbard, Assistant Editor, who was the first female journalist to reach out to me, and Rachael Revesv, Commissioning Editor, for editing like a boss and allowing me to keep my voice.
Empowered humans empower humans. Read more
When the news isn't news and last years blog post is taken out of context, spun into something negative and splattered all over the internet.
In a week where Marielle Franco was shot dead, Palestinian children remain imprisoned and their human rights violated, a week where thousands of women worldwide suffered FGM, whilst the Great Pacific Garbage Patch continues to grow exponentially, a car bomb killed 14 in Somalia, and 28,300 people were forced to flee their homes due to conflict and persecution each day, my story seems fairly irrelevant.
I’m not sure why this week an article I wrote last year has been splashed all over the papers, my words taken out of context and the true meaning completely overlooked, when there are such hugely devastating and pressing issues all around us.
This has happened to me before and I have kept quiet. I am not a young girl any more, and I will stand up for my voice to be represented clearly and correctly. Read more
Cold Water Immersion; Skill Required: NIL. Balls Required: NIL. Friends Required: At Least One.
Introducing My Tribe... Read more
In this podcast myself and Matt Barr discuss my move away from “the dream life”, bikini modelling for big surf brands and travelling the world, to slowing things down and immersing myself in the cold waters of Ireland. We discuss female objectification, the toxicity of gender stereotyping in surfing, and the prism of controversies that come along with it. Read more
Despite all the surfing women in my community, I find it strange and frightening that we are often misrepresented, or more commonly, not represented at all in the films, photos and stories. The internet and film festivals are full with tales of what surfing is like on this beautiful island of Ireland and there is rarely a woman featured without her being a mother, wife or barmaid. But we are here, throughout every season, paddling out and riding waves. It is our story too. Read more
A little series that started on instagram...
For all the women here and the ones I haven’t featured yet; the young ones in surf league, the ones who are away travelling, the original ones who were surfing here long before I blew in, the ones who are in the sea all the time but no one has ever thought to capture it for you, the ones who are so shy and humble they quietly asked me not to be featured. I salute you. Read more
28-year-old surfer, environmentalist and farmer Sophie Hellyer grew up on the wildest edge of the North Devon coast. It is a place of nautical heritage, brutal Atlantic storms and an aesthetic of otherness.
“I’m still in the process of finding home,” she says. “There’s something to be said for leaving the place you grew up in and exploring what is right for you. Eventually, hopefully, you can find a place that you have created as your home, rather than just having it as a static thing.” Read more
This summer I became the first British female to feature surfing on the cover of Surf Girl Magazine. It was also the first cover to have no logos, branding or sponsorship. I was surfing in a bikini made from recycled plastic bottles and riding a hand made wooden surfboard. We never dreamed of getting a cover shot this session, it was just a regular simple fun surf, so I'm delighted they used the shot and what it represents. I think I am becoming less of a surf girl and more of a water woman... Read more
This summer I started a womens stand up paddle club. The turnout was unbelievable. When I started the group overnight I had 150 girls wanting to get in to the sea... Read more