Pear Shaped a film by Lauren L Hill
Eco Feminist, writer, and surfer Lauren L. Hill is a woman whom with her athleticism, activism and storytelling- continues to push the boundaries of our male dominated surfing culture. She is a powerhouse of stoke who questions almost everything. Unsatisfied with the superficial surface layers or 'normalcy' Lauren excavates women's issues with patience and playfulness. Through her processes she creates a dialogue about some of surfing's less talked about humanitarian concerns, whereby encouraging others take a closer look at the shiny veneers of our glossy surfing culture.
Her latest film Pear Shaped makes light of some feminine hurdles we traverse as women and girsl who surf. I had the delight of participating in the film, and witnessed first hand the incredible 'shower scene'. Lauren has a talent for comedy, and brings to life a short yet meaningful tale of uproarious mishaps that women who surf take in stride.
To learn more about Lauren's Pear Shaped, do read her new interview with Beau Flemister on Surfline. The article if full of insights into her personal perspective of how diversification can help our surfing culture, Lauren's creative process and why she is passionate about creating a more balanced world for both women and men.
Thank you Lauren for continuing to ask questions with your fierce gentleness and grace. You are a true bastion of hope for a kinder way and wonderful human being. For those of you new to Lauren's life do check out her blog The Sea Kin, you can find her on Facebook and Instagram as @theseakin
I leave you with this quote from Lauren's interview on Surfline, when asked to share a bit more on her motives for making Pear Shaped, she replied
"...Surf culture is still pretty much a sword fight, so most everything we ‘understand’ about surfing as a culture has been written, photographed or judged from and for a masculine perspective...It’s just not balanced, or as inclusive as it could be. As nature shows us time and again, there’s greater strength, richness and health in diversity. When you don’t see yourself, or your experience of surfing, represented authentically in your media, it’s easy to feel really disconnected from the culture, like an outsider. Or, for example, it can make having a hairy, asymmetrical body feel like a freakish anomaly instead of absolute normality...." - Lauren L. Hill