“Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed” –Storm Jameson

The Sea Kin is a project run by Lauren L. Hill to celebrate ocean life. It is a place to share stories, ideas and imagery that contribute to creating a more  inclusive vision of surfing culture.


    1. Tiffany!

      Thanks for your kind words and for taking the time to write. We’d love to have you contribute! Sea Kin doesn’t necessarily have guidelines for submission, it’s totally freestyle and open to creativity. However, as you’ve probably noticed, we focus on things like community, activism and community as they relate to ocean culture (and surfing in particular).

      The goal is to gather voices here and create a platform for alternative visions of our culture. We just ask that articles be clearly composed and (if applicable) sources of information be appropriately cited.

      Feel free to drop us a line at MerSeaBeaucoup@gmail.com with any ideas!

  1. Such a beutiful blog and ZINE! I have started my own online journal (not about Surfing) and am so impressed with you design! My design is stuck in the 1980’s. DO you do it yourself? Also, I’ve dabbled a bit in how ideas of race and ecology come together and have great story ideas about the BSA in Malibu and Gary Kleynhans work in South Africa. I am a (pretty bad) surfer girl from Southern California. Now that I am in Indiana, I ‘m subscribing to your zine for comfort!

    1. Thanks USGIRLS. I do much of the writing and editing myself for the ‘zine, but have lots of lovely friends who also contribute and lend their expertise. I couldn’t have completed the layout without the help of Kristina Cancelmi, an amazing designer and surfer from Florida. Check out her site: http://kcancelmi.com/

      We’re always looking for fresh perspectives and stories, if ever you’d like to contribute to the ‘zine or the blog. I hope you aren’t landlocked for too long….


  2. Wow. Powerful wordpress site. The ocean does give us a lot — besides rain, food, and water. But the world, humans, are not respecting it. As a surfer and Surfrider activist it hurts to see a minority of humans actually respecting the ocean. Please let me know if I could give an interview as a teacher in Florida, as an author, as a surfer who left Miami and moved three hours north just to surf way more than in Miami.

  3. Hey Lauren,

    It’s funny, I was just speaking to friend the other day about surf culture. And the topic discussed was many surfers do love surfing as a sport but lack appreciation for ocean and others in it. But in saying that, their is a vast majority of surfers that do respect the ocean and care for others using it. It would be really cool if every surfer adopted the same philosophy in regards to respecting the ocean and others in the water. GOOD ENERGY IS WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT!!


  4. Aloha from O’ahu 🙂 Heard about you through Seea and their blog and happy for their spot about you and all you are doing…Thank you…Looking forward to learning, seeing, reading more!

    1. Aloha Kalani!

      Thanks so much for your kind words and for taking the time to write in.
      It’s always great to hear from like-minded sisters of the sea.

      Stay tuned for more about the Beyond the Surface project, I’ll be blogging from India for the month of April.

      Hope that life is swell,

  5. Love looking through the photos and readings on the inspiring things you’ve done via this blog and seakin Instagram! Also read the article on the Bella vita trip in a mag- I did study abroad in Florence last summer and absolutely loved it! All that was missing were waves. Amazing to see there is surf culture within Italy. I’m from Florida and recently stumbled upon journals of when I was a little grom and Lauren you were my counselor at a surf camp I did one summer. So inspiring to see all that you’ve done! Dig it and keep it going!

    1. Hi Katie!

      Thanks for taking the time to write. I’m so stoked to know that we met at surf camp. I hope that you are still surfing! How amazing is Italy? You weren’t too far away from surf in Florence, actually. Next time….

      All the best!

  6. Hey Lauren!
    I’m about to graduate from UCSC with a degree in Environmental Studies. But as graduation draws near, so does an inevitable quarter life crisis waiting around the corner. I love looking at your blog to get inspiration for the kinds of things I could do in the future. I’m currently working on a senior project analyzing the sustainability (or unsustainability) of various methods of surfboard manufacturing. But I was wondering if you have any advice for a soon-to-be college grad who wants to make a difference without going completely broke. What sort of work did you start off doing out of college? Also, if you ever need an intern/volunteer for any of your projects, please let me know!
    Thanks for your time!


  7. Hey Lauren, Jess and I (Jonny) love your site and how you are living a passionate life that is giving back so much to people and the environment. We run a website called Rebel on a Rainbow which shares our travels and a Rainbow network page which shares peoples stories that are living their dreams whilst creating something sustainable such as artists, musicians, surfers. We would love to do a short interview with you through email and share you site links so more people can be a part of your journey. Please check our site and email us on rebelonarainbow@gmail.com we hope to hear from you soon!!

    Jonny & Jess
    Rebel on a Rainbow

  8. Lauren, DH turned me on to your magazine Seakin and this blog. Thank you for being a source of up-to-date information on women’s surfing and what is new and cool in our world. Great content!! Keep up the amazing work!

    1. Hi Dawn!

      Thanks so much for taking the time to write. I love the culture of (women’s) surfing and it’s a pleasure to try and create a space to gather ideas and imagery about about community.


  9. Lauren:

    I came across your blog after reading your article “Representation, Identity, and Environmental Action among Florida Surfers.” I really enjoyed your article and your blog, and I was wondering if you would be willing to talk to me about an article I’m writing about protecting surf breaks. Feel free to email me back when you have time.


  10. Hi Lauren,
    I am a painter who is producing an educational documentary called, “Making Man…Kind”. Essentially, it explores the values & virtues of kindness, with the idea that we shouldn’t just teach kids to count, but we should teach them WHAT counts…and remind ourselves of the same. You did a terrific interview with Catherine Clark, and I hoping you could help connect me to her, as I would like her and her beautiful message in our film. With an optimistic heart & passion to help others, I look forward to your response. Gratefully, Julia julia@makingmankind.com

  11. Thanks for blogging. Being a mid 40’s man and raised by 2, not just 1 women, I’m glad you do what you do. Something always stunk coming from the wood shed so to speak. Your article featured on Surfline is spot on and I’ve never likes exploitation of anything, especially woman. At any rate if men lambast you for this article, it simply means you hit a nerve and are on the right track so keep on keepin on.

  12. Hi Lauren,

    I just came across your blog while reading Surfline. First off, I am really stoked that you do what you do. I think sustainability is an oft overlooked part of surfing, and one that I think most surfers would prefer to overlook. I am a graduate student in Environmental Science and Management at UCSB and am working of launching a club, which will be called the Bren School Surf Stewards. I would like to get your take on sustainability issues as well as gauge your interest in possible collaborations this coming year. Let me know what you think.



    1. Hi Graham,

      Thanks for taking the time to get in touch and for the kind words.

      It sounds like you’re up to some great work, too, with your studies + launching the club– which sounds like a great idea, by the way. I dreamed of going to UCSB to get my Masters a couple of years ago, but haven’t made it back to school yet…

      Feel free to send me over an e-mail and let me know more about how I can help with any projects:


  13. Hi Lauren,
    I love reading your blog and looking at the Instagram photos. I would like to suggest a topic for a random post perhaps in the future (if that falls within your editorial criteria).
    I grew up in Italy, where surfing is not popular. I now live in Australia. I love the ocean, sailing and swimming. I am in my early ’40s and have put in my bucket list “learning to surf”. I think I was a fish in a different life. Problem is: I am scared. Physically and mentally, will I be able to let myself go and slide on the water? How can “potential future surfers” like me embrace the spirit of surfing AND the physicality of it as well? What do you think is the best way to start?
    Perhaps some literature/blogs already exists on this topic?
    Don’t get me wrong, I will give it a go. But I am still scared!
    Thank you,


  14. Hi Lauren, It was great to meet you in the surf at Byron in August. I’ve been getting alot done down on the south coast as far as marine debris educaiton goes. It feels like some momentum building. Friends of mine (Nat & Dan) are travelling around Australia as part of Clean Coast Collective, I thought this curent articule on plastic free bathroom is something other surfer girls and dudes would be interested in.
    Love to catch up sometime and do some work together.

    thanks again for your site.

  15. Hi Lauren,

    I hope you are well. I would like to invite you to be a participant in an upcoming surf symposium. We have briefly chatted about this on Instagram (I’m travel_pants), but I thought this might be a better way to be in touch.

    If you are still interested, please email me at mseelie@gmail.com.


  16. Hi Lauren!
    I’ve always wanted to connect with you, fellow sea sister, and I think I’ve finally created to share that’s right up your alley!
    I’m a surfer, artist, healthnut from Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone.
    I just finished an artist-ocean nonprofit collaboration I thought would be right up your alley:)
    Recycled, reusable, art tote bags funding an ocean mural for Save the Mermaids children’s ocean education program.
    I made a video https://vimeo.com/120725393
    and have some great content for publication http://eepurl.com/bhLCFP
    If have any interested in sharing this cause or want to know more, just let me know!
    Thank you so much!!

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