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Women in Adventure Sports: The Salty Sisters Story

This week, as we celebrate women in adventure sports, we’re thrilled to spotlight our incredible female-led partners and the communities they’ve built. This year’s campaign for #IWD2024 is all about #InspireInclusion, and we’re excited to showcase initiatives that are making significant strides in this direction.

Salty Sisters is a pioneering community founded by Gemma Harris that’s making waves in the world of surfing and adventure sports. We were really excited to hear more about the community she has created.

The Essence of Salty Sisters 

Gemma grew up by the sea and has a lifelong passion for the waves. Gemma is the former Welsh, British and European bodyboard champion, and was previously ranked in the top ten in the world. She is also an ISA Level 2 Surf and SUP Coach and is an SLSGB ILS Lifeguard Trainer and Assessor.

Gemma wanted to establish a community where women can feel empowered, confident and thrive in the water.

Salty Sisters is a community for all women interested in surfing, paddle boarding, coasteering, kayaking, confidence-building activities, and little trips away in the beautiful setting of Pembrokeshire, Wales. Since 1999, this amazing community has been flourishing, with women of all backgrounds and experience levels coming together to share in the joy of ocean adventures.

Today, with its team of enthusiastic and skilled coaches including Jenny, Sabrina, Lauren, and Elenor, Salty Sisters isn’t just about surfing. It’s about creating a sisterhood, encouraging empowerment, friendship, and growth. They run weekly post-surf socials as well as regular events which you can check out here. Salty Sisters is dedicated to inclusivity and safety, ensuring that every woman, regardless of her skill level, feels encouraged to join and experience the thrill of the waves. 

“What sets us apart is our unwavering dedication to creating a supportive, inclusive environment for women to join in and experience the world of adventure sports in a super fun safe environment.”

Gemma

“We believe that by providing resources and encouragement, we can help women overcome barriers and reach their full potential in these male-dominated spaces.”  

Gemma

Inspiration and Advice 

Gemma’s inspiration comes from individuals who defy norms and pave the way for others. Gemma’s message to women aspiring to make an impact in the adventure sports industry is clear and empowering: embrace your individuality, build confidence, find a supportive community and take risks. 

“My role models in adventure sports and beyond are individuals who break barriers, challenge stereotypes, and inspire others to pursue their passions fearlessly. Women like Bethany Hamilton, Maya Gabeira, and Serena Williams exemplify strength, resilience, and determination in their respective fields.

To other women looking to make their mark in the adventure sports industry, I would say: Believe in yourself, surround yourself with supportive allies, and never be afraid to take risks or pave your own path. Your unique perspective and contributions are invaluable to this community.”   

Gemma

Catching Your First Waves

To those curious about surfing or any adventure sport, Gemma encourages taking that leap of faith towards a fun and rewarding journey. Success in this industry is possible and within reach for us all. 

“If you’re interested in trying out surfing or any adventure sport, I encourage you to take that first step with courage and curiosity. Embrace the learning process, celebrate your progress, and remember that every wipeout is just a stepping stone to success.”

Gemma

Partnership with adventuro 

Salty Sisters is based at Outer Reef Surf School in Pembrokeshire, one of adventuro’s partners. We love working with the team, and helping our community discover and learn with them.

“Our collaboration with adventuro was a natural fit, as both organisations share a passion for promoting diversity, inclusion, and empowerment in adventure sports. Together, we strive to break down barriers and create opportunities for all individuals to explore their potential in the great outdoors.” 

Gemma

By providing a platform for women to connect, learn, and grow, Salty Sisters is paving the way for a more diverse and welcoming world of adventure sports. Whether you’re a seasoned surfer or a newcomer to watersports, Salty Sisters invites you to join their journey and discover the possibilities that await. 

Salty Sisters is based at Outer Reef Surf School in Pembrokeshire, one of our partners. Check out their courses and lessons HERE.

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Kate
Co-founder and COO

I'm Kate, co-founder and COO of adventuro. Our goal is to assist you in diving into the sports you've always been eager to explore or to make the most of the activities you already love. My role is to partner with top-tier instructors, guides, and activity centres, so that we can offer you the full spectrum of adventure sports, from beginner to pro.

I love adventure sports and connecting with others who do, too. Having worked with hundreds of incredible partner centres, you can quiz me on everything adventure sports related no matter what your entry level. When not scouting out the best places for your next adventure, you'll find me freediving, kayaking, surfing, paddleboarding, mountain biking... oh, and doing a lot of faceplanting!

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