Women’s Surf Film Festival This Weekend


Surfing isn’t just for the boys. And this weekend, the 7th Annual NY Women’s Surf Film Festival will celebrate the world of women’s surfing with a series of events and films.

Head to the Rockaway Beach Surf Club on Beach 87th from August 9 through 11 for this film festival presented by Lava Girl Surf and Clib Bar. Founded in 2012, Lava Girl Surf was the first of its kind women’s surf workshop in New York. The success of Lava Girl Surf quickly led to the launch of the NY Women’s Surf Film Festival to further support and celebrate women in surfing, filmmaking and grassroots marine environmentalism. The festival showcases diverse styles of story-telling, from established and emerging directors, producers and filmmakers. This year, stories span the globe and feature films come from the United States, Canada, Jamaica, Indonesia, Spain, Mexico and Norway.

For the seventh annual festival, the selections highlight the inspiring lives of female surfers, their unique journeys, passions and their connection to the ocean. This year’s event features a great selection of films, including the premiers of Circle of the Sun and Tofino is a Place as well as USA premiere for Sofia and This Way.

The event kicks off at 7 p.m. on Friday, August 9, with the opening of Embrace, a photography exhibit by the surf and lifestyle photographer, Bryanna Bradley, at the Rockaway Beach Surf Club, followed by some film screenings. Bradley will be on site to discuss her work and answer any questions. Filmmaker Ryan Struck & Tyler Haft from New York will also be onsite to share the vision for their films and the challenges they faced during the filming process. Film screenings will take place starting at 8:30 p.m.

On Saturday morning, at 8 a.m., there will be a complimentary yoga class at Low Tide Bar on Beach 97th Street. From 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., there will also be a Women’s Surf Market will be hosted at the Rockaway Beach Surf Club, featuring a collection of surf and lifestyle brands, drinks, and food. Film screenings will then take place that night, starting with a meet and greet with filmmakers at 7 p.m., and screenings beginning at 8 p.m.

On Sunday, August 11, from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m., there will be a beach clean-up on Beach 90th Street with Surfrider Foundation, CLIF Bar and Athleta. Refreshments will be provided to volunteers. There will also be a surf session for those who want to partake.

For a full schedule, film info and more information about the festival, head to www.womenssurffilmfestival.com