She Surf is a new book which explores what it means to be a female surfer. Given the contemporary surfing story has undoubtedly, at times, suffered from a lack of diversity, this is sure to be an important contribution to the lexicon of our sport.
From forgotten tales of Polynesian surfing princesses to contemporary movers and shakers such as seven-time World Champion Stephanie Gilmore, She Surf "is an exciting reflection on what it means to be a female surfer and how it feels to be moved to action by the beauty of the ocean," according to publisher, Gestalten.
The book specifically explores some important and potentially uncomfortable topics such as the complicated relationship between surfing, hypersexualization, and surf apparel, as well as the trailblazers who fought for equal pay and established the sport.
With more than 25 exclusive interviews, and evocative text and imagery by professional surfer Lauren Hil, the book "profiles the females who are engaged in expanding the art of surfing today."
Featuring women such as Brasil's Chloé Calmon, author and adventurer Captain Liz Clark, big-wave pioneer Paige Alms and World Champ Stephanie Gilmore, it provides a unique look at wave-riding around the world.
"As girls are given the opportunity and support to engage with sport, and as accessibility to boards and beaches increases, we will make up for lost decades in getting back to surfing's legacy of inclusivity," Hill says.
And as much about place as it is the people, the book features 10 dreamy surfing destinations, including Tahiti, Morocco and Canada, and delves into what makes them unique.
Inspiring stories and exotic surf travel, this is definitely one for your reading list, as both a celebration of female surfing and a opportunity for reflection. More information can be found here.