Words and Photos by Olivia Schroeder
Words by Hollis Baley. Photo by Jarett Juarez
I was working on the south coast that summer. I had been going to school in Newport the previous semester and that’s where I met Gabriel. He was the barista at the coffee shop where I went to bury my nose in books. I love that coffee shop, and I love Gabe. If it weren’t for the discovery of the two, I might not have found surfing.
By Hollis Baley
Why do I need minerals?
You might remember the Periodic Table from your high school chemistry class. You know, the one with all the coded acronyms like ‘Mg’, ‘Na’, ‘Cu’, and ‘Fe’, oh my! I didn’t care much for it at the time but I now realize that this ‘magic table’ with all those acronyms actually represents a vital component to our existence!
I love surfing in Oregon. I love my black wetsuit that makes me feel like a super hero. I love the rush of cold water to my face as I plunge into my first duck dive of a session. I love shifty beach breaks; where no one knows for sure where the peak will be. I love surfing with all my boys. I love those rarer days when I get to surf with my girls.
Cold Water Girls was created to give an under appreciated and often overlooked population of Oregon surfers a voice and creative outlet. Surfing the harsh elements of the northwest is hard enough for hardy testosterone filled males, but for the fairer sex it can be extra challenging. Dealing with our thick wetsuits, shifty beach breaks, and cold climate creates challenges that takes years to master. CWG is a collective of Oregon female surfers who meet these challenges daily with grace and their own unique style.