When it comes to women of color in the world of surfing, representation has been a long-standing issue. However, a group of passionate and driven young women is determined to change that narrative. Textured Waves propagates the culture and sport of women’s surfing towards women of color and underrepresented demographics. Founded in 2019 by three African American female surfers: Danielle Black Lyons, Chelsea Woody and Martina Duran, their aim is to bring representation, inclusion and community in the world of surfing.
Textured waves just launched a collection in collaboration with Slowtide, which is proud to support their values of integrity, inclusion and advocating diversity in the water. The design was created in collaboration with artist Tierney Moses and illustrates the different shapes and shades women come in. It is inspired by the beauty and power of womanhood in the world of surfing.
The girls came to Mexico for a surf trip at the end of June and I had the privilege to shoot their collection here. With the azure sea as their playground and surfboards as their weapons, the group radiated confidence, determination, and a shared mission to challenge stereotypes. Dressed in vibrant, eye-catching swimwear, the women showcased their surfing skills, reminding us that the ocean doesn’t discriminate. As they rode the waves, it was evident that passion knows no boundaries and that the world of surfing should be an inclusive space for all.
Beyond the picturesque shots, this photoshoot carries a powerful message. It’s a reminder that we need more voices and stories from women of color in the surfing world. It’s an invitation to celebrate diversity and to break down the barriers that have kept these talented surfers in the shadows for far too long.
These inspiring women are not just riding waves; they are breaking them. They are shattering stereotypes and demanding that the world of surfing opens its doors to everyone. This photoshoot is not just about capturing their grace and strength but also about amplifying their voices and paving the way for a more inclusive future in the world of surfing.
I am beyond excited to share these images and their incredible stories, hoping to inspire change in the surfing world and encourage more women of color to join the ocean.