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Women in the Surf (1986)

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Interviews with the first woman surfer Isabel Letham, who tells how she first got on a surfboard in 1914, and Graham Cassidy, then president of the Australian Professional Surfing Association.

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This sequence sets the scene for the film through two key interviews inter-cut with great shots of women surfing the waves. Isabel Letham describes how unheard of women surfers were at the turn of the twentieth century and Graham Cassidy describes the sexist attitudes that prevailed toward women surfing during the 1960s and ‘70s and how they were only beginning to change in the 1980s.

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