I know the changes I want to see in this in­dus­try, and I am ready to show up, grow up and get to work wher­ever I can.

Surf Girl - - Spot Check - @so­phiehellyer

fire pump­ing through your veins.

We started meet­ing most morn­ings to greet the dawn to­gether – a lit­tle later in the dark­est win­ter months as we waited for the sun­rise to creep in. It was an open in­vi­ta­tion for any­one to join us, no mat­ter where on the gen­der spec­trum you fall. The only rules are no wet­suits, and try to stay sub­merged for a min­i­mum of 2 min­utes. The daunt­ing chal­lenge quickly be­came an ad­dic­tive morn­ing rit­ual, stress-free and soul fill­ing.

When we started our swims, one morn­ing I posted a photo of us on the slip­way with the cap­tion Rise Fierce, and I guess it caught on. We all started shar­ing our pic­tures with the #rise­fierce hash­tag, and other peo­ple joined in too. Strangers asked if they could join us and our tribe grew. Now I get men and women all over the UK and Ire­land tag­ging me in their daily cold-wa­ter sea swims.

Rise Fierce be­gan by get­ting up in the morn­ing with an at­ti­tude that al­lowed you to hurl your­self out of bed and into the icy At­lantic, but it be­came so much more than that. The rise is no longer about get­ting up in the morn­ing; it’s about ris­ing in life, to meet what­ever sit­u­a­tion you are in with great heart­felt in­ten­sity. We im­merse and, “rise and rise again un­til lambs be­come lions.”

Give us an in­sight into who you are.

I feel like I’ve al­ready talked a lot, so hope­fully that gives you some in­sight into who I am and what I’m pas­sion­ate about. I know there are many flaws in my char­ac­ter, but hope­fully I have some re­deem­ing fea­tures too. I haven’t al­ways made the best de­ci­sions, but I’m not afraid to ad­mit where I have been wrong. I’m a work in progress, aren’t we all? I know the changes I want to see in this in­dus­try, and I am ready to show up, grow up and get to work wher­ever I can.

What gets you out of bed in the morn­ing?

I don’t use cur­tains, so the sun­rise wakes me ev­ery day. That and a big cup of green tea.

Not Ire­land for sure…

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