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Lisa Burke Lisa Burke surfer. fashion designer. marine life crusader.

Lisa Burke is a surfer, marine life activist, and fashion designer who founded the swimwear line Lisa Blue. Lisa Blue donates 25% of its net profits to helping protect whales and dolphins. [www.lisablue.com.au]

It’s fair to say that I’ve taken the road less travelled. At 22, I ventured out into the big, wide world. Disillusioned with the values of Western society, I set off for Japan, where I lived in a remote fishing village and ran an English school.

My next stop changed my life forever. When I landed in India, I felt like I’d come home, like I’d travelled through a time tunnel and landed in biblical times. I fell so in love with India that I thought I’d spend the rest of my life there. I lived in a mud hut in the mountains in the south, at the edge of a 9,000-foot drop, looking out over breathtaking views of endless jungle. Apart from the Indian family I rented a hut from, I was totally isolated. Life was very basic, and though I lived simply, my days were full.

My first child was born in India. My very handsome half-Indian son is now 18 years old. When he was a toddler, we went to Australia and while we were away, my Indian husband died in an accident. Part of me died then, too. My little boy and I stayed in Australia. I had another son. I raised my sons alone, studied alternative therapies, completed a Kinesiology degree, and grieved. For years, I lived with grief. Every day I missed the life I’d had in India.

Then I discovered my passion for surfing. Surfing changed everything. The ocean began to heal my heart and give me direction. Out on my surfboard, I was often surrounded by dolphins. I’d spend hours with them. I couldn’t get enough.

When my oldest son was 10, I saw an ad in the local paper about swimming with the whales in Tonga. We went, and I came face-to-face with 15-metre, 20,000-kilogram humpback whales, those gentle, ancient giants of the ocean.

A mother and baby humpback whale approached me. The baby came so close. The baby’s eyes, only a foot away, looked straight into my soul and my heart burst open. In that moment, I promised I’d do whatever I could to help protect them and their environment. In spite of our human history of killing these angelic beings, they look at us with such immense unconditional love.

Love seems to come when we least expect it, and in many different forms. It gives me a great sense of purpose to spread this message of love through my mission to help save the whales and dolphins.

– Lisa Burke

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