The Surf Sister Blog
When the chairman from Surf world asked me to MC the Woman of the Waves event I didn't hesitate to say ok. My vision of an MC was a sweaty man in a business suit walking around on stage, trying to entertain a bored audience. “Master of Ceremonies” is what the abbreviation stands for. On this occasion The Woman of the Waves event at Surf World was a Celebration and I was Me.
As I walked up the stairwell plastic petals scattered all over the floor were the first thing I noticed. There’s never a lack of ambience at Surf World. The night saw the place decked with flower necklaces; volunteers wore the trade mark Hawaiian shirts.
Before proceedings began, guests caught up and conversed with one another. I was interacting with musician Leetoia Williams but was distracted by a man with a mullet, sitting in the corner on a plastic chair, chewing gum and staring at nothing.
I was eager to know about him.
Andy. He grows lavender and shared some advice how to do so.
The evening soon commenced I was lucky to meet and introduce some woman who have influenced me in more ways than one.
Jessi Miley-Dyer I used to glare at and read about in my Curl mags. She is now manager of the ASP world womens tour. Narani Henson started the first online woman surf mag in Oz (with her hubby Kurt) www.surfsister.com.au she's also a talented artist.
Deb Morris shoots micro waves through the viewfinder. 3-20cm waves are of good height to capture images that look like magic.
Wendy Botha-Todd told stories of her days beginning surfing at J-Bay, life on the world tour and winning world titles.
It was a good night. The stem of lavender Andy gave me is under my pillow. I’m a lucky MC.
Words by Cassandra Nevin
Cassandra Nevin in the Gold Coast
Cassandra takes others on journeys discovering new places, cultures, surf, people, food, local music, festivals, and art.
Having grown up in the small coastal area of the Coromandel Peninsula NZ, community has always been a key factor in her life. Cass strives on keeping that spirit alive.
Now based on the Gold Coast, Cassandra has been incorporating her passions and sharing her experiences by producing and presenting videos, writing, photography and getting involved with local events.