The ocean is at the heart of Tahitian culture, spiritual beliefs and everyday life. It seems that in the archipelago, riding the waves is an old ancestral activity from which women have been gradually eliminated as surfing became big business in the 1960s. Teahupo ªo, located on the southwestern coast of Tahiti, is one of the major surf spots in the world, and also the most deadly. Surfing machismo, especially in big wave surfing, all but pushed out female competitors. But, the times are a-changin’ (just look at Carissa Moore, who won Gold at the inaugural surfing competition at the recently concluded Tokyo Olympics).
In the Fierro family, all the women are surfers-Vahine (20), Heimiti (16) and Kohai (14) are at an age when all their dreams are within reach. The three women hope to make a living with their passion and travel the world. Vahine, the eldest, is already a world champion (the very first in Polynesia), with her eyes locked for a shot at the 2024 Olympics. Still in high school, Heimeti is training hard in the only sports medicine program on the islands. And the youngest, Kohai, is dead set to follow in her sister’s footsteps.
With lush footage of sea, sand, surf and plant life that captures the breathtaking beauty of Tahiti, DAUGHTERS OF THE WAVES captures the love, passion and determination of these vibrant young women and the enchanting and tight-knit family unit that embraces the true surfer’s lifestyle, and the potential futures that will be unlocked by these groundbreaking sisters.