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Tahoe film premiere: ‘It Ain’t Pretty, The Women’s Big Wave Movement’

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“It Ain’t Pretty” is about the women who surf San Francisco’s Ocean Beach.

OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. — Join the Squaw Valley Institute this Friday for the Lake Tahoe premiere of the film "It Ain't Pretty, The Women's Big Wave Movement."

Hosted by several of the women surfers featured in the film, including Bianca Valenti, Rebecca Wonderlich and Monique Kitamura, "It Ain't Pretty" is about the women who surf San Francisco's Ocean Beach and the movement that has women forging new tides in women's big wave surfing.

Paddling out into the unforgiving waters of San Francisco's Ocean Beach is not for everyone or for every woman. Surfing here is nothing like the sunny, bikini-clad, beach lifestyle portrayed in magazines. It is cold, foggy and a natural habitat for great white sharks. This film, shot over three years, shows how these factors affect each woman.

Kathleen Egan, producer of "It Ain't Pretty," will present the film on Friday, Nov. 18. Egan's goal when creating the film was to document what drives these women's passion, how they are breaking stereotypes in the surfing world and how women and youth can be inspired to break through the same stereotypes in other arenas.

One such breakthrough these women are at the forefront of is that for the first time in its history, the Titans of Mavericks competition, one of the most prestigious surf contests in the country will include a women's heat in its 2016-17 competition.

The competition takes place intermittently on the California coast about 40 miles south of San Francisco. Surfline describes the often-dangerous conditions at Mavericks as a "natural phenomenon."

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Bianca Valenti, one of the surfers in "It Ain't Pretty," has recently been accepted into the competition this year.

The SVI film event begins at 7 p.m. and kicks off with Q-and-A opportunity for the audience with the surfers. After the film, the audience can meet with the surfers, who will be autographing posters.

Additionally, the evening will include an opportunity to meet several female ski patrollers from the Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Ski Patrol Team.

Tickets are $10 per person; SVI members are admitted free. Advance ticket reservations are recommended.

This article was provided by the nonprofit Squaw Valley Institute. Visit http://www.squawvalleyinstitute.org to learn more.