Updated: May 17
We are thrilled to announce that we will be hosting a series of live podcasts at The Wave in Bristol on the 2nd of July, 2023!
Get ready for an unforgettable afternoon of thought-provoking discussions and inspiring stories as we bring together industry leaders, Sally McGee, Yvette Curtis, and Tirion Jenkins, to share their unique perspective on topics including women's representation in surfing, building community, diversity and inclusion, motherhood, surf photography, surf trips, activism, mental health, facing fears, pushing boundaries and so much more.
Throughout the afternoon, The Wave will be hosting their popular 'Sister Sessions': a series of sessions dedicated exclusively to women. This is a fantastic opportunity to hit the waves with like-minded women and enjoy a fun-filled afternoon of surfing, with expert guidance from The Wave's experienced instructors. The Sister Sessions will be held between 1pm & 6pm. Sessions for both men and women will be running as normal before 1pm. Visit their website here to book your spot. (Please note that people of all genders are welcome to attend our discussions, even if you don't plan on surfing!)
Here's some more exciting news: every ticket purchase made before June 25th will be entered into a competition to win a free session at The Wave, worth £65! So not only will you get to enjoy an incredible evening of live podcast sessions, but you could also have the chance to experience The Wave's state-of-the-art surfing facility for free! Buy your Ocean Women tickets here to enter.
Speakers & Event Schedule:
Cultivating a thriving women's surf scene in the North East
Sally McGee is a surfer, activist, Finisterre ambassador, mother and founder of the community-driven women's surf school, Surf Yonder. She started Surf Yonder in Tynemouth back in 2018 and has been nurturing a thriving community of north eastern female surfers ever since. Sally has plenty of wisdom to share about balancing passions and responsibilities, finding inner strength, and connecting with the natural world. She has always been driven by a sense of adventure and a desire to inspire others to push their limits. Join us as we discuss all things Yonder, surfing and traveling through motherhood, environmental activism, and what it takes to be a surfer in the north east.
Pioneering a more diverse and inclusive surf culture.
Yvette is the founder of Wave Wahines, an organization dedicated to providing women and girls of all backgrounds with equal access to surfing. Yvette has been surfing for over a decade and has experienced first-hand the transformative power of the ocean. Through Wave Wahines, she has made it her mission to share her passion for surfing with her community. Yvette is a huge inspiration to us here at Shaka and her voice is desperately needed within the surfing community. Join us as we discuss her recent Diversity and Inclusion in Surfing Report, the power of representation and the importance of keeping girls in sport.
Tirion Jenkins, PhD Student
Lessons from a PhD in cold water surfing and blue health
Tirion is a PhD student at Cardiff University studying the effects of cold water surfing on mental health. She is also a talented surf photographer and one of the cofounders of the Gower Women's Surf Society. Tirion's work explores the concept of 'blue health' and the ways in which immersion in the ocean can promote wellbeing. As a surfer herself, Tirion brings a personal as well as a scientific perspective to the topic. Join us as we discuss her research and the ways in which surfing in cold water can foster mindfulness, grit and resilience.
Our Final Thoughts
The Ocean Woman Podcast aims to explore surf culture through the eyes of the women who are shaping it. Together, these three speakers represent the cutting edge of adventure sports, wellbeing, and scientific research and we're thrilled to be hosting them for a series of live podcast sessions at The Wave in Bristol. Whether you're an avid surfer, an adventure enthusiast, or simply want to be inspired by women who are pushing the boundaries in their field, this event is not to be missed. So mark your calendars for July 2nd, and get ready to be inspired!