Judging the Surfer Girl pro DJ competition was an enlightening and exciting experience.
The competition started in California several years ago, and in November 2021 they decided to leave Cali for the first time and come to Jax Beach. The main competition is for surfers, but the weekend long event has grown into a festival dedicated to women’s empowerment and their representation in male dominated careers. The DJ industry is one of those fields where majority of people only know of one or two females, and those are usually highly sexualized and not focused on talent.
The finalists I had a privilege to judge showed true talent and a dedication to their craft. Each one was unique, and their own personal style was represented. DJ JV had a more electronic and light timed show with European influences. DJ Patty Clover had a scratch vintage vibe with her record spinning and timing. DJ Dopamine and DJ Krista Mac had a more relatable style and both blended genres seamlessly.
While all the competitors did amazing, the top 4 blew us away and led to the high scores and ranking based on the judging criteria. Myself and my fellow judge, local favorite, DJ Squish, judged based on creativity, technique, use of the time allotted, and their transitions. We agreed on each ranking in each round and by the final third round there was a tough decision to be made when DJ Patty Clover, DJ Krista Mac, and DJ JV battled it out. DJ Patty Clover won, JV came in second, and Krista Mac won bronze.
Being the only female judge on the panel, I felt a unique sense of pride in each competing lady during every round they performed, and when I looked out on the crowd from the stage and watched the group of young girls dancing in the field grow bigger and bigger, I was filled with even more pride. Those girls were able to see women represented on stage and in positions of power, meaning it would not be a foreign concept to them as it has been to me and many of others in my generation.
Since the competition I have kept up with these strong leading females and am even more impressed. They use their platforms for good. Some use their celebrity to advocate for awareness and equal rights, while others use it to further their career and are setting a standard of women in music, a standard that is growing but not yet equal. These women are setting the stage for female generations to come and doing an amazing job of it.
I encourage you to follow them and listen to their music. Support them, they are more than deserving and are leading the way for the future!
DJ Patty Clover : @pattyclover
DJ JV : @janevanderbiltmusic
DJ Krista Mac : @djkristamac
DJ Dopamine: @djdopamine