ad­ven­ture women

Adventure - - #209 - Steve Dick­in­son - Ed­i­tor

The dis­turb­ing fact about putting this Ad­ven­ture Women’s is­sue to­gether is the re­cur­ring theme of a lack of knowl­edge, a lack of ap­pre­ci­a­tion and in most cases a com­plete lack of un­der­stand­ing about how women fit into ad­ven­ture. Gone are the days of the pretty face be­hind the counter, women now are tak­ing ‘ad­ven­ture’ by storm, yet it still car­ries a stigma and a bias. You would think that in 2018, the age of sex­ual en­light­en­ment, we should not be judg­ing women’s achieve­ment by their gen­der but by their ex­cel­lence. But we don’t! Paige Hareb, New Zealand’s top surfer of all time, men or women, wins the Founders World Cup beat­ing USA, Brazil and Aus­tralia as part of the World team yet we know very lit­tle about it. On the same day that she won the Founder World Cup ti­tle the NZ me­dia head­lines were full of the War­riors loss and some golfer com­ing 24th in Mis­sis­sippi.

Annabel An­der­son is pos­si­bly the most suc­cess­ful women ath­lete in New Zealand but be­cause it’s not net­ball I pre­sume most of you read­ing this have no idea who she is. Not only is she the best in the world at SUP, and has been for some time, she is tak­ing her po­si­tion and us­ing it to put pres­sure on ‘male only’ events for women. Read her story how she suc­cess­fully chal­lenged an all­male com­pe­ti­tion to in­clude women yet she her­self was ex­cluded, the top fe­male SUP in the world. But it’s not just the world cham­pi­ons; this is­sue fea­tures women of all ages and back­grounds do­ing amaz­ing things both in the in­dus­try and out in the world. From run­ning some of the big­gest com­pa­nies world­wide, to guid­ing Fox Glacier, from cy­cling around Europe to tick­ing off a world­wide bucket list alone.

We all carry prej­u­dice, it’s in­grained into our DNA, like open­ing a door or giv­ing up a seat. I am not say­ing that we should all be treated the same – equal yes, but not the same as we all have dif­fer­ent at­tributes, but what we have done with this is­sue is given women a plat­form to show­case their suc­cesses, their achieve­ments and sim­ply shown that women can do ev­ery­thing their male coun­ter­parts do.

I was go­ing to fin­ish with a cliqued quote about women suc­cess and be­ing forth­right but I didn’t want to wa­ter down this mes­sage. Read this is­sue and be as im­pressed as I have been with the abil­ity and in­tel­li­gence of some of these amaz­ing ad­ven­ture women.

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