One Wave Is All It Takes are a group of fluorescently dressed people who meet on the beach every Friday morning at 6.30 am dressed in fluorescent colours, lighting up the beach along with the sunrise.
They are a charity, doing this to raise awareness of mental health issues and get people talking. Called “Fluro Fridays’, the idea behind this is that people will see them and ask what they are doing, and have a conversation about mental health, the stigma of which is crazy.
As a sufferer of anxiety, I think this is a great idea. People don’t like to speak about mental health issues, which plague probably every second or third person you meet in a day. In a day where we are all internet and social media addicted, pressured by society to aim for a level of perfection which we should portray online and in real life to others, there is a lot to talk about.
OneWave meet on the beach and sit in a circle, and they talk about different things depending on who wants to speak for about 10-15 minutes. They talk about the fact that it’s okay not to be okay, and people share stories or just how they are feeling that day. There is no pressure to speak and it’s just nice to sit in a circle of like minded, kind people. Who are all incidentally dressed up in a very cool manner – there are tutus, mermaid outfits, fluro pink suits, bowler hats, you name it.
The last time I went there was an elderly man named Cedric who read out a list of inspiring quotes and it was so great to witness. I was taken down by Eve, otherwise known as the Bondi Mermaid who does incredible mermaid swimming lessons on the beach afterwards – find my post on those here.
The other half of OneWave’s philosophy is salt water therapy. After the chat most of the group go into the ocean to surf. As their website says, ‘It doesn’t matter whether you’re riding a wave for the first time or the hundredth time… you never forget the feeling of being on a wave, letting everything go with a massive smile on your face.’
If surfing’s not your thing, you can also dip in for a swim, and there is occasionally free yoga held on the beach.
Generally they go for breakfast afterwards over the road too so you can fuel up for the day ahead.
It’s an amazing, unique idea and I try to join when I can. They’re a very friendly group and it is also a great way to meet new, interesting people. Not to mention getting you out of bed for the sunrise!
One Wave hold over 50 meetings worldwide, so check out if there’s a Fluro Friday near you here.