On Tuesday night, one hundred women from all corners of the south coast gathered together for a night under the stars to celebrate life, laughter, friendship and women’s surfing. Hosted by Indigo and Salt in conjunction with Sea Together Magazine for the Australian launch of their second issue, the evening was amazing!
Bri Ortega, the editor and founder of Sea Together Mag, touched on the depth of women’s surfing and of the inspiring space being created by the female ocean women of today, Mikala Wilbow from She Surfs Photography showcased a gallery of surfwomen moments she has captured and brought to life, Dylan Perese from DP Surfboards highlighted various board shapes and how different details and shapes affect ride and performance and Sarah from Indigo and Salt spoke of sustainability in the surf industry, sharing some simple tips on how to “green your surf” in time for Plastic Free July. The night ended with the premiere of Cronulla local Cameron Staunton’s latest project, “From Afar” - a gorgeous short film starring surfers Samantha Dewhurst and Flora Christin showcasing a recent trip the three of them had made to Indonesia. Cameron and Sami spoke about the extreme plastic pollution in the Indonesian waters and of the importance of the simple changes we are making in our day to day lives in Australia. We are making a difference.
The night was sold out within a few days showing how much the local surf community was looking for a space for it’s feminine energy. It was wonderful to meet so many new faces and to catch up with those familiar ones. What was especially wonderful to see was the men who attended in support of their women and in support of the inspirational path women’s surfing is currently paving both overseas and in our own backyard.
Thank you to Two Sisters Garage at Bulli for providing us with the most amazing space and for the log fire and heaters on what ended up to be a very brisk winter evening. As Shelly Fitzpatrick filled the air with her beautiful voice and guitar, the huge half moon shone down on us and she smiled.
Images captured by Louise Purvis from Sea People Photography x