The Women’s Adventure Film Tour is a celebration of the inspiring women around us who are doing extraordinary things in the name of adventure. Every year, our selection of unique films is carefully chosen to show awesome women achieving their personally adventurous goals.
Being adventurous doesn't always have to mean being the fastest, going the highest, or doing the most extreme things. Adventure for most of us is stepping outside our comfort zone and climbing our own personal Everest. The films showcase real stories about women from a variety of cultures and sports around the world.
Below Surface follows longboard surfer Lucy Small as she grasps the baton from the renegades who fought for equal opportunity in the world of surfing decades before her.
After winning a surf competition in Sydney’s Northern Beaches in 2021, and receiving a prize of less than half the male division’s award, Lucy courageously called out the event organisers on stage for their blatant misogyny. The incident went viral and catapulted Lucy into a world of accidental fame.
As she found her feet amidst this media maelstrom of newfound attention, Lucy came to a crucial realisation - if she’s taking the podium, she better have something worthwhile to say.
But can she say it loud enough in order to make a difference? Director: Chloe Keeley
A short documentary about women's experiences in the snow sports industry. This film is a starting point.
It's where we begin the conversation. It's not all that needs to be done so we'll keep asking questions, learning, and making change. We're committed to equitable gender representation in all our marketing media, and we're starting with our women.
Take a watch and let us know what you think! We're All In, are you?
Director: Danny Warley
Rock climber Beth Rodden is one of the most prolific athletes in climbing history, with multiple free ascents of El Capitan and first ascents of cutting edge lines to her name.
‘This is Beth’ takes an intimate look beneath the forward facing success of her career, diving into Beth’s grapple with body image and cruel self-talk, and celebrating how she transformed this dynamic to rediscover the love of her sport and herself.
Director: Jen Randall
Mardi has a rich relationship with nature that has evolved and deepened throughout her life. In the last 20 years she’s dedicated much of her time to exploring the landscape in the White Mountains (unfortunately coined “The Whites” by New Englanders) on Abenaki land. In that time Mardi summited all forty-eight 4,000 footers multiple times, often as the only Black person on the mountain.
She has experienced great joy from communing with this landscape, but the overwhelmingly white hiking community that is so seeped in white supremacy and colonialism complicates her experiences. Recently, she has focused on creating more opportunities for Black folks to join her in appreciating this magnificent wilderness.
Enjoying this land with her community has been a liberating balm that has strengthened her sense of identity as an outdoorswoman.“Mardi & the whites” is a peek into Mardi’s relationship with the White Mountains, the great outdoors, and the community that surrounds them; Above all, it’s a celebration of Black liberation in the wild.
Director: Paula Champagne
Liz Sampey is an international biking phenom, having made it into the record books as the fastest woman to ever complete the Arizona Trail Race. At 750 miles, Liz rode from Arizona to Utah in just over 9 days and 11 hours.This short film features a retrospective of rider Liz Sampey’s AZT750 record-breaking journey.
Liz pulls back the curtain and reflects on the race, what got her there and where she is now. For Liz, the outdoors are her solace, a place to find balance in life, to push and rejuvenate herself.
Liz uses her firsthand experience to help others as a physical therapist and endurance coach.
Director: James Q Martin
Sheri Tingey’s 60 year career as a woman who has defined the odds by starting a company at age 50 that has revolutionized the outdoor industry.
The film is a story about the hurdles she overcame to launch the company, about the ways she hid from view so that people would judge the boats, not her role in creating them. It’s the story of her son, Thor Tingey, who has built the company alongside his mother, but has only recently begun to fully grasp what she has created not just for him, but for adventurers who’ve used the boats to access remote and wild rivers around the world.
The story of Sheri Tingey is also an evergreen and widely universal story about missed opportunities—not by Sheri, or other women—but by outdoor adventurists and the industry as a whole - when we only listen to ideas, celebrate advances, and invite innovations from a select few. At this watershed moment of reckoning around equity and inclusion for the industry, for the lifestyle, Sheri’s life story will both warm audiences, and ask them to grapple with important questions about who belongs.
Director: James Q Martin
In February 2023, Los Angeles local and distance hiker, Halle Homel, set out to complete a thru hike of California’s Backbone Trail:
A 70-mile long distance trail that spans the length of the Santa Monica Mountains. She wanted to hike this trail with one goal in mind—to bring awareness to the effects of irresponsible recreation in the mountains she grew up in. With hundreds of miles under her boots across some of our most iconic landscapes and her background as an outdoor educator, she set out to climb steep mountains, descend deep canyons, and navigate the rough terrain of the Santa Monica Mountains to teach about how we can treat our wild spaces better. Because any great movement starts with what we know and love, and for her, that will always be the mountains that raised her.
Director: Roger Ramires
Producer: RR Photography
Watch trailer here