From California to Australia, women around the world have been surfing for decades – or, in Hawaii’s case, centuries. Yet whether you’re used to pulling on a damp wetsuit in the middle of winter, or slapping on SPF 50 year-round, there’s one thing nearly all female surfers have in common: the feeling of being in the minority in the water.
Just because female surfers are outnumbered, doesn’t mean they should be underestimated. While admittedly still small, the global women’s surfing community is growing exponentially, largely thanks to badass communities of female wave riders around the world. Here are groups of female chargers who are carving the way forwards for all women in the water.