My little brother was born with Down syndrome 24 years ago. At the time, people were not sure if those with Down syndrome would be able to swim one day. But we had a pool at home and it allowed my parents to show him how to swim. He actually swam before he could walk. Water is a powerful source of energy and healing that can do wonders for people.

He grew up in Chile, a country with 4000 kilometres of coastline and perfect waves. It's where he first came into contact with surfing. He managed to stand up and come out safely in the foam. Hence, he wanted to keep trying.
When you see my brother in the sea, you see him transform into the person he really is. Relaxed, happy, self-confident... and free.

The sea gives us the greatest feeling of freedom — it is because of that, that it heals. This is the reason why I asked to my husband to support an organisation dedicated to connecting people with special needs to the water. We not only want to dedicate ourselves to protect the ocean, the marine life, the environment... but we also want to care for the most vulnerable people. I am convinced that nature is made for them, because they are the only human beings incapable of harming the nature, and the most capable of enjoying it. Like children.

The water gives these kids a feeling of freedom and at the same time of connection, a happiness that goes through each cell, each time they get into the water... It is undeniable that the ocean is made for them. Therefore, we decided to call this project ‘Children of the Ocean’.
 

We found an NGO called Superando. Its name derives for the combination of words: SUP (stand up paddle) and the gerund to “overcome” in spanish (superar). I met Sara, one of the founders, a woman who had nothing to do with the world of disability, and yet is so dedicated to it. Every single thing she told me about Superando, left me with goose bumps.

There are about 130 volunteers, among the families themselves and especially many young people. About 25 children each day who are constantly supported by two volunteers. In summary, a movement of love, support and trust. 60 minutes of mutual growth.

The children who attend have different profiles: autism, down syndrome, cerebral paralysis, among others. Many of their families carry heavy emotional loads on their backs, but as soon as they reach the beach and touch the water, they transform. Every moment, all you can hear is laughter, shouts of emotion and the sea. Everything is fused into the same feeling of freedom. Everything flows, like water....

In this project, these children are the protagonists. The T-shirt we produced reminds us of them. That's why we want to wear it: to give them a space in our lives, to speak out from our comfort zone, that we want to support them. They are important to us and we don’t forget them. The T-shirt also means that more surfing days will continue to be repeated, that more children and their families will benefit from the biggest and strongest thing on our planet: the Ocean.


Check out our Children of the ocean collection here

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When I fell in love with a Spanish guy, I didn’t realize that I was also falling in love with a whole country. Living in Spain for the past 6 months, and exploring from misty mountaintops to wild seasides, has shown me just how much one tiny country can hold. As the days get longer, and warmer, I’m hoping to inspire some of your own adventures by sharing some of my favourite places.