Girls Rule The (Surf) World
Here’s ten recent films to remind you.
The Gen Z girl surf hype is real. More than one million eyeballs consumed Sierra Kerr’s ‘best ever’ she hucked during the Vans Stab High finale.
When Caity Simmers premiered ‘Toasted’ at Moose Lodge, within 20 minutes, our 300-head limit was met and a line wrapped the building. Aspiring Ladybirds watched Caity toss nonchalant air revs and elbows to the drum bass of Doll Riot. The youngsters’ smiles embraced a new era of female content—guided by progression and authenticity.
After the party, Caity told Stab “I feel like when you’re a girl, you’re kind of pressured to try to be a model and all that shit. But it’s getting better and it’s cool to see more freedom in women’s surfing”
Despite a glistening atmosphere, there still aren’t enough female surf films. So when a piece graces our inbox, we tend to covet. In honor of international women’s day, we’ve compiled a list of (relatively) recent female-focused surf films to adore.
Surfing – An All Girls Surf Film
Dan Scott x Stephanie Gilmore, Nikki Van Dijk, Tyler Wright, Macy Callaghan and Dimity Stoyle highlight Snapper in it’s most alluring state. Constant pulses and a charcuterie board of lip lines. Each flavor will speak to a different part of your palette—from Steph’s graceful grazes to Tyler’s fire hose downcarves.
Caity Simmers’ premiere surf project, featuring Sierra Kerr, Molly Picklum, and Bella Kenworthy. Caity edited and directed, you raved, we shared. Click here for an ode to ‘Toasted,’ where Caity talks about personal project problems, machete wars, and the rise of female surf content.
Leave A Message
Directed by Ladybird dad Jason Kenworthy ‘Leave A Message’ is one of Nike’s last gifts to the surf world. The star studded list includes: Carissa Moore, Lakey Peterson, Laura Enever, Coco Ho, Byrne-Wickey Monyca, and Malia Manuel. The whimsical travel scenes, groundbreaking surf art, and bops will make you want to re-tape that old C. Moore poster to your drywall.
The Morgan Maassen x Malia Manuel project pairs cinematic glory and effortless rail work. Enter Malia’s natural world, illuminated with charming green and archipelagic diversity. Click here to read the story.
Frankie Harrer’s clip, created by Quinn Graham, tastefully documents the 25-year-old mom from Malibu locking in deep at Teahupoo and novel South American lefts. Frankie’s maternal leave only served to invigorate her ambition as one of our few female free surfers. And Yara, her 1-year-old baby, already got a few stamps on her passport. You can read the Frankie interview here
The Electric Acid Surfboard Test – Starring Steph Gilmore.
The Queen, 8x World Champ, and Stab’s Surfer of the Year—Miss Stephanie Louise Gilmore.
Shot in Mozambique, and filmed by Stab‘s arsenal of lensmen — Dylan Roberts, Tom Jennings, and Sam Moody, with Alan Van Gysen capturing all the still-life magic along the way.
Watch Stephanie’s beauty of a surfboard test here.
Macaroni In The Pot
Jaleesa Vincent’s lovenote to laybacks, lefts, and pussy power is delivered in ‘Macaroni In The Pot.’ The 9-minute mirage is a playful, neon melange of animation, poetry, music, and mesmerizing surfing. You can read about Jaleesa’s trip here.
The Moana Jones-Wong Story
Most people don’t know the North Shore native’s unconventional path that led to her coronation. Watch the profile of the Pupukean south claw who scrapped her way from being no-one, to becoming the Queen of Pipeline. Watch here.
The Electric Acid Surfboard Test, Starring Coco Ho
In our fourth attempt to demystify ‘Alternative Surfboards” Stab sent Coco Ho and Mason Ho to the land of lukewarm water and tapered righthanders. Coco danced upon the feathering walls, and kinda made us want to give up on our pointy quivers. Watch Ep. 1 on Stab Premium here.
Can’t forget when Stephanie Gilmore and Morgan Maassen created four minutes of highly appealing surfing. The then 6x World Champion hit Rocky Rights with an infectious smile and unwavering style.
Above hungry coral, Steph glides — and delivers some of the most pleasurable moments of surfing captured on film.
“I’m A West Oz Bogan For Sure, I Just Don’t Have The Mullet”
The first SEOTY entry of 2023 is ‘Into Dust’ ft. Jacob Wilcox.
Wavegarden Spills How The Sausage Is Made
BTS of their global air wave rollout ft. Yago Dora, Dion Agius, Reef Heazlewood and…
Minds, Machines, And The Magic Of Hands
How modern shapers split their time between designing files and hand-finishing boards.
Are Hectic Lefts The Final Finless Frontier?
William Aliotti is on the right-foot-forward fringes.
Watch: Luke + Eddie
A mostly unknown, on-duty lifeguard won the most prestigious big-wave event in history. How Luke…
A Pipe Master, Ryan Burch, And Some Pickle Forks On The Eastern Seaboard
This one ticks a lot of boxes
Brazil Has A Talent Problem
And three other things we learned from the Rip Curl Pro Portugal.
Mick Fanning On A Unicorn, Bags Of Dicks, And A Shocking Script Read By Surfing’s Biggest Stars
Vaughan Blakey and Nick Pollet on their outrageous film, 'The Greatest Surf Movie In The…
Italo Ferreira Caught 63 Waves In An Hour
And other stats from our Stab in the Dark production.
Can A Freesurfer Go The Other Way? A Dakoda Walters Case Study
The 57-kilo Aussie has taken a Stab High approach to trad contest surfing.
Caity Simmers And João Chianca Fulfill Respective Prophecies Under Gaze Of Portuguese President
A very good day of competitive surfing.
“I Used To Only Surf Here With One Guy…His Name’s Henry, And He’s A Seal”
A contemplation on the frigid desolation of Iceland.
World #1 Carissa Moore Vanquished By Front Pad Toting Wildcard, Lucky Few Get Supertubed
‘Go hard or go home, innit’
Hungover Hold-Downs, Patent Feuds, And One-In-A-Million Malfunctions Involving 11x World Champs: The Story Of Surfing’s Inflatable Vests
These things changed the game.
Parker Coffin Tells Ex: ‘Thank You For Everything’
Freesurfing’s best communicator leaves a classy farewell to Roark.
Interview: Caity Simmers On Machete Wars, Rihanna, Personal Project Problems, And The Rise Of Female Surf Content.
A toast to ‘Toasted.’
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