At the age of 18 (in 2012), Cam Greenwood had this crazy dream to start ‘Monsta Surf’, a brand that would be used as a platform to inspire people to live passionately and to ultimately serve the world.
With what started as a backyard hobby shaping surfboards, Monsta soon gained momentum and Cam was inspired to take things to the next level after a life-changing adventure in Kenya, where Cam stayed at the Huruma Childrens Home. He realised that life is quite simple, we just complicate it.
As a result of that trip, the Monsta Foundation was dreamt into existence as a way that his dream could give back and Cam returned home to Australia inspired to create this platform he was dreaming of. He wanted to create an edgy clothing line to coincide with the surfboards he was crafting in order expand the vision for this brand that would be used to make the world a better place.
In 2013, Cam released this first line of clothing to the world. Since then, the ‘Monsta Surf Tribe’ has been growing and thriving throughout over 40 countries across the world and has been able to find it’s own voice in an incredibly competitive and saturated marketplace. The brand is now recognized as the surf industry’s first ‘social enterprise’.
As the movement has grown, the Monsta Foundation has been utilised to resource many initiatives Including developmental projects at the Children’s Home in Kenya, disaster relief, water filtration and educational projects across the Philippines and Kenya, and educational programs locally in Australia.
In 2017, Cam & his team launched the Live Passionately Film. Documenting the journey of the Monsta Surf ‘Live Passionately’ movement. The film follows the brand ambassadors as they are taken on the adventure of a lifetime to the Philippines. Inspiring purpose, socially conscious living & adventure. A story that will reach millions!
Cam’s passion for creating beautiful imagery has lead him to launch Miraki Creative. A social enterprise that exists to do more than just tell stories through film. His vision is to use it as a platform to build bridges, between ideas and people, causes and world changers. Miraki Creative partners with their clients to go beyond their desired outcomes, using the proceeds of each project to tell the stories of those who need to be heard.
Cam has some big plans and an even bigger vision for his ventures and the dreams in his heart.
He sees life as one big adventure and believes that you must step out into the wild in order to thrive in todays world.
If Cam’s journey can teach you anything it would be that there is something remarkable about living your life on purpose with a crazy dream that is so much bigger than you.
From the non-stop frenzy of blocking out the noises in order to build his and ventures, to helping people in developing areas across the world, to creating inspiring content through his adventures, to dropping out of university to chase his dreams, to stepping out and sharing his view of the world in so many different forums, Cam is undeniable proof that traditional rules were made to be broken.
His view of the world, a countless number of late nights and an incredible amount of grace has lead him to some amazing milestones. Cam has been recognised as a thought leader for the next generation and is regularly called upon as a spokesperson for young entrepreneurship, leadership, creativity, socially conscious living, mindfulness and disrupting in the age of digital and social media.
As well as being featured across various platforms and media outlets including: Channel 7 & Channel 9 News, The Front Cover of Business State Magazine, Collective Hub Magazine, Smart Company and many podcasts, blogs and social platforms.
Throughout his adventure, Cam has continue to learn new things every day and expanded his own thoughts on what it means live a passionate and purposeful life. He shares these learnings on his weekly “Adventure Notes” blog to help others step into their own life of adventure.
As Cam shares his view of the world, you will be left feeling inspired to go deeper into the adventure of your own life. You will laugh and be amazed at some of the bold risks Cam has taken and discover a new sense of awe and wonder for the opportunities in your world as Cam empowers you to walk with purpose towards towards the world you imagine.”
“Cam Greenwood is a truly inspirational speaker whose personal story and approach to life resonates with the youth of today. Cam delivered an influential and inspirational 1 hour talk toPrince Alfred College students which captured their hearts and minds. Cam’s determination to follow his own dreams helped our boys understand the virtues and character qualities required to achieve goals in life, despite setbacks. Similarly, Cam’s generosity of spirit to those less fortunate in the world brought a global perspective to his talk and joined together his core values on business stewardship, sustainability and charity support. Cam’s principles and core values sit respectfully within any school setting and his love of life and adventure motivates us all to move forward and embrace each day. His well-designed balance of spoken word and well-crafted film making make the audience experience interactive and engaging. I would recommend Cam to any school which is searching for a genuine presenter whom through humility, grace and sincerity, can share his passion for life and his commitment to personal integrity.” – Scott Parker, Year Level Coordinator, Prince Alfred College
“What an absolute inspiration this fella is! Being aware of Cam’s work and the ideology behind Monsta, we asked Cam to come and present to our Year 12 leaders about a few different ideas, including leadership and pursuing passion; we could not have hoped for more. Cam speaks with such passion and authenticity – his message is not one that is fabricated for image, or simply window dressing. It is obvious that he speaks from the heart, with a genuine desire to spread the ideas that we all should invest in our passion, work towards achieving the goals that we set, and assist those less fortunate that ourselves along the way. It was our pleasure to host Cam, and we cannot wait to work with him again in the coming future.” – Dominic Linossier, Head of Middle School (City Campus), Haileybury
“At yLead we search high and low to find relevant and relatable speakers for young leaders across Australia. This year we were incredibly lucky to connect with Cam Greenwood! Cam is a young person doing incredible things. Through his authentic ‘surfy and down to earth’ approach he has a gift to deliver stories and help people to realise the importance of following passion! Thanks Cam for making us laugh, smile and feel something through your presentation. Can’t wait to have you back again!” – Belinda Yorston, YLead Australia
“It was a delight to have Cam Greenwood present his story and two of his workshops to our Year 10 cohort. The students thoroughly enjoyed hearing Cam’s Monsta Surf story – both the victories and the struggles – and came away feeling inspired. Some key words that students used to describe the session were ‘relevant’, ‘engaging’ and ‘motivating’. They loved to hear a success story from someone so young and found the workshop activities helped them to hone in on their own talents, goals and desires. The visual footage of Cam’s adventures held their interest throughout the afternoon. The ways in which local communities have benefitted from the Monsta Foundation encouraged everyone to continue to ‘dream big’ and to become more excited about the possibilities for their own futures and the impact that they can have, as an individual, on the world. We look forward to having Cam share again in the future.” – Nicole Latham, Year 10 Coordinator, Oxley Christian College
“Lilydale Heights College is a fully inclusive learning community which enables students to become lifelong learnersand confident global citizen. This core purpose is underpinned by three core values of Excellence, Respect and Responsibility. In support of this vision the College invited Cam to present to the Year 9 – 12 cohort. Cam was instantly able to connect with the students and quickly established a mood of mutual respect and understanding. His message was relevant, focused,strong, deliberate and empowering. Feedback from students, staff and the parent community has been overwhelming positive and the students are asking for “more, more, more”. Thank you Cam for your time and for inspiring to inspire others.” – Rosina Fotia, Principal, Lilydale Heights College
“Year 9 Emmaus College students were totally mesmerised by this incredibly passionate, young and gracious guest speaker Cam Greenwood. Cam delighted students with his candid and honest reflection of the Monsta journey. The students were inspired to hear about the inception of the brand, challenges overcome and the positive force that Monsta has become. Cam delivered his talk with authentic happiness, empowering words and true passion, that is an accurate reflection of who he is. It is very refreshing for students to learn about a business that thrives on the meaningful values of love, equality and social justice. Cam empowered students to believe in themselves, be adventurous, pursue learning and to build a positive spirit by giving back to others. We had the pleasure of Cam’s presence at Emmaus but his positive and inspiring message goes way beyond the 50 min talk!”- Helen Phillips, Emmaus College
“Having such a young and inspiring speaker to our year 12 cohurt about Cam’s journey and what you can achieve with a good mind set as well as perserverience and the willingness to give back, allowed us students to believe you can follow your dreams and make them a reality! we have never had such a powerful speaker that left us all dead quiet throughout the speech taking every story and every piece of advice in that we could! He is was extremely motivating and it was exactly what we needed to uplift us before the exam period but also stepping into life outside school!” – Georgia Copeland, Year 12 Student, Ringwood Secondary College
“Our kids were blown away (as was I). Feedback has been all positive from students and teachers and it really fit perfectly with and was an amazing take home message for the theme of our Yr 10 Pathways day. Exceeded my expectations in relation to being beneficial to our students. Inspiring, authentic and entertaining!” – Luke, Careers / PE Teacher, Mooroolbark College
“Discovering Cam online I was instantly consumed and motivated by his resounding words of wisdom. Cam’s passion, values and aspirations ignited ambition in the audience as we were all taken on his fascinating journey, providing us with multiple resonating messages. He used his experiences and vision as a platform for inspiration on which we can all begin to build our dreams on. Cam’s zealousness towards all facets of life is expressed greatly through the manner in which he so passionately speaks. With our year level heading into exams, Cam’s presentation came at a pivotal moment in our lives but was undoubtedly something that we would carry with us as we step into the adult world. His basis of giving back makes Cam a young role model for students of all ages as he empowers our minds to chase our wildest dreams.” – Jack Ryan, Year 12 Student, PAC
“The presentation inspired me to broaden my spectrum of career paths and not have a narrow view, choosing the paths we would enjoy rather than more mainstream careers.” – Beth, Year 10 Student, Mooroolbark College
“What Cam spoke about inspired me to look outside the box and to be different. We could relate to him and I thoroughly enjoyed the presentation.” – Maddie, Year 10 Student, Mooroolbark College
“Where do I start… Cam is such an inspiring and well-spoken man, who wants to share the passion that he has for the world. I emailed Cam to see if he would speak with my Year 10 Health and Human Development class, who were recently studying “inspiring people”. I couldn’t have asked for a better example of an inspiring role model for my year 10’s. Cam’s presentation was amazing, and had all of the students glued to him while he spoke about his life’s ambition. He was amazing in the way that he related his passion in life to the year 10’s. Cam basically put himself back into the 10’s shoes for the afternoon and built a relationship with them over a 50 minute period. Cam has lots to offer to the world and certainly through his speaking, he is someone who you would want in your life.” – Jackson Freeman, Year 10 Teacher, Mount Scopus Memorial College
“Cam presented to Parkdale Secondary College senior students last year and was absolutely phenomenal. He built a fantastic rapport with the students and was able to speak to them on their level. His story was interesting, engaging and many students felt inspired by what they had heard. One student was overheard saying, “I love that his life didn’t follow his original plan but was able to achieve new goals!” Cam’s presentation was extremely beneficial for our students and I look forward to having him back to inspire a few more this year.” – Carolyn Jenkins, VET/SWPL Co-ordinator, Parkdale Secondary College
“The saying goes that if you find a job you love, you will never have to work a day in your life. When Cam spoke to our middle and senior schools, this rang true. His story of embracing the wild is evidence that anything can be achieved if you have the drive, motivation and will to realise your dreams. As a year 12 student myself, it was truly invaluable to hear and see someone who has made the after-school decisions I will soon have to make, and be shown that forging your own path in life can lead to great successes with the right mindset. Thanks to Cam for sharing his inspiring story and positive energy with us.” – Angus Maynard, School Captain, Tintern