Joniati «Cinta» Hansel, 14, Bali, Indonesia
It’s not easy being a half caste. Not anywhere in the world. And especially not in Bali, where, despite its eat, pray, love reputation, a caste system still rules firmly in place. Born to a local Balinese woman and an underground surfer hero, Cinta Hansel has surfed against the odds since birth. Her mother long gone, now the daughter of a dedicated, aging expat single father, Cinta dreams of a championship. A championship that her Father was never quite able to achieve. Bruce Hansel, her Father, was once part of the notorious «Pipeline underground». A group of American surfers who worked their way into the most dangerous line-up in the world. The Banzai Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. A tremendous, deadly wave, with all the malevolent power of the ocean can possess. Cinta, knowing her Father was never able to reach his goal of slaying this giant, has taken it on herself as her goal in life. She will master this wave. For herself and her father. This heroic mission being simply an extension of her nickname itself: Cinta, the Balinese word for love.
Coco Ho, 24, Sunset Beach, Hawaii
It is all in her middle name. Hapaikekoa. Hawaiian for «Carrier of strength». Since riding her first wave at 7 years old this has been her code. It has had to be. Born Half Hawaiian, but blond and white to Polynesian surfing Royalty. Her father, Michael Ho, a legend in the pantheon of Modern surfing, one of the most accomplished surfers in history, considered a King of the sport. Her uncle, Derek Ho, a world champion, winning his mantle against impossible odds in the heaviest wave in the world, Hawaii’s pride. Her older brother, Mason Ho, a prodigy for the new era of Hawaiian surfing and headed for the stars. Yet remarkably, young Coco Ho refused to be intimidated by one of the most respected legacies in the sport. Instead she decided to become it. By eight years old, a fully sponsored professional, by seventeen winning a place on the international pro tour, by eighteen voted rookie of the year, by twenty years old voted the second most popular female surfer in the world. And today she stands atop the heap of the competition, holding third place in the world rankings with a good chance to take it all and join her family of Hawaiian World Champions. But despite her astonishing success, despite a rocky family background of break-ups and divorce and a single Father house, Coco has somehow retained a great joy in her life, her smile lighting up a room, her surfing exuberant and celebratory. Despite the wounded spirit deep within, her hearts burns with the fire of life. A life of positivity, of hope, of individuality and inspiration for her legion of young followers. Coco Ho, in 23 short years has become more than a professional surfer, she has become the very symbol of what a professional surfer should be, male or female. Envied, loved and encouraged, Coco is a streaming meteor of talent and spirit, whose place in the history books has yet to be written, but who’s impact will undoubtedly never be forgotten.>>
Ocean Ramsey — 31, Oahu, Hawaii
The Spellcaster of sharks. Thats how they call a 31 year old young lady from Hawaii — Ocean Ramsey: a scientist, marine biologist, and oceanic defender. She has dedicated her life to studying and saving sharks. Ocean not only ventured out of the cage and swam with a big white shark, proving that the sharks are not a «killer-machines», but she has also created her own unique system and platform «OneOceanDiving» where any ordinary person may swim with sharks in a natural like environment. She opens a new world for people, where the image of sharks as «killer machines» created by such movies as «Jaws» collapses with second spent around them. Ocean Ramsey teaches people to respect and understand behaviour of these amazing creatures that appeared on Earth 250 million years ago >>
ANNA BADER, 32, MUTLANGEN, GERMANY
«For those three seconds when I'm free-falling, I'm in my own world.» When a single false move can cost your life. When time is slowing down and you are feeling a moment of truth. That is 100% of concentration. That is her world. The world of Anna Bader. Anna became one of the most courageous female high divers and 6-time European Champion in cliff diving. Gymnastics was her first passion, and that's what eventually led her to a springboard at age 13. Wanting to combine her love of gymnastics and water, she thought doing acrobats into a pool was the ideal sport for her. Soon enough, she started participating in competitive diving and continued on this path—making the German national team along the way—for the next seven years. In 2006 Anna participated for the first time at Red Bull Cliff Diving series in Switzerland and already in 2008 completed her highest dive from 24.5 metres in Polignano. Today Anna is a worldwide star and the face of cliff diving. But still she always prefers to listen to her own heart and to be in her own world.
«If I do things, I do because I feel it. I would never jump off the cliff, because somebody says «Go! Go! Jump!». No! I jump because I feel it, because I want. And sometimes actually I don’t feel it, and I go back. I think this is important always listen to your inner voice, and to not get lost in what people expect from you.»
Andrea Moller, 36
Andrea was born in the small island of IIhabela, Brazil. The unconditional love to the ocean starts growing very quickly from her early childhood. Later on following her dream the island of Maui became her home. In 2005, Andrea’s started her SUP career competing in a men's team crossing the Kawaii Channel. After that she became part of the first women's SUP surfing team and won many awards for long distances races. Andrea never stops on her laurels and today she holds the world record of prizes in SUP, surfing and canoeing. For 36 years she has been a real pioneer and world-class professional athlete in water sports.
Also she got titles for surfing one of the biggest waves on the planet — Jaws. Then she became more famous when she was the first female lifeguard on Jet Ski in difficult conditions.
Like the impersonation of the power, Andrea’s is doing everything at the highest level. Combining career a professional paramedic, every day she finds time to devote herself completely to the ocean. Only there is this strong spirit where she feels truly alive. Another passion for Andrea’s is her love for the whales, and they seem to respond in return. In a single voyage between the islands, Andrea accompanies these giant guardians of the oceans.>>
Keala Kennelly, 37 KAWAII, HAWAII
From childhood Keala gained respect from the boys, fighting her fears and conquering the big waves. The professional surfing chooses her; in fact she was born and grew up in Hawaii. Passed a difficult moment she managed to break all the stereotypes of the surf industry, where a woman receives a sponsor of «femininity.» She always has been a girl «in the men's shorts» and never regretted it; spending half of her life in the top five best professional women surfer of the world (ASP World Tour). In 2007 she stops the tour but continued to triumph in her journey. Winning big wave competitions and starting the first contest «Nelscott Big Wave Classic womeof. Eventually Keala became one of the bravest women of the world in surfing. In 2013 she won the Billabong XXL Awards at Chopo`s in a 20-foot wave. A few years earlier Kennelly had a traumatic accident when a wave hit her face to the reef. Took her a while to restored her face after this major facial injury. So fragile, but courageous woman didn`t stop here, she goes for another challenge to be an actress. Roles in the movie «Blue crash» and the TV show «John from Cincinnati» began her first steps into the world of entertainment business.
Today’s Keala is professional also a DJ. Her music inspiration comes from the ocean, the big waves. Keala’s never betrayed her passion. When the time comes to take a decision in between her family and the ocean, she chooses the last one.
Rose Molina, 40, Santiago, Chile
A Champion of the depths. A ballet and modern dance prodigy, once a darling of the European dance community, Rose walked away from the egotistical fame and hollow confines of live dance performance to become a «Child of the Sea». Combining her commitment, discipline and understanding of the perfect moment she translated her artistic experience from the stage to the deepest depths of human survival. So beautiful and at ease is she at these deadly depths, that she has been nicknamed «La Sirena», one of the the mythical siren’s of Homer’s odyssey. Through freediving, she has found a spiritual life, a meditation and a deep relationship with the primordial mass of our origin. In her airless world she finds a quiet as profound as outer space…and her re-entry is not down, but up…back up into our atmosphere of air, returning with the same sense of discovery and wonder that any astronaut has ever imagined.>>
Jeannie Chesser, 66, OAHU, HAWAII
Every time Jeannie looks into a wave she hopes to see the face of her son again. Todd Chesser was a professional surfer who died in 1997 riding big waves. This was the worst tragedy in her life. After the death of her husband and son, the feeling of being alone constantly persuaded her. Jenny’s family moved to Hawaii and from youth she dedicated her life to surf. Cups and trophies at her home are not counted. As well as friends, who always supports Jeannie during her challenging journey. Three years ago Jeannie heard the verdict that she got cancer. Her beloved people and ocean never left her; in fact their unconditional support and love were crucial for her survive. During chemotherapy she tried to gathered strength to be in the ocean. After a session coming back to the shore Jeannie fell in the sand and could not get up. «The ocean can take a life and can give it back» — says Jeannie. Jeannie never gives up, defeating cancer and continuing surfing.
Chesser painted surfboard for the film «In God's Hands» in 1997, opened the path to the infinite creativity. At the moment she draws wonderful paintings and makes art jewelry from shells. «She owes to the ocean her boundless energy and unique light» Jeannie says. Becoming a legend and epitome of surfing. Each surfer of Waikiki considers a matter of honor to wish good waves for Jeannie before morning surf.
HERO OF THE PLANET
SYLVIA EARLE — 82, NEW JERSEY
The world famous oceanographer, researcher, book author, lecturer, expedition leader, and the most influential expert in oceanology of our time — Sylvia Earl.
During her career, Dr. Earl spent more than 7,000 hours underwater and has organised more than 100 marine expeditions. She has led the first team of female aquanauts in the Tektite project in 1970, and set the record for a single 1000 meter dive. Since 1998, Sylvia Earl has been a member of the National Geographic Society. She is the first woman to become the head of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of United States.
Today, 65 years later after her first dive, Dr. Earl continues to actively study and protect the world ocean. She was named the first «Hero of the Planet» by Time magazine. She organised more than 100 marine expeditions, including National Geographic expeditions, received more than 200 national awards, founded Mission Blue SEAlliance, and was the first one to submerge to a depth of 1000 meters. In scientific world, this amazing woman was granted the title of «Your Deepness». «I really hope for your help in protecting the World Ocean from each one of you! Remember! The health of the ocean is the health of each one of us!» Says Sylvia Earl. >>
She is the ocean
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