Surfing in the Bay Area is not the sunny, bikini-babe lifestyle that is portrayed in the media. It is cold, foggy, heavy and a natural habitat for great white sharks. On any given day a female surfer headed out to surf Ocean Beach will usually find that she is the only woman in sight.
IT AIN'T PRETTY is a film about the women who surf San Francisco's Ocean Beach as well as a movement that has women forging new tides in women's big wave surfing. Over the course of 3 years documentary filmmakers followed the stories of Bay Area women surfers, exploring what drives their passion to paddle out.
Featuring Ocean Beach surfer Bianca Valenti’s journey from childhood prodigy to world-class big wave charger, this lighthearted yet serious film takes you inside a growing movement of women that are shattering the shallow and sexualized images of female surfers in the media. Including interviews with top female athletes and awe-inspiring big wave surf footage filmed in the icy waters of Mavericks - one of the biggest waves on the planet - this film empowers a new generation of girls to live their dreams and overcome the challenges they face along the way.