SURF GIRLS JAMAICA CAMP

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Surf Girls Jamaica (SGJ) is Jamaica's first and only, all-girl surfing club; operated by Imani Wilmot - an award-winning surfer and role model to Afro Caribbean surfers in Jamaica and around the world. 

Imani has made it her personal mission to empower women of colour to  see a place for themselves within the global surf industry. She is using surfing as a tool to positively transform the lives of women and girls.

Based at the Jamnesia Surf Club in St. Andrew, Jamaica, SGJ provides a safe and nurturing environment for girls of all ages to learn to surf, advance their surfing skills, and develop a bond with an amazingly talented and supportive community.

 SGJ provides learn-to-surf  classes, surf coaching and personal development opportunities on extremely limited donations and volunteer resources. There are no surf shops in Jamaica, so it is extremely difficult to acquire surf-related necessities.

In order to continue providing this much-needed space, SGJ is seeking funds to purchase:
- surf equipment (learner and fun boards, leashes, wax, fins, deck pads)
- surf gear (rash guards, swimsuits, surf shorts, reef shoes/booties)
- ding repair kits and repair supplies
- nutritious snacks for surf and training sessions

Funds are also being raised to:
- provide financial assistance to girls who are not able to afford transportation to participate in training sessions
- run regular girl surf competitions

Surf Girls Jamaica has made, and continues to make, a significant impact on young and aspiring female surfers in the Caribbean, and with your help we can continue this mission for years to come.

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BLACK GIRLS SURF

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Black Girls Surf supports girls/women whose career goals are competing in the professional surfing. Through, the fundraising efforts we have been able to send athletes to compete and train with professionals to ensure that they are prepared. 

Recently, the International Surfing Association (ISA) announced the inclusion of surfing in the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics. This is not an easy task for many surfers, but we are hoping to reach our goal of sending each participant to all ISA World Games leading up to 2020.

Black Girls Surf is raising funds to send West African, female surfers, Khajdou Sambe (Senegal ) and Kadiatu Kamara (Sierra Leone) to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Both of these young women are the first and only female surfers in their countries. 

Under BGS, they will have an opportunity to train with world-class surfing professionals. Your contribution will assist them in their journey to Olympic greatness.

Donations will cover the following:

1. Passport & Visas
2. Airfare to California
3. Room & Board
4. Equipment  & Board Charges

We will keep you weekly updated on their progress. Thank you in advance.

SURF'S UP,

Rhonda R. Harper
Owner, Black Girls Surf
#TeamWestAfrica
#blackgirlssurf

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WE ARE APPLYING FOR IMPACT DISTRIBUTION FUNDING

TO DISTRIBUTE THE DOCUMENTARY THROUGH DYNAMIC PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT STRATEGIES AND CREATE SOCIAL CHANGE.

As surfers and documentary filmmakers we are highly aware of the extreme misrepresentation that exists in the mainstream media within the surf industry.

With burning hearts we hope that we can create an impact within these two industries towards a much more representative and inclusive vision. We will use this film as a tool to create a much needed conversation.

“How do we diversify the surf industry”

As filmmakers we have a responsibility to drive a creative movement which is representative and determined in the fight for equality. Nature is a therapy that should be accessible to all, without exception.


 

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Surf Girls Jamaica: The Sea Empowers

 
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An inspiring surfer uses her sport to transform the lives of many Jamaican woman

 
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These Jamaican women reclaiming surfing prove why we should all take to the waves.

 
 

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IMANI WILMOT WANTS TO EMPOWER JAMAICAN WOMEN THROUGH SURFING

 
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WATCH: IMANI WILMOT IS TRANSFORMING THE LIVES OF JAMAICAN WOMEN THROUGH SURFING

 
 
 

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New Film Spotlights Wave Of Jamaican Surf Girls

 
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Surf Girls Jamaica: The Healing Art of Riding Waves


 
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Recent Article From Black Girls Surf

Khadjou Sambe: The Surfer with Olympic Dreams



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BROWN GIRLS SURF

Our Mission

Brown Girl Surf works to build a more diverse, environmentally reverent, and joyful women’s surf culture by increasing access to surfing, cultivating community, amplifying the voices of women of color surfers, and taking care of the earth.




OUR VALUES ARE EXPRESSED THROUGH OUR BROWN GIRL SURF  WOMANIFESTO:

PLAY –  We play to be free, connected, and rejuvenated.

COMMUNITY - We are a community that takes care of each other by keeping each other safe, encouraging each other, and including everyone.

GIRLS EMPOWERMENT - We are strong in our bodies and our minds, and invent ourselves in our own images.

ENVIRONMENT  - We care for and respect the ocean and land. We show gratitude for the gifts of nature.

EXPRESSION THROUGH ARTS– We use art to celebrate ourselves and our community

GRATITUDE - We practice gratitude to heal and find peace.

 

THESE VALUES ARE TAUGHT TO OUR PARTICIPANTS AND COMMUNITY THROUGH OUR BROWN GIRL SURF WOMANIFESTO SONG:

“We play, we are community,

We are girls with the power to be who we wanna be

RESPECT and love to the land and sea,

We keep it fresh and express  - with gratitude and peace.”

 

We have four strategies for executing our mission:

  • Voice: We amplify the voices of girls and women of color surfers, both within our community, in the broader surf culture, and in the world at large.

  • Community: We build a sense of community through our beach programs, our on-land events (screenings, outings, conservation actions) and through our mode of operating, which engages volunteers, families, and participants as key effectors of change.

  • Conservation:  Central to our holistic curriculum is cultivating a sense of interconnectedness and care for the earth, both on an emotional level, and through the actions we take to protect it.  We conduct stewardship projects, nature education, and environmental actions both within our surf programs, and as stand-alone activities throughout the year.

  • Access: We create access to surfing and to the ocean, by providing logistical, financial, and cultural support through our clinics, outings, and conservation actions. 

To see how our strategies work across our programs, please see the graphic below.  

 

SUPPORT BROWN GIRLS SURF

 

UPCOMING Brown Girl Surf Year End Community Celebration and Benefit

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Brown Girls Surf

 
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Sophie Hellyer

features Surf Girls Jamaica in a write up

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Surf Like A Girl // The Wetsuit Outlet

Full Blog on The Wetsuit Outlet: https://www.wetsuitoutlet.co.uk/blog/surf-like-a-girl-role-models-my8ekpf4.html

There's a scene in Trouble, Lisa Andersen’s new film, where, over archival footage of her surfing Huntington Beach as a teen, she reflects on her early days as a competitive surfer. Andersen says: “I wanted to surf as good as the guys.” And here's the thing: Andersen did surf as good as the guys, but she surfed in her own way – as a woman – too. 

After watching Trouble and Surf Girls Jamaica at the London Surf Film Festival, I was inspired to write a piece about my role models as a young female surfer, and the importance they played in my life.

To continue reading, please click here: https://www.wetsuitoutlet.co.uk/blog/surf-like-a-girl-role-models-my8ekpf4.html

 
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