Inspiring TED Talks from big wave surfers Keala Kennelly & Easkey Britton


I’m Keala Kennelly and I’m a Surfer


Keala Kennelly is a professional surfer from Kauai, Hawaii. She held a spot in the top 10 best female surfers in the world for over a decade and in 2016, aged 37, she won the XXL award for barrel of the year for a monster at Teahupoo (the only women to ever win in this category or any open gender category!). She is a bad-ass. Openly lesbian with a strong take it or leave it attitude. The world needs more women like Keala Kennelly and the future generation of surfers need more heros like her to look up to.




Just add surf: Easkey Britton


While finishing her PhD in Marine Science Easkey Britton began to explore the transformative power of surfing and how it can create positive social in places– like the province of Baluchistan, Iran, where in 2010 Easkey became the first woman to surf there. Her surfing career has been one of many firsts: aged just 16, Easkey Britton became the first Irish person to surf the ‘hell-wave’ Teahupoo in Tahiti, and has since become a Billabong XXL Global big-wave finalist and Ireland’s 5-time surfing National Champion. Now she is sharing her passion for surfing and the ocean by bringing her pioneering approach to the more isolated regions of the world exploring how the creative expression of surfing can empower women everywhere.


Check out more videos like Kelly Says Surf No Matter What and Way North – An Arctic female surf film.


About the author


Hiya, I'm Alexa. Always on some sort of adventure! I'm excited to share my stories & introduce you to other rad women, also living the dream.
I'm here to inspire you to do the same :-)