Irishwoman Easkey Britton has made waves, surfing in Iran.
When she climbed onto a surfboard on a beach in Iran, the whole of the local village turned out to watch and I’m sure they were impressed. Easkey is the five time Irish surf champion and is a natural in the water.
“They were just so friendly and so curious – they hadn’t seen surfing before,” she said.
You can see Easkey and her journey in a new documentary about being the first woman to surf in the Islamic country.
Initially, she and filmmaker Marion Poizeau were unsure of their reception in the country.
As they got on with their surfing in the sea close to Chabahar, southern Iran, last September, a police car pulled up and they became more concerned.
But there was no need.
“The police were just checking we were okay. They were worried about the rocks on the beach and whether we knew about them.”
Easkey – named after a famous surf break off the west coast of Ireland – is passionate about the ocean.
“I have been fortunate, I was born into surfing. There is no other experience like it for me,” she explained.
Easkey travelled to southern Iran last September.
“We headed off to this Islamic Republic as two women looking for waves,” she said.
It seemed a little bizarre and they had a few preconceptions that were quickly squashed.
“The moment we landed, people were incredibly welcoming and Iran has an amazing heritage. Yes, as women we had to have our heads covered and it was incredibly hot.”
The other issue was one of respect for the local culture and rules.
“I bought a lycra hijab which had not been designed for the surf. But it covered me,” explained Easkey.
“The water was so hot … but it was certainly no place for bikinis and board surfing.”
Now Easkey wants to bring her love of surfing across the world, to cultures where women do not normally get the opportunity to enjoy the sport
We think this is an awesome achievement and applaud Easkey in her goal to give more women a chance to experience the joy of surfing. We look forward to hearing more about her travels.
If you have surfed in any unusual places we’d love to hear about them! Send us your stories and pictures. 🙂