When I was ten years old, I moved to Santa Cruz, California. Even though I had come from a small town in Southern California, I hardly went to the beach as it was about an hour trip on the crowded L.A. freeways. So, when I came to live just a few blocks from the beach, I found a whole new world. Surfing, boogie boarding, skim boarding—these were all new to me. Although I tried my hand at a lot of those sports, I never tried surfing as I felt it was too much the realm of the guys. I worried that they wouldn’t accept me, might make fun of me, and probably would see me as a nuisance rather than an equal. They’d probably steal all my waves.
Things have certainly changed since the early 80s and now girls are shredding it up with the guys, as evidenced by some of our recent surf titles. Tomorrow night, we’re co-sponsoring an event at Sports Basement in San Francisco for the release of Surf Girl Roxy, a book that celebrates women’s surfing. Local surf event company Tribal Surf has put together a fun event where surf fans can meet author Natalie Linden and pro surfers Julie Cox and Jen Smith from the Roxy team; see the film Shimmer; and pick up a signed copy of the book. Attendees can also enter a raffle to win some cool prizes such as tickets to the August Outside Lands Art & Music Festival featuring Jack Johnson, Ben Harper, Radiohead and Tom Petty, plus Roxy gear, Chronicle surf titles & other surprises. A portion of the raffle proceeds will support San Francisco Surfrider. Sports Basement will also offer 15% off all Sports Basement purchases that evening.
I’m looking forward to meeting these ladies who have not only shown that women can surf, but also be successful in the world of competitive surfing.
What: Roxy Surf Night
Where: Sports Basement 1590 Bryant St, San Francisco, CA Tel: 415.437.0100
When: Wednesday, April 30th, 6pm-9pm
Who: Surf Girl Roxy author Natalie Linden; Jen Smith, 2007 World & US Longboard Champion; Julie Cox, World-ranked longboarder.