The Week in Surf News for May 4th, 2013

A recap of the week in surf news hosted by Natalie Rose.

Gabrielle Reece, Laird Hamilton’s Wife, Says Being ‘Submissive’ Is A Sign Of Strength

Volleyball star Gabrielle Reece and pro surfer Laird Hamilton have been married for 17 years, and Reece recently revealed the controversial secret to their successful relationship: creating an “old fashioned” dynamic.

Reece explained that she and Hamilton considered divorcing after four years of marriage. But their relationship improved when they learned how to complement each other by adopting more traditional gender roles.

She clarified that she doesn’t think being “submissive” is a sign of weakness. “I think because women have the ability to set the tone, that the ultimate strength and showing real power, I believe, is creating that environment,” she said. “I think it’s a sign of strength.”

Ryan Phillippe Hosts An Intimate Screening Of ‘Isolated’ Surf Documentary

Filmmakers Geoff Clark, Justin La Pera, Jeramiah Kraus, Matt Meyerson, Ryan Phillippe and their cohorts treated a select group of philanthropists, surfers, extreme athletes and influencers to an intimate screening of Isolated, their groundbreaking documentary on a largely undiscovered, dangerous region of surf around New Guinea.

Harris County woman sues after being hit face by surfboard in Galveston

A Harris County woman is suing a surfer whose board hit her in the face while she was swimming in the Gulf of Mexico. Lori Reynolds filed a lawsuit last week against Florida resident Steven Long IV for their collision in Galveston.

Reynolds said she was enjoying a day at the beach and went into the water to watch her friend’s child who wanted to swim. Long was surfing in the same area. The lawsuit states “suddenly and unexpectedly” Long lost control of his surf board, which struck Reynolds in the face. The lawsuit states that Long lost control of his surfboard, striking Reynolds in the face. She said the accident left her with severe injuries, including a facial scar.

She is asking for damages and payment of her medical bills from Long, claiming he was negligent in not tethering the board to his leg, failing to keep a proper lookout and a safe distance.