Bruny Island Coastal Retreats is proud to support local surfing talent Lizzie Stokely. In part 2 of this video series, Lizzie shows her creative side and talks about the values she holds in common with Bruny Island Coastal Retreats.
“I think Bruny Island has something that no other place has. It's not very often you can step out and look at a beautiful green coastline, with no people, massive cliffs and wildlife everywhere. That's something I'm so grateful for.”
“On a recent adventure up the east coast of Australia, I was doing some surfing competitions, just from word of mouth, I was getting an idea of the figures I was going to have to be producing to be able to compete on the world qualifying series, and it was very very scary. So the three job idea went for a bit, so I had to think of something a bit smarter and something that could make profit while I'm away surfing. I'm a very crafty person. I love creating things, so I started making my own jewellry, and I taught myself from scratch on the beach while I was away. I'd sit back after a surf in the arvo and starting making some stuff. I've set up a website and an Instagram page and I've just gone from there. The name is Luna, which is short for Lunawanna, which is the hometown I grew up in on Bruny Island. I love to incorporate shells and natural products as well.”
“It's really great to have a support team behind me, and I'm really grateful to have Bruny Island Coastal Retreats on my support team this year, and it just gives that extra hand when I'm competing overseas, and it takes me to new places, and it's that extra help I didn't have before. I definitely do share the same values with Bruny Island Coastal Retreats, and that was a really important thing for me when taking on board a new sponsor, is that I share the same beliefs and treasure the same things. For us of course it's Bruny Island, and keeping this place beautiful, keeping it pristine, and bringing people here for a positive experience, and making them fall in love with it.”
Cape Bruny Light keepers have been doing battle with nature since 1838. Tending the light to ensure that maritime travellers did not meet the same grisly end as so many before them had done, it was an arduous and unrelenting life.