Healthy Living - Sophie Hellyer, Cold Water Swimmer & Founder of Rise Fierce
Sophie grew up in Devon (UK) and loved the water from a young age. She became a champion surfer and model in her late teens but, as her career has progressed, she has pushed for a more inclusive surfing culture, with particular focus on feminism and diverse representation. She has also become a prominent spokesperson on ocean pollution, sustainability and ethical fashion. Sophie has written about these topics for publications such as The Independent, GQ Magazine, Glamour and Surf Girl. She even gave a TEDx talk in which she flashed her menstrual cup. Sophie founded Rise Fierce, a cold-water swimming community which empowers women through wild swimming and kinship. Currently living by the sea in Cornwall (UK), she regularly hosts Rise Fierce retreats across the UK – incorporating wild swimming, surfing, yoga and women’s circles – where she encourages other women to jump in and rise up. Sophie is also a qualified instructor for surfing, SUP, open-water-swimming and yoga, as well as a lifeguard at her local beach.