Its only proper that our first post is a BIG thank you to all our supporters who made this project possible.
Matt Baxter up high in Yosemite. The Baxter Award, which launched me into the Surfer Grrrls Brazil project, was founded in his memory.
First of all a huge thanks to the Matt Baxter III Memorial Fund, the Baxter family, and the Baxter Award committee for giving me the opportunity to dream this journey and for supporting me in living it out. I encourage everyone to try this exercise that the Baxter family encourages: dream your greatest adventure. This alone can change you! It is an honor to be a part of Matt’s legacy and to honor his spirit through my own adventures and work. I hope that Surfer Grrrls Brazil can ride on that same surging life energy that lived in him: crisp and clear and bright as the heights of Yosemite.
Thank you to NatureBridge and TEEM for sending me off with love.
And an ENORMOUS thank you to all of you who so generously supported Surfer Grrrls Brazil, giving it wings so it can grow into something bigger.
In these past few weeks, I feel like I have been lifted up by many hands and hearts as so many people have reached out to encourage and support this project. I have reconnected with old friends. I have met new ones. And I have been deeply moved by the generosity and enthusiasm you have shown for Surfer Grrrls Brazil. Thank you! I must ask you just one more favor, and that is to please share this site, and the media we create here, with others who might find it inspiring. And if you know of any other groups with whom we should share our message through live visits, please send me their information.
I’d like to send a big shout out to the following supporters:
Farhana Huq and Brown Girl Surf (holla!!!)
Trish Jenkins, Jeremy Smith and Cycle Farm in Spearfish
Qi Feng Lin
Tim and Tivani Wong
Janardhan Manickam and Ruth Schmid (thanks Mom and Dad!)
Alvaro Redondo Brenes
Stephanie Somersille (who is awesome and who I met in the airport shuttle!)
Anna Ruth Pickett
Kristine Deni and Richard Levandowsi
Jesse, Bri, and Lucie Langille
Kira Gagne (my amazing sister!)
Patti Moore and P Rhumpa
Ed and Linda Schmid
Laura Alex Frye-Levine
Drs. Meera and Bonnie Srivatsa
Steve Abatiell (fellow Baxter award recipient!)
Julia Turner and Ben Wasserstein
Elizabeth and Jerry
Alice and Jim
Susana Borneo Funck, Hugo Truffel, and Daniel Funck
Also a big shout out to Princeton in Asia!