Easkey Britton Saltwater in the Blood: Surfing, Natural Cycles and the Sea's Power to Heal


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This is an incredibly inspiring exploration of the sea's role in the wellness of people and the planet, beautifully written by Easkey Britton - surfer, scientist and social activist.

She offers a powerful female perspective on the sea and surfing, explaining what it's like to be a woman in a man's world and how she promoted the sport to women in Iran, surfing while wearing a hijab. She speaks of the undiscussed taboo around entering the water while menstruating - and of how she has come to celebrate her own bodily cycles. She has developed her own approach to surfing, which instead of seeking to dominate the waves, works in tune with the natural cycles of her body, the moon and the seasons. In a society that rewards busyness, she believes that understanding the influence of cycles becomes even more important - and we all have them, men and women.

For Easkey, the sea is a source of mental and physical wellbeing. She explores the mental toughness needed in big-wave surfing, and presents surfing as an embodied mindfulness practice in which we can find flow and connect with the movement of the waves.

She stresses the need to recognize the ocean as our most powerful ally when addressing our greatest global challenge: the climate crisis. Above all, Easkey's relationship to the sea has taught her about the need to meet life and evolve with it, rather than seeking to control it. By such wisdom our planet might just survive and thrive.

About the Author

Easkey Britton is a big-wave surfer, writer, artist, film-maker, coach and marine social scientist, with a PhD in Environment and Society. A life-long surfer, she was taught to surf at the age of four, and she now channels her passion for the sea and surfing into social change. Her promotion of female surfing in Iran is explored in her TEDx talk, Just Add Surf and the award-winning documentary Into the Sea.

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'A fantastic read - beautifully written and brimming with wisdom, wildness and stories that enlighten and inspire ... a book for these times from a soulful surfer, scholar, and artist who offers us a compelling and hopeful vision for how things can be.'
- Ruairi McKiernan, bestselling author of Hitching for Hope

'Easkey Britton has transferred the courage and dedication of a life spent surfing the world's wildest waves onto the written page to tell a fascinating story that is both an intensely personal reflection and a celebration of the sea.'
- Keith Duggan, award-winning journalist and bestselling author of books including Cliffs of Insanity

'Reading this truly marvellous book made me feel vulnerable, uplifted and ... will leave an indelible mark on the memory.'
- Sir Tim Smit, Co-Founder of the Eden Project

'This beautiful book is much more than a celebration of place. It is a powerful story of an incredible woman at the frontline of surfing. ... Easkey's blue heritage runs deep through her bloodline, and she will draw us all closer - both inside our bodies and the bigger body of the world - to water as we flow through these pages.'
- Sam Bleakley, surfer, filmmaker and author of Mindful Thoughts for Surfers: Turning in to the Tides


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