Joe Taylor is the founder and CEO of The Wave Project, an award-winning intervention that uses the local surfers to help young people reduce anxiety and improve their emotional health. Joe founded The Wave Project in 2010, and last year the project was shortlisted as Sport England’s Sports Project of the Year in the Daily Mirror Pride of Sport Awards. Joe has also published peer-reviewed papers on wellbeing in several journals on surfing and wellbeing.
In a talk discussing the definition of wellbeing according to the most recent research, Joe will focus on the four main elements: positive functioning, resilience, empathy and mindfulness, as well as aspects of the neuroscience behind these theories and the practical applications of wellbeing. Finally, Joe will explain how surfing successfully fulfils all four of these functions.
“The Wave Project aims to help vulnerable and isolated young people through surfing and being in the sea. It provides effective one to one support for surfing in a group setting and combines this with an ethos of acceptance, fun and positive identity. In this way, the Wave Project aims to reduce anxiety and boost core life skills and wellbeing, ultimately, improving life chances and social engagement.” (Devine-Wright and Godfrey, 2015. From Positive Outcomes to Lasting Impact. P5)