OceansOnline Plenary Speaker Profile: Easkey Britton


One of the highlights of the inaugural OceansOnline conference is set to be our two plenary speakers. Over the few days we’ll be featuring each of them on this blog. If you don’t want to miss their presentations you’ll need to register soon for the conference, which immediately follows the 4th International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC4). OceansOnline registration is not automatically included in the IMCC4 registration – you need to select the add-on on the IMCC4 registration page.


Plenary Speech: Surfing for social change: From moment to movements

Easkey Britton is an internationally renowned professional surfer, artist, marine social scientist, and explorer from Ireland, with a Ph.D. in Environment and Society. She is a co-founder of the non-profit Waves of Freedom, one of the pillars of which is digital storytelling. Waves of Freedom uses the power of surfing as a creative medium for social change and women’s empowerment in places like Iran and spear-headed the world’s first global Surf + Social Good Summit in Bali. She is an honorary research fellow in Sport and Leisure Studies at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. She is best known as a big-wave surfer from Ireland, with a PhD in Environment and Society, who is channelling her passion for surfing into social change. Her parents taught her to surf when she was four years old and her life has revolved around the ocean ever since. A recent graduate from THNK’s Creative School of Leadership, her work is deeply influenced by the ocean and the lessons learned pioneering women’s big-wave surfing at spots like Mullaghmore, earning her a WSL Big Wave Award nomination. An inspirational public speaker, her work and unique connection to the ocean led her to being asked to talk at TEDx Dublin and she has presented her work at international conferences and published numerous book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals. Follow her on Twitter @easkeysurf.

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