Friday evening Sawyer Land & Sea Supply hosted an event highlighting the empowerment of women in the sport of surfing. Guest speakers included Dayla Soul, Farhana Huq , and Easkey Britton. Donations went to support the Save The Waves Coalition and the Surfrider Foundation. Among the film trailers shown was a clip from Easkey Britton’s project “Into The Sea” documenting her goal of teaching women to surf in Iran.
A raffle was held with prizes including a large beautiful photographic print, a Patagonia wetsuit, and sweatshirts, hats, etc from Saywer. A Q&A session took place at the end and some truly interesting questions were answered by the guest speakers. One great question to Easkey was if she felt in any danger at all during the filming in Iran. She said her most anxiety-prone moment was when way more people came to learn to surf than she was remotely prepared for (imagine Cowell’s on a super busy day and having only 4 boards to go around). She managed, but I’m pretty sure we’ll need to see the full film to see how (available here and on iTunes).
It was great to see the really young surfers in front really engaged in the presentation. One clear takeaway is that there is far more to women’s surfing than pretty girls in bikinis. It’s about unique athletes and a sport that’s for everybody.