The Other Side of Surfing – Panel Participants Include Ashley Lloyd Thompson, Tiffany Campbell, Bianca Valenti & Julie Cox – April 23, 2015 at the California Institute of Integral Studies

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.

 Other Side of Surfing featuring Ashley Lloyd Thompson, Tiffany Campbell, Bianca Valenti and Julie Cox. Curated by Margaret Seelie.

 

PANEL PARTICIPANTS
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.
CURATAOR
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.
RAFFLE
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 mseelie@gmail.com (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

Other Side of Surfing featuring Ashley Lloyd Thompson, Tiffany Campbell, Bianca Valenti and Julie Cox. Curated by Margaret Seelie.

 

Single Wave Thursday featuring Ashley Lloyd Thompson on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Ashley Lloyd Thompson – Single Wave Thursday. One Ride, No Music, Just Surfing.

Single Wave Thursday featuring Ashley Lloyd Thompson on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
Ashley Lloyd Thompson – Single Wave Thursday. One Ride, No Music, Just Surfing.
Women’s Surf Movies on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

One of my favorite Jettygirl days was the one I spent with surfer/shaper/musician, Ashley Lloyd Thompson, at her home in Santa Cruz, California. Watching the ultra-smooth surfing styles of Ashley and her husband, Alex, was a refreshing change of pace. If filming the two of them drawing clean lines in the water wasn’t reward enough, I was blessed even more with a home-grown salad and an impromptu live music performance after the session. It was an epic day through and through!

Thank you for stopping by for another installment of Single Wave Thursday. As always, thank you for your support of Jettygirl. None of this would be possible without you, our dear readers.

Film: Chris Grant | Sound: Audio provided by abcopen at freesound.org
* There’s no HD on this one but to get the best quality, click the little icon to the right of the clock on the YouTube player (you must hit the play arrow first to see the icons) and select 480p.

Previous Single Wave Thursdays: Kassia Meador | Amee Donohoe | Felicity Palmateer | Tammy-Lee Smith | Tia Blanco | Pauline Ado | Tory Gilkerson | Claire Bevilacqua | Kaleigh Gilchrist | Courtney Conlogue | Justine Dupont | Silvana Lima | Courtney Conlogue | Erin Ashley | Brittani Nicholl | Alexa Frantz | Lindsay Steinriede

Additional Resources:
Ashley Lloyd Surfboards – official
The Shapes – official band site
Ashley Lloyd Thompson on Instagram
The Shapes on Facebook



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Surf Photo Friday featuring Margaret Seelie and Ashley Lloyd on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Surf Photo Friday – Get Stoked on Lady Shapers

Surf Photo Friday featuring Margaret Seelie and Ashley Lloyd on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine
Surf Photo Friday – Get Stoked on Lady Shapers | Words and Photos by Margaret Seelie

As a kid, my bedroom in Ohio was plastered with Roxy ads depicting chicks in bikinis shredding on shortboards. When I arrived on the West Coast in 2009, I was twenty-seven, and ready to start surfing. After wrestling with the Pacific for a few months on a rented foam board, I couldn’t fathom how the shortboarders of my youth surfed those tiny boards. I started watching longboarders finesse across the faces of waist-high waves, and for the first time I knew what kind of surfer I wanted to be. Looping the film Dear & Yonder almost constantly in my apartment in San Francisco I also discovered surfboard shaping. I started checking out boards, finding shapers I liked, and asking surf shops if they carried any boards that were shaped by women. It wasn’t until 2013 that I saw one of Ashley Lloyd Thompson’s surfboards at Mollusk Surf Shop. Looking up at that towering turquoise board, it was the most immaculate surfboard I had ever seen, and I wanted to know everything about it.

A few months later, I had the good fortune of running into Ashley at Pleasure Point in Santa Cruz. She was carrying one of her boards down the beach, and I stopped her to gush about how much I love “Ashley’s boards” (not recognizing her). She took my compliments graciously, introduced herself, and invited me to check out her shaping room sometime. Since then, she has been showing me how she shapes, and she introduced me to Tom from Screwball Industries who sometimes lets me watch him glass boards.

I google “female surfboard shaper” often, which is how I recently found Teena McIlveen, an inspiring glasser in Australia. Teena goes by the moniker, The Lady of Many Colours, because she mixes psychedelic tints into her resins that create awesome tie-dye patterns on the boards she glasses. I imagine there are more women out there in the surfboard industry, and I look forward to the day when I look up “women making surfboards” and hundreds of names appear. Until then, please join me in getting stoked on lady shapers!

Margaret Seelie and Ashley Lloyd shape a surfboard. Ashley Lloyd Surfboards. Photos by Margaret Seelie on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.Margaret Seelie's quote about the future of women surfboard shapers. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.Ashley Lloyd with Margaret Seelie's new surfboard. Photo by Margaret Seelie. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Photos courtesy of Margaret Seelie

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. Also, a special thank you to Margaret for allowing us to share her story and photos for this week’s feature.


Previous Surf Photo Fridays | 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:
Margaret Seelie on Flickr
Margaret Seelie’s writings
Margaret Seelie on Instagram@travel_pants
Margaret Seelie on Facebook
Margaret Seelie on Twitter
Ashley Lloyd Surfboards
Ashley Lloyd on Instagram
Ashley Lloyd Thompson on Facebook
The Shapes – official band site
The Shapes on Instagram



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Surf Photo Friday - A Special Surf Session with Ashley Lloyd Thompson, Julie Cox, Alex Thompson, Chris Cuevas and Sheri Crummer

Surf Photo Friday – A Special Surf Session with Ashley Lloyd Thompson, Julie Cox, Alex Thompson, Chris Cuevas & Sheri Crummer

Ashley Lloyd Thompson and Julie Cox head for an early morning surf. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Surf Photo Friday – A Special Surf Session with Ashley Lloyd Thompson, Julie Cox, Alex Thompson & Sheri Crummer

Several months ago I received a call from my good friend, Julie Cox, that she was heading up to meet Ashley Lloyd for a surf. Caught by surprise that another one of my favorite human beings was in Southern California, I grabbed my camera gear and jumped on the northbound side of the 5 Freeway. Ashley was down here with her husband, Alex, visiting with some members of Alex’s family. Legendary personality, Sheri Crummer, also dropped by for some waves and it was an honor to meet her for the first time.

Not knowing how the surf was, we were pleasantly surprised to find fun, offshore conditions up and down the beach. It was a blessing to have such a diverse crew of styles …Julie’s timeless elegance, Ashley’s switchstance cutbacks, Alex and Chris’ classically drawn lines, and Sheri’s youthful exuberance were on display for three hours of California wintertime goodness.

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.

Julie Cox drops into a nice right. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Ashley Lloyd Thompson bottom turn. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

Jule Cox knee paddles out into the lineup for some fun waves. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

Julie Cox hangs five on her favorite Jule Collection surfboard. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Ashley Lloyd's backside slice on a clean right. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Crowd of surfers waiting for the next set of waves. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

Sheri Crummer threads through the crowds. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Glassy, unridden wave. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Alex Thompson carves a cutback on a small inside wave. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

Chris Cuevas and Alex Thompson switch surfboards. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Chris Cuevas leans into a peeling, little right. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Future waverider. Photo by Chris Grant.

Alex Thompson, old-school style in the hook. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

Ashley Lloyd Thompson hits the lip backside. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Sheri Crummer hangs five on a glassy inside right. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Shorebreak dredger. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Elegance in the shore break, Julie Cox. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Good friends, Julie Cox and Ashley Lloyd Thompson, say goodbye after a fun surf session. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Photos: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com

Previous Surf Photo Fridays | 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:
Ashley Lloyd Surfboards
Ashley Lloyd Thompson on Facebook
The Shapes – official band page featuring Alex Thompson, Ashley Lloyd and bandmates
The Shapes on Facebook
Ashley Lloyd on Instagram
Julie Cox Surfing
Julie Cox on Instagram
Jule Collection Surfboards on Facebook
Mollusk Surf Shop
Sheri Crummer Photography on Facebook
Seasister.com – photography by Sheri Crummer



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Ashley Lloyd’s New Band, The Shapes, Playing at the Crepe Place in Santa Cruz on October 21, 2012. All ages show. $10.

The Shapes & Special Guest at The Crepe Place - October 21, 2012, 9-10pm, all ages, $10. Featuring Alex Thompson, Ashley Lloyd Thompson, Ron Work and Damon Danielson.

If you’re in the Santa Cruz area and you’re looking for something fun to do tomorrow night, Sunday, October 21, The Shapes are playing at the Crepe Place at 9pm. The Shapes are Alex Thompson, Ashley Lloyd Thompson, Ron Work, and Damon Danielson.


Additional Resources:
The Shapes on Facebook
The Shapes
Ashley Lloyd Music