Surf Photo Friday – Mele Saili and Hayden Lane, Cardiff Reef

Surf Photo Friday featuring Mele Saili and Hayden Lane surfing Cardiff Reef - Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Surf Photo Friday – Mele Saili and Hayden Lane, Cardiff Reef

Ever since they hit the market with their video lookbooks, we’ve been fans of SEEA’s products and their riders. One of their “Seeababes” is Mele Saili and from the first time I saw her groovy, laid back vibe, I hoped we’d one day get the chance to shoot some surf photos. A few weeks before Christmas we finally had the opportunity to schedule a short morning session at Cardiff Reef.

In the spirit of honesty, although these photos give the impression of an empty lineup, relaxing paddle-outs, and unencumbered rides, nothing could be further from the truth. Riderless SUP’s and dozens of beginning surfers going left on rights made the lineup less than ideal for surf photos. Nevertheless, Mele made the most of every wave that snuck through the crowds and her flawless style on the nose made me forget about the mayhem throughout the rest of the break. Toward the end of the session, Mele and her friend, surfboard shaper Hayden Lane, shared a ride I won’t soon forget with a double noseride across the inside reef. It was the perfect ending to a wonderful shoot.

Thank you for dropping by for another installment of Surf Photo Friday. Have a great weekend everyone …and as always, thank you for your support of Jettygirl.

Mele Saili, Cardiff, California. Chris Grant photo.

Mele Saili heads out for a surf session. Chris Grant photo. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Mele Saili paddles out at Cardiff Reef for a morning surf session. Chris Grant photo, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Mele Saili surfing Cardiff Reef. Chris Grant surf photo. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Hayden Lane cross-steps at Cardiff Reef. Chris Grant surf photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Mele Saili backside nose ride while Hayden Lane paddles out at Cardiff Reef. Chris Grant surf photo. Jettygirl.com

Mele Saili, Cardiff Reef, California. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl.

Mele Saili and Hayden Lane, double noserides at Cardiff Reef. Chris Grant surf photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Mele Saili noseride at Cardiff Reef. Chris Grant photo. Jettygirl.com/blog

Pelican flying over Cardiff Reef. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Mele Saili noseriding at Cardiff Reef. Chris Grant surf photo on Jettygirl Surf Mag.

Mele Saili surfs Cardiff Reef. Chris Grant surf photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Hayden Lane nose ride at Cardiff Reef. Chris Grant surf photo.

Mele Saili, Cardiff Reef. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl.com

Noseride by Mele Saili at Cardiff Reef. Chris Grant surf photo, Jettygirl.com


Previous Surf Photo Fridays | Jill Manos Surfs the Freezing Water of Nova Scotia, Canada | Malia Ward, Chris Ward, & a Surf Photographer’s Second Worst Nightmare | Chloe Buckley & the Tiny Five Hundred Dollar Wave | A Special Surf Session with Ashley Lloyd Thompson, Julie Cox, Alex Thompson, Chris Cuevas & Sheri Crummer | Kelly Nicely & the Pelican Session | Mary Osborne & Her Beloved 9’10” Cooperfish Single Fin | Kelia Moniz, Megan Godinez, Geodee Clark & Bruna Schmitz | Kamalehua Keohokapu | Claire Bevilacqua | Lulu Erkeneff | Alexa Frantz |Rebecca Woods | Silvana Lima | Alessa Quizon

Additional Resources:
Mele Saili’s blog – Artist, Surfer
Mele Saili on Instagram
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JoneSeaWetsuits on Instagram
Hayden Lane on Instagram



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