In the eighties and early nineties women comprised about five to eight percent of surfers. Today that has risen to around fifteen to twenty percent.They have become increasingly aggressive in the sport surfing right along side the men.
Jamaica would seem like an unlikely place for surfing to develop, but it has an eight month uninterrupted surfing season, centered around the Boston Bay area.
Imani Wilmot, daughter of Jamaican surfing pioneer Billy Wilmot has been competing for many years, winning many titles.
Her performance as a woman surfer comes as no surprise. Polynesian woman surfers have been captured in images since as early as 1819. The Hawaiians sing chants that tell the stories of female surfers surfing right along side the men from the time surfing was born in Hawaii.
The Beckford sizers started surfing in 2001 at the Jamnesia surf club in Bull Bay, St Andrew Jamaica.
Luckily attitudes have changed in the water and both men and women conquer the waves.