A Weekend of Female Surf Power


The fellas aren’t the only ones that know how to shred the waves. Surfing is also a big sport among women. So much so, that there’s a whole film festival dedicated to women surfers. The 6th Annual NY Women's Surf Film Festival is this weekend.

From Friday, July 27 through Sunday, July 29, it’s all about the ladies. The NY Women's Surf Film Festival, presented by Lava Girl Surf, celebrates the filmmakers and female wave riders who live to surf, highlighting their sense of adventure, connection to the ocean and love for their own communities and those they discover.

The festival kicks off on Friday, July 27 with an art exhibit at the Rockaway Beach Surf Club (302 Beach 87th Street). Starting at 7 p.m., you can see the work of surf and lifestyle photographer, Luki O’Keefe, in her exhibit, Cyan Lull. The night will also include a meet and greet with guest filmmakers and notable surfers. There will be an opening presentation for the festival at 8:30 p.m., and a film screening will follow at 9 p.m.

Saturday, July 28 will sure be sweet as Rockaway Beach Bakery (87-10 Rockaway Beach Boulevard) is being incorporated into the festival. Head to the bakery from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. for a Surf Market featuring a collection of surf and lifestyle brands, and a complimentary beauty bar, with drinks, food, music and more. At night, the films will continue back at the Rockaway Beach Surf Club, starting at 7 p.m. From 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., there will be another meet and greet with some of the surfers and filmmakers before the first film screening at 8:30 p.m. The first film will be followed by an intermission, and then another screening will take place at 9:45 p.m.

Sunday, July 29 is a day to enjoy the surf and sand, and also show it some respect. There will be a beach cleanup from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m., followed by a paddle out and group surf session from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Beach 90th Street.

The NY Women’s Surf Film Festival supports the Changing Tides Foundation, whose mission is to bridge the gap between travelers and the primary causes on the ground and Plastic Tides, a team that combines adventure and science to address ocean plastic pollution. The festival will be exclusively premiering the Changing Tides Foundation’s short films Sameseas, Surfing to Cope, Inspire and Las Shapers on the East Coast. This year, stories span the globe and feature films from the United States, France, Australia, Norway, Mexico, Bangladesh, Indonesia and the Dominican Republic. For the sixth annual festival, the selections attempt to highlight the inspiring lives of female surfers, their unique journeys, passions and their connection to the ocean. One of the highlights, Surfing to Cope by Katie Walsh, tells the story of Kauai’s Brianna Cope, a 23-year-old Hawaiian who attempts to make the world tour while coming to terms with a physical challenge that has shaped her life.

For more information about the festival, head to: womenssurffilmfestival.com