Enabling & Promoting Adaptive Surfing
In 2012 SURFaddict (the Portuguese Association for Adaptive Surfing) and its volunteers made it possible for people with disabilities in Portugal to connect with the ocean through surfing in a safe and joyful way.
Today, Vice President of the Association Teresa Abraços, an iconic female veteran surfer, actively inspires others to take part in and support this project. Teresa has a special place in the heart of those she lovingly tutors, a feeling very much apparent in everyone’s smile at these much-loved events. Lisbon Portugal, 2019.
A True Waterman
Environmental activist and waterman Miguel Lacerda is committed to raising awareness of the implications that human waste has on our ocean environments.
Most days Miguel can be found hiking and climbing dangerous coastal cliffs and caves, cleaning up rubbish discarded or lost by others. Our beaches and ocean are cleaner as a result of this determination and the proliferation of his message. Lisbon, Portugal, May 2019.
Caring for our Youth
A devoted home to babies and children in need of a safe and caring environment to live in; Mimar staff and volunteers care lovingly for these children as if they were their own.
Mimar is a non-profit private social institution dedicated to promoting the wellbeing of babies and children from troubled or struggling families, whom for various reasons need to be housed, protected and taken care of away from their home environment. Lisbon, Portugal, April 2019.
Celebrating Lisbon’s Diversity
The Lisbon Project, a non-profit association for migrants and refugees seeking support and integration in the city of Lisbon, organises workshops in their welcoming space. Fun, cultural and educational activities are organised regularly; creating a community that feels cared for and unified. Lisbon, Portugal, 2019.
Making the Kraken
An admirable project set up by Chloe and Jani, two inspiring women concerned with the litter crisis affecting our oceans. They have made cleaning up our world fun for both adults and children in this little coastal community. Together they organise regular events to collect litter from local beaches in the Cascais Municipality; headed by the children involved, this project has the final objective of building a giant sea monster from the collected waste. Greater Lisbon, Portugal, 2019. Ongoing.
Rasta’s Sustainable Surfboards
Evangelista “Rasta” Varela shows us how materials can be used sustainably to create surfboards; dead cactus wood for the surfboard skeleton and Portuguese food trays for surfboard fins. Surfing is one of his lifetime inspirations and nothing goes to waste in his studio. Greater Lisbon, Portugal, 2019.
© Katherine Masters