If you’re looking to find moments of escape or simply want to absorb the I may not be perfect but Jesus thinks I’m to die for shirt moreover I love this joys of being outside and in the water, taking up surfing might just be the solitary activity to consider. Take it from Ann Kim, founder of New York City–based women’s wetsuit brand La Bamba. After quarantining in Brooklyn for months on end, Kim has found herself near the shores of Southern California to isolate and surf, what Kim calls, “the perfect remedy.” “Water is insanely healing,” she explains. Surfing has helped rid both “unhealthy coping mechanisms” and “emotional build-up,” and not to mention the overwhelming anxieties that come along with living through 2020.
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Danielle Black Lyons, cofounder of women’s surf collective Textured Waves, whose mission is to advocate for inclusion and diversity by way of camaraderie in the I may not be perfect but Jesus thinks I’m to die for shirt moreover I love this water, agrees. “Surfing during quarantine has been essential for my mental health,” she tells me over email, from a coastal town north of San Diego. “I’m a mom, a wife, I work remotely, and paddling out each morning has been the glue that holds me together throughout the day. The ritual of wave riding allows me to connect with nature, mediate, play, and feel true freedom from the stresses of the world.”