WHAT WE'RE TRYING
We are driven by a single goal; to do our part in making the ocean a more inclusive place for all women. Inspired by the women who surf their home breaks and are impacted by the behavior and attitude of their counterparts, we strive to bring an equality to the ocean by imparting our good vibes and encouragement to all. It's our ardent belief that the ocean is for everyone and nobody should be discriminated against in this sacred space.
Advocate for yourself and for others: if you speak out your voice will be heard
Don't sit on the sidelines. You have every right to be at the peak. It's not a right that you need to earn JUST because you're female. You earn it because you're a surfer.
Practice good surf etiquette but don't get pushed out of the way. Just because a guy is paddling for a waves doesn't mean that you shouldn't. It's based on ability, not sex.
Nobody owns a surf break. Surf the breaks you want to.
JOIN US ON APRIL 8TH
Take over your favorite break
HOW THIS WORKS:
Find your favorite women surfers and head to your favorite break together. There's strength in numbers and the larger the group the greater the impact. Be friendly. Be kind. And be bold. It's your right to be at the peak and surf that break just as much as any other surfer out there. The surf world needs to embrace women in the line-up and we are trying to change conventions, starting on April 8th.
MAKE IT A HABIT
April 8th doesn't have to be our only day. The more we surf together as women the more we earn our place in the break.
The Full Story
Helllo I'm Alexia Bregman and I founded International Women's Surf Day in 2017 after so many conversations with my surf lady friends who experienced incidents that made then feel less than permitted to hold their space in the surf lineup. Even in establishing this day so many women have been afraid to take over their break for fear of offending their male counterparts. But the movement has been embraced so wholeheartedly. In just our first year I saw women from literally all over the world join in solidarity. Our little group of San Diego ladies who helped to spread the word in that first year have now spurred on a growing global movement.
I grew up in Cape Town, South Africa in the 1980's at a time when women didn't surf. I literally knew one family where the mom was a longboarder, and I grew up on Glen Beach which is considered one of the world's most famous breaks. Us girls sat on the beach and watched the boys surf.
Fast forward 30+ years to San Diego, California and the first thing I did when we got here was take my kids and myself off for surf lessons. I will never be the best surfer, but I will be the surf who is having the most fun. Surfing has taken me around the world, it's inspired a new business (www.saltandreverie.com) and at 49 it has given me a new lease on life. Most days you can find me surfing Pipes at San Elijo on one of my many longboards and look for my son Milan who has also been taught to respect and support everyone in the lineup, most especially his Mom! (Rule #1: don't snake your Mom. Rule #2: Don't snake anyone else!)
I encourage everyone to see the ocean as a space for all, with no limitations, absolutely equality and a place where we can all come to appreciate the gift Mother Nature has given us.