Betty The Shark East Coast Tour Moments - featuring Lee-Ann Curren and Betty The Shark

Betty The Shark – East Coast Tour Moments. Filmed by Bastien Bonarme. Edit by Lee-Ann Curren.

Betty The Shark East Coast Tour Moments - featuring Lee-Ann Curren and Betty The Shark

BETTY THE SHARK – EAST COAST TOUR MOMENTS from leeann curren on Vimeo.

Betty The Shark – East Coast Tour Moments. Filmed by Bastien Bonarme. Edit by Lee-Ann Curren.

Description via Lee-Ann Curren’s Vimeo Channel:
In April 2013 we rented a Van and drove from NYC down to Charleston and back to play a few gigs. Bastien Bonarme came over to take photos, but he also filmed a bit here and there and I finally got my hands on the footage. All of the images are in chronological order, (except maybe one driving bit) and I hope this little edit will give a taste of the experience we had.

Film/Edit:
Footage by Bastien Bonarme. Edit by Lee-Ann Curren.

Music:
Betty The Shark

Betty The Shark East Coast Tour Moments - Lee-Ann Curren frame grabs on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Additional Resources:
Betty The Shark
Betty The Shark on Facebook
Lee-Ann Curren on Instagram
Lee-Ann Curren on Vimeo
Lee-Ann Curren on Twitter
Betty The Shark’s “Palm Tree” music video on Jettygirl



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Surf Photo Friday featuring Stephanie Schechter in Panama - Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Surf photo by Janet Schechter.

Surf Photo Friday – Stephanie Schechter, Family Surf Trip to Panamá

Surf Photo Friday featuring Stephanie Schechter in Panama - Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Surf photo by Janet Schechter.
Surf Photo Friday – Stephanie Schechter, Family Surf Trip to Panamá
Photos by Janet, Jason, and Stephanie Schechter

Panamá. Not the first place that comes to mind when thinking of a surf trip destination… But that may be one great reason to choose to go there. While Panamá is known to have good waves and fabulous weather, it is definitely considered an off-the-beaten-path country for surf trips. This is precisely why my family chose to travel there last week for a seven-day trip of surfing, fun, and relaxation.

I had just finished final exams for winter quarter at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and my brother had just finished his finals at UCLA. Instead of going on “MTV Spring Break!” style trips with friends to places like Florida or Cabo, our parents were kind enough to invite us to share some quality time on a surf trip to Panamá! We flew directly from LAX to La Ciudad de Panamá, and the flight was only six hours, a quick hop in comparison to flying to somewhere like Asia, which has flights in the 12-14 hour range. We spent the night in a hotel near the airport in the beautiful capital city, and then set off in our rental car, stacked sky high with our board bags, to Playa Venao. We were told the drive would be four and a half hours, but of course, it ended up being around five and a half, not including the amount of time we spent taking wrong turns!

Finally, we arrived at beautiful Playa Venao. We found the house we were staying in, nestled in the jungle overlooking Playa Venao. It was adorably named La Casa Mango, after the several mango trees providing shade for the house in the 80-90 degree Panamanian heat. We went to see the waves, and our jaws dropped. In front of us were perfect sandbar beach break peelers with only a few people in the water! There were peaks dotting the entire stretch of beach, and while some waves closed out, most were head high, open-faced walls, perfect for riding any type of board. We spent the week surfing and having fun at Playa Venao, while the offshore breeze cooled us off and perfected the waves. We found a wonderful cove for snorkeling, with crystal clear waters and plenty of fish!

Although the trip was only one week long, we spent our time well, by not only surfing and snorkeling, but also doing yoga, walking through the jungle, relaxing in hammocks, and more! There was wildlife galore, including monkeys, exotic reptiles, and LOTS of insects. This trip was one I will certainly always remember, celebrating a successful quarter at UCSB, surfing with my family, and learning about the wonderful culture of Panamá!

Backbend in Panama, Stephanie Schechter, yoga reflection. Photo by Janet Schechter on Surf Photo Friday on Jettygirl.

Backside nose ride by Stephanie Schechter in Panama. Surf Photo Friday on Jettygirl.

Scenes from a Panama surf trip with Stephanie Schechter. Surf Photo Friday on Jettygirl.

Stephanie Schechter scored some fun waves in Panama. Surf Photo Friday on Jettygirl. Photo © Janet Schechter photo.

Stephanie Schecther, nose ride surf photo by Janet Schechter. Surf Photo Friday on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

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. Please consider helping out with a “Pay Whatever You Like” subscription to the site. Every little bit helps!

Photo Credits: Surf photos by Janet Schechter; snorkel photo by Jason Schechter; scenic photos by Stephanie Schechter.

Previous Surf Photo Fridays | Prue Jeffries on a Donald Takayama Quad | Sara Taylor Sequence | Get Stoked on Lady Shapers | The Session That Changed Everything | Justine Dupont and Pauline Ado in California | Role Models, Why They Still Matter | Surfing New Jersey’s Polar Vortex Swells with the K Twins | Mele Saili and Hayden Lane, Cardiff Reef | 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:
Stephanie Schechter on Instagram – @stephanieschechter
Stephanie Schechter’s interview on Liquid Salt
Kevin Connelly Surfboards
Swell.com



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Zeufy Tuesdays - Part Two in a four-part series celebrating the life of Zeuf Hesson. Photos by Jeannette Prince.

Zeufy Tuesdays, Part Two – Zeuf Hesson & Friends in Mexico. Photos by Jeannette Prince.

Zeufy Tuesdays - Part Two in a four-part series celebrating the life of Zeuf Hesson. Photos by Jeannette Prince.

Zeufy Tuesdays: Part Two in a Four-Part Series Each Tuesday Celebrating the Life of Zeuf Hesson

Memories of Zeuf – by Jeannette Prince

I think my first time surfing the Santa Cruz Longboard Union Contest was back in the late 80’s. There was a small group of us who surfed on Steve Walden’s longboards, and were given the opportunity to join the competition to surf against the clubs. Joel Tudor was a part of our group… I think it was his first contest. It was a packed event and the surf was about head high or so. How electrifying to be around so many great surfers from the gathered clubs from California. It was a very fresh and exciting time for longboarding.

While walking around the contest site you couldn’t help but notice all the different assortment of surfboards along the rails outlining the cliffs. Surfers were clustered everywhere while hanging out and rooting for their teams. It was a wonderful melting pot of talent, surfboards, and perfect waves for a contest.

There was one surfer who caught my eye, who really stood out in the crowd. She displayed an incredible head of long, tight, sun-bleached, curly ringlets that were hard to miss. I could hear someone address her as Zeuf. I found out later that she was a competitor in the event and I’m sure I surfed against her in a heat or two. I can’t remember… but I do remember seeing her and every year after that. I found myself looking for the local girls, like Jane McKenzie and Zeuf, to see who would show up for that year’s activities. They were gifted surfers and knew Steamer’s Lane so well.

Zeuf always stood out… I was always curious about her, but never had the chance to really get to know her until twenty plus years later. Linda Benson decided to organize an annual surf trip that brought a seasoned group of surf women together that was an absolute dream. Never have I experienced surfing with and spending time with such elegant and talented women before. Zeuf was one of them…

So many years have gone by since the first time I noticed that perfectly wild, sun-bleached hair of hers… little did I know Zeuf would become an important friend in my life. Who was she? A rare talented celebration of life who held a big heart for all… and was a caregiver to those she loved. A leader and true representative of women’s surfing. She is not gone… she is just away. She lives on in the lives of those she touched.


Zeuf Hesson & Friends in Mexico – All Photos © Jeannette Prince

“The photos below are all from our trips to Mexico. Along with surfing and friendships, we also have another tradition… we create a beautiful natural collage on a specific table each year we go. It’s a collection of treasures we find while on our walks.” – Jeannette

Zeuf Hesson and friends on a surf trip to Mexico. Photos © Jeannette Prince.

Zeuf Hesson and friends on a surf trip to Mexico. Photos © Jeannette Prince.

Zeuf Hesson and friends on a surf trip to Mexico. Linda Benson, Mary Bagalso, Ashley Lloyd, Heather Hudson, Kristy Murphy, Jeannette Prince, and Cat Slatinsky. Photos © Jeannette Prince.

Zeuf Hesson and friends on a surf trip to Mexico. Linda Benson, Mary Bagalso, Heather Hudson, Kristy Murphy, Jeannette Prince, and Cat Slatinsky. Photos © Jeannette Prince.



Bonus Material: Zeuf and Heather Hudson Say Goodbye to Mexico – Filmed by Jeannette Prince

Zeuf and Heather from Jeannette Prince on Vimeo.


*Previous Zeufy Tuesdays     |     “Hope More” by Heather Hudson



Jeannette PrinceAbout the Photographer…
In addition to surfing and photography, Jeannette Prince also designs and creates greeting cards under her label, Cardiff Town Cards. Printed on quality digital photo and archival fine art paper, each card features photographs and original artwork by Jeannette. For more information, please visit cardifftowncards.com.

See more of Jeannette’s artwork in Heather Hudson’s films, “HOPE” and “HOPE MORE.”


Thumbnail image for Heather Hudson's new short film, HopeAdditional Resources:
Cardiff Town Cards by Jeannette Prince
Heather Hudson on Vimeo
Rail Grabber – an easy and comfortable way to carry your surfboard. Designed and created by Linda Benson.
Making Mavericks: The Memoir of a Surfing Legend – by Frosty Hesson



8 Women, 8 Days. Take 2.Additional Graciegirl Films Featuring Zeuf:
8 Women, 8 Days. Take 2
8 Women, 8 Days. A Lifetime of Memories. The Slideshow.
HOPE. A Short Film by Heather Hudson
HOPE MORE. A Short Film by Heather Hudson



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Zeufy Tuesdays - Part One of a Four-Part Series. Heather Hudson celebrates the life of Zeuf Hesson in Hope More, a short film.

Zeufy Tuesdays, Part One – Zeuf Hesson Shares a Special Message with Loved Ones and the World in “Hope More,” a Short Film by Heather Hudson

Zeufy Tuesdays - Part One of a Four-Part Series. Heather Hudson celebrates the life of Zeuf Hesson in Hope More, a short film.

Zeufy Tuesdays: Part One in a Four-Part Series Each Tuesday Celebrating the Life of Zeuf Hesson

My Friend Zeuf – by Heather Hudson

Our paths crossed over 7 years ago when I was in the process of creating my first surf documentary, “The Women and the Waves.” I had asked Ashley Lloyd to be in the film and I had planned to meet her at Linda Benson’s Roxy Jam Contest in Cardiff, California. (As a first time filmmaker, I wanted to give Ashley a few of my co-producer’s films on DVD, to show her that we were legitmate!) When I finally found Ashley in the crowd, she was running off to surf in her heat. That is when she introduced me to Zeuf, who was with her and watching her bags. We immediately struck up a conversation and eventually exchanged our phone numbers. It was from that moment that our friendship began. And very soon after that I knew that I wanted her in my film. She asked, “Are you sure?” I said, “Yes!” I was very sure. She was my soul surfer & sister!

Looking back now, I can’t help but cherish my memories of this amazing, beautiful, loving, caring soul that is Zeuf. I knew nothing about her when we met, and learned so much as time passed. She had the biggest most caring heart. She would do anything to help anyone at anytime. She was loved by so many because she made every person feel special. Even though she struggled with cancer through all of those years, she never complained. She managed to LIVE with GRACE. She had a really funny sense of HUMOR and a SPARKLE in her eyes. How fortunate I am to have had her in my LIFE.

Hope More from Heather Hudson on Vimeo.

HOPE MORE – A Short Film by Heather Hudson

Description:
About a year ago, I told Zeuf that I wanted to make a short film while we were on our annual surf trip down to Mexico. She paused a moment and said, “Make a film about HOPE.” I replied, “Okay, I can do that.”

Fast forward to June, 2013, “HOPE” was finished. I sent it to her, she loved it and was really stoked. Others seemed to like it too, and I was stoked!

As her health declined since then, I kept thinking that I had MORE of her message from the trip. So, here is the second installment: “HOPE MORE.”

Dedicated to her husband, Frosty Hesson, their family, and to those who loved and were touched by Zeuf.

Here’s to Zeuf!
Forever and Always in my heart.
xo
Heather Hudson

Film/Edit:
Heather Hudson, Graciegirl LLC

Music:
“The Cove” – Performed by Land N Sea.

“Believe” Artwork:
Jeannette Prince, Cardiff Town Cards

Zeuf Hesson shares a message of hope with her loved ones and the world. Frame Grabs from Hope More, a short film by Heather Hudson.



Heather Hudson, film producer. Graciegirl LLCAbout the Filmmaker…
Heather Hudson is a film producer living in Santa Barbara, California, where she is a community volunteer, a wife and mother of two sons. In 2007, she started her film production company, Graciegirl LLC, and created the groundbreaking documentary surf film, “The Women and the Waves,” with co-producer and mentor, Peck Euwer of Swell Pictures Inc., Santa Barbara. For 15 years Heather has supported and volunteered for “Heal the Ocean,” a successful Santa Barbara-based non-profit citizen’s action group committed to ending ocean pollution. In 2012, she was named to the Heal the Ocean Board of Directors where she heads up fundraising and events.


Thumbnail image for Heather Hudson's new short film, HopeAdditional Resources:
Heather Hudson on Vimeo
The Women and the Waves
Cardiff Town Cards by Jeannette Prince
Making Mavericks: The Memoir of a Surfing Legend – by Frosty Hesson

8 Women, 8 Days. Take 2.Additional Graciegirl Films Featuring Zeuf:
8 Women, 8 Days. Take 2
8 Women, 8 Days. A Lifetime of Memories. The Slideshow.
HOPE. A Short Film by Heather Hudson



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Surf With Baby Sea Turtles in Nicaragua. Share in the experience with Holly Beck, Surf With Amigas & Waves of Hope.

Surf With Baby Sea Turtles in Nicaragua

Description:
Holly Beck Obermeyer, owner of Surf With Amigas, and Jaime Collum from Waves of Hope explain the need for the Sea Turtle Conservation Project in Coco Loco beach in Northern Nicaragua. Their innovative program has turned poachers into conservationists and together they’ve hatched and released over 10,000 baby turtles over the past three years.

“November and December are two of my favorite months of the year in Nicaragua. The rainy season is over, everything is green and beautiful, the waves are cute and groomed by offshore winds, but the best part might be baby turtles! Surf With Amigas has partnered with El Coco Loco Resort and Waves of Hope on their many projects including a sea turtle conservation project. Watch the video to learn more and visit in November and December to watch baby turtles released into the ocean at sunset.” -Holly Beck Obermeyer

Film/Edit:
Holly Beck Obermeyer

Music:
Dirty Paws – Written and Performed by Of Monsters And Men

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Additional Resources:
Surf With Amigas – surf and yoga retreats with Holly Beck
Waves of Hope a nonprofit community development program in Nicaragua
Holly Beck’s YouTube Channel
El Coco Loco Resort



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