Surf Photo Friday featuring Tory Gilkerson on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Surf Photo Friday – Double Vision Edition with Tory Gilkerson

Surf Photo Friday featuring Tory Gilkerson on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine
Surf Photo Friday – Double Vision Edition with Tory Gilkerson
One Moment, Two Surf Photos – Photos by Andrew Grant and Chris Grant

Many years ago, possibly in the 1980′s, one of the three major surf magazines (Surfer, Surfing, or Breakout) at the time ran a feature that showed two photos of the same surf moment taken at the same time. The concept has intrigued me for years and is something I’ve always wanted to try. A few months back while my son was out of school for Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday, I enlisted his help to give the photo experiment a try. We decided that he’d post up on the beach while I went for a swim.

A few days earlier I mentioned our experiment to the super talented longboarder, Tory Gilkerson, who was quick to join in. It seems that more often than not, weather systems attempt to foil any photo plans but that wasn’t the case this time—we were greeted with glassy, shoulder-high to overhead surf with bright sunshine and light offshore winds. Tory usually bolts straight for the lefts, but knowing what we were trying to do, she paddled out and scored lengthy backside noserides on right after right.

A couple of things stick out in my mind from this session at Oceanside Harbor. First, it’s a lot tougher to get simultaneous photos than I would have thought. On Tory’s best two waves, my son missed one due to cell phone distractions while I completely blew another one by using the wrong focus point in my camera, basically focusing on a bubble in the water instead of on Tory who was enjoying a lengthy noseride on a flawless left that peeled through the lineup (see video). The second thing that sticks out in my mind is how much smaller the waves look in water shots compared to ones shot from land. It never ceases to amaze me …I’ll swim in after a heart-racing session, load the photos onto the computer, then wonder how in the world I thought it was so heavy out there when the waves appear to be waist-high.

Thank you, Tory, for helping out with this trial run. I can’t wait to attempt Double Vision, Volume II.

Tory Gilkerson enters the water for a surf session at Oceanside Harbor. Andrew Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Tory Gilkerson backside noseride in Oceanside. Double vision 1 of 4. Andrew Grant and Chris Grant photos on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Tory Gilkerson backside noseride in Oceanside. Double vision 2 of 4. Andrew Grant and Chris Grant photos on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Tory Gilkerson wipes out in Oceanside. Double vision 3 of 4. Andrew Grant and Chris Grant photos on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Tory Gilkerson wipes out in Oceanside. Double vision 4 of 4. Andrew Grant and Chris Grant photos on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Tory Gilkerson is all smiles after a solid noseride at Oceanside Harbor. Chris Grant photo 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 Andrew Grant and Chris Grant.

Previous Surf Photo Fridays | Jen Smith and Her Furry Friend, Colin, in Cardiff, California | Stephanie Schechter, Family Surf Trip to Panamá | 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:
Tory Gilkerson on Jettygirl’s Single Wave Thursday
Tory Gilkerson’s Snapshots from China during the Swatch Girls Pro
Tory Gilkerson on Instagram
Tory Gilkerson on Facebook page
Hawaiian Pro Designs
Select Surf Studio
Eidon Swim
Zeal Optics



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Holly Beck Obermeyer featured in Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine's Single Wave Thursday. Surf photo by Chris Grant.

Holly Beck Obermeyer – Single Wave Thursday. One Ride, No Music, Just Surfing.

Holly Beck Obermeyer featured in Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine's Single Wave Thursday. Surf photo by Chris Grant.
Holly Beck Obermeyer – Single Wave Thursday. One Ride, No Music, Just Surfing.
Women’s Surf Movies on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Holly Beck has so many of the qualities I look up to in another human being. She’s intelligent, resourceful, organized, goal-oriented and so much more …all wrapped up in a truly down-to-earth and fun-loving personality. On this day in 2009 she took out a new Rusty “Dwart” surfboard and in a crew of some of the top surfers in the world, literally blew the roof off the session as seen in this lightning-fast whip off the section.

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: Ashley Lloyd Thompson | 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:
Holly Beck | Explore. Connect. Inspire.
Surf With Amigas – Women’s Surf and Yoga Retreats
Holly Beck on Facebook
Surf With Amigas on Facebook
Holly Beck on Instagram – @hollybeck27
Surf With Amigas on Instagram – @surfwithamigas
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2-time ASP Women's World Longboard Champion, Jen Smith, in Surf Photo Friday on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Surf Photo Friday – Jen Smith and Her Furry Friend, Colin, in Cardiff, California

2-time ASP Women's World Longboard Champion, Jen Smith, in Surf Photo Friday on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine
Surf Photo Friday – Jen Smith and Her Furry Friend, Colin, in Cardiff, California
Photos by Chris Grant

The year was 2007 and Jen Smith had just returned home from France after winning her first ASP Women’s Longboard World Title. Though jet lagged and exhausted from the festivities, Jen met me for a quick surf at Cardiff Reef. Perhaps the reef itself sensed everyone’s depleted energy levels and didn’t really offer much in the way of quality waves. Jen rode a few, touched the nose a couple of times, and returned the beach to her anxiously waiting dog, Colin.

In retrospect, this session was never going to be about Jen riding waves. Instead, the lazy day was more about reconnecting—the return back to a normal pace of life in her beloved San Diego and to meeting up with friends of both the furry and human variety who were waiting to congratulate her on her world title. Looking back, I can’t really remember anything from that day other than the look in Colin’s eyes as he saw Jen leaving the water to take him for a walk. A world title is amazing no doubt, but the love of a good friend is priceless beyond words.

Jen Smith, Cardiff, California. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Fresh off her first world title, Jen Smith waxes up at home. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl.com

Fresh off her first world title, Jen Smith waxes up at home. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl.com

Jen Smith, no-paddle paddle-out. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

2x ASP Women's World Longboard Champion, Jen Smith, noseriding at Cardiff Reef. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Jen Smith's dog, Colin, waits on the beach for her return. Chris Grant photo for Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

2x ASP Women's World Longboard Champion, Jen Smith, noseriding at Cardiff Reef. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

2x ASP Women's World Longboard Champion, Jen Smith, roundhouse cutback at Cardiff Reef. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Jen Smith walks across the sand in Cardiff, California. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Jen Smith walks her dog, Colin, on the beach in Cardiff. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Jen Smith and her dog, Colin. Chris Grant photos on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Jen Smith and her dog, Colin, go for a walk in Cardiff, California. Chris Grant photo 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: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com

Previous Surf Photo Fridays | Stephanie Schechter, Family Surf Trip to Panama | 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:
Fin-First Takeoffs with Jennifer Smith – Jettygirl School of Sick Tricks
Jen Smith on Instagram – @jensmithyowza
Hawaiian Pro Designs
Sector 9 Skateboards
Soul Grind
Jen Smith’s 2011 Interview with Liquid Salt



Sector Nine Peru Skateboard
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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 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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Surf Photo Friday featuring Pauline Ado and Justine Dupont on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Surf Photo Friday – Justine Dupont and Pauline Ado in California

Surf Photo Friday featuring Pauline Ado and Justine Dupont on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Justine Dupont, early morning surf session. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl.
Surf Photo Friday – Justine Dupont and Pauline Ado in California

One of our favorite things about surfing is how the love of riding waves brings so many of us together regardless of country, culture or language. On the last morning that French surfers Justine Dupont and Pauline Ado spent in California, we made plans for a quick session before they jumped on the freeway to catch a flight from LAX later that afternoon. We were greeted by a bit of drizzle and zero sun, but we were also blessed with uncrowded, glassy rights.

It was such a pleasure to watch Pauline and Justine’s different approaches to the same lineup. A surf coach could write a “how-to” textbook after watching Pauline surf. Her combination of speed, power, flow, and clean rail work left no doubt why she continues to be an annual threat on the Women’s ASP World Tour. Justine Dupont took the the polar opposite approach. Where Pauline would go top to bottom as the wave lined up, Justine would routinely skip a section or two to build up crazy amounts of speed before launching a big air or fin-throw. Her surfing is electric and futuristic.

After an hour of shredding, the surfers headed up the trail and out of sight …until next summer when we hope to do it all again.

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.

Justine Dupont fin throw. Chris Grant surf photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Pauline Ado, frontside carve. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Justine Dupont, frontside air. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Justine Dupont, frontside air. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Pauline Ado throws spray on a nice frontside snap. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Pauline Ado throwing spray. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Justine Dupont frontside rotation. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Justine Dupont above the lip. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Justine Dupont throws her fins. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Pauline Ado, frontside snap. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Frontside snap by Justine Dupont. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Justine Dupont heading home. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Pauline Ado and Justine Dupont leave the beach after their final surf session in California. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Pauline Ado and Justine Dupont heading home to France. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Pauline Ado and Justine Dupont heading home to France. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.


Previous Surf Photo Fridays | 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

Bonus Material: Pauline Ado and Justine Dupont Videos



Additional Resources:
Justine Dupont – official site
Justine Dupont on Instagram
Justine Dupont on Facebook
Justine Dupont on Twitter
Pauline Ado – official site
Pauline Ado on Instagram
Pauline Ado on Facebook
Pauline Ado on Twitter



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Surf Photo Friday - role models - Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Surf Photo Friday – Role Models, Why They Still Matter

Surf Photo Friday - role models - Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine
Surf Photo Friday – Role Models, Why They Still Matter

I opened the app to discover today’s offerings—selfies, bikini photos, over-exaggerated poses, pets, last night’s party pics—lined up like a never ending train of visual dominoes, same, same, and more of the same. But here’s something, a group photo on Matt Biolos’ Instagram.

“Big Thanks to @xococoho for coming down this morning and spending time with the girls from @shorecliffs_surf club. They were extremely pumped. You, Miss Coco, are a role model.”

Seeing the bright faces and shiny smiles brought me back to being a young surfer myself. I was suddenly transported back to a day when I foolishly bumped rails with Shaun Tomson (while we were both sitting on our boards at Rincon). He could have called me an idiot, but he didn’t. He smiled instead and I was an even bigger fan than before. I’ll never forget the day, just as these young surfers will always remember the morning Coco Ho visited their local break and surfed with them before school.

Role models matter, more so today than ever before. Sexiest this, hottest that, Top 10 lists on every body part imaginable—I can’t imagine what goes through the minds of young kids navigating a world where fame trumps everything else. False heroes with purchased social media followers and brain cell-killing reality shows are talked about ad nauseam while real heroes fly under the radar.

How many followers does your teacher have? Your doctor? Your local librarian? How about your parents or grandparents? While an educated guess would put their Klout scores in the single digits, their real life impact is immeasurable. They instruct, heal, love, and support us. In short, they’re role models and often the most important people in our lives.

While the experiences of the surfing population are as varied as the sand on the beach, there’s no single path that leads one toward becoming a person of influence. However, whether we’re world champions or locals at the nearest beachbreak, it all starts with a warm smile, a word of encouragement, the sharing of a wave. With a good heart and generous spirit, we can all make a positive impact on those around us. Role models still matter—they always will.

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, thank you to Matt Biolos for allowing us to share his photo for this week’s feature.

Kelly Slater spends a moment with three young surfers and leaves a positive impression that will last a lifetime. Chris Grant photo.Above: The photo says it all—100% pure stoke. When you’re floating in the lineup, you see many things that don’t get covered by magazines, aren’t seen in photographs, and aren’t really celebrated at all. A while back one of those special swing waves hit the lineup at Lowers. Kelly Slater was in position for a wave he clearly had his eyes on. The only other person nearby was a tiny little kid who was tentatively angling for the same wave. The World Champ gave the kid a quick nod, the grom quickened his paddling speed and was soon dropping into a beautiful 100-yard right. The moment won’t be recorded in the halls of surf lore, but these small acts of kindness are what turn champions into legends.


Bruna Schmitz shares a smile with young surf fans. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.Above: In one of my favorite post-heat photos, Brasil’s Bruna Schmitz shares a smile with a couple of young fans.


Courtney Conlogue shares some smiles with a group of kids in Huntington Beach. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.Above: Courtney Conlogue poses with a group of kids who will no doubt remember the moment for the rest of their lives.



Coco Ho spends time with the girls from Shorecliffs Surf Club. Photo courtesy of Matt Biolos.Photo courtesy of Matt Biolos


Previous Surf Photo Fridays | 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:
Coco Ho on Instagram
Matt Biolos on Instagram
Shorecliffs Surf Team on Instagram
Kelly Slater on Instagram
Bruna Schmitz on Instagram
Courtney Conlogue on Instagram


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Single Wave Thursday featuring Tori Gilkerson. One ride, no music, just surfing. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Tory Gilkerson – Single Wave Thursday. One Ride, No Music, Just Surfing.

Single Wave Thursday featuring Tori Gilkerson. One ride, no music, just surfing. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Tory Gilkerson – Single Wave Thursday. One Ride, No Music, Just Surfing.

This past weekend I sat with Tory Gilkerson for about sixteen hours judging a Scholastic Surf Series surf contest at La Jolla Shores. The small conditions that greeted us on Saturday morning were soon replaced with the increased size and power of the widely publicized swell that was beginning to march into our coastline. By the time the contest tents were being pulled down, we had decided to meet up for a Monday morning surf before she headed into work. While the name spots were overrun with spectacular crowds, we hung closer to home and hit up one of our local spots.

Of the few dozen waves Tory caught that morning, this left was one of my favorites. It’s difficult to tell through the super wide angle lens of a GoPro, but this wave was absolutely perfect …ruler edged, light offshore, and not a drop of water out of place. While I didn’t have a score sheet handy, I quickly jotted down a 10 in my mind as she continued down the line with another noseride along the inside sandbar.

Film: Chris Grant | Sound: Pacific Ocean and a trusty Canon camera
* To change the resolution to HD, 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).

Previous Single Wave Thursdays: Claire Bevilacqua | Kaleigh Gilchrist | Courtney Conlogue | Justine Dupont | Silvana Lima | Courtney Conlogue | Erin Ashley | Brittani Nicholl | Alexa Frantz | Lindsay Steinriede

Additional Resources:
Tory Gilkerson on Instagram
Tory Gilkerson on Facebook page
Hawaiian Pro Designs
Select Surf Studio
Eidon Swim
Zeal Optics



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Single Wave Thursday featuring Courtney Conlogue. One Ride, No Music, Just Surfing.

Courtney Conlogue – Single Wave Thursday. One Ride, No Music, Just Surfing.

Single Wave Thursday featuring Courtney Conlogue. One Ride, No Music, Just Surfing.

Courtney Conlogue – Single Wave Thursday. One Ride, No Music, Just Surfing.

There are only seventeen surfers on the prestigious ASP Women’s World Tour and lucky for us, world ranked #4, Courtney Conlogue, lives only an hour up the road from the Jettygirl office. While we don’t get up to Orange County all that much, Courtney enjoys surfing some of our local breaks as is the case in the video below. On a morning that was actually a bit onshore and bumpy, Courtney consistently picked out the glassier gems where she proceeded to throw multiple hooks down the line. On this particular wave, as whitewater explodes on the outermost jetty, Courtney rifles off a couple of clean snaps before winding up for a massive fan off the closeout.

If you’re like us and enjoy taking notes on how to improve your own surfing, one of the most important keys to Courtney’s world class top turns is her commitment to the rail on her bottom turns. Leaning around sections will get you down the line but to throw eight feet of spray, it requires the type of leverage that results from deep, powerful arcs off the bottom. Try it next time you paddle out and see the difference a solid bottom turn will make. You may not be headed to the World Tour, but making it rain on your friends is pretty fun too! Thank you for the lessons, Courtney!

Film: Chris Grant | Sound: Pacific Ocean and a trusty Canon camera
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Previous Single Wave Thursdays: Justine Dupont | Silvana Lima | Courtney Conlogue | Erin Ashley | Brittani Nicholl | Alexa Frantz | Lindsay Steinriede

Additional Resources:
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Surf Photo Friday – Malia Ward, Chris Ward, and a Surf Photographer’s Second Worst Nightmare

Malia Ward drives off the bottom on a sunny California day. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Surf Photo Friday – Malia Ward, Chris Ward, and a Surf Photographer’s Second Worst Nightmare

After juggling schedules that never seemed to jive, we finally set up a morning to shoot some photos. A quick call to Malia’s mom, Jacqueline, to verify we were on and I was into my car and driving north. Upon exiting the freeway, I was feeling that familiar blend of excitement and anticipation that comes on when working with somebody new. Although usually on time, I felt quite proud of myself for arriving several minutes early. However, the feeling vanished with one glance at the back seat of my parked car.

Although there are some bad things that can happen when shooting from the water…being run over, getting pinned against the reef, etc., the biggest nightmare equipment-wise is having a water housing flooded with saltwater. I never give flooding much thought though, because SPL water housings are so well-built. On this day, however, I was guilty of the second biggest nightmare–I had left my housing on the couch at home.

What would I do? What could I say? Here I am meeting someone for the first time to shoot water shots and I had left a most important piece of equipment an hour away. As my feelings of preparedness gave way to complete embarrassment, Jacqueline and Malia arrived at the beach lot. Taking a “rip the bandage off quickly” approach, I told them of my blunder right after we had exchanged introductions. Although I was feeling like a complete numskull, they showed me nothing but kindness and understanding and we were soon laughing about the mishap. As luck would have it, the tide was way too high for the break which provided ample time to retrieve the water housing.

When we met up later in the day, the tide had dropped, the surf was still glassy and Malia was shredding. It’s going to be fun watching Malia’s development as a surfer. She is absolutely fearless, surfs for hours on end, and works a crowded break with the ease of a seasoned veteran. As this particular session was winding down, Malia’s dad, Chris Ward, paddled out and basically turned every wave into a live surf movie. The nightmarish start to the morning had come full-circle and transformed into a dream day complete with sunny skies, clean waves, and new friends.

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.

Midday barrel for Malia Ward. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Malia Ward paddles out for some fun winter waves in Southern California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Malia Ward, layback snap in Southern California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Malia Ward setting up for a barrel. Surf photo by Chris Grant.

Small wave punt by Chris Ward. Surf photo by Chris Grant.

An empty wave slips through the lineup. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Malia Ward dives into shallow water. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

A glimpse of Malia Ward through the lip. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Malia Ward, layback snap at her local beach break. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Malia Ward in a thick-lipped barrel. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Chris Ward frontside air. Surf photo by Chris Grant.

Photos: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com


Bonus Material: 24 seconds from the session with Malia and Chris Ward


Previous Surf Photo Fridays | 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

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Surf Photo Friday - Chloe Buckley and the Tiny $500 Wave

Surf Photo Friday – Chloe Buckley & the Tiny Five Hundred Dollar Wave

Surfer girl Chloe Buckley walks across the low tide sand in Oceanside, California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Surf Photo Friday – Chloe Buckley & the Tiny Five Hundred Dollar Wave

“Chloe, I have a totally random thing to run by you. Mission Fed is having a $500 photo contest where you go somewhere you enjoy in San Diego and have your picture taken while holding their logo. I just printed out and laminated a little sign and was thinking it might be fun to take it into the surf for some water shots.”

“I’m sooooo down!”

As often happens, the moment the ocean caught word of our photo ideas, the surf went flat–dead flat. As the deadline approached, a morning surf check in Oceanside revealed some glassy, almost-rideable ankle slappers. Although we misfired on our first few attempts (pictured below), Chloe and I got in sync for a couple of almost 1-footers and in the end, we scored enough photos that it was actually difficult choosing which image she would submit as her contest entry.

A few days later, Mission Fed chose Chloe’s photo as the contest-winning entry. She received congratulations from a Mission Fed Senior Vice President, a certificate, and a cool $500 for her tiny, winning wave. Most important to me than winning though was getting the opportunity to shoot with a great friend and an amazing human being. That type of prize is truly priceless.

Chloe Buckley paddles into the lineup with a Mission Federal sign between her teeth. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Chloe Buckley surfs a little closeout wave. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

Chloe Buckley wipes out on a tiny wave while holding a Mission Fed sign in her mouth. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Chloe Buckley making sure our sign didn't spring a leak. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Chloe Buckley surfing the largest wave on the tiniest of days while holding a Mission Fed sign. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Chloe Buckley surfs a tiny wave in Oceanside. Surf photo by Chris Grant. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Chloe Buckley, all smiles after a unorthodox but classic surf session. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

A pelican glides across the water in Oceanside. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Chloe Buckley throws a frontside snap with a Mission Fed sign in her mouth. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Chloe Buckley rides the $500 winning wave. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Smiling female surfer, Chloe Buckley, holds a Mission Fed sign up in the air. Surf photo by Chris Grant, 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.

Photos: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com

Previous Surf Photo Fridays | 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:
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Almonds -- a video about three empty waves breaking on a sunny California afternoon - Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Almonds – Three Empty Waves Breaking on a Sunny Afternoon in Southern California


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Almonds

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Almonds — three empty waves breaking on a beautiful, sunny afternoon in Southern California.

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