On a surf trip to G-Land in 2010, Lizzie Murray was struck by the lack of local girls and women at the surf camp she was staying at. Eventually she found two young women washing up in the kitchen, and struck up a friendship. Through daily chats, while washing up together, Lizzie realised that in a decade of visiting Indonesia she had never seen an Indonesian girl surfing, only a handful swimming in the ocean and only a few in face-to-face roles within hospitality once outside of Bali. Upon further research Lizzie discovered that more women and children in Indonesia die in tsunamis as they are often the ones at home, can not swim, are fearful of the ocean and lacked scientific knowledge about it.
Research also showed the Indonesian education system, the fourth largest in the world, repeatedly ranked amongst the bottom 10 countries globally in OECD reports. Yet Indonesia was experiencing rapid economic growth and development, even to remoter islands, as transport and communication links quickly improved.
Less than a year later, in 2011, on her first surf trip to the Mentawai Islands, the villagers of Katiet asked Lizzie to help them gain skills they wanted and needed to enable them to be a part of and benefit from the surf tourism developments happening on their shores. Lizzie decided to try, recognising the passion and enthusiasm locals had for surfing and surf tourism could be used as a foundation from which to do so much more. She sold up, moved to Katiet and together they created A Liquid Future, a meeting of ideas, skills, knowledge and experience.