Connected Through Water

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The Blue Betty Flag

“I avoided the beach because I wasn’t comfortable in my own body.”

Kristy Petzer

A Blue Betty Ambassador: A community member that embraces the concept of making consistent small changes where they can, ones that positively impact our ocean. You’ll see Kristy at almost all of our water socials flying the Blue Betty Flag high.

 “I moved to Durban 14 years ago and had thoughts of going the beach every weekend. The reality is, I didn’t. I didn’t avoid the beach because I was afraid of the water, I avoided the beach because I wasn’t comfortable in my own body. As more and more time passed, the less likely I was to go into the water. Then, friends Giya and Kerry started SUPing with Blue Betty and they looked like they were having an absolute jol so I decided to join.

My first Blue Betty event was a surf social at Addington beach, something I’ve been wanting to do for years but just never had the confidence to do! When I arrived, it was a very welcoming, warm environment which immediately relaxed me and got me into the vibe. And literally from that day on, when there have been fair to good conditions, I’ve been to the beach every weekend since.

Not only have these experiences grown my love for the ocean but also my confidence too – I now SUP and surf every weekend depending on which conditions are best, whether the sea or lagoon. And now I just want to keep at it. It has made me a happier person and I turn to the ocean when I need a time out.

It’s impacted my choices too. When I go out take my keep cup and I pull back on the waste wherever I can. It’s so disturbing paddling out on my SUP and seeing how much garbage beyond backline, which I only see when I’m on my SUP, it’s not just on the beach.

We’ve even got to the point where my helper now recycles – if anything is going to change, it has to be a collective effort.”

Kristy Petzer 

When I arrived, it was a very welcoming, warm environment which immediately relaxed me and got me into the vibe.