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Surfing came into Marlim Reynosa’s life at a time when she felt lost and was experiencing panic attacks. It wasn’t until a friend who was living on the Dominican Republic's North Coast invited Marlim to visit did surfing become accessible for her culturally. By Marlim Reynosa, lead instructor at Brown Girl Surf  Even though I went to college in Southern California, the mecca of surfing, I never thought it was for me. Everything about it felt so alien. It was only when I saw surfing in a familiar cultural setting (Dominicans surfing in my country), was I able to think of surfing...

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The surf community is notoriously insular, white, straight and male. Anyone outside of these categories must navigate a surfing world that does not cater to their cultural reality or body types. 

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Our love song for the wilderness coast.

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Marlin Ray ponchos are made with great care to detail for quality and design at Wildlife Works Fair Trade Factory in Kenya. One of our favorite design elements of the Marlin Ray ponchos is the hand-twisted tassels. Having these tassels dangling off the straight lines of the poncho design patterns present a very precise production process that requires each poncho to be individually hand cut and sewn.  CUTTING  Each poncho is made from precut fabric that comes with hand-twisted tassels on either end. We designed the hood and pocket pattern pieces to maximize both the length of the poncho and fabric yield...

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A decade ago I sailed a small wooden sailboat from San Francisco to Kauai with 3 friends. It was an unforgettable voyage. Nineteen days of constant wind-powered motion got us from here to there, and traversing that massive open ocean for so long helped me to cultivate an intimate and overwhelming connection to the planet. I felt no distractions out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean: no cell phone signal, no television, very few books, and the ever-present weather kept me on high alert to the constantly changing conditions of the sea and myself. Nighttime was nothing but starlight and...

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