The Lake Tahoe premiere of It Ain’t Pretty
This event has ended, thank you to all who attended!
November 18, 2016 at Olympic Village Lodge
Meeting the women that are forging new tides in big wave competitive surfing
Doors opened at 6:30pm and event began at 7pm
General admission to this event $10 and SVI members admitted free.
The Squaw Valley Institute (SVI) presented the Lake Tahoe premiere of the film It Ain’t Pretty, The Women’s Big Wave Movement. Hosted by several of the women surfers featured in the film including; Bianca Valenti, Rebecca Wonderlich, and Monique Kitamura, It Ain’t Pretty is about the women who surf San Francisco’s Ocean Beach and the movement that has women forging new tides in women’s big wave surfing.
The SVI film event began at 7pm and kicked off with Q&A opportunity for the audience with the surfers. After the film, the audience meet with the surfers who were autographing posters. Additionally, the evening will included an opportunity to meet several female ski patrollers from the Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Ski Patrol Team and purchase their autographed 2017 Women of Ski Patrol calendars featuring stunning photography by Keoki Flagg. Proceeds from the calendar sales benefits local avalanche education scholarships. Tickets $10 per person and SVI members admitted free.
The It Ain’t Pretty film: Paddling out into the unforgiving waters of San Francisco’s Ocean Beach is not for everyone or for every woman. Surfing here is nothing like the sunny, bikini-clad, beach lifestyle portrayed in magazines. It is cold, foggy and a natural habitat for Great White Sharks. This film, shot over three years, shows how these factors affect each woman. The film shares authentic stories about who these unique women are as; surfers, athletes and women and sends the message to women and youth that they are not defined by what others say. Kathleen Egan, film producer of It Ain’t Pretty will present the film on November 18. Egan’s goal when creating the film was to document what drives these women’s passion, how they are breaking stereotypes in the surfing world and how women and youth can be inspired to break through the same stereotypes in other arenas.
One such breakthrough these women are at the forefront of is that for the first time in its history, the Titans of Mavericks competition, one of the most prestigious surf contests in the country will include a women’s heat in its 2016-17 competition. The competition takes place intermittently on the California coast about 40 miles south of San Francisco. Surfline describes the often-dangerous conditions at Mavericks as a “natural phenomenon.” “It is not just a perfect wave, but a perfect 20-foot wave that breaks like a hollow 6-footer, exploding top to bottom with a ferocity that makes brave men shudder.” Bianca Valenti, one of the surfers in It Ain’t Pretty has recently been accepted into the competition this year.