Wahine on waves
Generally girls are super keen to surf they just need a little coaxing. My dear friend Fiona runs really great Wahine On Waves surf sessions for Gissy girls and women of all ages to encourage the healthy lifestyle of board-riding and ocean-loving. The first WoW session for the summer was held the other day down at the Gissy Pipe. Over 50 women and girls took to the water to work on their surfing skills. Everyone’s story was interesting. Many wahine had not been back in the water since having children, or since they were tiny gromettes. The range of abilities and ages was very varied, with gidgets from 6 to 46 years of age. For some it was a chance to get back in the water after winter. It also provided an opportunity to meet new ‘Gidget’ friends and to ask questions about surfing. Local rippers Jasmine, Abby and Jayda were there to give the girls a hand and to inspire the up and coming grommettes.
The surf was a perfect 2-3 foot. The weather was a bit dodgy to start with, then gave way to sunshine and a light offshore. Gissy Boardriders put on a BBQ afterwards. Then Fi’ and her buddy gave out a heap of spot-prizes to cap off an awesome morning at the beach. One lucky lady even took home a BW music festival ticket. Everyone went home with a spot prize and a big smile. If days like this can be this much fun for the ladies, we can rest assured that Girls Surfing in Gisborne is on the ‘up’. Ô