Girls Can’t Surf

Girls Can’t Surf

Feature Documentary


It’s the 1980s and the world of professional surfing is a circus of fluoro colours, peroxide hair and radical male egos. GIRLS CAN’T SURF follows the journey of a band of renegade surfers who took on the male-dominated professional surfing world to achieve equality and change the sport forever. Featuring surfing greats Jodie Cooper, Frieda Zamba, Pauline Menczer, Lisa Andersen, Pam Burridge, Wendy Botha, Layne Beachley and more, GIRLS CAN’T SURF is a wild ride of clashing personalities, sexism, adventure and heartbreak, with each woman fighting against the odds to make their dreams of competing a reality.

Festivals & Awards

Tribeca Film Festival, Official Selection
AACTA Award Nominee, Best Feature Documentary

Where to Watch

Google Play


Christopher Nelius


Julie-Anne De Ruvo, Christopher Nelius


Michaela Perske, Christopher Nelius

Executive Producers

Rob Galluzzo, Michael Hilliard, Paul Wiegard

Associate Producer

Camilla Mazzaferro

Development Producer

Luke Mazzaferro


Anna Howard ACS


Julie-Anne De Ruvo


Haydn Walker

Press –
‘Girls Can’t Surf’ Wins Critical Acclaim
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‘The Washington Post’ Examines After ‘Girls Can’t Surf’
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‘Girls Can’t Surf’
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