SVI presents “It Ain’t Pretty” film premiere
November 18, 2016 at Olympic Village Lodge, Squaw Valley
Women surfers face their first mavericks big wave competition, a film by Dayla Soul
Doors open at 6:30pm and event begins at 7pm
It ain’t pretty is a film about the women who surf san francisco’s ocean beach as well as a movement that has women forging new tides in women’s big wave surfing. Over the course of 3 years we followed and documented the stories of these bay area women, exploring what drives their passion to paddle out. We talked with a variety of surfers from a range of different abilities and skill, from the driven beginner to the professional big wave surfer in order to investigate what it is that draws each of these women to surf these unforgiving waters.
Surfing in the bay area is not the sunny, bikini-babe lifestyle that is portrayed in the media. It is cold, foggy, heavy and in the red triangle, the natural habitat for great white sharks. On any given day a female surfer headed out to surf ocean beach will usually find that she is the only woman in sight. It ain’t pretty explores how these factors affect each woman.
Filmmaker Dayla Soul truly challenges women’s surfing stereotypes. Soul has spent most of her life living by the coast and looking for the next big swell. But what she found while surfing Ocean Beach, Calif. for the past two decades was that the true story of women’s surfing needed to be told. The documentary is a featured film in this year’s Surfalorus Film Festival.
Featuring big wave surfer Bianca Valenti, Soul describes the documentary as a film “about the challenges and triumphs of female big wave surfers fighting sexism in the water, in competition, in the media and in the surf industry.” Like Soul, the female surfers she interviews are standing up against the status quo in and out of the water. “There’s been a turning point in surf history and how we see ourselves in it,” surfer Easkey Britton.
Bianca Valenti, Rebecca Wunderlich, and Monique Kitamura will be in attendance to sign posters and answer Q & A following the film.
General admission to this event is $10 and SVI members are admitted free.