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Queen of the Bay 2019 Opening Ceremony: Interview with Photographer Rebecca Price Baechle

Brianna Ortega

All Photos on this page by Rebecca Price Baechle

All Photos on this page by Rebecca Price Baechle

Queen of the Bay 2019 Opening Ceremony: Interview with Photographer Rebecca Price Baechle

What was the most inspirational moment for you during photographing the opening ceremony of Queen of the Bay 2019?

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The most inspirational moment was seeing all the women paddle out together in the pouring rain as a double rainbow glowed over Waimea valley. It was crazy magical. Many of the women had their kids with them and some even pregnant. I thought it was so inspiring to see woman be embraced and celebrated for being the amazing athletes they are while also bringing their kids along for the ride. That part just thrilled me; mostly because I feel like there’s always this struggle of how to maintain one’s intensity for our own individuality while also nurturing our children and families. It’s so radical when women can show up as they are with kids in tow and a big wave gun in the other hand. I think this mentality is how we truly manage to have it all as women.

“It’s so radical when women can show up as they are with kids in tow and a big wave gun in the other hand. I think this mentality is how we truly manage to have it all as women.”

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How were women surfers feeling with the past two years being cancelled due to swell size and having this new opportunity for 2019?

Everyone seemed super stoked and hopeful that this year the dream to have their day at the Bay will come true. It is a bummer that the holding period is so early on in the season because the men’s event can’t overlap and theirs starts in late November. So, yeah, they were excited and anticipating that hopefully the event will have a chance this year. It’s just too bad the women and men’s event can’t share the same window.

queen of the bay 2019
queen of the bay 2019

What emotions or ideas do you try to convey in your photographs through photographing big wave women's surfing?

Every time I shoot, I look for the off moments when people are just unaware that I’m even there taking photos and they are being their natural selves. During the ceremony, the vibe was so positive and powerful and the women were entirely focused on the meaning of the event. I loved being able to show the bond the waterwomen have with each other. In such a competitive sport, these women truly treat each other as family, which says a lot about the sport. When you surf big waves, shit can get heavy really quick and you may just need your fellow competitor to come to your aid; you just never know. I really wanted to showcase their strength, their dedication as athletes, and also how supportive they are of each other.

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How is Hawai'i a positive place to have a big wave women's surfing event?

Hawai’i is such an epic place to be a female big wave surfer. I feel like there’s a lot of support right now and especially for the young up and coming surfers. Surfers like Paige Alms, Keala Kennelly and Andrea Moller have paved the way for the younger local girls. They have set such a positive and powerful example of what’s attainable and what is still possible. I think women’s big wave surfing has really just started and in Hawaii it’s being fostered by the community. We need women and girls to know that not only can they surf big waves, but that there will be events, sponsorships, and money to support them.

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“I think women’s big wave surfing has really just started and in Hawaii it’s being fostered by the community. We need women and girls to know that not only can they surf big waves, but that there will be events, sponsorships, and money to support them.”

queen of the bay 2019
queen of the bay 2019

Was there a specific moment or conversation you had with a big wave surfer that spoke to you and what wanted to try to accomplish for shooting the event?

I had so many great conversations it’s so hard to nail down just one. I did talk to Blake, one of the women who was invited as an alternate. I know her through a mutual friend and just from being around town. She told me at first she felt as if she wasn’t worthy of being among the other women. But, one of her friends had asked her “Why would you not feel worthy? You surf the Bay right?” She smiled and said., ”Yeah, I do.” I think this speaks so much to our fears: no matter what we accomplish there is always going to be that moment when we are presented with an opportunity that terrifies us, where we feel totally unprepared for but that we know internally has been presented to us for a reason. It’s just up to each of us if we are willing to huck ourselves over the ledge and into the heaving pit of that wave. In this case, Blake showed up, claimed her place as an invitee and I guarantee on the day of the event she’ll be charging right next to all the other women who earned their place in the lineup!

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“I think this speaks so much to our fears: no matter what we accomplish there is always going to be that moment when we are presented with an opportunity that terrifies us, where we feel totally unprepared for but that we know internally has been presented to us for a reason. It’s just up to each of us if we are willing to huck ourselves over the ledge and into the heaving pit of that wave.”

queen of the bay 2019

Full invite list: Andrea Moller, Bianca Valenti, Blake Lefkoe, Brittany Gomulka, Emi Erickson, Felicity Palmateer, Izzi Gomez, Jamilah Star, Justine Dupont, Kaya Waldman, Keala Kennely, Kelta O’Rourke, Kiomi Shepard, Laura Enever, Makani Adric, Michaela Fregonese, Momo Sakuma, Nicole Pacelli, Paige Alms, Paulia Raldo, Raquel Heckert, Remi Nealon, Sarah Gerhardt, Shakira Westdorp, Silvia Nambuco,Siri Masterson, Skylar Lickle, Wrenna Delgado

Sea Together x Aoka Surf Weekend in Aotearoa New Zealand

Brianna Ortega

Sea Together Magazine partnered with New Zealand’s Aoka Surf Studio for a weekend of celebrating the art, photography, business, and surfing of women surfers of Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Thank you to everyone who came, brought inspiration to the weekend and left inspired by the weekend to bring some magic and love of women’s surfing to wherever you ventured home to. The weekend began on Friday evening with a lovely welcome dinner with women surfers who came from all over the country.

Photos by Lou @louloubphoto

We showcased films curated by Amy Rose Hewton. The films showcased were all created by women and included women surfers:

  • “Las Shapers: Three Women Trailblaze a New Path for Surfboard Building”, the work of Camila Saldarriaga and Kat Mortimer featuring shapers Kat Mortimer, Cher Pendarvis, and Valerie Duprat

  • “Women and Waves” by Heather Hudson

  • “Worm Dreams Big” by SeaLevelTV

  • “Johanna” by Ashley Beer

  • “Everything in Between” by Andrea Coleman Photo

When asked why Amy chose these films, she replied, “Overarching, I wanted to share films that represented the variety of life surrounding surfing, the shapers, surfers, film makers, young and old, legends and beginners, long and short boarding from various places around the world from pioneers to our future. Hopefully, some of these films the audience might not have seen yet. I want us to see us in all these ladies, so we can get the frothing stoke and hope and happiness that surfing is.”

Photo by Sea Together Magazine & Lou @louloubphoto

The weekend continued on with yoga, a creative workshop with the Founder of Sea Together, and lots of surfing in-between, before the photo exhibition with photographers Mischa Davis, Ellen Mary Taylor, and Anrielle Hunt, with music by local artist Morgan Keating Marr. We were amazed and inspired by the presence of the local community throughout the weekend, and were so grateful to Port Road Project for hosting our weekend.

Photos by Lou @louloubphoto

Our final day of the weekend wrapped up with celebrating the makers of Aotearoa New Zealand and you may have seen short clips of the makers on Sea Together’s Instagram Story . Thanks to everyone who came out to support the creative work, and who stuck out to the afternoon to do a beach clean-up with NZ organization Project Wai.

Photos by Project Wai & Lou @louloubphoto

Special thanks to all of the humans who poured out their energy into this community for making the weekend happen. It took dozens of people to make this weekend happen and the weekend was all thanks to you!

Special thanks to our sponsors U&I Label, The Virtue, Salt Gypsy, Port Road Project and Oceans of Happiness who supported the weekend and also donated merchandise to our raffle during the Film night.

Stay tuned for next year and be sure to comment below on what your favorite aspect of the weekend was so that we can hear about it! x

Sea Together ISSUE 002: Australia Tour Launch Part 2

Brianna Ortega

3: Indigo & Salt in Bulli

This night was filled with jam-packed inspiration curated by Indigo and Salt with a focus on loving Mama Ocean. Check out Sarah of Indigo and Salt’s lovely write-up on this event here. A few beautiful photos below were captured by photographer Ashleigh Campbell.

4: Sea Bones Byron Bay with Salt Gypsy

Danny of Salt Gypsy hosted a wonderful discussion about topics related to women’s surfing with guest speakers Dr. Rebecca Olive, Fiona Duncan, and Clas Jeuki on using connection in our surf communities to drive change and disrupt the status quo. We live-streamed parts of the discussion on the Sea Together Instagram. Interesting points were brought up and Dr. Rebecca Olive shared a lot of her research on racism and sexism in surfing.

Thanks to every single lovely human we met in Australia on our Tour and we were inspired by all of the powerhouse women surfers of Australia making waves and inspiring each other ! xx