Nature of Surf Women

Interactive Coffee Table Book & Photography Prints

  • Nosara sits on Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula, one of the world’s five Blue Zones—regions where people tend to live much longer than average. This place has powerful female energy, rooted in the legend of the indigenous princess for whom the village is named, and the community of women surfers is one of the most diverse and inspiring in the world. The beaches and the secret spots within the jungle are the setting for the photography project Nature of Surf Women, a collaboration between producer Ivana Bajic and photographer Gabriela Téllez. As co-authors, Ivana and Gabi combine their talents to tell a powerful story about the unique and timeless relationship between women and water.

    Their work captures the spirit of women surfers of all ages, ethnicities, body types, and skill levels. These surf women are beginners who just got the surf bug and salty ladies who have been marinating in the ocean for decades. They are not just dewy young teens, but also mothers and grandmothers whose laugh lines, scars, and silver tresses are a window into lives well-lived.  

  • Using her experience as a multimedia producer, Ivana decided to experiment with a wide variety of media and technology to create dynamic and personal relationships between surfers and readers. Her vision shaped Nature of Surf Women into a one-of-a-kind coffee table book that includes photographs, sounds of nature, and real-life stories of women surfers. The result is an immersive experience that will inspire you to grab a board or dive into other adventures you have always dreamed about.

    Nature of Surf women challenges the mainstream representation of female surfers by centering, rather than hiding, life’s imprints on the body. It brings a rare and powerful focus to the ways in which all female bodies exist in continual symbiosis with nature. And above all, it reveals the Nature of Surf Women: Athleticism, courage, camaraderie, and the peace and freedom of riding the waves.