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Surf like a Girl: a brief history


In 2013 Alelia Parenteau founded iSurf as a safe and encouraging space for women to learn to surf. She noticed a lack of female presence in the surf lineup and wanted to see more girls and women challenge themselves beyond their limits and experience all that the sport and the ocean have to offer. After a year of getting more women surfing, Alelia felt like the school needed to offer more to the community, so she and her team set out to put together a community surf program that would get underserved girls who didn't have access to the sport into the water.


For the first two years this program was called the Watergirl Fund and funds were raised and the program was implemented by iSurf. The community response was amazing and the program grew exponentially, offering over 300 surf lessons in its first year alone. Inspired by this growth, iSurf decided it was time to realize the program's full potential and founded Surf Like a Girl, its own non-profit foundation aimed at empowering girls through surfing and providing ocean-inspired mentorship to at risk girls.


We at Surf Like a Girl  like to dream big and we'll hope you'll join us as we aim to offer this life changing opportunity to any girl who wants it. Together we will change these girls' lives - one wave at a time!

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