Part 1: What Is Really Happening in the Water?

Aussie Olympian & 7-Time World Champion Stephanie Gilmore at Rottnest 2021, ©

“No one wants to watch surfing in the Olympics, because no one really surfs.”

This my dad told me on a recent call, when I was bragging about how his granddaughter was ripping, what surfing teaches you, and how excited I…

What’s at Stake: The Olympics!

Olympian Sally Fitzgibbons, Australia, photo Ben Reed, World Surfing Games, El Salvador, 2021

2020 was supposed to be the debut of surfing in the Olympics, and we all know what happened to that! It appears that Japan is going forward with this year’s Olympics, with or without spectators, so the game is afoot!

Since this is surfing’s Olympic…

What’s At Stake: Maneuvers and Scoring

First a short primer on types of boards:

Board Selection: I have focused on short-boarding for this article, as only short boarding will be featured in the Olympics, but there are two basic styles of competitive surfing: longboard and shortboard. …

What’s at Stake: The Surfer

Aussie Sally Fitzgibbons after an epic performance and win at Rottnest 2021,

The World Surf League announcers do an awesome job guiding you through the nuances of scoring, difficulty level, and details about how the surfer is surfing the wave on your screen. …

Part 4: What’s At Stake: The Wave Itself


Now we journey into the details of the most torrid of love affairs, one with the most immediate consequences, and the most complicated relationship of a surfer’s life- the wave.

Unlike any other playing field, the constant in surfing is change. No…

Part 3: What’s at Stake: Navigating the Power of the Ocean — The Paddle Out

Photo: Sarah Lee,, Surfer, @annaehrgott

I really really really want the World Surf League to send recreational surfers out into the lineup before every contest so people can see what it takes to even get out through the pounding whitewater…

What’s at Stake: Navigating the Power of the Ocean -The Wipeout

Keala Kennelly in 2019’s “Wipeout of the Year” at Peah’i, Maui. Watch it here on!

To have any sense of what is at stake in surfing, of the absolute pounding a surfer takes each and every time they practice their sport, it might be best to start with the wipeout. Unlike other board sports…

The Great Lies That Betray Us All

I grew up in a house divided: Republican vs. Democrat.

My father is a self-made man. Abandoned by his father, and the eldest of his brothers, he became the man of the household at 15, worked summers and after school to buy the family car, put food on the table, and pay the electric bill. His mother worked full time…

It’s Like 8K for the Soul

I had a few questions for the Heart Center today because I have been encountering a lot us going through these feelings. If you relate, it may be worth the longish read for you. It was wonderful receiving it!. xoxo

“Why is it raining…

How Will You Prepare?

A channeled message from the Heart Center of the Heart Center of the Universe

Good morning, beloveds

Today we’d like to talk to you about

What to do about 2020?

We love the numbers thing

And it’s so hilarious to date them from some random time

But there is a…

Sheila Gallien

Writer, Channel, Mother, Soul Surfer, Conscious Creativity Coach, Marketing Director, Be Who You Are No Matter What You Do, You Are the Bomb!

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