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Elise Trigger

The ocean has largely shaped who I am today, it is the place I am the most happiest of all and the first thing I think of from the moment I wake up to till when I rest my head. The ocean teaches me something new everyday and the need for it in my life changes in an individual way every day. 

It’s impossible not to be happy when I have a good session surfing in the ocean which has gifted me with a confidence to be closer to the community and environment wherever life/surfing takes me. 

The ocean is a humbling place for me. The biggest lesson it teaches me is to give surrender to the power of nature’s language and energy. I believe we often try to fight or control things to satisfy our wants or needs but when a realisation of respect for our earth's flow is trusted everything take its course much easier & how it has too. I feel strong in my intuition when I accept this faith. The ocean makes me feel connected and alive when I’m in it. It provides a raw source of energy that is hard to find in today’s world of turmoil.

I think the most important change we need to make as a race is for humans to listen to nature’s clues and language more. It’s easy to get caught up in our busy self-centred and over-complicated lives, however, when we forget to pay respects to where we have come from it can create havoc. There is enough room for us to live a peaceful existence if we value nature’s gift and live more selflessly.

I try to live by the words of “the less we need - the more we have” and “earth can satisfy every mans need but not every mans greed”

In today’s world it’s easy to become a victim to consumerism, having a conscious awareness of this issue can really help, every little bit counts and we need to put more hope in the motives of never being too small to make a difference!

One of the biggest accomplishments I've felt I have experienced is not letting my autoimmune disease of Type 1 diabetes stop me from travelling the world by myself to remote third world country’s with my longboard - harder than it sounds, especially in situations like needing to visit the bathroom when you have your log with you! Haha. 

A little more about me...

I was born here in Byron and have been very blessed to have grown up my whole life around the Bay. I just turned 21 and spend most of my time in the water and nannying when on land! My parents always brought me up to appreciate the value of experiences as they took me into small unknown village locations in different Pacific Islands. I fell in love with the ocean and the language of connection nature brings between all culture and beings. Surfing has given me so much happiness and I now feel a responsibility to give back and protect the environment and it’s ecosystems in whatever ways I can!

@elisetrigger

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