Back in 2015 I met Gary Cullen, the man behind Vegan Surfer. From the very beginning I loved following his page and recipes and time and being vegan in Ireland made us friends.
Today I am delighted to announce that we are now working together on All About Vegan Food! Gary joined me to bring the website back to active and we believe that together we’re stronger and can do a way more to inspire people to think differently about the animals, the planet and our health.
We have many plans and dreams and we’re sure that 2017 will bring many to live, so keep an eye on this website and our social media channels.
If you’re vegan in Ireland I’m sure you know Vegan Surfer but the name might not be that familiar to our readers around the world so I did this small interview with Gary. Hope you’re as excited as we are!
What has inspired you to create the Vegan Surfer page on Facebook back in 2013 and what keep you inspired all these years?
When I decided to switch over to 100% Plant Based Vegan way of eating I initially made a Facebook page as a diary and a reminder of the positive actions I was taking for myself and others. My passion for food became infused with this and more people starting interacting with the page. With my fitness levels increasing (training & eating right) it motivated me more, and the more I researched ‘vegan’ ‘veganism’ ‘vegan food’ the more I wanted to share it with people as a lot of people were contacting me through my social media pages looking for info and also people I met along the way. As it has been growing I could see that my son was taking interest in the subject and that has been a major inspiring factor, to be a better role model for him and to share with him how to source our nutrition.
You have a great connection online through your page. How are you connections with other vegans in real life? How do you see Ireland regarding veganism today?
Well as with all groups of humans there is going to be a percentage of people who are hard to interact with. Its good to remember that everyone is going through their own battles and following their own path. Through running my Vegan Surf Weekends I’ve been lucky to meet a lot of really nice like-minded people who are on the path also.
Ireland has changed a lot in relation to veganism, slowly but surely more vegan eateries are opening up (my faves are HappyFoodbyYogaHub and Veginity, best places on the East Coast)
2016 was a big year for awareness of what is vegan and the word ‘vegan’ has become part of everyday vocabulary, its even present in my teenage sons schoolyard chats, this is also thanks to social media and people having access to the information so they can choose for themselves instead or relying on an outdated dark ages view of things.
You’re hosting the Vegan Surfer Weekend in Autumn 2017 (dates tbc) and it sounds like a very cool event. How many times have you promoted it and what are the most positive aspects of it in your opinion?
This will be number 6, and planning on making it the best one yet. As it was the first of its kind (Vegan Adventure weekend in Ireland) it is constantly being tweaked and hoping to evolve it to perfection. Its such a great weekend, Surfing, Delicious Food, Good company and laughter, immersion in nature and being surrounded by people happy to share time, energy, food and smiles………….Best Weekend Ever!
What can we expect from Vegan Surfer in 2017?
Vegan Surfer 2017 is going to be about making more recipes available and accessible through my YouTube channel and all my social media platforms, planning on somehow publishing a small book, increased time spent surfing and aiming to progress and improve through planned fitness & diet and practice. More focus on meditation and collaborating with bloggers and people who inspire others!