You Surf like a Girl
May 17, 2016
Surfing not just for the guys
When it comes to the sport of surfing which for years has been dominated by the more masculine of the species. Times are certainly changing with a high tide of females who are taking the once male domnated sport of big wave surfing by storm.
Wave-riding like Kennelly’s proves that women are not only equal to men when it comes to surfing, they can also be better.
But surf culture has long included sexist undertones with a tendency to over-sexualize female surfers and undermine their talent.
When the Association of Surfing Professionals rebranded itself as the WSL in 2014, it vowed to fight that culture, pledging a host of changes to how it treated women surfers. They’ve largely made good on those promises, including increasing the number of women’s events and offering prize money and broadcast time equal to the men’s division.
But while last week’s announcement’s further showed that the sport is headed in the right direction, it doesn’t mean the longstanding challenges for women have disappeared.
Last year’s ESPY award nominee Paige Alms, who is often referred to as the world’s best female big wave surfer, still struggles to find consistent financial funding to support her career in the niche world of big wave surfing.
“It’s been frustrating my entire career to have to constantly be on the search for a sponsor,” Alms told The Huffington Post, adding that sponsored trips are essential for big wave surfers to master monstrous waves. “For the guys, sponsorships come a lot easier.”
In the highly commercialized sport of surfing, more attention leads to better sponsorship deals — and it’s high-time women started getting some attention. source:huffingtonpost.com
Surfing looses a Legend
May 16, 2016
It is rare that you find someone of greatness in a sport. Surfing is no exception to that rule. We learned to today
Waikiki surfing icon Albert “Rabbit” Kekai died this morning at Leahi Hospital on Oahu.
He was 95.
Kekai was among the beach boys trained by legendary surfer Duke Kahanamoku, introducing the sport of surfing to countless residents and visitors, including celebrities.
Considered the father of modern hotdogging, Kekai served as the beach master for many surfing events, including the Triple Crown of Surfing.
“It’s an end of an era,” said Randy Rarick, a co-founder of the Triple Crown.
Rarick said Kekai taught him surfing at age 10.
“He led a great life,” Rarick said. “He’s riding that big wave in the sky, happy with what he’s done.”
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Big Wave Surfing | Waimea Bay
May 10, 2016
The big waves at Waimea Bay attract spectators. Some of them are just there to see the wipeouts, others brought cameras to get some great photos while they are on vacation in Hawaii.
Did you noticed that virtually ALL of the goofy footers got clobbered on these waves? It’s tough enough to take the initial drop on these monsters with your back toward the wall, but even more difficult to make the bottom turn that way… just not enough inertia to get into position to bury a rail and save your life.