Being born between the cows and living around the farm fields of Groningen (NLD), it wasn't very obvious to start surfing for Julia. Thanks to her marine biologist dad and vitamine D addicted mom, she was lucky enough to visit the warmer countries of Europe. Yearly, the family drove to the mediterranean sea to look for the most beautiful diving sites and so her passion for the ocean was created. The same was planned for the summer of 2005, but this plan changed quickly when the van broke down on a road in Bordeaux. With the last bit of power from the engine, they made it to the Atlantic coast of France. This is where the family saw people riding waves for the first time. It was at that moment that they discovered a new passion.
During traveling I've been amazed by places with the kindest people. Unfortunately, many of these - as what they say - 'paradise beaches' were polluted by plastic waste. Not only have I experienced paddling through a line-up with my fingers strangled in fishing gear, but what shocked me the most was witness manta rays - one of the most peaceful, harmless, creatures to observe underwater - collecting algae - i.o.w.: microplastics - with their mouth wide open.
Since I make use of mother nature, I feel obliged to give back. That is why I am trying to raise awareness of the human treatment of nature and animals via projects, clean-ups, talks and social media. With as goal to motivate people leaving nothing but footprints, and start making a habit of cleaning up. In the end, we all breath the same oxygen and make use of the world in any type of way. So let's unite and start giving back together. As it should be.
Proud ambassador for Stichting Clear Water Initiative
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