Last November when Kelia Moniz won the ASP Women’s Longboard World Title for the first time, it really didn’t come as a surprise to us. The day before she headed over to China, we had the opportunity to meet up with her and good friends, Megan Godinez, Geodee Clark and Bruna Schmitz. The day started off well enough with perfect offshore peelers, but Kelia and crew got stuck in the worst of LA traffic before we met up. By the time it cleared, the onshore winds had begun to gust and a bit of fog rolled in for good measure. Long story short, our session ended up in tiny dribblers, and it was probably a good send-off for Kelia who took the title in even tinier China surf.
This was the first time we had the opportunity to meet these four surfers and it was fun to watch the contrast of styles. Kelia, of course, can ride a longboard with the graceful skills befitting a world champion. Megan Godinez, riding a board borrowed from Kelia, is such a powerful surfer and it would be incredible to see her in quality waves. The surfer who set up this meeting, Geodee Clark, is an ambassador of aloha and it was great to hear a few stories from her home in Hawaii. Her smile lit up the lineup and although I was somewhat embarrassed by the hideous conditions compared to what she’s used to, she told me over and again that these little waves were really fun. The only non-Hawaiian in the group was Brasil’s Bruna Schmitz. While I’ve had the chance to shoot photos of Bruna in contests, this is the first time I’ve been on the beach while she was freesurfing. She’s such an amazing surfer and in my opinion, very underrated. She wraps turns like few others and we’d love to see her shredding in good surf.
While none of these photos will be gracing a surf magazine cover, it’s these oddball, onshore, ugly days that often end up being the most memorable ones. Watching these four amazing surfers was a gift I’ll remember for quite some time.
Photos: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
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