About us


About us

Our love for the ocean brings us together as sea sisters. Our love for life pushes us to travel the world.
Changing Tides Foundation was born from the simple idea that the world would be a better place if we were all given the opportunity to give back. Established in 2016, by a group of water women and adventurers, we feel it is our calling to help others. We do this by teaming up with local organizations globally to raise awareness and address social, environmental, health and safety concerns in the places we visit, because TOGETHER WE ARE BETTER.
Our mission is to bridge the gap between you, the traveler, and the causes on the ground. We are paving a way for you to SERVE NATURALLY by facilitating your ability to have a life-changing experience while on your own journey.
By collaborating with eco-minded brands, we are able to ADVENTURE CONSCIOUSLY, leaving behind the smallest footprint possible while on our travels in order to preserve the beauty of the places we visit. We are offering you these products for sale in our SHOP so that you can support our causes while simultaneously supporting the health of the earth as you travel, just like we do.

MEET THE TEAM

Becky Mendoza

Becky Mendoza

Action Sports Attorney

Born and raised in Miami, Florida to parents who emigrated from Cuba, it wasn’t until she graduated from the University of Florida and backpacked through Europe, that her desire for an education through travel and adventure, was born.
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Leah Dawson

Leah Dawson

Surfer & Cinematographer

Professional surfer Leah Dawson has created her surf career as an influential voice in raising awareness of the women’s surf culture, identity, and community. Two-time winner of both the Deus 9ft and Single event in Bali, and the Women’s Pipeline Longboard Event.
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Anna Santoro

Anna Santoro

Sales & Social Media

Born and raised in San Diego, Anna Santoro has always had a huge passion for the ocean and giving back. As a kid, if she wasn’t in the pool, she was in the sea, and started out catching waves by standing up on a boogie board. When she was 16, she got a short board and was hooked.
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Jianca Lazarus | Changing Tides Foundation

Jianca Lazarus

Photographer

Born in Johannesburg and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, Jianca Lazarus learned to surf at Glen Beach and picked up her first camera at 16. She combined the two at her home breaks, but also on adventures to Kommetjie and J-Bay - because any surf trip in South Africa is an adventure. South Africa was wild enough, but wanting further adventures, Jianca packed up moved to New York City when she was 17.
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Leanne Darling

Leane Darling

Paddler & Business Woman

Leane Elizabeth Darling is driven by passion. Leane grew up in South Florida raised by her adventurous parents, Ray and Ann. Ray was a sailor when he met his wife, Ann, who at that time was a flight attendant. Both parents have always wondered why Leane likes to travel so much. Well, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
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Liz Clark

Liz Clark

Adventurer & Activist

After numerous childhood vacations aboard her family’s sailboats, Liz left California at 25 years old aboard her own 40-ft sailboat, Swell, in 2006. She was given the boat by a retired professor, Dr. Arent Schuyler, who at 80 years old, was looking for someone who wanted to sail his boat around the world.
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Sam Bennett

Sam Bennett

Brand Strategist

Born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii, Sam developed a love for the ocean at a young age. Growing up humbled by the sea, he spent most of his childhood in awe of the outdoors. College at Loyola Marymount University moved Sam to Los Angeles, CA where he studied Business Management.
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