I wasn’t going to compete. Why?
- Surfing competitions make me nervous
- I’m “a bit” competitive
- I don’t like the idea of people I know seeing me do a bonehead move
- If I can help it, I don’t go out of my way to embarrass myself
However, a good friend pointed out that Women on Waves is a FESTIVAL. It’s about celebrating women and surfing, setting a good example for young women and girls who are interested in the sport, and the money goes to charity. It’s really NOT a competition. Although the vibe is a little different when you’re out in the line up with a jersey on and watching the time clock to make sure you get your wave count.
In any case, I swallowed my pride and participated. It also helped that about 15 of my closest women surf buddies were also part of the festivities. By my second heat I had relaxed enough to where I can say I had a great time and glad I did it.
Video and Photos
- This short video captures the essence of the Surf Fest
- Mike Murray’s got some amazing photos
- Photo in this post by Douglass Weymouth
Event Info.: Women on Waves Facebook Page
So, plan on seeing me next year – hopefully not doing a bonehead move!