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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

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Betty The Shark
Betty The Shark on Facebook
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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
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Frankie's Bikinis Kaia Twisted Braid Bikini Bottom
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Georgia Fish - An Indonesian Sojourn. A digital short by Shane Fletcher.

Georgia Fish in AN INDONESIAN SOJOURN, a Digital Short by Shane Fletcher

An Indonesian Sojourn || Georgia Fish from Shane Fletcher on Vimeo.

Georgia Fish – An Indonesian Sojourn. A Digital Short by Shane Fletcher

If we were to guess, we bet that the largest percentage of the surfing population would choose fun, glassy surf over wild, death-defying monster waves. We certainly would and that’s the exact reason why we enjoyed Georgia Fish’s clip so much. The scenery, the local smiles, the warm water and absolute playground quality of surf spots Georgia surfs makes us want to book the next trip to Sumbawa. The smooth, carving style of the Australian regular-foot and clean editing by Shane Fletcher combine to create quite a nice 4 minute diversion from work. Click play and enjoy.

Description via Shane Fletcher’s Vimeo Channel:
A digital short featuring Georgia Fish wandering the roads of Sumbawa: a week outside the mundane and void of western pressures.

Film/Edit:
Shane Fletcher – https://vimeo.com/shanefletcher

Frame grabs from Georgia Fish, An Indonesian Sojourn, a short surf film by Shane Fletcher.


Additional Resources:
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Camilla Kemp - Surfin' Between Storms. Film by Sebastian Linda. Music by Rainbirds. Women's surf video on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Camilla Kemp – Surfin’ Between Storms. A Short Film by Sebastian Linda.

Camilla Kemp – Surfin´ Between Storms from Sebastian Linda on Vimeo.

Camilla Kemp – Surfin’ Between Storms. A Short Film by Sebastian Linda

Description via Sebastian Linda’s Vimeo Channel:
In December 2013 I traveled to Portugal to film a surf video with Camilla Kemp, athlete of the year in Cascais, Portugal. We had four awesome days before the arrival of Xaver, a hurricane that caused havoc in Britain and roughend up the sea at Camilla Kemp’s favorite surf sites on the Portuguese coast. Despite mixed weather conditions and not so perfect waves, we captured good surf and had tons of fun with Camilla’s friends and family.

Film/Edit:
Sebastian Linda – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sebastian-Linda-Cinematographie/236987166380010

Music:
“Blueprint” by Rainbirds

Camilla Kemp - Surfin' Between Storms. Film by Sebastian Linda. Music by Rainbirds. Women's surf video on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Additional Resources:
Camilla Kemp
Sebastian Linda on Facebook
Sebastian Linda on Vimeo
Sebastian Linda – Audiovisual Artist
Katharina Franck



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Lara Valente, Summer in Rio - Verao no Rio.

Lara Valente – Summer in Rio. Verão no Rio. Film/Edit by Ruy Neto.

Lara Valente, Summer in Rio - Verao no Rio.

Lara Valente – Summer in Rio / Verão no Rio. Film/Edit by Ruy Neto.

Description via Surfando:
During summer, Lara walks by beaches and waterfalls of Rio enjoying three amazing swells. About to graduate in Medical school, she enjoys her vacation before going through the last semester in college and the residency test. But now with more energy and the memory of an endless summer…

Durante o verão carioca, Lara passeia pelas praias e cachoeiras da cidade maravilhosa aproveitando três incríveis ondulações! Prestes a se formar em medicina, ela desfruta suas férias antes de enfrentar o último semestre da universidade e a temida prova de residência médica. Mas agora com energias renovadas e na companhia de memórias de um verão sem fim…

Film/Edit: Ruy Neto

Surfer: Lara Valente

Music: “Celso Fonseca E Cibelle Cavalli” – Ela É Carioca; “Mas Que Nada” – Jorge Ben Jor

Lara Valente: Summer in Rio / Verão no Rio from Surfando on Vimeo.


Lara Valente - Summer in Rio surf video. Verao no Rio.

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Surf Photo Friday featuring Canadian surfer, Jill Manos

Surf Photo Friday – Jill Manos Surfs the Freezing Water of Nova Scotia, Canada

Surf Photo Friday featuring Canadian surfer, Jill Manos

Surf Photo Friday – Jill Manos Surfs the Freezing Water of Nova Scotia, Canada

Although we’re late to the party, we’ve quickly grown to love Instagram. It’s such a great platform to keep in touch with our readers and to see their surfing lives as presented through their own lenses. A few days ago after seeing one of our own posts claiming “being frozen” or something to that effect, we were tagged by another reader who directed our attention toward an image with the simple caption, “Ice Queen.” When we clicked on the photo of Canadian surfer, Jill Manos, the true meaning of cold sent shivers down our spines.

Jill fills in the details of her freezing winter session in Nova Scotia, Canada.

“Xcel 6/5/4mm, 8mm boots and 7mm gloves. -17°C with wind chill that even freezes saltwater pretty quickly.”

As we join the ranks of Southern California surfers heading out to our local surf spots tomorrow morning, the photo of Jill’s icicle-clad face will be on our phones, ready to show to every surfer who utters the phrase, “It’s freezing out here!”

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.

Jill Manos surfing Nova Scotia, Canada. Surf photo by Scotty Sherin.Jill Manos noserides a clean right in Nova Scotia, Canada. Photo: Scotty Sherin

Jill Manos, Canada surfer covered in ice while wearing freezing wetsuit. Surf photo by Nico Manos.“Ice Queen” Photo: Nico Manos


Previous Surf Photo Fridays | 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:
Jill Manos on Instagram



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Searching for a Schedule in Mexico with Margaux Arramon-tucoo, Jake Zylstra, Anna Ehrgott, Sarica Carlquist, Manny Caro, Christine Brailsford and Hayley Gordon

Searching for a Schedule in Mexico with Margaux Arramon-tucoo, Jake Zylstra, Anna Ehrgott, Sarica Carlquist, Manny Caro, Christine Brailsford & Hayley Gordon

Searching for a Schedule in Mexico with Margaux Arramon-tucoo, Jake Zylstra, Anna Ehrgott, Sarica Carlquist, Manny Caro, Christine Brailsford and Hayley Gordon

Words and Photos by Hayley Gordonleashless.tv

Day 1
We have arrived at the airport in Mexico and our ride isn’t there. We eat a random selection of food at the airport restaurant and crack our first Mexican beer, then order a taxi to our destination. Boards stacked high we arrive under cover of darkness, greeted by the rhythmic sound of surf.

Cruising down the beach in Mexico. Photo by Hayley Gordon, leashless.tv

Searching for a Schedule in Mexico. Surf photo by Hayley Gordon.
Day 2
Adjusting to time here is difficult. With no phones and no watches we count time by waves, sessions, naps, tacos, and beers. It takes an adjustment; the mind is constantly searching for a schedule. Things slow down and I find that I can truly relax with a book without checking my phone every 5 minutes.

The house is a revolving door as our crew surfs, takes a break for some water and a bite to eat, and heads back out for more.

Setting up for a long Mexican left. Surf photo by Hayley Gordon, leashless.tv

Mexico noseride. Photo by Hayley Gordon, leashless.tv

The long way back. Photo by Hayley Gordon, leashless.tv

Day 3
It’s amazing to actually be too hot in the water. As someone who is always cold even in the summer and in places like Puerto Rico and Hawaii, it’s a luxury I don’t get very often. It’s sweltering during the day, and brutal standing on the beach with a camera. Mornings and evenings are the only respite. Thankfully the second day brought a steady breeze.

The peeling lefts give us an empty canvas to play on. They are so long that everyone has started to get out of the water and walk up the beach to get back out.

Snacks and refreshment. Photo by Hayley Gordon, leashless.tv

Day 4
The waves have gradually gotten a bit smaller, but the mechanical lefts keep coming in. We’ve switched to smaller wave gear, and my shortboards are sitting lonely in the house.

Afternoons are reserved for naps, reading, and listening to music on the balcony. Today one of the locals got us coconuts from a nearby field, and they were absolutely delicious.

The evening brings a string of intense lightning storms that put on a show all night.

Shooting photos and riding lefts in Mexico. Surf photo by Hayley Gordon of leashless.tv

Day 5
Unfortunately the surf begins to dwindle, and we turn our sights beyond our home base to explore the nearby coast. Our new friend Josh offers to drive a few miles south towards a beach town filled with luxurious beachfront homes and a beautiful coast with alternating rock-reef and sandbar breaks.

We paddle out at a promising looking sandbar, but the surf proves fickle and difficult, and more than a bit sharky. Still the crew managed to get a bunch of waves before a huge baitball appeared in the lineup. Some of us onshore saw dolphins pursuing it, but we also saw a fin that looked a bit more shark-like than dolphin-like, and Jake and Manny paddled in as fast as they could.

Checking the surf in Mexico. Photo by Hayley Gordon of leashless.tv

Day 6
The surf dwindled even further this day, and so we set our sights on exploring the coast to find yet another break that is notoriously a bit hard to find. We missed the first turn and drove miles in the wrong direction before finding the correct route. The dirt road had been ravaged by recent rains, and it took a while to navigate the pits and bumps. More than a few times our stack of nine surfboards nearly flew from the roof of our Jeep.

Once we reached the break we were greeted with an empty lineup and perfectly clean peeling waves. The only problem was the waves were miniature, suitable only for a longboard. The crew did the best they could to wring as much fun from the surf as they could before relaxing under the canopy at the little restaurant on the beach run by a grandma and her family. Although the surf wasn’t as stellar as we had hoped, we could see the potential for amazing surf at this spot.

Transporting the surfboards for the flight back from Mexico, Hayley Gordon.

Day 7
Our last day we were hoping the see the beginnings of a new swell filling in, but the morning greeted us with dribblers crumbling on the point. Unfortunately the swell did not arrive early as we had hoped, so we set about packing our boardbags and getting ready for the journey home. The funniest thing about traveling with a group of surfers is trying to wrangle all the boardbags, and we had more than a few curious onlookers at the airport.

We left Mexico with tans, great memories, and a great time together. We didn’t quite get the stellar surf we were hoping for, but a week in paradise with your friends is something that will be looked back on with fondness for the rest of our lives. -Hayley

*Notes from the jetty…
Please check out Hayley Gordon’s leashless.tv to view her groundbreaking surf and skate films.


Relaxing until the next surf session in Mexico. Photo by Hayley Gordon, leashless.tv
Additional Resources:
Leashless.tv – films and images by Hayley Gordon
Hayley Gordon @hayley_gordon
Margaux Arramon-tucco @margause
Jake Zylstra @andjake
Anna Ehrgott &annaehrgott
Sarica Carlquist @sarica_carlquist
Manny Caro @swallowtailsociety
Christine Brailsford @whomphandplanes




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Tory Gilkerson's Snapshots from China during the Swatch Girls Pro China

Tory Gilkerson’s Snapshots from China during the Swatch Girls Pro

Tory Gilkerson's Snapshots from China - surfing in China at the Swatch Girls Pro China. Featured on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
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Monday, November 18, 2013

“We just got in and I am so stoked! It’s beautiful and tropical and we have an amazing view from the hotel. We may not get to surf today as there’s only a little swell. It should be three to four feet for the contest though.”
Tory Gilkerson boards a bus in China then jumps for joy at the amazing view from her hotel on Hainan Island, China. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

“Today we got to free surf before the event that starts tomorrow. The surf was super fun and offshore with 3 to 5 foot waves. It was fun to practice with all the girls and get ready for the event. We also had an opening ceremony last night. They put on an amazing show with dance performers and speakers for us. It was an awesome experience and I am so excited to see the event unfold tomorrow.”
Tory Gilkerson hangs ten in China shortly before the beginning of the Swatch Girls Pro China opening ceremony. Featured on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Tory Gilkerson © Poullenot - full image size at swatchgirlspro.com“Today was so sick! I am so stoked to have won the first round heat and move straight into Round Three. The conditions cleaned up and provided us with some 4 to 5 foot glassy surf all day. The wave is a left hand point break that hits a couple of steep sections and is super fun. [ Photo: Swatch/Poullenot - click image to jump to full size at swatchgirlspro.com ]
Tory Gilkerson is stoked on the conditions for Day One of the Swatch Girls Pro China.Tory Gilkerson, post heat interview after her Round One win at the Swatch Girls Pro China. Featured on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
Tory Gilkerson on video at the Swatch Girls Pro China.line of blue and gray

Friday, November 22, 2013

“I had an amazing day at the contest yesterday. I had a super fun Round Three heat with one of the Brazilian girls and won to move to Round Four. I was edged out in Round Five by one of the French girls. Overall it was a very fun contest and the camaraderie amongst the American girls is great, we all hung together and rooted each other on. I am excited to go explore this tropical paradise and find some new waves! This beachfront hotel is amazing and there’s a fun little beach break right in front. The food is great–we get buffet style breakfast and dinner and they really try to give us some American food options, thankfully ;) .”
Tory Gilkerson reflects on the Swatch Girls Pro China
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Saturday, November 23, 2013

“Today we went up into a temple in the mountains and it was beautiful. We took a rattly ski lift up the mountain that was so scary, then hiked down and saw some beautiful Buddhist temples and statues. We went to a tourist attraction and turned into the attraction ourselves. After taking a photo with this lady, several Chinese tourists lined up to take photos with Karina and me.”
Tory Gilkerson and Karina Rozunko become tourist attractions in China. Tory and Mike Stidham visit a Buddhist temple in the mountains. Featured on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
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Sunday, November 24, 2013

“To finish off the trip, I had an awesome time with my bud, Karina Rozunko, surfing a secret spot in China!”
Tory Gilkerson and Karina Rozunko surf a secret spot in China. Featured on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
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Tory Gilkerson, San Onofre. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf MagazineNotes from the jetty…
Tory Gilkerson is on Hainan Island, China getting ready to compete in the upcoming Swatch Girls Pro that is scheduled for November 20-24. The 20-year-old goofyfoot was the 3x USA Under-18 Longboard Champion and recently starred in Birdman Media’s all-women longboard film, “Say No More” which debuted earlier this year. We often run into her while surfing Oceanside Harbor so we asked the talented surfer if she’d want to share some of her experiences in China this year. We hope you check back often as this page will be continuously updated as her journey unfolds. We wish the best of luck to Tory and all the women competing in China for the World Title this year.


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The Philippine Wahine Classic Poster Art

The 1st STOKEDinc Philippine Wahine Classic Celebrates Filipina Surfer Girls

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

The 1st STOKEDinc Philippine Wahine Classic celebrates Filipina Surfer Girls

Sabang Beach, Baler, Philippines – October 8, 2013 – The Surf Institute (TSI) successfully organized and launched The 1st STOKEDinc Philippine Wahine Classic, a pioneering tradition in celebration of the Filipina Surfergirl, on a festive Oct. 5-6 weekend at the iconic Aliya Surf Resort in Baler. This girls-only event, a first-of-its-kind in the Philippines and brainchild of The Surf Institute’s founder, Carla Rowland, saw hundreds of surfer girls from the rapidly-growing Filipina surfing community show grace, style, and some ridiculously fun wipeouts in an All-Girls surf competition. A Girls-Only FREE Surf Lessons campaign, ran by Surfing Philippines and GoSurPH!, saw almost a hundred newbie wahines ride the Pacific Ocean swell, in this surf town made famous by the award-winning film Apocalypse Now.

The Philippine Wahine Classic is the result of Carla Rowland’s vision to empower Filipina surfers and is the first to unite and highlight Filipina lady sliders of all abilities. Sponsored by the Philippines’ pioneer action sports brand and retailer, STOKEDinc, this inaugural event showcased some of the best female surfers currently in the Philippines, as well as those quickly coming up the ranks. “We were honored to have been asked by Carla Rowland to be part of this event,” says STOKEDinc Managing Director JV Borromeo, “and we’re even more stoked for the lucky ladies who’ll get to win a couple of world class Zamora surfboards, shaped by the California-based Filipino shaper Ian Zamora. Our Stoked Girls will, without a doubt, articulate their love of life, the beach, the seas, and the ocean riding these beautiful surfboards fluently.”

Carla Rowland - The 1st STOKEDinc Philippine Wahine Classic Celebrates Filipina Surfer Girls

Having spent many years herself in competition, Rowland found it disheartening and eventually put herself on the other side of the judges’ table. “I’ve spent a number of years working behind the scenes in contests, learning what it takes to put on a really good event. This was my opportunity to put all that practice to the test! I think I passed!”

Filipinas from all over the country who came to participate in this maiden occasion experienced fun 2 to 5 foot surf with some bigger sets witnessed on Saturday. The ladies battled it out in four-woman heats, in four divisions: Malihini (novice) Shortboard, Malihini (novice) Longboard, Open Longboard, and Open Shortboard. Malihini Shortboard finalist, Kimpot Ritual, expressed in a note to Rowland after the event, “Thank you so much for the happiest weekend ever here in Baler… It was a memorable experience for me and to all the other wahines who participated… Super thank you!”

After the awards ceremony, Rowland had a moment to reflect on the weekend. “It was really amazing to see all these women come together to partake in this special event,” she said of her first spearheaded production. “I am just so pleased with the turnout and to see all the happy faces… Well, it just makes me feel like I’ve definitely done something right!”

It was no surprise that Filipina powerhouse, Daisy Valdez from La Union, took both open divisions, securing herself not one, but two surfboards handcrafted by Filipino-born, California-raised, Ian Zamora, of Zamora Surfboards. The Malihini shortboard division saw controlled maneuvering from famous travel blogger Lois Yasay (www.wearesolesisters.com), who took the top place in that division, and smooth transitions from Malihini Longboard champion, Melai Karaan of La Union; both of which won their own personal surf training devices from NoHo Surf. Special awards were given to local girl, Zhainaday Tena of Baler, for scoring the best wave of the weekend in her open shortboard round 1 heat where she averaged a 6.5. Jam Choa of Venezuela City received the Wahine of the Weekend award for her positive spirit and Baler local, SweetLyka De La Torre was honored with the Mags Martin Memorial Award for her exemplary display of risk-taking and tenacity. Last, but certainly not least, Mitch Sayoc of Quezon City, a Malihini Longboard finalist, secured the coveted Worst Wipeout award for her near decapitation of her own head in one of her early round heats.

Alongside the competition, the weekend was host to Surfing Philippines GoSurPH! initiative where people received free surf lessons from local instructors. Surfing Philippines co-founder, Gerard Sison and GoSurPH! Campaign Director Joncy Sumulong were all smiles welcoming all the participants. “Seeing all the girls totally stoked on catching their first wave gets us totally amped to take our GoSurPH! campaign to many more destinations, and giving many more free surf lessons,” says Gerard Sison, “the spirit of surfing is really for everyone.”

Aliya Surf Resort owner Roy Angara, affectionately called The Fresh Prince of Baler, has played a vital role in the Baler community and has been involved in the surf scene there for many years. “This was one of the best competitions we have seen here at Aliya. Everything went so smoothly and all the competitors really enjoyed themselves. We can’t wait to do it again!”

RESULTS:

Open Longboard
1. Daisy Valdez
2. Daizy Nazol
3. Winnie Fuller
4. Jam Choa

Open Shortboard
1. Daisy Valdez
2. Laarnie Ritual
3. Winnie Fuller
4. Zhainaday Tena

Malihini Longboard
1. Melai Karaan
2. Mitch Sayoc
3. Nics Mandilag
4. Mayleine Olfindo

Malihini Shortboard
1. Lois Yasay
2. Kimpot Ritual
3. Mayleine Olfindo
4. Camille Pilar

The 1st STOKEDinc Philippine Wahine Classic Celebrates Filipina Surfer Girls

The 1st STOKEDinc Philippine Wahine Classic Celebrates Filipina Surfer Girls

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Special thanks to our sponsors:

STOKEDinc
Aliya Surf Resort BALER
Zamora Surf
NoHo Surf Trainer
The Surf Institute
Surfing Philippines
GoPro Philippines
Lagu
Unilever
Ian Zamora Images
Surfista Travels
Solar Sports
My Life On Board
Costa Pacifica Resort
Secret Spot – Baler
Brown Belly
Mad Kahuna Surf Shop
Riding The Waves
Son Of A Beach
Katz Eye/Burnt Toast Productions
FLOW SurfYogaSamba
Art by Elise Nicole K
Handmade Boardbags by Anna Ehrgott
Broken Anchor Music
Quality Surf & Skate
When In Manila
Famous Wax
Frances Arbie Tattoo


Contact:
Carla Rowland, thesurfinstitute@gmail.com

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