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Today it’s cold and rainy in Southern California, the type of day that lends itself perfectly to reflecting back to the warm days of summer. Of all the days I shot during that three month span, this session stands out from the rest. With a hungry pack of male world tour competitors scrounging for every wave possible, one girl held her ground and scored at least a dozen high-quality lefts that afternoon. Her name is Lulu Erkeneff.
You may or may not know Lulu but due to her homebreak being the photo-friendly Salt Creek, she’s quite possibly the most consistently photographed female surfer on the West Coast, a fact I’m sure makes her sponsors quite happy. Whenever I see her surf it trips me out that no major clothing sponsor has signed her yet. While they seem to hand out contracts for daily Instagram bikini shots and slip-slidey surfing these days, the brands are clearly missing a surfer who’s not only smart but charges, pulls into barrels, and uses her rail in a manner that would make any power surfer grin.
On this particular wave Lulu had two huge snaps out the back and as she approached me the clouds that had been obscuring the sun a moment before parted and her turn was suddenly bathed in beautiful light. While I was a bit too close to her to work much with the composition of the photos, this turn is permanently etched in my mind due to Lulu’s clean rail-work and spontaneous smile after rebounding off the foam. While many of today’s tricks are played out and forgotten about after the next set has rolled through, the memory of a well-placed roundhouse can stay with you forever.
Photos: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
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Go, Lulu. Go!
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