"Fascinating and spectacular. The detailed history easily bobs along thanks to Kempton’s riveting narration. This is a must for anyone with even a passing interest in the sport."
– Publishers Weekly (Starred)
“This is going to be the Gold Standard for women’s surfing history around the world. The visual story telling interwoven with historical facts is stunning.”
– Shannon Aikman, Co-Founder, Women’s International Surfing Association
“I believe in the power of personal narrative, in the voices not first heard. Women on Waves is a rare gem. The sheer number of stories, from competitive triumphs to personal struggles makes this fascinating history of women's surfing more than just comprehensive. It is, in effect, the entire sweep of surfing culture—told for the first time through the lens of women’s experiences."
– Samantha Dunn, author of NOT BY ACCIDENT and special projects editor at the Souther California News Group
“I love being part of women’s surfing right now! There are so many girls rocking it and pushing hard. It’s so awesome to see and inspires me to push hard too. I can’t wait to see what women’s surfing will be like when I’m an oldie!”
– Bethany Hamilton
“A sublime, heavily researched, well-written, labor of love.”
– David Rensin, author of the New York Times best-seller "Don’t Give Up, Don’t Give In"
“An engaging, inclusive history of surfing, full of unforgettable women and their stories. Kempton has a smooth narrative voice and a talent for uncovering the hidden heroines of the beautiful, dangerous, always enthralling sport... An outstanding choice for sports and surfing aficionados.”
– Library Journal
"Readers will learn about women surfers in each decade whose achievements were ignored by the surfing media and who battled issues of gender inequality while creating opportunities for the next generation. Kempton presents a comprehensive and important group portrait and an enriching contribution to women’s sports history that honors influential wave riders and celebrates surfing sisterhood."
"Kempton stands in awe of the women’s talent, ambition, and successes and presents their stories with a whole lot of heart. With expertise and passion fueling every story, Women on Waves is an inspiration."
– Christian Science Monitor