Back in 2008 we asked Courtney Conlogue where she would go if she could take a board with her on a time machine. She responded that she would travel to “a time when life was slower and there was less technology. I would still want the best surfing equipment around. I’d go to Indonesia when no one was out because I want to be able to enjoy some incredible waves without a crowd. I want to relax and pick and choose the best waves with no hassling around me.”
While her Emerald Odyssey took her to Ireland instead of Indonesia, the trip definitely checked the rest of the boxes she spoke about seven years ago. It’s a pleasure to watch Courtney surf Ireland’s long lefts and it’s easy to see how much she enjoys the uncrowded power of the Emerald Isle’s rugged coastline.
After physical or emotional trauma, there is a period of reflection. A time where we disbelieve every ideal we once held close and reevaluate our anchors. Emerald Odyssey is a story about rediscovering those foundations. A story about going against the normalcy’s and venturing to an unorthodox destination in search of waves and oneself.
Dillon Chang – Vimeo
“As Colorful As Ever” – Broke For Free
“Beyond Something Beautiful” – Scott Holmes
“Beyond Something Beautiful” – Scott Holmes
“A wave is a special gift from the earth and when we get to feel it expressed through our bodies, through our minds, and through our spirits in a very feminine way, it brightens the water and it brightens the lineup. It uplifts the whole community of surfing and reminds surfers–men and women alike, that women are different …that we are the dancers of the ocean.” – Leah Dawson
“Intimasea” is a short film by Australian photographer Nathan Oldfield that celebrates the beauty and grace of women’s longboard surfing, and dreamy high of playing in the waves with your friends.
Featuring Seeababe ambassadors: Leah Dawson, Lola Mignot, Hallie Rohr, Karina Rozunko, Mele Saili and Makala Smith wearing the Seea 2015 collection.
To find out more about Seea, please visit theseea.com
Nathan Oldfield – nathanoldfield.com
Leah Dawson – Lola Mignot – Hallie Rohr – Karina Rozunko – Mele Saili – Makala Smith
“Christmas Lights” – The Motifs
“I Need All The Friends I Can Get” – Camera Obscura
We love finding new clips! After seeing Holly Wawn’s backside hooks, we’re definitely fans of her surfing. Her commitment to the rail is especially refreshing. This girl has power! In this short edit, Holly is filmed surfing at home, on location in the Mentawai Islands, and in California.
Beau Mitchell & Chad Bolth
Holly Wawn – @hollywawn
“Hanging Around” – The Stranglers
“I felt like I was flying and I could see the whole sky …my feet, the water, the wave… it was amazing. I had never felt that way before. It made me so happy just to be able to fly on top of the wave.” – Lola Mignot
A short documentary on Lola Mignot, a longboarder chick from the little bohemian surf village of Sayulita, Mexico. Lola is fastly becoming one of the best longboard riders in Mexico. This video was filmed over the course of a few weeks in February and shows a tiny peek into her surfing practice, family life and personal style. Lola rides for Kassia Surf, Bing Surfboards and Seea.
Ed Fladung – Vimeo
Lola Mignot – @lolamignot
“Autochoral” – Benoit Pioulard
“Train Song” – Feist & Ben Gibbard
“Hiberner Toujours” – Stars of the Lid
“Telescope” – Mountains
Inspirational stories from surf industry ladies about surfing big waves, making films, building surfboards, and riding professionally.
At a time when surfing is changing and some are fighting to maintain the status quo, we are shifting the spotlight onto the other side of surfing. Join us for a curated conversation with Ashley Lloyd Thompson, Tiffany Campbell, Bianca Valenti, and Julie Cox about international surf culture, the herstory of surfing, the industry, and more.
Ashley Lloyd Thompson is one of few women who are internationally recognized for her work as a surfboard shaper. She signs every board she shapes, “Made with love,” which is an attitude that permeates all that she does. In the shaping bay she crafts with passion and purpose, and in the water her elegant yet playful style is contagious. Over the past twelve years she has been honing her craft and creating her own surfboard brand, Ashley Lloyd Thompson Surfboards. As a new mom, Ashley and her husband are navigating parenthood while maintaining her shaping business.
Tiffany Campbell is a filmmaker who focuses on surfing and skateboarding. Tiffany and Andria Lessler’s debut film, Dear & Yonder: Daring Stories of Ladies United by the Sea, won SURFER Magazine’s Breakthrough Filmmaker Award in 2009. For over a decade she has been involved with Villa Villa Cola, a collective of artists, filmmakers, skateboarders and photographers that produce videos and zines that encourage more girls to skate.
Bianca Valenti became the first female Big Wave World Tour Champion in 2014. Proof Lab, a surf shop in Marin, sponsors her. Currently, Bianca’s big wave riding is being filmed for the documentary, It Ain’t Pretty: A film about women who surf Ocean Beach in San Francisco, scheduled for release in 2015.
Julie Cox was a team rider for Roxy for eight years, during which time she competed around the world. In the Women’s Longboard Tour, Julie placed fifth in the world three years running. She was the Director of the California Surf Museum, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving surfing heritage. She also launched The Jule Collection, a line of women’s surfboards, with shaper Jed Noll. Currently, she gives surf lessons locally and abroad.
Margaret Seelie is a native Ohioan who grew up with an obsession for surf culture. Since moving to California she has been learning to surf and build boards, freelance writing, letterpress printing, and teaching. She is always looking for new ways to share inspiration and stoke with those around her.
We will be hosting a raffle in conjunction with this event! Tickets will be available for $3 each or 2 for $5. Come early to buy tickets and we will announce the winners at the end! Must be present to win.
*100% of money raised from the raffle benefits CIIS Public Programs & Performances Workshops Scholarship! This scholarship will make CIIS workshops available to students and people in the community who may not be able to afford them.
Current Raffle Items:
- Carve Design $250 gift certificate
– Surf Lesson with Julie Cox
– 2 T-shirts with surf prints by Australian artist, Jonas Claesson
– Stand up Paddle board lesson and rental for 4 people from 101 Surf
– Limited edition signed letterpress poster for The Other Side of Surfing
DETAILS & TICKET INFORMATION
Event Contact: Margaret Seelie firstname.lastname@example.org (440)308-5576
Event Title: The Other Side of Surfing
Event Host Name: California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS)
Street Address of Event: 1453 Mission St
Date of Event: Thursday, April 23, 2015
Start Time: 7:00PM
End Time: 9:00PM
Tickets: $10 presale / $12 day of event
URL to buy tickets: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-other-side-of-surfing-panel-discussion-tickets-14969240401
Event link: http://www.ciis.edu/Public_Programs/Public_Programs_Events/Other_Side_SP15.html
While rolling through California last summer for various ASP events, French surfer, Pauline Ado, scored some fun waves in San Clemente, California. Pauline’s smooth style flows perfectly with our local point breaks.
Rémi Blanc @riblanc
Pauline Ado – @paulineado
“Light & Amp” – Aerial
Although competitive surfing has its place, it’s still a blast to see the best Tour surfers ditch their jerseys and thrusters and experiment a little. Case in point is this just under two minute Dimity Stoyle edit. I can’t get enough of the smooth lines she draws on a short single fin. In Dimity’s own words… “This is a new model single fin I helped design with MS Surfboards and it’s the best Summer board EVER!!!!”
Francesco Thilo Sili
Dimity Stoyle – @dimity
Dimity Stoyle – Vimeo
Stephanie Gilmore in France, October 2014. The combination of Steph Gilmore’s incredible style and Morgan Maassen’s timeless approach to filmmaking is tough to beat. Whether riding waves or filming them, we’re big fans of both of these talented individuals.
A Film By
Stephanie Gilmore – @stephaniegilmore
Morgan Maassen – @morganmaassen
“Humming Fields” by Colleen
While we were cruising around the internet looking for wetsuits for an upcoming wetsuit guide, we came across some sale priced fullsuits at Jacks Surfboards. At the time of this post, available sizes range from 10 to 16. The prices are simply amazing! If you’re in the market for a winter wetsuit, grab one before they’re gone because sizes and availability are limited to stock on hand.
Body Glove Fusion 3/2 Fullsuit
Regular Price: $250.00
Sale Price: $125.00
Xcel Infiniti X-Zip 4/3 Fullsuit
Regular Price: $325.00
Sale Price: $195.00
Roxy Kassia Meador 3/2 BZ Fullsuit
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Roxy Ignite Hydrolock 4/3 CZ Fullsuit
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Roxy Synchro GBS 4/3 BZ Fullsuit
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Roxy Synchro GBS 3/2 BZ Fullsuit
Regular Price: $145.00
Sale Price: $87.00
Please note that while we do our best to make sure these discounts are current, we have no control over or offer any guarantees as to the validity of the deals or discounts offered by these vendors. Offers listed above are provided by way of affiliations, colleagues, or paid insertions.
Media Release from the Association of Surfing Professionals
Photo: Today Gold Coast surfer Chelsea Williams (AUS) claimed her maiden ASP World Longboard Title. Credit: ASP/Will Hayden-Smith.
Chelsea Williams Wins ASP World Longboard Title in China
WANNING, Hainan/CHINA (Tuesday, December 9, 2014) – Chelsea Williams (AUS) has defeated Kelia Moniz (HAW) to claim her maiden ASP Women’s World Longboard Title at the GoPro World Longboard Championships, China hosted by Wanning (WLC). Near perfect 3 to 4 foot surf provided the perfect canvas for the world’s best longboarders to fight for the sport’s ultimate prize, but it was Williams, the form surfer of the event who was the last one standing.
Remarkably Moniz and Williams have met in the final of the GoPro WLC four years in a row, proving that these two athletes really are on top of world at the moment. Their friendly rivalry sees them now at two wins a piece in the Final in China.
Photo: Chelsea Williams dominating the Riyue Bay point to claim her maiden ASP World Longboard Title. Credit: ASP/Will Hayden-Smith.
Williams’ win today was a long time coming after finishing runner-up to the ASP World Longboard Title four times. In the first half of today’s Final Williams was struggling to adapt to the conditions and it seemed her fifth runner-up finish was minutes away, but the Gold Coast surfer struck and did some of the best nose riding of the whole event mixed with rail carves. Moniz caught a last minute wave, but just missed out on the required score, leaving Williams out the back to ride her wave in as an ASP World Longboard Champion.
“Did that just happen? I can’t believe it!” Williams said. “I’ve wanted to win a World Longboard Title since I found out it existed. For a long time people have been telling me I deserve to win, now I finally believe them. I’m so happy and thankful for the support of my family, friends and sponsors. It was an awesome Final, Kelia (Moniz) is so good, we have a fun rivalry going and I’m glad that I got her back.”
Photo: Kelia Moniz on her way to a runner-up finish. Credit: ASP/Will Hayden-Smith.
Moniz is a two-time ASP World Longboard Champion after winning this event the past two years and today after losing by a mere 0.02 *** she was gracious in defeat. Moniz finished the event with the highest wave score, and highest heat total from her Round 1 heat, and hinted that her and Williams’ rivalry wasn’t over yet.
“If it wasn’t me winning there’s no one I’d rather see win than Chelsea (Williams),” Moniz said. “She’s a great surfer, she scored a 9 in the final and deserved to win. I’m not too disappointed, it would have been nice to win again — Chelsea and I can just meet in the Final again next year.”
Photo: Lindsay Steinriede (USA) with her toes on the nose. Credit: ASP/Will Hayden-Smith.
Lindsay Steinriede (USA), 2011 ASP World Longboard Champion used her graceful and polished brand of surfing to advance into the Semifinals where she ran into a rampaging Williams. Steinriede was the last natural footed surfer left in the draw when she won her Quarterfinal and advanced into the Semis and leaves the 2014 GoPro WLC ranked equal 3rd in the world.
“That was the most fun I’ve ever had in a heat and I lost!” Steinriede said. “I’ve got so much respect for Chelsea’s surfing and who she is as a person, with either one of us getting into the Final I was happy. I’m really happy to have made the Semifinals and to get that far in the event the fact that we had really good waves also feels good.”
Photo: Chloe Calmon (BRA) and her trademark stylish carve. Credit: ASP/Will Hayden-Smith.
Chloe Calmon (BRA) lost out in an action packed Semifinal against Moniz meaning the young Brazilian exits the event ranked equal 3rd in the world. Calmon has worked extremely hard and has improved on her 5th place finish from last year. She was one of the most interesting and exciting surfers to watch all event long, but she let her nerves get the best of her in the Semifinals.
“I had an incredible event, but I still wanted to go further,” Calmon said. “I improved on my position from last year which was my goal so I’m happy, but losing so close to the Semifinal did make me a little sad after the heat — I’m happy now. It just wasn’t my time to be in the final and I’m going to try and come back and go bigger and better next year.”
It’s highly likely that the men’s 2014 ASP World Longboard Champion will be crowned tomorrow.