Flyer: Don't Mark It On Your Calendar
It was International Women's Day last Monday and I didn't celebrate it.
Which, in the modern context, means I didn't comment on Facebook or send a post on Instagram.
In this regard I treated it the same as International Surfing Day, or more specifically, Earth Day. Days that, on the face of it, I'm thoroughly in favour of, however I'm suspicious of the way they're observed.
Performative celebrations can't advance a cause. A social media post can't take us to a better world.
Women should have equal rights to men, the environment should be protected, but we don't get to that place by striking single dates off a calendar as if it's another Hallmark celebration.
The reason this is appearing on a surf site is that this week the long-awaited film 'Girls Can't Surf' premiered. It was no coincidence that its release coincided with International Women's Day - it was designed that way.
However, as a vehicle for change the film is vastly more efficient. Despite being an historical doco, it allows the viewer to feel the frustrations and hardships the women faced, and still do face both within surfing and the wider world.
It'd take a hard heart to watch 'Girls Can't Surf' and not see the women as heroic. Talented, determined, and tough - all the qualities that men celebrate, all year long.
So this week I didn't celebrate International Women's Day, however I did speak to the director of Girls Can't Surf and reviewed the film. I'd urge everyone to get out and watch it too.
Review: Girls Can't Surf
From a vantage point forty years hence, it's easy to forget how stacked the system was against women professional surfers, but 'Girls Can't Surf' reminds us what those '80s women fought for. Read More >
Chris Nelius: Director of 'Girls Can't Surf'
On the eve of its cinematic release, the director of 'Girls Can't Surf' chatted to Swellnet about the storytelling and the social dynamics and that underpin his latest film. Read More >
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Laurie Towner's new job
Putting his tiling ambitions on hold, the hard charging surfer from Yamba has accepted a new mission: a two-pronged job role with crafty manufacturer, needessentials. Read More >
Watch: Dane Reynolds // Rejects Too
"Is there a satanist cabal BBQ’ing babies at George Soros' house while Bill Gates implants tracking devices in every human being, or is half the population losing their goddamn minds?" Dane questions the current state of affairs and does a wee bit of surfing too. Read More >
Watch: Tim Bonython // Deep Water
From the early morning clean up set to the pulled back view which underscores the many angles and sections, this vid of Tim's is worth your four-minute investment.. Read More >