Sisters of the North Sea Event

There are a few telling signs in our house when the surf has been good for more than a day. Washing up gets neglected, the car is full of boards, the bathroom has various wetsuit bits strewn about and nice meals get replaced with whatever is quick, easy and within arms reach.

This past week has been one of those kind of weeks; but add to that the Sisters of the North Sea event at Pink Lane Coffee last Thursday and the aftermath of the week is starting to take its toll. That’s the thing about the East Coast, it’s feast or famine when it comes to surfing.


Despite the brief halt in proceedings preparing for the event, we managed to get everything printed and framed, all the films prepared, the new projector set-up and get everything organised. In the run-up to the event, we ran the ‘What does surfing mean to you” online competition and got some really amazing responses. Here are a few, there are more on my stories highlights on Instagram.

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I was nervous about putting on the event, we had no idea of the response to something like that. I have definitely noticed an increase in the amount of girls I am seeing in the water and at the beach as well as all the awesome ladies who have been coming to lessons and camps through Yonder so I was hoping that we would at least have enough people through the door to make it worthwhile for the Pink Lane staff to stay late for us.

The first few people started to trickle in at around seven and not long later we were totally overwhelmed by the amount of people who had come out for the night. We had such a wide range of people, both male and female; families, kids, babies, older folk, young folk, surfers, non-surfers and everyone in between.

I just wanted to say a huge thanks to every single person that came out for it and supported the female surf community in the North East; its something to be really proud of. Thanks to everyone who contributed photos or offered to help in any way. Thanks to Georgie, Emma and Grace for being on the panel. Thanks to Anth, Mel, El, Nina and the gang at Pink Lane and of course to Tom for the photography.


In and around the week of the event, we piled boards in the car and managed to see the East Coast in all it’s cold, wintery glory. Spring’s just around the corner which is great for lessons, but winter will be sorely missed when it produces waves like these!

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