Lonely Planet Writer

The female surfers of Instagram showcase a female surf competition in Los Cabos

Los Cabos Open Surf takes place next week, bringing many of the world’s best surfers to this beautiful spot in Baja California, the strip connecting Mexico and California, for some punchy waves.

The competition takes place at the famous Zippers located at Costa Azul, San Jose del Cabo. The professional festival began in 2013 and is the only pro surfer meet in Mexico. In 2014 it opened up to women, and now it’s holding its female competition next week for three days, starting 7 June.

The event is a festival of surf and music, with daytime surfing in the tropical temperatures and along the sandy beaches of Cabo ending in music and parties in an idyllic summery Mexico. For those in the know, the event organisers have useful instructions on how to prepare and how to surf the waves.

@bethanyhamilton well deserved wildcard into the upcoming @wsl #FIJIPRO. 📷Aaron Lieber @lieberfilms #surf #girlsurfnetwork #surfing #girlboss

A photo posted by OFFICIAL Girl Surf Network 🌐 (@girlsurfnetwork) on May 25, 2016 at 4:12am PDT

“The take off is a short steep fastdrop and then it’s a fast lippy wave with a few good sections to hit! The inside is shallow over the rocks with a nice quick barrel section at the beach. The best board is your favourite high performance short board. The easiest way to paddle out is from the inside beach break through the channel. On a big day sit way outside!”

Just be… 😊✌ Capture by @joshmoods #surf #GIRLSURFNETWORK #paradise #inspiration #surfing

A photo posted by OFFICIAL Girl Surf Network 🌐 (@girlsurfnetwork) on May 25, 2016 at 11:49pm PDT

The festival has become a nice showcase for female surfing talent, particularly talent from the US, with the women competing fiercely for the titles. Female surfing is experiencing a huge level of popularity, thanks to the likes of Megan Abubo, Layne Beachley, and Bethany Hamilton who have reclaimed it as a sport women can excel and beat the boys at.

Where else would you want to be? 🌊🌴💜👌😆@emmaninasmith by @chappypix #legend #surf #girlsurfnetwork #surfing #girlboss #barrel

A photo posted by OFFICIAL Girl Surf Network 🌐 (@girlsurfnetwork) on May 9, 2016 at 12:21am PDT

The Instagram account and website Girl Surf Network has been capturing the fun, adventure, and beauty of female surf, showcasing some of the talent that is sure to be at Cabo San Lucas next week.