Women Who Surf
Women Who Surf is a new book showcasing the world’s best and most inspiring female surfers from Bethany Hamilton to Wrenna Delgado. SurfGirl chats to the book’s photo editor, photojournalist Lucia Griggi.
Lucia, in a nutshell, what’s the book about?
The book is similar to a previous publication,
Women Who Dare, profiling the top 20 female climbers and their adventures. This one profiles the top female surfers in the same light, outlining the journey of the girls and their success in the surf industry. From big wave chargers to free surfers, the book highlights the girls’ different ambitions, trials and tribulations. It also includes local heroes such as Easkey Britten, as her story and history is fascinating.
How did you get involved with the making of the book?
I have worked on other titles for the publishing house Falcon Guides and they came to myself and Ben Marcus (Lucia has collaborated with Ben Marcus on Skateboard: The Good,
the Rad and the Gnarly and also The Art of Standup Paddling) and asked us to work on the book. They already had a very strong idea of what they wanted so it was a case of choosing the girls and the stories, sorting the imagery and highlighting each athlete in the best way possible.
How did you choose the surfers for the book?
It was a mixture of talents. I wanted to highlight the different areas the girls shine through in. Sally Fitzgibbons having her foundation, Rosy Hodge presenting on World Surf League Tour, Pauline Ado’s competition side and Easkey Britten’s history and environmental love. It was important to bring forward as many different parts of what these women achieve. There were so many other women I would’ve liked to include – it was a tough choice!
It was important to bring forward as many different parts of what these women achieve. There were so many other women I would’ve liked to include – it was a tough choice!
How has women’s surfing changed since you first started your career 15 years ago?
Firstly there are tons more girls in the water! Even when I come home to Cornwall and head down to the surf, there are just as many girls out as guys now. It’s amazing to see such a growth. As far as the top girls that charge go, they have become really interactive with helping the environment – they are dominating in so many other areas than just their surfing ability.