The Other Project: Interview With Margaret Seelie, Surfeminism
It is difficult to explain what the OTHER project is without sharing where it began and the journey it’s traveled. In 2013 I was at a surf conference at UC Santa Cruz and Julie Cox was on a panel of surfers who were talking about surf media. Julie was the only woman on the panel so when I asked about women in surf media everyone turned to her. Julie said that addressing issues with women in surf media is important, but what about gay surfers, surfers of color, and the other groups who are excluded? Her response transformed me and how I think about diversity and inclusion. Here I was thinking I was all sweet for standing up for women’s rights and I realized I was ignoring and abandoning so many others…hence the name.
The Other Side of Surfing, April 2015. Left to right: Julie Cox, Margaret Seelie, Ashley Lloyd Thompson, Bianca Valenti, Tiffany Campbell.
The Other Side of Skating, December 2015. Seelie with pro skater, Vanessa Torres. Photo courtesy of Nam-Chi Van.
Interview, Lady Days
I’m really passionate about diversity in surfing and not just women surfing. I do care a lot about women surfing and I’m really very in love with and greatly admire groups like Brown Girl Surf who create access for women and girls of color, and Lady Days who tell stories about women, because that’s so important. And Dayla Soul who made It Ain’t Pretty, a film about women who charge Ocean Beach. Dayla has been an ongoing champion of the OTHER and really taken me under her wing. But The OTHER Project is focusing on everyone. Its about complete inclusion of anyone who may feel or be excluded. In general, that’s the movement, and I’m stoked to be a part of that.