The Sisters of the Sea is a non-profit organization for women surfers in Jacksonville, FL. The group was founded in July of 1997 when 8 women came together for a surf session in Hanna Park. It was a sunny, glassy, waist high day and everyone had a blast. Since then, the group has grown steadily. The Sisters of the Sea is a group of women who love to surf. We encourage and support each other in and out of the water. Many strong friendships have developed as a result of the creation of this organization. The group gathers for a beach clean up once a month and if the waves permit...a surf session afterwards. Land meetings are also held when necessary.
Many of the members of the Sisters of the Sea participate in the Northeast Florida Chapter of the Eastern Surfing Association (ESA), as well as the Jax Surfrider Foundation and the Wave Masters Society. The women surf together on a regular basis, plan camping trips, and travel worldwide. The group is made up of teens, mothers, wives, professionals, grandmothers, and much more. It is a very diverse group that welcomes any Wahine with open arms.
2015: Still Bigger & Better
Sisters of the Sea had another great year with our sponsors and their amazingly generous donations. We had 150 girls and women sign up for our 17th annual surf classic which was again presented by LUV Surf. Despite some pretty bad weather that forced us to finish up on Sunday, we were still able to donate $10,000 to Bosom Buddies!
2014: Biggest Donation Year Ever!
2014 proved to the Sisters of the Sea that the economy is picking up. We had a great year with our sponsors and their amazingly generous donations. We had over 150 girls and women sign up for our 16th annual surf classic which was again presented by Salt Water Cowgirls Surf Camp. We will be able to donate $8,000 to Bosom Buddies!
2013: Raffle Mania
2013 was a GREAT year for Sisters of the Sea! In May, the ladies hosted their first Sisters & Survivors event where the Sisters hosted a beach day and surf lessons for Bosom Buddies and others interested in either organization. The event was a wonderful experience for all involved. In September, the annual surf classic title sponsored by Saltwater Cowgirls Surf Camp went off without a hitch! Over $30,000 of products were donated for the goodie bags, prize bags, and raffle. The raffle alone made over $2,800 and the girls were able to donate $5000 to Bosom Buddies at the Women's Center of Jacksonville.
2012: Sistas Got Their Groove Back
The Sisters of the Sea were getting their groove back this year as 130 contestants competed in the 14th annaul surf classic title sponsored by Vita Coco! The group was able to raise $5000 of which $4750 went to Bosom Buddies for their annual contribution. The other $250 went to EPIC Surf Ministries to help them rebuild their sound system which they so graciously let us borrow every year!
2011: Keep on Keepin' On
2011 was a tough year for fundraising due to the economy. We had 120 contestants in our annual surf classic and were able to donate $2000 to Bosom Buddies at the Women's Center of Jacksonville. Thank you to Chicago Pizza for the awesome after party!
2010: Start of a New Decade
SOS was able to raise $4000 to donate to Bosom Buddies at the Women's Center of Jacksonville this year. One hundred and twenty five ladies of all ages competed in the event which was title sponsored by Sunkist! Thanks to Paco's Mexican Grille for hosting the after party!
2009: Stayin' Alive
Sisters of the Sea were back at the Jax Beach Pier for another great event! We had our second title sponsor in our history thanks to Cheerwine! Because of our title sponsor we were able to raise $5000 to donate to 'Bosom Buddies' for 2009. That is amazing despite the state of the economy! We co-hosted a great end of summer party with First Coast Surfrider after the contest with music by B-Liminal, Simone, and Groovie Dog. Contestants and people from the local surf community had a great time at the event! This year we also hosted a one day surf clinic for a local Girl Scout troop so they could get their Surf Badge. The Girl Scouts and the volunteers had a wonderful time! Special thanks to Monica Ruggiero of the American Red Cross Volunteer Life Saving Corps for donating her time to be our lifeguard and to talk to the girls about what she does!
2008: We Will Survive
2008 was a challenging year for the nation, but Sisters of the Sea plugged along. We held our Annual Surf Classic at the Jacksonville Beach Pier for the first time ever. We also tried out PRO Shortboard and Longboard divisions in our contest. We had the best waves we've ever had at our event due to Tropical Storm Hanna passing over us the night before. Overall the we were able to raise $3000 to donate to 'Bosom Buddies'.
2007: On We Go
2007 saw a decline in the number of contestants, but we still put on a great event! Our 9th Annual Surf Classic rasied $3000 to donate to 'Bosom Buddies'.
2006: Sisters Helping Sisters
In May of 2006, Melissa Humber, a local Jax Beach Surfer and member of Sisters of the Sea, was in a horrible motorcycle accident. The Sisters of the Sea planned a number of events around the 8th Annual Sisters of the Sea Surf Classic to benefit her and were able to help raise thousands of dollars for Melissa throughout the year. For the first time ever, we had a title sponsor thanks to Pretty Sic! We were able to raise $5000 to donate to 'Bosom Buddies' at the Women's Center of Jacksonville.
2005: Another Great Year
The Sisters of the Sea raised over $5000 in the 7th Annual Surf Classic. They donated $2500 to the Salvation Army Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund and $3000 to 'Bosom Buddies' at the Women's Center of Jacksonville.
2004: Keepin' up the Good Work
For the first time ever, the Annual Sisters of the Sea Contest was postponed due to not one but two hurricanes. The event actually took place the following weekend on September 11. Of our 150 paid contestants, almost everyone showed up despite the craziness going on around the state. We were able to raise $6000 to donate to the Bosom Buddies at the Women's Center of Jacksonville. Once again in October, Serena Brooke came out for the 3rd Annual East Coast Serena Brooke Day. The event was held at the south side of the new Jax Beach Pier and was great! The party afterwards at Twisted Sisters was even better with awesome board raffles, great live music, and tons of fun!
2003: Above & Beyond
On Saturday, April 5, 2003, the Sisters of the Sea accepted the first 'Helping Hands Award' from Bosom Buddies at the Women's Center of Jacksonville. This award was given to the group because of our hard work in raising funds for Bosom Buddies! The 5th Annual Sisters of the Sea Contest was off the charts. For some reason our '130 max' for the contest was overlooked and we managed to have 200 girls into our event...and unfortunately still had to turn some away. We were forced to put three heats at a time in the water for the first 3 hours of the day. The volunteers were great and everyone had a great time. We were able to raise $6000 to donate to the Bosom Buddies at the Women's Center of Jacksonville. In October, Serena came for another visit for the 2nd Annual East Coast Serena Brooke Day. The event was a blast and included Indo Board demos and more. Frieda Zamba even came out to lend a hand in the surf camp!
2002: Bigger & Better
In January, a few of the Sisters went to the Surf Expo to visit with regular sponsors and to try to meet new ones. The weekend was great fun and proved to be quite lucrative in that we added more great sponsors to our contest. Despite the horrible weather conditions that we had for our 4th Annual Sisters of the Sea Surf Classic, we were still able to raise $5000 for Bosom Buddies at the Women's Center of Jacksonville. We officially presented the check at a luncheon on Monday, October 21 held at their Arlington Office. SOS was chosen to host the 1st ever East Coast Serena Brooke Day. This contest is a surf camp and contest that are held simultaneously. Pro-surfer Serena Brooke came to the event to help out and show support.
2001: On the Rise
In February of this year, the Sisters of the Sea became incorporated and in October received their non-profit status from the IRS. A big thanks goes to the sisters who made all of that possible! The 3rd Annual SOS Surf Classic was a huge success in that $4000 was raised for 'Bosom Buddies' at the Women's Center of Jacksonville. A luncheon was held in October to present the check to 'Bosom Buddies'. The luncheon allowed the sisters to meet some of the women and families that are helped by our donation as well as allowing the women and families to thank the sisters in person for their support. This luncheon was the first of many events that the two groups will plan in the future!
2000: Movin' and Groovin'
The millennium is the time for growth and change. The Sisters of the Sea are ready and willing to step up to the plate. In March, the group took part in the 'Women in Sports Day' at the Museum of Science and History in downtown Jacksonville. For this event, they showed a video from Typhoon Lagoon in 1997 and our first contest in 1999. They had an information and photo board to view, as well as, surfing equipment for passers-by to inspect. Once again on Labor Day weekend, the Sisters of the Sea held the 2nd Annual Surf Classic at Access 8 in good ole Hanna Park. There were approximately 130 women competing in this contest in multiple events. The group managed to raise over $3000 for "Bosom Buddies" at the Women's Center of Jacksonville. Due to the overwhelming positive response that came from this contest, it looks as thought the Sisters of the Sea Surf Classic has become a Labor Day Weekend tradition.
1999: First All Girl Contest in Jax
On the Saturday of Labor Day weekend, the Sisters of the Sea held their 1st Annual Surf Classic at Dolphin Plaza in Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park. There were close to 100 women surfers of all ages and skill levels present to compete. The contest raised over $2000 for the Susan G. Komen "Race for the Cure" for Breast Cancer Research. The success of the first contest motivated the women to consider putting on another the following year.
1997 - 1998: In the Beginning
The Sisters of the Sea have done many fun things since their inception in 1997. The club was the first all female group to surf Typhoon Lagoon in Orlando, Florida. They also competed in the 1st Annual East Coast Wahine Championships, which took place in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.