There is an incredible connection in the community of women Erica inspires to bring together. Laughing in the surf. Conquering strong currents. Sharing a campfire. Each experience I’ve shared on and off of the water with these women has enriched my life; mind, body, and spirit. Happiness is a wave, but joy is a party wave with SEASTRs!
- Shelby Mass Oak Harbor WA
I’m not sure how to describe my first encounter with Erica and Seastrpnw. Life changing seems cliche , but truly it changed my path. What was supposed to be a just a”surfing lesson” was an experience in reaching down and digging deeper for my dreams . She inspired me to become the person I wanted to be but wasn’t sure where to start . Now I am part of an amazing group of women who are also on their own paths of discovery and will forever be a part of my life. Thank you Erica for your support, encouragement and inspiration, I am so proud to be a seastr
- Kat Deer Park Wa
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team SEASTR placed 1st and 2nd in the Female SUP Division and 4th and 5th overall SUP at the 2021 Seventy48 Race
Thank you for your support in donations for the Pierce County YWCA
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" So there are two ways you can live: you can devote your life to staying in your comfort zone, or you can work on your freedom. In other words, you can devote your whole life to the process of making sure everything fits within your limited model, or you can devote your life to freeing yourself from the limits of your model."
" If you approach your limits, you begin to feel uncomfortable and insecure. Those are the bars of your cage. As long as you stay inside of it, you cannot possibly know what is on the other side. The boundaries of this cage are what make your world appear finite and temporal. The infinite and eternal are just outside the limits of your cage."
The Untethered Soul- Michael A. Singer
We are all a load on the system. Acknowledge your environment, touch it taste it feel it. Find yourself 'out there', find each other out there...
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SEASTRS We hear you and we see you.
An avenue for self-empowerment is physical health. There are many challenges associated with breaking barriers that are both self and societally built. Our bodies are amazing and capable of incredible things. Realizing your potential is gratifying and uplifting, endorphins don’t lie! When we combine physical hurdles with group support we find solace in not being alone and we push ourselves harder than ever. Mental health has been compartmentalized and set aside, talk about feeling trapped and alone. There are so many suffering and the #metoo movement broke through the silence and we must carry the torch and be there for one another exploring the boundless possibilities available for healing for women and men.
Many of us juggle work, friends and family while trying to eek out some ‘me time’. Bouncing from one exercise class to another, trying to get outside once in a while, searching for others to help motivate or break into new sports. All the while maybe feeling that twinge of guilt that we might be being selfish in such pursuits, “must be nice to have the time to do X”, “shouldn’t you be doing more with your family?”, “don’t you think your time could be spent doing something more productive?” We are in a society that accepts and encourages taking time to see doctors and therapists and downing pills and while these treatments are absolutely necessary in many cases (my case not excluded), we seem to have overlooked the fact that we are overextended and asking way too much of ourselves which might be contributing to preexisting conditions like depression anxiety and PTSD. Taking the lead, making the time and setting new goals is good for the heart and soul and inspires others around you inevitably creating healthier bonds with the people in your life.
We offer a sanctuary that fosters the physical/mental growth journey. We have clinics that open doors to and promotes women’s activities such as sailing, paddling, surfing and free diving.
Let’s play heal and grow!
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Athlete & Advocate
a person who is proficient in sports and other forms of physical exercise
"It was tough for me to put athlete on my bio, that's my hang-up and one I am overcoming. I am on a journey and SEASTR is part of that story. In helping share what tools I have been given I am also healing."
Erica was born and raised in the PNW. Her father is a boat captain and mother a designer, in turn she is a bit of both sailing the San Juans as a family and working alongside her mother on job sites.
After graduating from the California State Maritime Academy and working on oil rigs and supply boats she applied her skills in the yacht world.
She has spent 22 years as a self-made interior yacht and residential designer. In that time she has maintained a very healthy involvement in the outdoor community in the Pacific Northwest. She would like to nurture that growth and hopefully leave a legacy for her family and others. Her company, SEASTR PNW a not for profit organization focuses on Socio-Environmental Advocacy, SEA.
"The lack of female representation in outdoor sports is crushing and we hope to be of some service not only for fun but to challenge, grow and recover. There is an irrefutable link between Us and our Surroundings. I want nothing more than to convey the vision me and my colleagues share as this has some serious passion behind it."
Accomplished sculler, snowboarder, runner, SUPer, surfer and cyclist
PADI Certified Open Water Diver
100 Ton Vessel Captain
Barre Certified Teacher
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