A Line of Their Own: Emi Koch – Koch is using surfing and education to empower impoverished coastal communities around the world

A Line of Their Own: Emi Koch – Koch is using surfing and education to empower impoverished coastal communities around the world

Koch is a surfer from San Diego, California, and what started as an idea for a small humanitarian project while she was studying psychology at Georgetown University has turned into a decade-long mission around the globe using surfing and educational workshops to foster environmental stewardship and give greater agency to overlooked communities.

“Some of the most pressing issues the local people face include overfishing, waste mismanagement, plastic pollution, sea-level-rise and unrestricted development,” said Emi Koch, founder of Beyond the Surface International, over email during a layover in Singapore.

The foundation’s Coast 2 Coast program also focuses on hosting workshops on digital media, providing video equipment to empower young people to tell stories in their own voice about issues facing their communities.

Read more here: Surfer Mag

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