Tue, 21 March 2017
Join Wavescape, M@king Waves and Rolling Retro for a big, bright fluro get-together on Llandudno Beach before the Rolling Retro this Saturday to raise awareness about mental health.
At 7am, we're going to join OneWave in their mission to create the world's largest "fluro wave" at 100 beaches around the globe to raise awareness and start the conversation about mental health, and to show that It's Okay not to be Okay. Join the South African event at Llandudno here.
It all started with the concept of Fluro Friday, which began on Bondi Beach, Australia in March 2013. It has since gone viral with Fluro Friday sessions held at more than 100 beaches globally, as far as California, Hawaii, Mexico, New Zealand, Bali, India, Samoa and Fiji.
Since Rolling Retro is on a Saturday, we've decided to team up with Captain Kai and Robby McDonald who are stoked to kickstart their day with a whacky lineup of South African fluro for a good cause.
Pull into Llandudno dressed in your brightest and most outrageous Fluro colours for a get-together, brief chat and photo shoot. You don't have to surf, but if you do, bring your board. Let's show our overseas friends that South Africans also know how to go seriously Fluro! You can then join in the fun at the Rolling Retro. Registration starts at the Llandudno Lifesaving Club at 8am.
Photographers and videographers from M@king Waves will be there to record your antics for posterity!
In three years, OneWave has gone global, raising awareness and reducing social stigmas around mental health issues through their Fluro Friday sunrise sessions. OneWave Founder Grant Trebilco says “Bright colours make people happy and help start conversations about an invisible issue. Combine that with surfing and it is a great recipe to help free the funk.”
Pull in and chill out with our Fluro Friday celebration next Saturday!
The whole thing started when Trebelico, who is from New Zealand but lives in Australia, one day found himself in Manly Hospital’s mental health unit after a serious bi-polar episode. He went home to New Zealand for six months where he found solace in the ocean (he couldn't sit still on land). On returning to Bondi, he dressed in a fluro suit and tie, and went surfing. One Wave was born.
You often don't know people are struggling until its too late
Grant now hosts weekly Fluro Fridays around Australia at dawn, but mostly at Bondi. He speaks of the need to build the conversation about mental health. We lose so many people to suicide because they never speak up, and you often don't know people are struggling until its too late. One Wave is a way to let people know they're not alone, and the Fluro movement offers salt water therapy, bright colours, and good people. From the Maldives to Cali, Mollymonk to Byron Bay, Takapuna to Mount Maunganui, and now Llandudno South Africa, lets create the world’s largest Fluro Wave.