By Dielle DSouza and Swaati Langeh for BigRush
It was a twist in the fabric, a change in the norm. In support of gender equality on Sri Lanka’s waves, Tiffany Carothers convinced an entire village of young girls to hit the beach at Arugam Bay. The American, who works with Surfing The Nations, has been working in Sri Lanka with her family for five years, building up trust with the locals.The attempt defied both the common gender-constricting role of Sri Lankan women as house-bound as well as the global stereotypical image of a bikini-clad surfer which does not sit well locally as a symbol of empowerment.
The Sri Lanka Girls Make Waves event also fought against the scars left by a 16-year national civil war as well as the aftermath of the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami that nearly wiped it out. For many of the 15-20 girls who continue to show up in the follow up to the event, it was the first time some were even venturing into the sea and learning how to swim.
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