260: Danielle Black Lyons on Healing and Representation in Surfing

“I don’t have to be the best everyday that I am out there. Some days I suck. I kook it out and I loose my board a bunch of times. Like, ‘I don’t know how to surf, why am I doing this still?’ And then other days are magical and everything connects and I’m like ‘oh, I do know what I’m doing.”
Danielle Black Lyons

Danielle Black Lyons is a surfer, artist, mother and co-founder of Textured Waves, a collective aimed at promoting diversity in surfing. Danielle lives in California with her husband and son and surfs daily. Danielle co-founded Textured Waves with several other women in response to a representation issue in surfing. The goal of Textured Waves is to elevate the culture and sport of women’s surfing towards women of color and underrepresented demographics through representation, community, and sisterly camaraderie.

This episode covers the following topics:
  • What Danielle’s mornings look like
  • Growing up in the water and her family’s connection to the water
  • How she started surfing and her progression learning to surf
  • Navigating white spaces
  • Motherhood, navigating postpartum depression,  and raising her son
  • The inspiration to create Textured Waves
  • Diversity in surfing
  • The water as a healing space
  • Living in London and being away from the water
  • Future goals for Textured Wave
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