Currently in its fifth year, this celebration of women’s surfing brings surfers from all over the Southeast. Not a contest, this gathering encourages women of all ages and abilities to participate in the sport of surfing, whether it is their first time to try it, or their 50th year of enjoyment of the sport.
This year, the festivities kicked off with an original movie, “Connected to the Sea”, filmed and produced by Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski. This film featured women surfers not only from Florida, but additionally Australia. The movie was a rousing success in front of a record crowd of women and their supporters at the SurfSide Playhouse in Cocoa Beach.
On Saturday, 11 October, the women gathered to enjoy the waves at Lori Wilson Park in Cocoa Beach, and spending time with friends old and new. That evening, the Florida Women of the Waves Exhibit officially opened at the Cocoa Beach Surf Museum, hosted by the event founders Sharon Wolfe-Cranston and President Melody DeCarlo. This exhibit features surfing action shots of over a 100 women surfers, along with their biographies and personal insights and thoughts on their surfing journeys. The exhibit is an inspiration to anyone interested in surfing, and relays how the sport becomes more than a hobby, but a soulful, lifelong experience.