With amazing views and a 12-foot-deep bowl, the Bondi Beach Skate Park in Sydney is any skater’s dream. The park got its start in 1991 as two skate ramps. The current incarnation was built in 2004 thanks in no small part to John Fox—a former skater who volunteers to take care of the grounds and keep the bowl tag-and trash-free. The park is painted swimming pool aqua blue in a nod to the dry backyard pools of Venice Beach, CA, that were the best place for young skaters to get their wheels under them back in the Dogtown days of the early 1970s—a scene that inspired Aussie skaters like Fox.
I first found the Kelsays earlier this year while scrolling through our #teacollection photos on Instagram. The photos of their little citizens wearing Tea dresses while skating on a half-pipe instantly caught my eye. Our Australia spring collection was just about to launch and I knew the adventurous spirit of our collection would resonate with this family. I had to connect with them!
“Alright, everybody choose a leg!”
Down on Bondi Beach, the rain has cleared up, the waves are rolling in, and a tousled blonde Aussie named Jake stands in front of a row of eager young grommets (a grommet is a kid who surfs).
“Ok, everybody hop on your board and let’s practice,” Jake says as his co-coach Lucy moves in to help.
Before they ever hit the water, surf camp students straddle their boards on the sand and learn the basics of paddling, pushing up, standing up, and—most importantly—falling off. (The technical term is “dismount.”)
Here at Tea, we continuously strive to be mindful and responsible in everything we do. We care so much for the little citizens all over the world, near and far. We want to make real connections—and a real difference. But we can’t effect change everywhere. Although the refugee crisis is happening half a world away from our little office in San Francisco, we continue to support them.
As the Global Citizen organization notes, “Sometimes words alone can make a difference. They can brighten someone’s day, change someone’s mind, and unlock your own emotions.”
That’s why, we’re standing with Global Citizen to say we haven’t forgotten you. We’ve written a letter to the refugee children and we’re asking you to do the same. Head on over to GlobalCitizen.org and write a letter to a refugee man, woman, child group or family and let them know you are supporting them, too. Global Citizen will compile all of the notes into a book to provide to refugee agencies to share your messages with those that need to hear them the most.
Learn more about our giveback efforts supporting The Global Fund for Children’s grantees that work with refugee, migrant and displaced children and youth around the world.
Each month, we’ll be sharing a guest post by Andrea Fellman of Wanderlust Living, Andrea’s set out to interview global moms + dads who are very “Tea” – they look for adventure in their lives and strive to make the foreign familiar for their families through travel and curiosity! A long time Tea partner and a woman who truly embodies the Tea spirit, we’re thrilled to have Andrea as a foreign correspondent (she lives in Barcelona!). In Andrea’s fourth guest post, we’re introducing you to Elaine, who lives with her family in Denver, Colorado. Read on to learn more!
Always up for an adventure, our newest tees were inspired by all the wild and wonderful things we saw in Australia. Follow along as we share a behind the scenes look at the inspiration for our graphics!
I started my first business when I was about 9 or 10 years old. It was a retail business. Well, I’m not sure you would call it retail. Or even a business. But I sold stuff. Sometimes I would convince my neighborhood friends to raid their family pantries for ingredients that we could somehow turn into a baked good. Then we would go door-to-door. Who needs Thin Mints or a good cause! We had sugar, flour, and social networking. (Although I’m pretty sure I didn’t track my cost of goods sold very accurately — or at all.)
My first real business was also in retail. When I was 15, I started a delivery business for helium-filled balloons. Keep in mind that even in Tennessee you can’t drive when you are 15. So I guess that means that I co-founded my first legitimate business with my parents. They were the drivers, the landlords, and my board of directors. I had marketing collateral and financial statements — all hand-written on bright yellow paper and kept in a turquoise 3-ring binder that held my official business license tucked in the side pocket.