Photos by Pat Schmidt
Quincy Davis grew up in Montauk with the ocean as basically her backyard and she spends maybe more time in it than most folks we know. She reached the highest tier of pro-surfing at a tender age, and has always strived to pay back the ocean for what it has given her. As a longtime Surfrider Ambassador she’s been a voice for conservation for many years before she crossed from surfing into sustainable fashion and design. Only fitting she wore a few of her favorite pieces from sustainable clothing brand Pact here.
On the occasion of World Ocean Day we dove into it all with Quincy.
The ocean gives us so much it’s only fair to give back and protect—like every good relationship it’s giving back as much as you receive.
What are some things everyone can do to protect our oceans?
Quincy: Everybody can take part in protecting our oceans by cutting down on plastic use, using reef safe sunscreens, consistent daily efforts like picking up trash on your beach walks.
What is the biggest obstacle to protecting marine environments?
Quincy: Honestly, humans thinking our environment is invincible. When really it is a delicate ecosystem, a little education and effort goes a long way!
What orgs and nonprofits should ocean lovers support?
Quincy: Surfrider Foundation is a great one. I really love being a part of their team. They have been in the game for a while and are actively making a difference.
What role do surfers need to play in protecting the ocean?
Quincy: The ocean gives us so much it’s only fair to give back and protect—like every good relationship it’s giving back as much as you receive. I know surfing is a lifeline for so many people.
Describe your perfect break:
Quincy: My perfect break is a right point break in warm tropical water or here in the fall—that’s my absolute favorite time of year to surf at home.
What is your earliest memory of the ocean?
Quincy: It is honestly such a blend of happy memories for me, I grew up being at the beach with my family who are all surfers. I spent my entire childhood at the beaches here in Montauk.
Songs that remind you of the ocean?
Quincy: “Cruel Summer,” of course, and “Could You Be Loved.”