Surf Girls Jamaica focuses on Imani Wilmot, an inspirational Jamaican surfer who uses the sport as a means of transforming the tough lives of the women around her, in Kingston and surrounding areas.
Imani’s father and family are the driving force in the history of surf culture on the island and she was as one of the first Jamaican women to set foot on a surfboard. Where her family were supportive and encouraging, many women in the vicinity of where she lives have little opportunity and often grow up in harsh circumstances. Imani has harnessed the power of surfing to empower these women and help them improve their lives. She runs regular training camps, bringing women together to teach them the mindful art of riding waves. This develops self-motivation, a sense of community
and a respect for the environment. Surfing provides an escape from the streets and an alternative path from a life surrounded by violence and crime, opening up windows of economic opportunity.
"We fight alongside many women in the surf industry for the right to see a brighter more inclusive future. "
The film captures the landmark of the first all-female surf competition in Jamaica. Imani is a role model, working with international organisation, Black Girls Surf, to inspire women of colour all over the world to see a place for themselves within the global surf industry. Her goal is to inspire the next generation of female Afro-Caribbean surfers, and to continue as the driving force of this vital movement..
Produced and directed by Joya Berrow and Lucy Jane for Little Dots Studios.