Dr Easkey Britton

Professional surfer, artist, scientist and explorer

Dr Easkey Britton is an internationally renowned professional surfer, artist, scientist and explorer from Ireland. She is a five-time Irish national surf champion, and holds a PhD in marine environment and society, but her real work lies in promoting a healthy relationship between people and the sea by using her passion for the ocean to jump-start social change.

Her groundbreaking journey to Iran in 2013 introduced the sport of surfing to women and local communities, and is featured in the award-winning documentary film Into the Sea. Easkey has co-organised and facilitated international gatherings around the world promoting social change and leadership, including the world’s first global Surf and Social Good Summit in Indonesia in 2015. Named an ‘agent of change’ by Surfer magazine in its special Ocean Edition, surfing is Easkey’s active metaphor for life.

Currently a postdoctoral research fellow at NUI Galway, Easkey co-leads the interdisciplinary Near Health work package on nature-based solutions – a framework to use coastal blue space to restore health and wellbeing. This year, she founded Like Water, a platform to explore innovative ways to reconnect with who we are, our environment and each other, through water.

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