Our Rating: ★★★½☆
L Factor: Major tv
Short Take: The adventures of six L.A. lesbians who love surfing.
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Year: 2007
Duration: 21 min
Language: USA/English
MPAA: Not Rated
Starring: Michele Fleury, Melissa Hadden, Jess Nobles, Vanessa Craig, Gingi Medina, Erin Pittman
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Curl Girls This 2007 Logo TV original is a six-episode reality show about six lesbian friends in L.A. who share a love for surfing – and a penchant for dyke drama. But it is a reality show, and where would it be without some sort of drama? Plus, to be fair, between the white noise of their bickering, the young women organize a fundraiser for ocean environmental group, The Surfrider Foundation, and have some laughs along the way.

The Curl girls are: Erin, 29 – who hits the waves to destress from her high pressure job as a business attorney; Jessica, 23 – an HR coordinator and beginning surfer who has been dating Curl girl, Melissa, off and on for about a year; Melissa, 29 – a competitive sales manager who wants to be the best, and won’t be pushed into a relationship; Michele, 33 – an art director and a yoga-doing soul surfer; Vanessa, 33, a clothing designer who goes for the shock value; and Gingi, 25 – the newcomer to the group. She’s a big flirt who is afraid of the ocean and is also a clothing designer.

Episode one sets the tone as the girls introduce themselves and make plans to have a surfing competition. We also find out that Jessica is ready to settle down, but Melissa has been playing beach blanket bingo with someone else. Highlights from the rest of the series include a night on the town where some of the girls go out in drag, a lost bet where Vanessa has to pay the price, and Jessica finally figuring out that she can’t catch the girl because she has her ex’s name tattooed on her arm.

The season culminates with the surfing competition, complete with music by the band, Von Iva, and actress/model Jenny Shimizu as emcee. If you’re looking for a series with an authentic surf-movie feel and focus on the sport this isn’t it – but if you feel like relaxing and hanging with the girls awhile, Curl Girls could be a good distraction. (CJ)