Brown Girl Surf – WOC surfing and organizing as a form of resistance
By Gender Bent
December 22, 2017
San Francisco doesn’t have the greatest track record when it comes to diversity. Even less so when it comes to the surfing community. But one organization is here to assure female surfers of color in the area that they are not alone.
Named in honor of Polynesia’s first female surfers, Brown Girl Surf TM has the state goal to “foster a diverse, alternative women’s surf community in the Bay Area and around the world.”
The company offers surf lessons for women and girls of all ages and backgrounds, sells gear, sponsors community events and creates media celebrating and highlighting the achievements of female surf culture, smashing stereotypes in the process.
“Our mission is to elevate the historical significance of trailblazing female surfers, and to connect them with resources and support (and each other) so they can continue making waves of change in their communities now and for generations to come,” the company explains on its Facebook page.