By Jeff Hampton
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Bri Vuyovich is the founder of “Outer Babes”, a group of young women who meet weekly at the Ocean Bay Lifesaving Station in Kill Devil Hills to paint, draw, talk and catch waves.
KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C.
As a young teen, Bri Vuyovich often followed her older brother and his friends into the ocean for a day of surfing.
She was the only girl out there most of the time.
Now the 24-year-old hopes to even the odds a little.
Last fall, Vuyovich started the Outer Babes, a group of Outer Banks girls who meet weekly at the Ocean Bay Lifesaving Station in Kill Devil Hills to paint, draw, talk and catch waves at no charge. Vuyovich even provides the art supplies.
She shares qualities that surfing has taught her, such as humility, patience, getting back up after a nasty fall, working hard for a worthy goal and having fun. She opens it up for the girls to talk about whatever’s on their mind.
“The ocean has always been a big influence in my life,” said the Outer Banks native.
Temperatures on a recent Saturday rose into the 70s, and the waves were good.
Maddy Wagner, 15, Ivy Cage and Eva Klauser, both 14, and Chloe Wienert, 12, squeezed into their wetsuits and dabbed on sunblock. Two other regulars — Acy Davis and Zoe Morris — could not attend. Riley Young, a guy who lifeguards in Kill Devil Hills with Vuyovich, joined the group for extra safety.
They were eager for the rare chance of surfing with other girls despite the 50-degree water.
“We don’t have a lot of girls on the Outer Banks to surf with,” Maddy Wagner said. “I go surfing a lot with boys.”
Surfing each Saturday with Vuyovich and her friends is the highlight of Maddy’s week, said her mother, Michelle Wagner.