***Date postponed*** Visit womenssurffestival.com for new date announcement in the week commencing 5 July.
Brand new event the Women’s Surf Festival will celebrate surf, lifestyle and sustainability on the Gold Coast.
This first-of-its-kind-on-the-Gold-Coast event will include a full programme that brings the wider surfing community under one umbrella for the first time, and will feature some of Australia’s leading surfing women and specialists bought together to share, inspire and entertain at Queen Elizabeth Park in Coolangatta.
With a surfeit of names in women’s surfing on board including Kirra Molnar, Rachel Tilly, Belen Fuller-Kimble, Lauren Hill, Lucy Small, Robyn Harvey and more, the Women’s Surf Festival will present a range of speakers and events to inspire over the course of the two day celebration.
Festival Director Selena Morgan gave us the lowdown ahead of the exciting new festival.
“The Womens Surf Festival is all about celebrating women who love to surf and the lifestyle it provides,” she explains.
“I have seen and attended many surf competitions, but there wasn’t an event that provided women the opportunity to learn, share and be inspired through a festival experience.
“For those who are relatively new to the surfing world, events where big names dominate the programme and only half of the vocabulary is familiar can feel intimidating and exclusive. However, underpinning everything at the WSF is the value of community.
Simply, we’re bringing an amazing community of girls and women together to celebrate a lifestyle and sport in a positive and supportive environment.
“The vibe of the festival is welcoming and inclusive, bringing the Gold Coast community together regardless of experience or knowledge. As the first Women’s Surf Festival, we see this as a platform that will only grow.”
The response so far has been enthusiastic, says Selena.
“We’ve had such as a positive response from local surfing specialists and women surfing legends who have said it’s fantastic for someone to finally provide a platform and environment to bring everyone together to celebrate women’s surfing.”
Organisers say the majority of attendees at the previous festivals have been representative of all age groups and experience levels, and have been excited with the opportunity to connect with professionals to improve their surfing technique, learn specifics around nutrition, business, training and mindset, as well as being entertained by the stories from women who have experienced the world of competitive surfing and more.
“In addition, from a lifestyle perspective, ocean photography, art and literature are also covered, with a number of local sustainable surf brands also excited to join in the festivities,” Selena tells us.
Sustainability is also a strong feature of the event.
We all have a part to play in sustainability and preserving ocean life, and we want to share some of the ways we can learn, get involved and make better decisions with the products we buy and use.
“Sustainability underlies the foundation of the festival, from the brands and products that will be featured at the festival, including leading surf wear brands Inner Relm and Salt Gypsy, our instructors who will share their views for conservation, through to joining up with Gold Coast Beaches Programme who will be running a dune planting session.”
Professional surfer Rachel Tilly is looking forward to her appearance at the event.
“The Womens Surf Festival will be a great weekend that has all these influential women of the surf industry together in one place! It’s going to be a weekend of celebrating and learning a lot,” she says.
“I’ll be talking on a panel alongside Belén Fuller, Kirra Molnar and Lucy Small on Saturday morning, then staying of the weekend to listen to everyone else, with a few surfs in between. I’m excited to meet new people and be included in an event that supports and progresses women’s surfing.”
Surfing workshops and speaker series will include surfing etiquette, performance, wellness, nutrition, and lifestyle; Surfing lessons covering ocean safety, confidence, technical moves, and getting competition ready; Beach yoga, beach clean-ups and dune planting; Surf wear, surfboards and lifestyle market place (local brands all with a sustainable focus).
Tickets are now available, with limited spaces at each event.
The Women’s Surf Festival will take place at Queen Elizabeth Park, Coolangatta, Gold Coast. Visit womenssurffestival.com for dates and program.