On August 17th, Santa Barbara’s only women’s surf school will hold its first Annual Block Party, hosted by AVA Santa Barbara and Pali Wine Co. The event will serve as a launching point for iSurf’s Watergirl Fund, a scholarship program that will provide needs-based scholarships for surf instruction, introducing the wonders of surfing to girls who may not otherwise have access to the sport.
iSurf’s mission is to break down the barriers that prevent women from surfing, be they physical, emotional or financial. Learning to surf is hugely empowering for all of the girls and women who go through the program as it builds confidence, community and camaraderie.
“Everyone has their own unique way of surfing,” said Gabi Turnbull, age 9 and an alumni of the iSurf After School Program. “At iSurf, you’re encouraged to develop your own style and explore your interests. My life IS surfing now, that’s how much I love it.”
The Sunday Block Party will generate start up funds for Watergirl. The event will include a silent auction, raffle, music, food and wine and has a goal of raising $15,000 to provide needs-based scholarships for up to 30 girls. iSurf’s partners include local businesses Lole Atelier, SeaVees, Horny Toad, AVA Santa Barbara, Pali Wines, the Canary Hotel and many more (for a complete list please see the Watergirl Fund webpage).
“We are completely humbled by the support of the community to make this event a major success,” said iSurf owner Alelia Parenteau. “It’s amazing to see how many people think this cause is important and see the value of this program to the young girls in our community.”
Tickets can be purchased in advanced online for $30 or at the door for $40. Ticket fee includes food and drink tickets, with all proceeds going to the Watergirl Fund. The event takes place at Anacapa Vintners Association & Pali Wine Co: 116 E. Yanonali St. Santa Barbara, CA on Sunday, August 17th from 5-9pm.
ABOUT iSURF SCHOOL
iSurf School is the Central Coast’s only surf school dedicated to empowering women of all ages through the sport of surfing. Though a young school, they are making great strides in providing access to surf lessons to anyone who is interested, regardless of their financial situation. By providing the most affordable summer camp in town, unbeatable annual membership pricing and super affordable after school program, iSurf is making sure that anyone who wants to get in the water and surf, can.