Naked surf girl, Marama Kake, makes waves on Sunshine Coast with environmental message
Although barely clothed beachgoers are relatively common in many tourist havens, boardriders and walkers have been left flushing by the sight of a woman taking to the ocean in nothing but her bare essentials. Word of the audacious and mystic surfer has spread rapidly from the beach to businesses to barbecues. Long time surfer Ian Borland said he nearly fell off his board when the “curvy” young woman paddled out “starkers” at Noosa.
“I’ve been surfing for almost 50 years and I have never seen anything like it. There must have been 100 guys out there and out she paddled bold as brass,” he said.
Pic: Megan Slade Source: The Courier-Mail
The Courier Mail spied the woman who’s become recognized around Noosa as “the naked surfer” riding waves at nearby surf spot Sunshine Beach. Marama Kake is a New Zealander who calls the world her home and there’s a good deal more to the 32 year old than meets the eye. Marama rides “green boards”, including a timber alaia designed for her by professional craftsman Tom Wegener and another from the eco-friendly D’Arcy factory on the Gold Coast and wants to spread a word of sustainable surfing.
“I’m not out there to get everyone to look at me, I just love the sensation and simplicity of surfing in my ‘sustainability suit’,” Ms Kake said.
“I cover up, or paddle away, if I am anywhere near children and have never had any trouble with lifeguards or authorities and I’ve been doing it for years in Australia and New Zealand.”
Ms Kake, who has “get naked, get sustainable” etched on her boards, said responses were generally encouraging. She said women have came over to say they admired her courageousness.
“It changes the mood very quickly and cuts through the aggression that is finding its way to busy point breaks. It’s a sure-fire cure for wave rage,” she joked.
A once student of politics and psychology who’s worked teaching English to children in Japan, Ms Kake said she was travelling around attaining support for a new environmentally conscious network, called Project 13.
“We want to set up a global network of volunteers – a vessel to give back. Part of the project will be designing sustainable clothing, including surfwear and wetsuits,” she said.
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