“It literally takes just one wave where you decide you’re going to do it. Just that one wave to be like – I did that, and I can do it again”
This is big wave surfer Paige Alms’ advice – at the screening of her documentary The Wave I Ride – to anyone who wants to surf bigger waves.
Paige is the main woman at the forefront of a new era in surfing, one where women are taking on bigger and gnarlier swell than they ever thought possible. She wants to see more women giving it a go.
“It’s kind of a new thing” says Paige. “There are a small number of big wave surfers in the world. The female population is even smaller.”
“I could name 50 big wave surfers that are at the top of our sport right now. Yet there’s only about a dozen women.”
“It’s a lot harder to convince sponsors that it’s something worth supporting. We’re at the forefront of that change now. I’m really proud to be within the top five women in the world.”