by Becky Mendoza June 29, 2018


The good news keeps coming! Our film “Sisterhood by the Sea” directed by Leah Dawson, has officially been selected for and will have its world premiere at the 11th annual Honolulu Surf Film Festival on Oahu.

The Honolulu Surf Film Festival will air from July 10 to 18 at the Doris Duke Theatre in Honolulu. “Sisterhood by the Sea” will air in the Her Waves group which features 3 other films including “Like Water” directed by Chris McClean, “Inspire” directed by Megane Murgia, and “Surfing to Cope” directed by Katie Walsh and starring professional surfer Brianna Cope. The Her Waves showtimes are July 10, 2018 at 7:30 pm, which will be presented by Changing Tides Foundation’s co-founder, Jianca Lazarus, then again on Satuday July 14 at 1pm and finally on Wednesday July 18 at 7:30 pm. Tickets can be purchased here.


“Sisterhood by the Sea” is the story of a group of underprivileged teenage girls in the Afro-Caribbean community of Old Bank on the Basimentos island of the Bocas Del Toro archipelago in Panama, who were introduced to the gifts that the ocean offers through the Women’s Outreach Mentorship Program (WOMP). WOMP is funded by Changing Tides Foundation and administered with local non-profit, Give and Surf. The film documents the Changing Tides Foundation’s trip to meet with the girls and participate in the WOMP program and share their stoke for the ocean. Together with the program’s leaders, Zuli and Jaz, we spent 5 unforgettable days with the WOMP girls.

It is a short documentary worth watching, and we will continue to support this community by providing more surfing and art classes to them, please donate here to help us continue the WOMP Bocas program.

Becky Mendoza
Becky Mendoza