The number of female surfers taking over lineups around the world has increased over the past decade. And the future of female surfing has never looked stronger.
Although quarantine has put a hold to surf events around the world, it hasn't stopped these up and comers from surfing hard and stacking clips during the extended downtime. What better way to encourage the next generation of female surfers than through friendly competition?
The Quarantine Queen competition is the first online female surf contest where clips are submitted though the hashtag #qim2020. The contest was organized by founder of Queen in Me, 19-year-old QS surfer, India Robinson.
Robinson shares on Instagram, "I started this brand to shine a spotlight on women in surfing; a platform to educate and to change perceptions. A community of like-minded surfers, to come together to support one another, lift each other up and celebrate each others successes." Queen in Me is a platform that stands for equality in surfing and provides opportunities for young female surfers to showcase their talent.
WSL Vice President of Tours and Competition Jessi Miley Dyer and 2020 CT Rookie Isabella Nichols judged the inaugural Quarantine Queen competition. With over 60 hashtags submitted over a period of three weeks, Quarantine Queen showcased just how talented the next generation of up and coming female surfers are.
Of the submissions, 15-year-old Betty Lou Sakura Johnson of Honolulu, Hawaii stood out and was crowned the Queen in Me champion. The judges remarked that Johnson "showed such variety! Barrels, innovation and power!" on the Queen in Me Instagram post announcing the winner. By the looks of Johnson's edit, she is one to keep an eye out for in the future.