ABOUT THE BOOK
“As girls are given the opportunity and support to engage with sport, and as accessibility to boards and beaches increases, we will make up for lost decades in getting back to surfing’s legacy of inclusivity.” Lauren L. Hill, She Surf
She Surf is an exciting reflection on what it means to be a female surfer and how it feels to be moved to action by the beauty of the ocean. Join the celebration of the diverse, vibrant, and engaged community of women riding and making waves around the globe.
From its Polynesian origins to the beaches of almost every surfable coastline around the world, the art of surfing has become a truly global phenomenon with millions of surfers living to the rhythm of the tides. While surfing is usually told through a male perspective, women have long been nurturing their own water stories and claiming their rightful place in the world of this sport. In more than 25 exclusive interviews, She Surf profiles the females who are engaged in expanding the art of surfing today. Through evocative imagery and insightful text written by professional surfer Lauren L. Hill, the book travels from the iconic waves of Hawai‘i to lesser-known surf destinations such as Taghazout, Morocco, and Tofino, Canada. Learn about the forgotten stories of a surfing princess, pioneering wave riders from the 1960s, and the contemporary movers and shakers shaping the scene. She Surf hails the women, past and present, who define the sport and art of surfing.
The book’s sections highlight as examples:
The Abundant Roots of Women Surfing – A legacy of Hawaiian Medicine Women, Goddesses & Polynesian Royalty (p. 08)
Founding Mothers of Professional Surfing – The early trailblazers who fought for equal pay and established the sport (p. 58)
Irreversible Bikini – From Agatha to Alana: a glimpse at the complicated relationship between surfing, hypersexualization, and surf apparel (p. 180)
Chloé Calmon, Brazil
Brazil’s celebrated longboarder connects with the past to empower the future of women’s surfing in South America—and beyond (p. 42)
Liz Clark, USA
The wind and wave riding adventurer at the helm of her own ship (p. 94)
Stephanie Gilmore, Australia
This voracious competitor and fierce style icon is bridging the gap between athleticism and artistry for the surfing world at large (p. 114)
Ishita Malaviya, India
One in a billion: sowing surf culture with India’s first recognized female surfer (p. 152)
Paige Alms, Canada
The world’s first women’s big wave world champion campaigning for equal representation and pay (p. 246)
10 surf locations are introduced with an overview of the level of difficulty, the best time to visit, and what to do while waiting for the surf. Examples include: Tahiti (p. 84), Morocco (p. 176), and Tofino (p. 228).
ABOUT THE CO-EDITOR
Lauren L. Hill is a professional surfer and writer who has spent the past decade exploring new waves and documenting burgeoning surf cultures around the world through an eco-feminist lens. Lauren has degrees in Environmental and Social Science from Stetson University. She was a senior writer for Surfing World Magazine and has appeared in award-winning documentary films including The Church of the Open Sky, Bella Vita, Beyond the Surface, and Transparentsea Voyage, amongst others. Lauren hosts The Waterpeople Podcast and her work continues to revolve around the power of storytelling to build community and protect our planet. Learn more via Instagram: @theseakin @waterpeoplepodcast
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