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Why this trailer made me cry

Why this trailer made me cry

Water gives us life and has been recognized for its healing properties for centuries. The ocean has a way of putting you into a present state that you bring with you long after you´ve been swimming, diving, surfing or practicing SUP yoga. Water and being involved with surfing, stand up paddling and SUP yoga, sure is ocean therapy.

I read more and more about amazing people creating programs around surfing, for kids with autism, people who suffer from depression and other amazing work around ocean therapy. It´s not news anymore that surfing changes lives. It´s well known that the ocean can heal us, and holds an ability to trigger a psychological state of calm.

Surfing has become medicine for military veterans suffering from physical and mental trauma. Resurface follows veterans who find that the ocean is the one place they can go to for peace.

– Resurface


Even though it´s “old news” that the ocean provides therapy, this documentary made me cry. Listening to people wanting to end their own lives, and then being changed through surfing waves, being in water… well, it made me feel such strong emotions, having lost a beloved one myself through suicide, and seen and met so many people wanting to end their lives, during my years working as a police officer. Watching this documentary reminded me, once again, of the power of spending time in nature, being in water, being around like-minded souls, practicing yoga on and off the water and so on. Nature is a true source when it comes to healing…

I truly hope to start a project of my own someday, in my own country, with stand up paddle boarding and SUP yoga. Until then, I´ll keep sharing these beautiful stories of the healing powers of the ocean, and the work of other people doing such amazing work!


Sofie Ringsten

Sofie Ringsten

<p>Sofie is SUP yoga pioneer in Sweden and the founder of SUP Yoga Pro. She is a passionate stand up paddle surfer, ocean devotee and teachers trainer. She is an ambassador for Roxy and Klean Kanteen, and Black Cat Boards team rider. She offers SUP yoga teacher trainings worldwide, and shares her knowledge about SUP in general through SUP Yoga Pro.</p>