Thirteen-year-old Georgia Cook has a dream to become a professional surfer. Well on her way, having already been ranked among the best in her category, Georgia also believes God has a bigger plan for her.
Georgia committed her life to Christ at the age of eight and by nine, despite living in Tennessee, hundreds of miles away from the nearest ocean, she was surfing competitively. Currently she surfs in both the Eastern Surfing Association (ESA) and the National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA). She has been ranked No. 1 in the Georgia ESA District in Girls Short board and ranked top two in Women’s Long board for the last three years. In January 2013, Georgia became the first female from the ESA Georgia District to be named to the elite ESA All Star Team.
Today, Georgia travels over 15,000 miles each year pursuing her dream but also uses her talent to show love to other people. Georgia spends many hours teaching others to surf while volunteering for the YMCA Surf Camp, Surfers for Autism and teaching private lessons. Georgia gives all credit to God for the talent she has been given.
In addition to openly sharing her faith, Georgia and her family followed a call from God and founded Every Girl Counts, a humanitarian organization providing basic life necessities to impoverished girls around the world.
The organization was birthed out of a conversation Georgia had with a friend from Kenya about the plight of kids who live in the Kibera slum. Georgia was heartbroken for these children and felt compelled to donate a portion of the money she had earned from her surfing scholarships to purchase shoes for kids in need. Shortly after, Every Girl Counts was founded.
Since 2010, Georgia, along with her surf sponsor Beautiful Feet, have given more than 1,300 pair of sandals to impoverished kids around the world–Brazil, Moldova, Kenya, Uganda and South Africa through Every Girl Counts.
In addition, Every Girl Counts in in the process of completing its first major project of building a secondary school that will educate up to 140 kids each year that otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity for an education. Georgia plans to travel to Kenya in the future with her mom to speak to the schoolgirls to show love and encourage them.
While Georgias message is one for all ages, she is an excellent spokesperson for addressing young people, particularly girls, about achieving their dreams and also making an impact for God — no matter their age. Georgia has spoken to more than 5,000 people in youth and school groups to challenge and encourage them through her passion for God and surfing.