Hear their story
Byron Bays 'Girls Can't Surf" movie premier is a showcase of determined women advocating for their rights. We loved hearing their stories from an era of women's surfing where they fought to change the surfing culture forever.
Guest speakers Pauline Menczer and Jodie Cooper engaged us in a Q&A session on what this film means to them, what it was like all those years ago to be a girl surfer and how they strove for recognition in professional surfing.
In the 1990's Pauline was riding Sky boards. Winning the World Title in 1993 on a board shaped by Neil Cormack, making it to the top, while at the same time battling pain all over her body from rheumatoid arthritis, a rare autoimmune disease. Throughout most of Paulines career she struggled to find support from sponsors and in 1993 was not given a cheque for her World Title.
These kick ass women's stories of professional surfing, in an era where they were trying to be taken seriously, is expressed with honesty, humour and though a vision of all the fluoro colours we loved back in 80's.