“There is, one knows not what sweet mystery about the sea, whose gentle awful stirrings seem to speak of some hidden soul beneath”.
For centuries, man has been drawn to the awesome mystery that is the ocean. Poets have poured their creative hearts over it. Conquerors have tried, in vain, to tame it and, time and time again, been humbled by it.
As for ordinary men, the sea remains a playground, a natural pantry, a source of joy, lore and endless discovery.
And then, there are those men and women whose connection to the sea is stronger and more intimate than the rest.
In ages past, they were fishermen, grizzled and wind-worn by the elements, wise in the ways of the sea. Some were more adventurous and took to the high seas as sailors and traveled around the world, their seamanship ever growing.
Yet they remained connected to the ocean and, through modern times, these men and women set the stage for contemporary watermen around the world.
Surfers, Scuba divers, free divers, kayakers, wind and kite surfers, life guards, ocean rescue experts, etc.
All sharing one goal, one objective in mind: safe, responsible practice of their favorite open-water activity, founded over a deep respect for the ocean and keenly aware of the importance of caring for the ocean environment.
These men and women, surf sentinels, are guardians of the sea. Each in their own unique way contributing to the welfare and future of the the world’s oceans.
This website is dedicated to them…
According to the Cambridge English Dictionary, a sentinel is:
“A person employed to guard something”.
The Oxford English dictioray defines it as:
“A guard whose job is to stand and keep watch”.
My favorite interpretation, though, comes from Vocabulary. com. They go a bit further, explainning that the word “sentinel” stems from the Old Italian word sentina, meaning “vigilance“.
We only have one planet. It is our responsability, as sentinels of this planet and it’s oceans, to be involved, to be accountable, to care…and be ever watchful.
Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy your time here!