1) Bags are handmade in Sri Lanka, by women for fair wages.
2) Every purchase directly supports our Swim & Surf program.
Our products do not only look good - they also do good!
Our bags are handmade by Sri Lankan women for fair wages - providing job opportunities for women from rural areas.
Every purchase directly supports our Swim & Surf Program - providing the opportunity to learn how to swim and surf.
International team of female instructors
1:2 ratio of instructors to participants
Sinhalese-English translators on site
Bilingual educational materials
Culturally appropriate clothing for all
Playful but professional approach
Mutual cultural learning
Empowering experience for everybody
Female surf instructors from Sri Lanka
In rural areas, women face multiple barriers to participate in economic and recreational activities. Despite the growing surf tourism sector, there is not one certified female surf instructor from Sri Lanka (by June 2020).
Sri Lankans drown every year
This is the number of Sri Lankan citizens that die because of drowning every year. Sri Lanka has one of the highest drowning rates worldwide. Usually, swimming is not taught at school. Most Sri Lankans never learn.
Largest plastic polluter worldwide
Sri Lanka is ranked to be the 5th largest plastic polluter in the world. This is harmful for the planet, people and animals. Every year, thousands of birds, fish and sea turtles die because of plastic pollution.
Swim & Surf
Through our Swim & Surf Program, we create a safe space for Sri Lankan girls and women to enjoy the ocean and influence mindsets around gender norms. We also equip them with the skills needed to work within the surf tourism industry.
Through our education and advocacy initiatives, we raise awareness of environmental challenges, foster more sustainable practices and aim to redefine the image of the 'surfer girl' to be more diverse and inclusive.
Through our SeaSisters product line we support local female artisans with fair-wage employment. As a social enterprise, income generating activities are used to further our social mission - meaning each purchase supports our Swim & Surf Program.