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Women in the Waves

Celebrating Women in the Waves, a special night dedicated to women’s surfing. Thurs 21st March at 6pm (QLD).

Women in the Waves



Surf World Gold Coast museum at Currumbin is thrilled to be hosting their first social function of the year with a special night dedicated to women’s surfing. The Women in the Waves night will be held on Thursday, March 21, at 6pm (Queensland time).

Surf World president Rob Ryan said it was the second time the museum would mark such a significant occasion. “About five years ago Surf World hosted one of its best successful nights ever with a women’s surf night that was a huge hit for the Currumbin surf museum patrons and we are stoked to be doing it again,” he said.

The Women in the Waves night will feature a diverse line-up of 14 surfers, with backgrounds ranging from world champions on shortboards, longboards, SUPs, ­indigenous, ­pioneers, writers, photographers, artists, judges and musicians. Pam Burridge, the 1990 world champ who still surfs, will travel from Ulladulla on the NSW south coast. She will be joined by close friends and fellow 1980s and 90s professional competitors Pauline Menczer, the 1993 world champ who now lives at Ocean Shores near Brunswick Heads, and Toni Sawyer, who is based at Cabarita.

The 2015 world longboard champion Rachael Tilly, a Californian who is studying at Bond University, three-times world SUP champ Shakira Westdorp, of Tugun, and Fingal indigenous junior ­Jalaan Slabb are some of the current crop of women surfers who will attend.

Others include iconic surfing figures from the early days – first women’s world champ Phyllis O’Donnell, media model trailblazer Tanya Binning, Surfing Queensland’s first female president Robyn Harvey, and big-wave Hawaiian champ and 1980s professional competitor Nancy Emerson. Surfing artists invited include surf-school teacher and author Sally MacKinnon who will be signing her new book Surfing as a Dance with photographer Alison Gowland Sally Mac and Currumbin Ali are Currumbin-based. Joining them will be Coolangatta painter and surfing mum Jenny Midson and former competitor, surfing judge and singer-musician Jenny Steen, who will provide the live music entertainment.

The night costs $10 includes first beverage free, surf burgers supplied at cost and tickets are available at Eventbrite via the Surf World Facebook page, or at the museum.


Written by Andrew McKinnon
VP Surf World & Media Manager.
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