Ride Like A Girl Event Date Announced
“You can, you should, and if you’re brave, enough to start, you will” is one of the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre’s mottos. An attitude which also applies to tough, action sports like kite surfing, standup paddling and wakeboarding, which is why WATERMAN Surf Company, in association with the Rock International Open, has put together an event just for females, to show women of all ages and fitness levels that they have no idea how strong and capable they are.
Ride Like a Girl aims to give participants a taste of watersports—which may seem inaccessible to some for either financial or fitness reasons—and bring together a new community of women who want to have a good time at the beach, enjoy the outdoors and motivate each other. The event is scheduled for Sunday, December 14th at Barkers National Park and Public Beach. In addition to an array of watersports (kitesurfing, standup paddling, and wakesurfing) the event will also offer yoga, beach games and a closing BBQ at Calico Jacks.
Registration is just $60 and includes an event t-shirt as well as a donation to the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre.
Through Ride Like a Girl, WATERMAN Cayman Surf Company team riders and event hosts Maya Lewis, Amy Strzalko and Kiristen Cousins hope to share their passion for their chosen sports whilst raising funds and awareness for a good cause.
“When I started kite surfing, I was in the minority as a female. Most of the people I was out on the water with were guys,” said Lewis. “Since then, more and more girls have joined me, but there’s still a common misconception out there that you have to be super strong, and that’s just not true. Girls are quite often faster than boys at learning!”
“I love seeing other girls getting stoked on kitesurfing,” said Strazlko.“When I started kite surfing, I dreamt about being sponsored, and just over four years later, I’m living my dream. I want to inspire other women to go after their dreams and not be scared of trying something new.”
Ride Like a Girl has already received a tremendous response with over 20 women signed up. Both local companies and international brands have jumped at the opportunity to sponsor and partner with this groundbreaking event. Sponsorship packages are still available and all funds raised will be donated to the Crisis Centre.
“We’re really proud to be supporting such an amazing charity, which helps so many women in Cayman,” says Waterman Cayman Surf Company Sales and Marketing Manager Kiristen Cousins, who appeared on the cover of SUP Mag’s Summer 2014 issue. “Trying action sports is just one way we can help to empower women and help them realize that we are equals to men.”