We Rise Together, as a first installment of this series, is a short film that aims to showcase the substance behind three of Southern California’s kind-hearted and fun-loving female surfers. Join the experience as we follow Eveline Van Brande, Taylor Nelson and Anna Ehrgott for a weekend at sea. Our story explores the lives of these influential heroines as they engage in activities designed to inspire their active lifestyles and creative pursuits.
Intrigued by their chosen lifestyles, we felt compelled to showcase the personalities of these three young women who inspire us by participating in activities that inspire them.
Surfing was the common denominator that brought us all together. Whether it be longboarding at 1st point Malibu, or sharing stories at Secos, our collective love for the sea was (and still is) undeniable.
Challenged by the restrictions of full-time work schedules and a narrow window of summer vacation availability, our team humbly sacrificed time with loved ones, wages from work, and countless creative resources in order to outline logistics and bring the We Rise Together adventure to life.
We set sail on Saturday, August 9th at 8am and returned to the mainland the following night.
Eveline Van Brande – Originally from Belgium, Eveline moved to California with her family when she was 13. Shortly thereafter, she discovered surfing. Now 21, Eveline can’t imagine what her life would be like without the Pacific Ocean in her backyard. With a degree in Environmental Science, Eveline recently returned from volunteering for 6 weeks in Patagonia. Eveline is an ambassador for Rise Bar, MDS Surfboards, 81 Wetsuits, Olas Mex Grill and Zico.
Taylor Nelson – A favorite in the Malibu surf scene, Taylor’s upbeat attitude and all smiles approach to life have earned her opportunities to travel to world in search of surf. Currently attending university in Hawaii, Taylor has found a new appreciation for her home state of California. She is an ambassador for Rise Bar, Seea, JoneSea Wetsuits, Bing Surfboards, Olas Mex Grill and Indosole.
Anna Ehrgott – A Topanga native, Anna describes her childhood as one, “spent with the oak trees and bobcats.” Inspired by the colors of nature and drawn to textiles, she founded Sagebrush Board Bags as her artistic outlet. Anna is an ambassador for Rise Bar, Axxe Wetsuits and Indosole.
Her company, Sagebrush Board Bags, is an eco-friendly business that makes custom, colorful, handmade surfboard bags from recycled coffee bean bags. www.sagebrushbags.com