For the second installment of Billabong’s Salt Water Sirens series we take an intimate look into the mindset of Courtney Conlogue, who suffered a brutal surfing injury that forced her to the sidelines as she watched her world title hopes slip out of reach. After a year of mental and physical healing, Courtney fought her way back to her strongest year ever, propelled by three World Tour wins which landed her at the #2 spot in the world. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, can her unparalleled dedication to her sport take her from the peripherals of the world’s eye to the focus: the Women’s World Title?
From the experiences that shaped her to the drive that energizes her through the dynamic landscape of competitive surfing, Salt Water Sirens is a compelling look into the journey that has transformed Courtney from an athlete to an icon.
Following in the footsteps of the groundbreaking 2009 film, THE WOMEN AND THE WAVES; THE WOMEN AND THE WAVES 2 continues to explore the culture of surfing in relation to six surfers and their lives both in and out of the water.
The launch point of inspiration to make this film came in the fall of 2013 when two friends featured in THE WOMEN AND THE WAVES experienced two pivotal moments in their lives. After a valiant twenty-year battle against cancer, Robin Janiszeufski-Hesson ‘Zeuf’ was a few months away from death, and Ashley Lloyd Thompson was a few months from giving birth. One goes out. One comes in. Life rolls on. Just like the waves that are eternal.
When someone we love dies, we stop, breathe and reassess our own lives. Zeuf was a friend and mentor to many and an inspiration to all. We only have the present moment, so how will we live it?
THE WOMEN AND THE WAVES 2 emphasizes the notion that surfing is more than just a sport; it is a lifestyle, and serves as a backdrop for connections made between people, honoring the natural world, paying homage to loved ones past, and celebrating the cycle of life. Ultimately, the film is the portrayal that a life filled with gratitude for one another and the world we live in, is a life well lived. And when the joy of surfing is added to the equation it makes life that much more sweet!
For upcoming screenings, information, or to purchase the original, award-winning 2009 film, The Women and the Waves, please visit womenandthewaves.com.
Every time I surf with @kamalehuak, the waves suddenly get fun the moment we touch the water. Im sure the aloha she carries on her board and in her Hawaiian heart probably have something to do with that. Stylish carve by Kamalehua. 📷 @chrisgrantphoto for @jettygirlsurfmag | @prismasurfboards #jettygirl
Wintertime hairflips with @erynkrouse. Eryn is seemingly impervious to cold. Before she surfed a few days ago, she swam out to jump off some rocks. Thinking it was no big deal I threw on a jacket and trunks and started swimming too. First time I actually felt the true meaning behind something "taking your breathe away." ⛄️❄️ 📷 @chrisgrantphoto for @jettygirlsurfmag | @jolynclothing #jettygirlswimwearguide #jolyn #jettygirl
Back in 2005 when people still answered the phone, I called @sameshirtdiffday and nervously told her about my idea to create JettyGirl. She could have laughed or said it was a dumb concept and I might have dropped it right there. Instead, her mellow, positive vibe and words of encouragement gave me a gift I could never repay. Kyla Langen is one of the greatest human beings I've had the honor of knowing and she is someone I will always hold in the highest regard. @chrisgrantphoto for @jettygirlsurfmag (2008) | @tpattersonsurfboards #jettygirl
“Sure you can!” – Izzy Tihanyi, Surf Diva Surf School
Although the vast majority of us ride surfboards shaped by someone else–hopefully your local shaper whenever possible–it’s still fun to get yourself covered in foam by making an attempt at shaping your own surfboard at least once in your surfing life. If you can’t get time in your own shaper’s bay, a perfect alternative is to head to Shaper Studios where they have all the tools necessary to make your dream board a reality. In this video by the talented Justin Jung, Tia scores some time away from the competitive scene and enjoys a relaxing session at home on a self-shaped longboard, all backed by a wonderful track by Catherine Clark.