May 18, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Naked Maori Surfer making waves around the world (+photos + links)

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Project 13 and Marama Kake got it so right, if it was about creating interest and understanding around sustainable living and the world we live in.

The website was inundated with interest and our hits skyrocketed, mostly from those in New Zealand and Australia but also from all corners of th globe.

A quick Google search will show that Marama’s story has gone around the world from the New York Post to the Sun in the UK proving that a little skin can go a long way in getting out the message of saving Papatuanuku (Mother Earth).

Project 13 is a non-profect, non-government, non sectarian global project which seeks to educate people on how they can live sustainably.

A long-time surfer Ian Borland said he almost fell off his board when he saw curvy wahine Marama past him at surf spot, Noosa beach.

Ive been surfing for almost 50 years and I have never seen anything like it. There must have been 100 guys out there and out she paddled bold as brass, a major newspaper quoted him as saying.

The reaction was shock at first and then everyone thought it was quite funny. We were all intrigued.

Marama Keke a 32-year old Maori surfer from Aotearoa New Zealand has get naked, get sustainable inscribed on her boards.

Im not out there to get everyone to look at me, I just love the sensation and simplicity of surfing in my sustainability suit, Marama said.

I cover up, or paddle away, if I am anywhere near children and have never had any trouble with lifeguards or authorities and Ive been doing it for years in Australia and New Zealand, she added.

Ms Kake said onlookers were welcoming and women had even complimented her courage.

“It changes the mood very quickly and cuts through the aggression that is finding its way to busy pointbreaks. It’s a sure-fire cure for wave rage,” she said.

Sustainability is a message Ms Kake takes seriously and she has the slogan “get naked, get sustainable” inscribed on her boards.

She told the Courier Mail she was travelling to gain support for a new environmentally conscious network called Project 13.

“We want to set up a global network of volunteers – a vessel to give back. Part of the project will be designing sustainable clothing, including surfwear and wetsuits,” Ms Kake said.

She rides “green boards”, including a timber alaia designed for her by master craftsman Tom Wegener and another from the eco-friendly D’Arcy factory on the Gold Coast.

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3 thoughts on “Naked Maori Surfer making waves around the world (+photos + links)

  1. Maori,

    You are right, surfing nude is a whole different feeling. I used to surf trail 6 in san clemente naked, and they banned all nudity. Do you know any surf spots in california. Keep up with your passion, you’re doing a good thing.


  2. Kei te Pai sister and child of Papatuanuku!! Only a Maori is as bold! To bring attention to Papatuanuku is what it’s all about and any attention is GOOD attention! Meaan kaupapa Marama. Kia kaha!

  3. Good on Marama. There is no need to have a reason to go surfing in your ‘sustainability suit’. Just do it, enjoy it. It’s fun and clothes drag you down if you fall off. You dry quicker so it is much healthier. There are many more reasons not to put on clothes than there are to go without.

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