Promoting gender equality through surfing!
In celebration of May as Women’s International Surfing Month and recognition of the unique positive impact surfing and the ocean can give to women and girls, a special part of the Surf + Social Good Summit is our Girls Make Waves Action Day. Dedicating a full day of the three-day Summit to celebrating the achievements and addressing the challenges for surf as a force for women and girls globally, we will mix speaker series, workshops and surf lessons to embolden our call for action and pave the path ahead.
This special event focuses on how access to and the experience of surfing can promote self-empowerment for women and girls.
The Girls Make Waves Action Day Will:
Create Communities of practice:
• Engage with female surfers from countries where social development for women is of significant need promote social good causes.
• Bring together organisations and the women and girls they hope to benefit to build an integrated, digital storytelling platform with an online mentoring program
Identify key insights and priorities
• Inform an innovative research agenda for gender, surf and development initiatives, so that ultimately more girls and women will be able to benefit from surfing
Launch Pilot Programs
• Girls from developing countries positioned as “surf for social good” ambassadors upon returning to their home communities
• Key program in Papua New Guinea, Pink Nose Surf, launched targeting female empowerment via surf
Next Step in “Sport for Gender Equality”
Sport has demonstrated its transformative power in addressing social challenges, particularly toward advancing gender equality. Organizations from the United Nations, USAID, DFID, and more have propelled it as a major tool in international gender empowerment. Surfing is the next wave in this movement- harnessing the power of the natural resource of water, surfing unifies individuals and overcomes barriers. The Summit aims to collate examples of best practices and surfing’s successes as a tool for social good and set priorities for its continued progress.
Collective Vision of the Summit Leadership
The five organizations hosting the Summit, Waves of Freedom, A Liquid Future, Beyond Surface the International, Little Seeds Surf Coaching, and Salt Gypsy are all social enterprises founded and managed by women. As the driving force for the Summit, these women are personal and professional advocates of the empowerment of women and girls; they came together from far corners of the world realizing common challenges and a common platform for a solution: surfing.
Mixed Model Agenda
An action-packed day will mix speaker series, interactive workshops and surf lessons using specialized learning model for women and girls.
• Create a safe space to engage and connect participants and prioritize challenges and opportunities
• Key topics include gender identity and the portrayal of female surfers in the media, women’s surfing history, surfing as a vehicle for marine education
• Guest talks from professional and everyday surfers, sharing their experiences across cultures, showcasing personal journeys and gender-specific challenges
• Speakers such as Ishita Malaviya, India’s first woman of surf and Cori Schumacher, world longboard champion and women’s rights activist from the USA, Dr. Easkey Britton, the first woman to surf in Iran
Surf Lessons and Skills Development
• Introducing an experiential and active learning process that encourages participants, integrating leadership and team-building skills and exercises
• Practical surfboard and equipment repair demonstrations
Support of this Movement
In addition to participants in the Summit as a whole, a unique focus for the Action Day is to facilitate the participation of female surfers from countries where social development for women is of significant need. In order to support the participation of local female surfers and participants from developing nations we are seeking funding for travel bursaries/grants. Our goal is to support 8 girls to attend from the Middle East and Asia-Pacific regions. We have located these girls through our partner organizations’ programs in their countries. We anticipate the average cost per girl for one day of attendance (including travel, accommodation, food, and surf equipment) would be US$2,000.
Surfing holds an incredible potential for girls and women to spark social change from our unique and diverse social and geographical locations.
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Our Co-Founder & Managing Director Valeria Kechichian was invited by Women in Board & Action Sports (WIB) to give a conference during the Annual WIB Luncheon during ISPO Munich, one of the biggest Action Sports Trade Shows in the world.
The theme of the Conference was “And Now?” referring to the crash in the Action Sports Industry and where we should head to. Please take some minutes to check this out:
Valeria talks about LGC, why and how she supports and promotes Women in Action Sports, the shift the Industry and society must do in order to achieve real happiness and providing healthy role models to society.
These are some of the best quotes of the speech:
“Greatness is on the way you do things, greatness is on how much love you put on things. By greatness I mean doing things that are bigger than us, things that will influence positively in other people. Greatness can go from fighting human trafficking to supporting any kind of charity to raising your children surrounded with love and teach them about actions and consequences and respect. THAT is greatness… Doing things that influence other people positively, being the best you can be so that that people can be the best they can be, inspire other people to be their best by you being the best you can be”
“Cause greatness comes to the thinkers and the changers, greatness comes to the people that are not afraid to fight, to fight hard and to work harder, even if that means fighting alone”
“Sometimes they will make you doubt in what you believe and the work you do, but as said if you’re really working for a greater good, things will work out. Just keep working hard”
“As women in the boardsport industry we have the responsibility to be that change we want to see”
“We have the responsibility to create real role models, not airbrushed models we see on magazines. Those people are not real and we all know how influential is if we find a role model.. the impact this have on us so let’s become the role models we want to see. We don’t have to be public figures just good moms, god co-workers we have to vibrate in love”
“To all the companies, support the female athletes. Choose the smart, choose the talented, and not the pretty”
“Cause if we depend on what mainstream role models are giving to us, we’re completely fucked and we know it”
“Let’s work on change cause I believe we can do this. We have so much potential inside us, all of us, so much potential. Be the change you want to see”
The main is message: BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE
Come on friends, let’s keep working for change!
It’s time for POLAND! We proudly announce that during Longboard Tradeshow Woods&Wheels longboard market on April 18th the Polish “OPEN” -by Daniel Etura- premiere will take a place in FORUM Przestrzenie at 7pm.
LGC Poland ambassador Laura Godek along with Łukasz Grzywacz & Ola from LUCA longboards put together an amazing day full of fun stuff including a longboard dance contest, hippie jump and girls clinics!
Valeria Kechichian -OPEN rider and LGC Director- will be their special guest for the day events and during the screening. Stoked!
The event is FREE and all participants can take a part in the longboard lottery we’re having. Who’s coming?!BIG thanks to the premiere sponsors longboardshop.pl & LYOFOOD for their awesomeness! Please check them out and follow them on their Facebook fan pages: https://www.facebook.com/
LongBoardShop & https://www.facebook.com/ LYOEXPEDITIONSEE YOU THERE!
Longboard Girls Crew Chile is hosting the first Girls’ Meet & clinic of the year!
Check out this rad video-flyer inviting all Chilean riders. Good job ladies and have fun!
Longboard Girls Crew Chile ha organizado su primera quedada y escuelita del año!
Chequear el video-flyer invitando a todas las riders Chilenas. Gran trabajo chicas y a divertirse!
Nos vemos el sábado 4 de abril en el spot Rojas Hill, Las Tinajas #6000, La Florida. Confirmad asistencia en el evento de Facebook aquí.
*sujeto a cambios*
11:00-12:00 instalación y recibimiento
12:00-12:30 tips de set up
12:30-13:45 separación según modalidad y comienzo de clases
14:45-15:00 Demo Riders chilenas
15:00-17:30 continuación de actividades
18:00 Entrega de premios
*el uso de protecciones es obligatorio*
¡Las esperamos a todas!
Please take a minute to enjoy what has been one of the greatest nights of our lives. OPEN -by Daniel Etura- premiered worldwide in Madrid last November during the Madrid Skate Film Festival and several OPEN riders came from all over the world to whiteness this epic moment. To see the photo review & stories from that weekend click here and to see the girl’s and everyone reaction after seeing the movie for the first time see the video below.
Shot & edited by Alex Moreán, this video sums a night full of emotions, premiering a kind of movie never done in longboarding before. Enjoy!
Once again, thanks everyone for coming and sharing this magic moment with us. Thanks everyone who is going to the screenings around the word and making hundreds of km to be there, we absolutely love you!
Big thanks to all the riders: Cindy Zhou, Amanda Powell, Katie Neilson, Ishtar Backlünd, Jenna Russo, Cristina Mandarina, Marisa Nuñez, Micaela Wilson, Eider Walls, Jacky Madenfrost, Gador Salís, Gina Mendez, Cami Best & Valeria Kechichian for giving their best performance and massive thanks to all the production crew: Director Daniel Etura, Local Production & brothers Dasilva Boards, Production Assistant Maria Carrasco, Sound Engineer Nerio Gutierrez & danger rider Matt K for giving their best in order to achieve a movie like this.
Thanks to our sponsors, artists who kindly gave us their music and all our Indiegogo supporters. We couldn’t have done this without each and every one of your contributions. Together we’re making history!
As we always say, for more to come, this is just the beginning.