Cynthia Derosier (center) founded a program to help at-risk girls. She’s shown with volunteers Ye Nguyen (left), Marvin Heskitt and Annabel Murray.
Photo by Sergio Goes
Seven years ago, Cynthia Derosier rented a surfboard from a stand in Waikiki and caught her first wave. That wave changed her life.
Now the 42-year-old freelance art director from Kailua isn’t just surfing as often as humanly possible. She’s spreading the good vibrations to at-risk teens on Oahu.
Last April, Derosier, with help from Hawaii Girls Court, started the Surfrider Spirit Sessions, a six-week program run by surfers and aimed at showing troubled teenaged girls how to live better, healthier lives through surfing.
With lessons by Waikiki beachboys, more than a dozen teens—and their social workers—caught their first waves at Canoes, a friendly break off Kuhio Beach.