Proof positive that coastal living enhances wellbeing and stimulates creativity, twelve WOMEN AT WORK along the WILD ATLANTIC WAY share their local secrets with PENNY McCORMICK. First up, EASKEY BRITTON …
By day, Dr Britton, 31, is a post-doctoral researcher on the NEAR-Health project at NUIG, where she works with the academic team researching the links between healthy environments and human wellbeing. It’s no surprise that her own health and energy levels are at optimum levels – given her proximity to the sea and her passion for water. Five times Irish national surf champion, Britton is also a veteran TedX speaker and has set up the social change initiative LikeWater.
Living on the west coast, in Donegal – she was brought up in Rossnowlagh – Britton takes to the waves in Donegal Bay, regardless of the weather. Her short film A Lunar Cycle, to be released in September, won best edit at the recent Irish Surf Festival and is an abstract representation of cold water surfing filmed on the Wild Atlantic Way from a unique, female perspective.
This summer Britton has already been busy inspiring others on a creative storytelling course, part of Urban Blue Conversations, held in Galway, and will be embarking on the Wavemaker Leadership Retreat in Portugal, where she teaches a mixture of mindfulness and surf skills. When not working, she likes nothing more than to watch the sun sink behind Slieve League before catching a wave back to the shore.
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