One Winter Story – Female Surfers
I am fascinated by surfing (on my bucket list) and watching surfing documentaries is one of my all time favorite things. So I was pleasantly surprised to find quite a few surfing documentaries on Kanopy. One Winter Story appealed to me because it was about female surfers, which is not always a reoccurring theme in surfing documentaries. This documentary follows the life of big wave surfer, Sarah Gerhardt, from her earliest waves in California and Hawaii, to being the first female to surf Mavericks, the big wave in Northern California. It chronicles not only her surfing life, but also her personal life of taking care of her mother, finding love, and becoming a mother. I especially loved this documentary for its artsy, home movie camera, slide show frames, its beautiful views of the ocean, its melancholy feel, and subtle tones and colors. A documentary for all surf lovers and anyone interested in the stories of smart powerful women, because not only is Sarah Gerhardt an accomplished surfer she is also a scientist with a PHD.