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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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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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


Surf Ladies Represent at San Diego Surf Film Festival

By Liz Bradshaw

It’s a year of firsts for surf film festivals in San Diego, from San Diego Surf Ladies hosted Board Shorts: Short Films by SoCal artists, Inspired by Women to the inaugural San Diego Surf Film Festival taking place this May at Bird’s Surf Shed.

13 feature films and 22 shorts will be screened over the weekend of May 11 – 13th and there are some familiar faces in the line up! San Diego Surf Lady, Hayley Gordon blew us all away with By The Way back in February! At just shy of fifteen minutes long her film is a refreshing look at a crop of talented women surfers with the right amount energy and fun that makes you immediately want to grab your board and run out of the door. Thoughtfully edited with an awesome soundtrack Hayley’s film has gained worldwide attention in the past couple of months with 33k+ views on Vimeo and posts on many a surf site including Surfer Magazine.

By the Way is being screened as part of a triple dose of women’s surfing goodness in a 2 two hour block where you can also see Clare Plueckhahn and Fran Derham’s latest piece So It Goes & much loved feature documentary The Women and the Waves. Australian filmmaker Clare Plueckhahn and Fran Derham’s last piece LunchBreak won ‘best short’ at the New York Surf Film Festival and was featured as a guest ‘global short’ at the Board Shorts Festival. So it Goes contrasts the tongue in cheek high energy of LunchBreak and features 19 year old Billabong surfer Felicity Palmateer exploring her thoughts on life and the pressure she faces as a competitive surfer.

First released in 2009 The Women and The Waves, a documentary by Heather Hudson and features a cast spanning multiple generations of female surfers including the pioneering Linda Benson and professional surfer, shaper & musician Ashley Lloyd. Uplifting interviews and inspiring surfing throughout the film provide a great commentary on what it means to be a wave-loving woman!

Not to be missed over the weekend another film screened at the Board Shorts Festival and chosen by the San Diego Surf Film Festival as an automatic selection is Margaux. Shot and edited by Michael Weybret of Shaper Studios in San Diego Margaux takes us on a beautifully crafted four-minute journey as we watch French surfer Margaux Arramon-Tucoo shape and glide on a recent visit to California.

You can catch Margaux on Saturday May 12th and So it Goes, By The Way and the Women and the Waves on Sunday May 13th, Mothers Day.

Check out more information about the festival, schedule and tickets at www.sandiegosurffilmfestival.com

Jettygirl Surf Video Clip! 3x Women’s Longboard World Champion, Cori Schumacher, Surfing in Cardiff, California

While the 2011 ASP Women’s Longboard World Title was being decided in the faraway land of China, Jettygirl met up with three-time women’s longboard world champion Cori Schumacher at her home break in Cardiff, California. Cori already surfs with beautiful style but add a special single fin surfboard shaped by Ashley Lloyd and it adds a whole new dimension to Cori’s surfing.

Filmed by Chris Grant for Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Music: “Mistral” by More Human Than Human. Download music and learn about More Human Than Human at www.morehuman-thanhuman.com


Additional Resources:

Cori Schumacher
Ashley Lloyd Surfboards
More Human Than Human

Groundbreaking “Women On Waves” Exhibit Closing in Two Weeks, Special Discount Offer for California Surf Museum Visitors

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“One of the most rewarding projects I’ve ever been involved in, the “Women On Waves” exhibit at the California Surf Museum is ending in less than one month. Come check it out if you haven’t already. Men/women, surfers/non surfers alike, you’ll enjoy it.” -Julie Cox, Operations Manager, California Surf Museum, January 2011.

When I read Julie’s Facebook post above, it hit me like a ton of bricks that the Women On Waves exhibit would be closing down shortly. The California Surf Museum has put together one of the most extensive and significant collection of women’s surf history ever housed under one roof. If you have not seen it yet, I encourage you to do so now because there is a very real possibility that nothing like Women On Waves will ever happen again in our lifetimes. You need to act quickly too because the exhibit will only be showing for a few more weeks.

The California Surf Museum has offered up a generous discount to JettyGirl readers until the closing of Women On Waves. Simply mention “JETTYGIRL” at the admissions desk and you’ll receive a 2-for-the-price-of-1 discount admission. For questions, directions and museum hours, please visit surfmuseum.org –Chris Grant


JettyGirl: At last year’s ribbon-cutting for the Women On Waves exhibit, many of the most famous female surfers in history showed up for the grand opening. Does anything particularly special stick out in your mind from that night?
Julie Cox: We had a ribbon cutting in March and a Gala in June. Each event was really really special… With the ribbon cutting we were working up to the wire, pulling 16 hour days to get everything installed, and hanging photos a few minutes before cutting the ribbon. Once the exhibit opened, everyone really liked it, so that was a relief. So many amazing women in the exhibit showed up to help cut the ribbon… Gidget, Linda Merrill, Linda Benson, Joyce Hoffman, Prue Jeffries, Kristy Murphy, Jennifer Smith, Jeannette Prince, Cori Schumacher, Debbie Beacham, Cher Pendarvis, Ashley Lloyd, Carla Rowland, Eve Fletcher, Donna Matson, just to name a few! It was fun watching the different generations talking, meeting each other, and taking photos together. Women featured in the exhibit brought family members along, it was a proud moment for many. My mom was there too, helping set-up, taking photos, etc. My co-worker, Sam played vintage vinyl on the turntables, the energy was amazing. Speaking with Joyce Hoffman that day was a highlight for me. Hearing about the first time she surfed Pipeline and hearing about her competitive side back then. Meeting her parents and seeing her smile when she saw her section of the exhibit was a great feeling. You could tell she was proud and had a good time seeing everyone.

The 3rd Annual Fundraising Gala was awesome, again, because so many of the legends of today and yesterday were at the museum. I am here everyday, but to have all of the people I look up to and admire come to me, was killer! Lisa Andersen, Frieda Zamba, Maya Gabiera, Courtney Conlogue, Keala Kennelly, Kassia Meador along with many of the ladies who were at the ribbon cutting came for a night to re-celebrate the exhibit.

Linda Merrill, Eve Fletcher, Donna Matson, Debbie Beacham and Courtney Conlogue. Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum.
Group photo of legendary female surfers. Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum.  Maya Gabeira, Courtney Conlogue, Gidget and Keala Kennelly. Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum.

JG: There’s an Ashley Lloyd-shaped board in the exhibit that’s been signed by the best of the best in women’s surf history. When the exhibit closes, what will happen to that board?
JC: The California Surf Museum board of directors agreed to commission Ashley to shape a special Women On Waves exhibit surfboard to auction at our fundraising Gala, but once we began acquiring signatures, we decided it was too special to let go of. CSM will keep it for our permanent collection to display again in the future and continue getting autographs.

JG: Since you’ve walked the halls of the exhibit virtually everyday for the past year, you surely must have a favorite item or two. What would the item(s) be and why?
JC: First, the Mary Jane beaver tail wetsuit from the 1960s. The style is so cute, I wish someone would make something like that today. Second, there is a 1950’s balsa board made custom for a woman named Donna Matson. I got to pick it up from her house in LA when we interviewed her and the board felt so at home under my arm. Finally, we have one of Rell Sunn’s boards on display. She chose the cloth that is inlayed in the glass and had it made into a single fin after it was a 2+1. That board is very special and is one of my favorite things in the exhibit. There are many photos that I really like in the exhibit too.

Bethany Hamilton exhibit. Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum.JG: When you overhear visitors talking as they walk about the exhibit, is there one particular item that visitors seem to gravitate towards?
JC: When visitors first enter the exhibit, they gravitate toward the first swim suit examples on display. The first suit from the early 1900’s is cumbersome, heavy, and looks very hard to surf or swim in. They love the cute suits from the 1930’s and 1940’s. But as soon as visitors see the shark bitten chunk out of Bethany Hamilton’s board, they are drawn to that and can’t believe they are looking at the actual board.

JG: Which era represented in the exhibit was the most difficult to gather items for and why do you think that is?
JC: We are lucky to have an enormous network of surfers and collectors who helped make the hunt for items go smoothly. But we really wanted to show the evolution of the women’s swim suit fashion and our 1900’s, 1930’s and 1940’s were weak. I just think we never came across the earlier suits and never expressed the need for them until this exhibit. Roxy helped us by allowing us to buy 5 vintage suits we found online. Once the exhibit is over, the suits will go into the Roxy archives.

JG: If you could time travel to any era represented in the exhibit, which one would it be and why?
JC: I’d like to have surfed in the late 1950’s- 1960’s. It would have been fun to be a part of the surfing boom when spots were being discovered, opportunities for surfers were just beginning, and boards were getting lighter and better. Surfing was still a rebel’s sport and lifestyle and the culture was really being shaped.
Linda Benson exhibit for Women On Waves. Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum. Rell Sunn exhibit. Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum.Lisa Anderson exhibit. Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum. Wahines. Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum.

JG: It’s quite possible that there will never be a collection of women’s surf history in one place like this again. Do you have any plans for the exhibit to live on in some form?
JC: We researched and thought hard about having the WOW exhibit travel, but decided against it because of the precious items we have on loan, the cost it would take to insure the items, and the time and cost in manpower to oversee the operation. We’re going to make a book out of it instead. So much of the hard work is already done, it would be irresponsible of us to let it all disappear.

JG: What’s up next for the California Surf Museum?
JC: The board of directors have at least 4 exhibits in the works which will be installed late February through May in different phases. We’re working on a 25 years of the California Surf Museum exhibit which will showcase some of the items that have been donated over the past 25 years. We’re going to do an exhibit about the transition years 1966-72 when longboards went short. We’ll integrate politics, culture, music, etc from that time period. To compliment surfing’s transition years, we’ll do an exhibit about skateboarding’s transition years which were the early 1970’s to circa 1975. We’ll include some clothing and shoes as well-it is always fun to include a bit of fashion and style. We’re also installing a permanent exhibit which will showcase 100 years of surfing and include examples of the prominent boards, fashions, and figures of each era. I will help out where I can in all of this but the lead is really being taken by Larry Balma, Guy Motil, Dale Smith, Jim Kempton, Tara Torburn, Jane Schmauss, and Ric Riavic.

Debbie Beacham, Jericho Poppler, Cher Pendarvis and Jane Schmauss. Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum. Carla Rowland. Photo courtesy of California Surf Museum. Jane Schmauss and third grade class field trip. Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum. Debbie Beacham, Frieda Zamba, Keala Kennelly, Jennifer Smith. Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum.Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum. Linda Merrill. Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum. Margo Oberg exhibit. Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum. Lisa Anderson signs the Women On Waves exhibit surfboard. Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum. Joyce Hoffman exhibit. Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum. Frieda Zamba signing the Women On Waves exhibit board. Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum. Early days. Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum. Donna Matson. Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum. Big wave exhibit. Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum. Keala Kennelly signing the Women On Waves exhibit board. Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum. Gidget and Linda Benson. Photo courtesy of the California Surf Museum.


Photo Credits: IMAGES COURTESY OF THE CALIFORNIA SURF MUSEUM

Special Thanks: Props to Julie Cox for her assistance with this story and for her dedication to the promotion of women’s surfing through her work at the California Surf Museum. For those of you who may not be aware of this, Julie has collaborated with talented shaper, Jed Noll, on a line of surfboards specifically designed for female surfers. Check out the Jule Collection of surfboards here!