With endless sunshine, pristine coastline and seemingly not a worry in the world, Australia is often hailed as the ‘lucky country’. But deep below the clear aqua blue waters that line our shores, the untold tales of Australians suffering from depression and anxiety create a much darker and murkier image of our picturesque country. More than 1 million Australians suffer from depression, and many do so in silence.
One Wave Is All It Takes, a non-profit surf community that raises awareness about mental health issues, has taken over the Australian coastline every week with their loud and bold Fluro Friday. Starting off on the famous white sand of Bondi, a place more renowned for its beautiful people than mental health awareness, the movement has recently reached the glamorous high rises and tanned bodies of the Gold Coast. Here we caught up with professional surfing twins, Grace and Audrey Styman-Lane, to get their perspective on OneWave.
Q: How were you introduced to OneWave?
Audrey: We were down in Newcastle for a world qualifying tour event earlier this year. It was very early on a Friday morning, and we stumbled down to the beach to check out the surf and suddenly in front of us were about 20 people all dressed in these amazing bright fluro outfits! As soon as we saw the group, we had to find out what it was all about!
Q: What did you find out?
Grace: Well we found out the group was called OneWave, and they were there to let people know that you don’t have to suffer from mental health issues, like anxiety or depression, in silence.
Q: So what did you do next?
Grace: We joined in of course! We met three of the legends of OneWave, Joel (Pilgrim), Sam (Samsam) and Grant (Trebilco) all on that day. They had these amazing fluro outfits for anyone to use, and we took over Merewether beach!
Q: Who made the fluro outfits?
Audrey: The outfits are called Stretcheyz. They are Australian designed and made. We were lucky enough to meet one of the amazing founders of the company, Aprilla Quayle, whilst in Newcastle. She is the most smiling tiny human. Just a great person!
Q: What is your favourite part about Fluro Friday?
Audrey: We love dressing up and putting a smile on people’s faces.
Grace: That’s it. It is so much fun. We know we are supporting a great cause, and we want people to have a laugh.
Q: What’s next for you both?
Grace: We are following the World Qualifying Series surf tour and heading to New Zealand later this month.
Audrey: We are aiming to qualify onto the World Tour, so if we can raise enough sponsor support, we will be going to Mexico, France and Spain later in the year too. But it is definitely hard and stressful getting this support. Otherwise you will find us rocking our fluro outfits every Friday down at the Gold Coast!
Instagram accounts: @onewaveisallittakes @gracestymanlane @audreystyman @stretcheyz and of course @girlsurfnetwork and @fran90210