Rell Sunn is quite simply our inspiration for the Sisters of the Sea Surf Classic. If we can share the Aloha Spirit and help others like she did, then we are living a good life.
Sisters of the Sea was founded in July of 1997 when 8 women came together for a memorable surf session at Dolphin Plaza in Jacksonville, FL. We craved to have more women in the water and more all sister surf sessions... the seed was planted and an idea was born. 20 + years later, we have a few hundred members and a solid presence in the water.
In September of 1998, inspired by Rell Sunn and saddened by her passing from breast cancer, we started the Sisters of the Sea Surf Classic. We wanted to use the contest as a way to get more women in the water and to raise money to help women in our community with breast cancer. 20 years later, a few thousand gals of all ages and abilities have surfed in our Surf Classic, making it possible for us to raise just shy of $100,000 to date. We have partnered with Bosom Buddies of Jacksonville to make this happen. In 2001 we became a 501c-3 non-profit and plan on surfing and giving back to the community for many more years to come.