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Surfing against sexism

Published on April 4, 2018 5:09PM

The challenges and triumphs of female big wave surfers fighting sexism will provide the climax to the Surf n’ Stewardship Film Series this Friday, April 6, in Newport.

“It Ain’t Pretty” chronicles Ocean Beach surfer Bianca Valenti’s journey from childhood phenomenon to world-class big wave charger. This thought-provoking film takes viewers inside a growing movement of women that are shattering the shallow and sexualized images of female surfers in the media. It includes interviews with top female athletes and awe-inspiring big wave surf footage filmed in the icy waters of Ocean Beach, San Francisco and Mavericks — one of the biggest waves on the planet.

“Told through the lens of surfing, this film is about creating new role models based on ability and determination,” said director Dayla Soul. “It’s not just about the waves.”

The screening, hosted by the Newport Chapter of Surfrider Foundation, will start at 6 pm at Rogue Brewer’s on the Bay, 2320 SE Marine Science Drive, followed by a Q&A session with Soul herself.

Admission is free but donations are accepted.

• On Saturday, April 7, everyone is welcome to join a paddle-out to celebrate women and the ocean. Starting at 10 am from the north end of Agate Beach, the group will paddle out to honor the ocean and commit to continued stewardship of oceans and beaches.

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