How it all began.
During a surf trip to G-land, Java – Indonesia in 2010, Lizzie was struck by the lack of women working in and around the surf tourism scene in the area. Eventually she befriended a few young women working in the kitchen and came to the realisation that in almost a decade of visiting Indonesia she had never seen a local girl surfing or local women swimming and enjoying the water.
Local communities on some of the more isolated island chains of Indonesia live in relative poverty with no way of obtaining the skills they told Lizzie they want and need to be a part of the land based surf tourism which is increasing on their shores. Lizzie found this un-nerving, not just for the girls and women, but for communities as a whole. They did not have the means to be a part of it. There was an underlying need to supply a foundation for opportunities in communication.
After evaluation of the situation, spending time with locals, listening to what they wanted, their dreams and passions for the Mentawais, Lizzie came to the conclusion that English was the key to build foundations, enabling communities to interact with tourists visiting their shores complimented by other programs in swimming and surfing primarily aimed at girls.
Lizzie wanted to create opportunities for the locals’ needs and wants, assisting them in taking an active position in shaping their island’s development. A Liquid Future was born.