From recycling wetsuits into yoga mats to organizing beach cleanups to finding good vibes through sound healing, Kassia Meador is on a mission. The Queen of longboard surfing is redefining the environment one wave at a time.
Meet Kassia Meador, Kassia + Surf
Los Angeles, CA
Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
I have always loved the ocean and spent 20 years of my life traveling this beautiful world as a professional surfer. In the past few years, I decided to start to support the next generation of female wave riders by starting a company Kassia + Surf, to make a high vibe low impact on women’s surf wear and empower the current and future generation of women in the water.
When did the entrepreneur light bulb go off?
What advice would you give other women wanting to start a biz?
There are no failures only lessons. It’s not about doing something right or the way everyone else does them. It’s about doing the things you feel inspired and empowered by and believing in yourself and getting that message out there to inspire and empower others. Take the step and make your voice dreams and aspirations heard and seen.
How do you bring goodness to the world?
By inspiring other women to live their dreams. Supporting women and other people with meditative sound baths. And creating a high vibe low impact on women’s wetsuits and surf apparel. We also have a wetsuit recycling program where we keep old wetsuits out of landfills and work with a partner to turn them into yoga mats. I also am an ambassador for the Surfrider Foundation, host beach cleanups and a board member for The 5 gyres ocean. Recently, I was in Costa Rica hosting a surf and sound healing retreat and all the attendees got to plant a tree at the local beach through an organization called Barriguiones to revitalize the jungle landscape.
None of us are able to achieve success without some adversity along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are?
What are your “5 Leadership Lessons I Learned From My Experience” and why?
- Slow down.
- Pay attention to the details when one road closes another opens.
- Adjust and flow with how things are going.
- Always listen to your instinct and intuition.
- Be open to new ideas and ways of doing things.
Favorite “Life Lesson Quote” ✒️
Your first instinct is usually the best way to go no matter what anyone says. So many times I have listened to other people’s advice. As much as I feel advice is great everyone has different ways of doing things and whenever I did what other people told me or get stuck in my head rather than leading by my heart and didn’t listen to my intuition it would take me off course.
Is there a person in the world whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why?
Emma Gonzalez. I want to thank her for her bravery and truth and showing the next generation what it looks like to stand up for themselves and speak up for what they believe in.
Making super yummy adaptogen rich healthy chocolate. (In case you are wondering what adaptogen means, we had to Google it.)
What are adaptogens? Adaptogens are unique plants or herbs that support your adrenal system. They help balance your hormones, so you can manage your stress response on a day to day basis.
Full Spectrum CBD by Ojai Energetics. I know about flow state and how important it is to have a healthy endocannabinoid system to achieve it. That’s why I am on the Ojai Energetics Advisory Board.
Aries sun, libra moon, capricorn rising.
Where will social media be in five years ⏰
Hopefully in a more empowering, supportive educational place.
Favorite Drink Order? ☕️
Favorite Way to Decompress?
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Attention calling humans we need your support and voices now more than ever ????????for our oceans the earth the future and its creatures You may have seen this photo going around Instagram last summer. @sarahhbrady—a young environmental activist & surfer from Encinitas—made a call to action asking everyone to send in a comment on the draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for Decommissioning San Onofre demanding safer storage of the nuclear waste that’s currently being buried 100 feet from the ocean and a few feet above groundwater. Well, if you did see it and you happened to use the link to send in a comment, your voices did not go unheard. 5,475 of you sent in official comments on the EIR. There were so many of you that they had to dedicate an entire appendix just to listing your names. Now the final draft of the EIR is out and the California State Lands Commission will vote whether to certify it or not next week. This is their last chance to assert the small amount of jurisdiction they do have and stand up for safe storage of the nuclear waste at SanO! I’m asking all of you to LET YOUR VOICES BE HEARD by sending in a comment on the final draft and tagging 3 other friends in the comments challenging them to send one too, and tag 3 of their friends so this creates a ripple effect. This is how we use social media to create change. GO —> Bit.ly/SafeSONGS LINK IN BIO**Make sure you send your comment by the deadline on Monday at midnight. #NoNukesAtSanO #SaveSanO #MoveItToTheMesa #togetherwecan
Women You Admire?
Any and every woman who is standing up for themselves living and speaking their truth and supporting and inspiring others to do the same
What are you most excited about for 2019? Share something you want to promote or latest news/launches for your brand.
I am hoping we can all take better care of ourselves, each other, the animals, plants and this beautiful planet we are so fortunate to live on for future generations.
Her brand mission is to create aquatically functional wetsuits, accessories, and lifestyle gear. KASSIA+SURF is about freedom, empowerment, and enlightenment. Delivering superior quality goods by using eco–conscious production. Future flavor with a classic twist.
Kassia is making some waves with a high vibe low impact for all the mermaids + mermen and aquatic creatures. ??????♀️?
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