“We have to be able to show younger generations that there is a space for you to fit”
Episode 10 of The Drop In Sessions presented by Mermaid Gin, caps off an incredible series showcasing makers and mavericks within women’s surfing. With the podcasts stockpiling inspirational icons such as Keala Kennelly, Lucy Campbell, Kassia Meador, Holly Beck and Steph Gilmore to name just a few, tales of overcoming adversity, breaking down barriers, finding solace in the ocean and looking towards future aspirations, are all encompassed within these ten extraordinary episodes.
To round off the incredible series, podcast host, Sophie Everard, talks to Imani Wilmot, an incredible woman who has sparked a new wave of change and energy in surfing. Imani started surfing at 8 years old in Jamaica, and along with her inspiring family, started the Jamnesia Surf Club, the heart and soul of surfing in Jamaica.
Competing for nearly 20 years for Jamaica, Imani was stimulated to create a programme for local girls after an increasing desire to see more girls in her community in the water benefiting from the physical and mental magic of surfing. This was captured in award winning documentary, Surf Girls Jamaica, which equally portrayed the often tough reality for many Jamaican girls and women, where sexism and abuse can be rife. Surfing has been a true glue in her community and Imani is a constant force and source of encouragement and care, inspiring Afro-Caribbean women worldwide.
In this epic episode, Sophie dials in with Imani at home in Jamaica to discuss surfing’s inception in Jamaica, the impact and lasting effects of her film, the increase in diversity in the sport and the changes that Imani hopes to see as we move forward with the next generation.
Kick back, relax and prep yourself for the final episode of the Drop In Sessions.
Listen to all nine episodes of The Drop in Sessions presented by Mermaid Gin here.