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.

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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.

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