The Female Surfer Paradox


A surf teacher at Surf Sisters school in Tofino, B.C., instructs students.

By Judi Zienchuk

Images courtesy of Surf Sister

The world of surf is a land full of sun, sand and waves – void of all worries. It’s a tight-knit community that spans several generations with young surfers (groms) beginning their careers before their seventh birthday and old-timers still catching waves at 93-years-young. It includes writers, photographers and film crews.

With all of this involvement, one area of the industry’s still lagging behind: the world of women surfers. Even in cities like Tofino, British Columbia, which has one of the highest numbers of female surfers per capita on the planet and is the birthplace of surf schools like Surf Sister that promote gender equality, surfing is still “very much a boy’s game.”

“When I first started out, they didn’t even make wetsuits and equipment for girls,” says Surf Sister’s…

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Swimming with dolphins


Apples & Anarchy

“We often forget that we are nature. Nature is not something separate from us. So when we say that we have lost our connection to nature, we’ve lost our connection to ourselves.”

― Andy Goldsworthy

Do you have a bucket list? I jokingly refer to mine when I think of something that I’d like to recount as a wrinkly, old lady, and which hopefully will have the added bonus of impressing my hypothetical grandchildren. “Swim with wild dolphins” was the first thing I ever added to my bucket list.

3 weeks ago, I got to cross it off.

My friend K and I were on a road trip in the far north of New Zealand’s north island. We stopped in a small, scenic town, signed ourselves up for an ‘eco-tour’ on a small boat, and set sail on a blue-sky day in the early afternoon.

The skippers were keen to…

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You Can Believe in Yourself

This short video from Oprah is the reason why I started this blog.

I suffered with low self-belief and it stopped me from living the life that I was meant to have. I made decisions from that place of low self-belief as I did not think any thing else was possible.

Today, i understand how to change my self-belief and the effect of has changed my life and continues to do so. I passed my MBA; I set up my own business as an interim manager and consultant and I’m now a coach! I work with people to realise their own dreams and ambitions.

To enable others to access what I have learnt and my work as a coach, I am running a workshop in London in May called:

Who moved my comfort zone?: Improving your self-belief

Follow this link for more information:

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