Sea Together is an annual, creative print publication featuring the voices and creativity of women surfers around the world. We are raising money to print Issue 001: 8.5" x 11" inches, full color, and 100 pages printed on 100% recycled paper.
Issue 001 is 100 pages uniting the voices, stories, and expression of women surfers, and oftentimes, voices or expression not normally found elsewhere. That is why this platform is needed.
Being a surf publication, we focus on surfing. All of our contributors are women surfers. Issue 001 showcases opinions, stories, personal narratives, and various artistic expressions from over 20 individuals.
We believe there is a space for every woman surfer to express themselves and share their voice and expression. We want every woman surfer to know: You belong here.
In Issue 001, our contributions range from creative writing about traveling as a solo woman traveler in mexico (Colleen Conroy) to discussing what it means to be a surfer and have epilepsy (Eva Martin), to featuring shortboarders and longboarders, both high performance (Megan Godinez and traditional logger women of New Zealand (Mischa Davis), to water photographers (Megan Barrett), to making the leap into illustration business and connecting our relationship with the ocean to our life (Brooke Gudenau), to highlighting empowering organizations (Brown Girl Surf).
Issue 001 Features: Anouk Corolleur, Becky Mitchell, Brooke Gudenau, Carissa Moore, Cher Pendarvis, Clare Sullivan, Chrystal Dawn, Colleen Conroy, Corina Barnick, Dominique Miller, Emi Koch, Eva Martin, Maggie Higgins, Megan Barnett, Megan Godinez, Mischa Davis, Sara Taylor, Shannon Cuadro, Olivia Schroeder, Oriana Poindexter, and Margaret Seelie interviewing Brown Girl Surf (Mira Manickam-Shirley), Ashley Lloyd Thompson, and Traveler (Julie Cox).
Why is this magazine important?
Radical women surfers have been inspiring others, making waves in communities, and pursuing creative expression around the globe! We want to be your space for your voice to be heard! For your story to be shared! For your art to be expressed! We believe there is more than one narrative for what a woman surfer should be or how she should look like. Our magazine focuses on being bold, authentic, creative, and allowing a safe haven for women surfers to express themselves in the way that they want to.
We hope to be your platform with your support to raise money to print. We want to form a global community for women surfers to unite and be inspired by each other, and to inspire future generations of women to surf, to be themselves, to have fun, and to be bold--together!
Who am I? And what is my motivation?
I've grown up, lived, and surfed all over the West Coast of the U.S. and Hawai'i. Surfing has been passed down to me from my step-dad and for that I'm forever grateful--that he never treated me different for being a girl when teaching me how to fish, to surf, or how to connect with the ocean. I was always inspired by surfers like Carissa Moore who were unapologetically themselves.
I'm an artist who explores ideas of belonging, and I believe that we need this space. In college, I wrote a paper to express thoughts and frustrations after working as a woman surfer at a surf shop (but the surf shop itself is family)--just the interactions with customers as a female surfer were sometimes odd! In the process of writing this, I found The Inspire Initiative project by Cori Schumacher, the academic text Surfer Girls in the New World Order by Krista Comer, and Margaret Seelie's project, The Other Side of Surfing. I realized I wasn't the only person who felt like there was no place of freedom to share our joy, opinions, and our relationship to surfing, without it being hyper-sexualized or not representing the diversity and array of women surfers, or not including everyone worldwide together. I've seen women surfers across the globe doing inspiring things and sharing their opinions and art on Instagram and in real life, but I thought: why can't we all come together in a magazine?
But, I couldn't wait any longer for someone else to create a full-length magazine. "If you want something to happen, you have to do it", states Dayla Soul, filmmaker of surf film "It Ain't Pretty". So I finally mustered up the courage to launch Sea Together on social media with the encouragement of friends in December 2017. And soon enough, people around the world showed their support to help grow Sea Together's vision and goals, including my friend and talented designer, Angela Blumen, volunteering her time to design Issue 001 and collaborate with me on this issue from across the world. This magazine creates a centralized place for all women surfers to come together.
Not everyone has internet access or an Instagram account, so we quickly realized an online magazine didn't make sense. By printing, we reach a more diversified audience worldwide and keep expanding diversity and the countries involved. We also hope to have a translation in Spanish as a longer term goal.
Feel free to read more about me in my profile bio.
What will your contribution support?
Sea Together: Issue 001 is already nearly finished. We have been working on it for the past 6 months. We have visited the printer, Brown Printing, in Portland, Oregon, and worked through deciding on all logistics. The only thing we need? Your monetary support to print our inaugural issue and mail them out. We are asking you to join in creating this new space for women's surf culture. Your contribution will make sure that Issue 001 of Sea Together is printed, packaged, and is being shipped globally. Kickstarter fees also take roughly 10% of the money raised. In addition, the money also goes towards rewards like ordering 5 x 7 inch art prints for the art print reward. We decided to ship worldwide because we have dreams to reach everyone who wants to read Sea Together.
We have volunteered our free time out of passion to hopefully see this project succeed. I have spent countless hours running this project on social media, connecting with inspiring women surfers around the world, and managing the entire project from start to finish outside of my full-time job as an environmental interpreter and with my chronic illness. Our insanely creative and talented graphic designer, Angela Blumen, has spent countless volunteer hours designing Issue 001 and collaborating with me on this project. We also have two editors, Michael Swamer and Mikaela Horvath, that have volunteered with copy editing submissions and feedback, among other things like feedback. Tyler Feague volunteered his time to film and edit the Kickstarter video. Sydney Kay helped me brainstorm a name and without her help, I'm not sure if I would've began. And, as we went over the contributors in our "About Section", all our contributors and photographers volunteered and donated their time and photography/art. All of these people helped make this happen. Out of passion. Not out of a desire to make money. We just need money for to print and ship.
We hope that you can help us to meet our goal, $7,500.00 and to share our campaign with others who support women's surfing and who support women! We are printing every issue on 100% recycled paper.
And if not, we hope that you will help us even surpass our $7,500.00 fundraising goal so we have enough money to print more copies of Issue 001 and have enough money to print Issue 002, and grow Sea Together beyond the print and into a successful magazine. We are currently getting advice on what to do if we go over our goal of $7,500.00. But most likely, we will use the money towards printing Issue 002 or printing and shipping out more copies of Issue 001, especially to places like surf shops around the world.
We have realized how supportive everyone has been; our ultimate goal is to have fair pay for everyone, and for this to become a successful long-term magazine. Our goal is for Issue 002 of Sea Together to fairly pay all contributors/writers for their contributions, and also our staff. Read more about our long-term visions on our website at seatogether.com. This project is growing at a faster rate than expected, with only one person managing/directing it--Brianna--who has a full-time job and chronic illness, Colitis, so we appreciate your patience as we move forward as fast as we can.
Together we can create a new expressive and positive space in surf culture to empower women surfers worldwide. Without your help supporting our campaign, this might not happen. We thank you so much!
When our Kickstarter campaign reaches both our goal and the 30 day closure mark, we will print! Let's Sea Together everyone in women's surf culture!
With so much love and endless gratitude,
Brianna, The Founder & Director of Sea Together
Thank you everyone! We have surpassed our goal for Issue 001 with your help and support. We are eternally grateful for your love and kindness in sharing Sea Together with your friends. We are currently raising extra money for printing either more copies of Issue 001 or for raising money for Issue 002
Special Rewards /Collaboration with our friends (jonesea, argent silversmith, iaera Surf, emenuetral, tall poppy surf, oceandyenamics) - All of these rewards are hand-made by generous friends who have supported Sea Together in one or more ways. As a community, we come together in support of women's surfing! We look forward to continue creating and collaborating with these awesome friends and their brands.
Risks and challenges
Only one person, Brianna, is managing the entire magazine, and thus, Brianna will be shipping out all copies herself. All members of the volunteer staff have full-time jobs apart from Sea Together Magazine, and the founder/director, Brianna, has a chronic illness known as Irritable Bowel Disease (Crohns/Colitis), that can sometimes severely inhibit her daily life and productivity. She will do her very best to mail out all Sea Together Mag: Issue 001 by the end of July 2018, but asks the reader to understand that circumstances can change; if so, magazines will be shipped out August 2018 at the latest. But, one way or another, she is determined to ship all magazines out, as she has already dedicated over 300 hours to this project since December in her spare time. Brianna has shown perseverance and mental stamina through the worst of scenarios with her health problems, even graduating with honors from college while suffering immensely from Irritable Bowel Disease.
Make sure to be following our updates on Sea Together both on our website, Instagram, Facebook, and Kickstarter, as we will be in full communication through the entire process from printing to shipping.
We realize this magazine might be more costly than one you would typically find in a surf shop. Unfortunately, we also do not have the means to utilize free shipping. However, Sea Together is an independently published, artist-run project not funded by anyone but you, the reader. We are completely relying on your support and are so thankful for your patience with us during this process.
We would also like to note that we will not be featuring any men in our magazine. Sea Together is a platform for women's surfing, and as such, our goal is to highlight the voices of women. By no means do we intend to discriminate; instead, we are inviting men to join us in support of women's surf culture, and already have a few allies. Our copy editor, Michael Swamer, has been instrumental in our volunteer-based team. We also have a few male photographers whose photos of women surfing will be featured in Issue 001, and we thank them for their contributions. And of course, so many of our friends and supporters of Sea Together have been men.
In addition, all our photos for this campaign are mock-ups by our Graphic Designer, Angela Blumen. We have not printed a test print yet, as we are waiting to first raise money.
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