Lucia Griggi / Alana Blanchard

This is a perfect example of how we would all benefit from seeing women in action sports represented; with full focus on athletic ability instead of looks, in motion, in action.

Lucia Griggi, UK/USA

“My love for photography was inspired by my passion for travel and finding waves around the world. I learned to surf in England and the search for perfect waves took me to corners of the earth I would never have found if I wasn't surf crazed. I lived to have two feet in the sand and my toes in the water, I was always on a beach or swimming in the ocean somewhere. I spent my seasons on the north beach of Oahu, documenting surfing by land and sea- either shooting from the beach with a big telephoto lens, or swimming out at pipelines to tell the stories of athletes like Kelly Slater, Lisa Anderson and all the other great North Shore specialists. Book assignments took me to California where I took portraits of skate legends Tony Alva, Jay Adams, Tony Hawk and dozens of others. The book projects took me as far north as Seattle, and as far down as the tip of Baja, and I am now based part of the year in California – surrounded by the surfing and skateboarding lifestyle.
Being on the road shooting surfing led me to a fork, where I began doing work for the mainstream media. Magazines such as National Geographic and companies like Jeep now look to me for images and moments which have the look and feel of the adventurous lifestyle. I work on commercial assignments with a team of people all dedicated to providing clients with the highest quality images. For the past decade I have been traveling from England to California to Hawaii and around the world to document the adventure lifestyle and inspire others to find their own path.”

Alana Blanchard, US

Alana Rene Blanchard is an American professional surfer also known for her career as a bikini model and involvement in designing Rip Curl bikinis. Alana has surfed the ASP World Tour for many years, and is considered action sports medias own sweatheart, much due to the fact that she embodies many of the female stereotypes around surfing. Even though she doesn’t come near the other female professionals results, she still tops the list of number of fans in social media, which gives her a very important responsibility as she is seen by many as a voice for females in surfing. However, many has doubted her knowledge and awareness of the connection between negative stereotypes, sexism, lack of obtainable and diverse role models, and the slim growth of the female scene.