Single Wave Thursday featuring Kassia Meador on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Kassia Meador – Single Wave Thursday. One Ride, No Music, Just Surfing.

Single Wave Thursday featuring Kassia Meador on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Kassia Meador – Single Wave Thursday. One Ride, No Music, Just Surfing.
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One thing I’ve noticed about many of my favorite surfers is how they can jump on just about any type of equipment and skillfully ride waves without missing a beat. Longboard stylist, Kassia Meador, is one of those multi-faceted surfers who can surf anything from a high-performance thruster, to a retro-styled twin fin, to a traditional single fin log. I’m not sure if she still rides them, but a number of years back, Kassia began riding a thin, finless, wooden board known as an Alaia.

If you’ve ever seen someone surf an Alaia, you’ll quickly realize that it is a completely different way to ride waves. I’ve seen many people give it a go, only to return to the sand deflated that they either couldn’t catch a wave or the ones they did catch resulted in wipeout after wipeout. For those who push through the initial challenges, however, the reward is a feeling of unadulterated speed, glide, slide, and freedom. On this particular wave in Encinitas a few years back, Kassia Meador glides into a fun, lined-up, glassy left. It’s really fun to watch the nuances that come into play on finless boards—case in point, the subtle drifting Kassia employs as she heads into her 360-degree spin. Landing a floater on an Alaia is no easy task, but Kassia effortlessly pulls one off to finish her ride.

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: 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:
Kassia Meador – official
Kassia Meador on Instagram – @kassiameador
Kassia Meador on Twitter
Wegener Surfboards



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Surf Photo Friday featuring Prue Jeffries on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Surf Photo Friday – Prue Jeffries on a Donald Takayama Quad

Surf Photo Friday featuring Prue Jeffries on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine
Surf Photo Friday – Prue Jeffries on a Donald Takayama Quad

In my experience it’s best to whisper the words “photo shoot” when making plans with a surfer. Speaking the phrase out loud seems to be an open invitation for onshore winds, fog, and extreme tides to join the party. When you roll up to the beach bright and early and discover those unwanted guests have already set up shop, you’re faced with two choices—shine it and be bummed all day or go for a surf despite the less-than-optimal conditions. We always opt for the latter.

Agreeing to meet at a local beach break in Encinitas, Prue Jeffries and I were greeted with exactly the type of conditions that make you question why you got out of bed. This day would have been a win-win regardless of whether we scored epic waves or not though, because my Australian friend is one of my favorite people in the world. If you’re ever lucky enough to strike up a conversation with Prue, you’re in for a treat as she’s super smart, well-read, and can have a multi-layered discussion on virtually any topic. Of all the surfers I’ve worked with over the years, meeting up with her has caused me more sunburns than I can count due to our 3-hour, post-surf, parking lot talks.

A beautiful soul, an ultra-stylish goofyfoot, and a great friend…who better to showcase on Surf Photo Friday than Prue Jeffries, shown below riding one of her cherished Donald Takayama quads.

Prue Jeffries with her beloved Donald Takayama quad. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Prue Jeffries, fins out in Encinitas. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Prue Jeffries carves a turn on her Donald Takayama quad. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Prue Jeffries and her beloved Donald Takayama quad. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Prue Jeffries, shorebreak floater. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Prue Jeffries hooks a nice turn off the foam in Encinitas. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Prue Jeffries, layback snap off the foam. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Prue Jeffries heads home after a surf at D Street in Encinitas. 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. Every little bit helps.


Previous Surf Photo Fridays | 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:
Prue Jeffries on Liquid Salt in 2010
Prue Jeffries on Breezy Mama in 2009
Hawaiian Pro Designs on Facebook
Hawaiian Pro Designs on Instagram
Hawaiian Pro Designs
Noah Ka Oi – Hawaiian Pro Designs surfboards, fins, and apparel



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Single Wave Thursday featuring Amee Donohoe on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. One ride, no music, just surfing.

Amee Donohoe – Single Wave Thursday. One Ride, No Music, Just Surfing.

Single Wave Thursday featuring Amee Donohoe on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. One ride, no music, just surfing.

Amee Donohoe – Single Wave Thursday. One Ride, No Music, Just Surfing.

One of the most underrated surfers I’ve ever met is Australia’s Amee Donohoe. Intelligent, hilarious, and truly one of a kind. This is the last wave I ever saw her surf before she left the tour. A magic, spray-painted, red board under the feet of an uber-talented human being—it doesn’t get any better.

If I may take a slight diversion today… as you all well know, the Roxy Pro Gold Coast ended a few days ago and announcers, media types, and social media outlets rightfully lit up with praise of the women’s performances. While the current crew of World Tour surfers are taking surfing to the next level, my hope is that we never forget those who have come before. Without the benefits of modern equipment, air awareness training, instantaneous video feedback, cameras following their every move, and social media chatter of every type, the surfers of the past pushed the envelope of what was possible then and laid the foundation of what’s possible now. The surfers of today, talented as they may be, are not the starting point but simply the next step in the rich fabric of surfing’s history. Let’s heartily applaud the present, but in equal portions let’s respect and appreciate the past.

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.

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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: 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:
Amee Donohoe Surf Coaching
Central Coast Surf Academy
Amee Donohoe on Twitter



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Surf Photo Friday featuring Sara Taylor. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Surf Photo Friday – Sara Taylor Sequence

Surf Photo Friday featuring Sara Taylor. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
Surf Photo Friday – Sara Taylor Sequence

In my dream I’m walking through a forest that suddenly opens up to a rugged-looking beach. Although it’s basically deserted, to my right I notice a big pile of floatable objects …doors, pieces of wood, an old barrel, and a couple of dinged-up surfboards from the 1980’s. On the other side of the pile, I can hear that comforting sound of surf wax being applied to a board. As I move closer to take a look, a girl in a beanie tosses me the bar as she sprints by carrying a freshly waxed upright bass. It’s Sara Taylor.

Although it could have been the late night chips-and-salsa, I think the dream originated from seeing Sara’s Instagram earlier in the day …tiny drinking fountains, dead squirrels, broken bones, snapped surfboards, turkeys, ancient TV’s, and a donkey with a mohawk. Her eclectic tastes and style walk in perfect lockstep with her creative and electric surfing. If you sketched a surf move on a piece of paper and handed it to her, she could probably make it a reality.

I don’t get to shoot with her often as she’s busy filming surf/skate projects with her core group of underground limit-pushers, but I was really happy that our paths crossed once last summer. For one special hour at my favorite summertime break, Sara lit up the place with fins-free surfing and big lip blasts like the one pictured below. If you ever see her out in the lineup, don’t blink when she’s up and riding because you might just miss a turn you’ve never seen before.

Sara Taylor smashes the lip at Trestles. Image 1 of 8. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Sara Taylor smashes the lip at Trestles. Image 2 of 8. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Sara Taylor smashes the lip at Trestles. Image 3 of 8. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Sara Taylor smashes the lip at Trestles. Image 4 of 8. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Sara Taylor smashes the lip at Trestles. Image 5 of 8. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Sara Taylor smashes the lip at Trestles. Image 6 of 8. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Sara Taylor smashes the lip at Trestles. Image 7 of 8. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Sara Taylor smashes the lip at Trestles. Image 8 of 8. 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. Every little bit helps.


Bonus Footage: Sara Taylor Videos


Previous Surf Photo Fridays | 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:
Sara Taylor on Instagram – @sara_tay
Sara Taylor on Facebook
Huntington Surf & Sport
Pesce Surfboards on Facebook
Leashless Films by Hayley Gordon



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Felicity Palmateer in Single Wave Thursday on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. One ride, no music, just surfing.

Felicity Palmateer – Single Wave Thursday. One Ride, No Music, Just Surfing.

Felicity Palmateer in Single Wave Thursday on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. One ride, no music, just surfing.

Felicity Palmateer – Single Wave Thursday. One Ride, No Music, Just Surfing.

Last summer I was down at the beach for a shoot with some surfers from South America who were here to compete in the Supergirl Pro. I was set up on the right but out of the corner of my eye, I caught sight of Australian surfer, Felicity Palmateer, ripping a left. Having met her the previous summer, I was stoked to see another familiar face in the lineup. After paddling back out, she spun around and caught this fun wave, punctuating it with an explosive hit off the closeout section. Curiously, she proned to the beach after the wave, followed closely behind by Alessa Quizon.

How I missed the entire session of two amazing goofyfoots is beyond me, but to be fair, the rights were firing with Silvana Lima and Courtney Conlogue trading frontside snaps on 150-yard walls. A few minutes after Felicity and Alessa had left the beach, I saw Courtney ramble across the rocks and start booking it up the trail. The rest of the afternoon I wondered why they had all bailed at the same time, but social media would later reveal that a Billabong wetsuit shoot was going down with Megan Villa a few miles north of where we were. Pro surfing—a nice job if you can get it.

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
* 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: 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:
Felicity Palmateer Tumblr
Felicity Palmateer’s Etsy Shop
Felicity Palmateer on Facebook
Felicity Palmateer on Instagram – @flickpalmateer
Felicity Palmateer on Twitter
Megan Villa Photography
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Tammy Lee Smith pulling into a Newport Beach barrel. Single Wave Thursday on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Tammy-Lee Smith – Single Wave Thursday. One Ride, No Music, Just Surfing.

Tammy Lee Smith pulling into a Newport Beach barrel. Single Wave Thursday on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Tammy-Lee Smith – Single Wave Thursday. One Ride, No Music, Just Surfing.

Six years ago this month I had the opportunity to meet one of South Africa’s best surfers, Tammy-Lee Smith, to this day one of the best barrel riders I’ve ever seen. It was so great getting to hear Tammy’s stories of life in Africa. Tammy’s deep love of her homeland and its people are things I’ll never forget about her. On this day in Newport Beach, she scored a bunch of clean semi-closeout barrels. This wave, however, had better shape and when she air dropped into it, I knew it would be a keeper.

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: 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:
Tammy-Lee Smith on Facebook
Tammy-Lee Smith on Instagram
Tammy-Lee Smith on Twitter



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Surf Photo Friday featuring Mary Bagalso, Claire Bevilacqua, Crystal da Silva, Malia Fuertes, Prue Jeffries, Kyla Langen, Kim Mayer, Kassia Meador and Summer Romero on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Surf Photo Friday – The Session That Changed Everything

Surf Photo Friday featuring Mary Bagalso, Claire Bevilacqua, Crystal da Silva, Malia Fuertes, Prue Jeffries, Kyla Langen, Kim Mayer, Kassia Meador and Summer Romero on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Surf Photo Friday – The Session That Changed Everything

Truth be told these photos are from two days, July 21 and 22, 2005, yet in my memory they’ve become one and the same surf session. A month or so earlier I had picked up my first SLR camera since owning an old Canon AE-1 back in high school. A good friend of mine and great surfer in his own rite, Shane Sebastian, met me down at Oceanside Harbor for a quick photo shoot before the wind picked up.

Between his waves I noticed an entire crew of female surfers, some I recognized from the magazines, others unknown to me—riding the nose, hitting the lip, and basically dominating the lineup. My friend had long since gone home, but I stayed behind to document every turn I could of quite a diverse group of individuals—Mary Bagalso, Claire Bevilacqua, Crystal “CJ” da Silva, Malia Fuertes, Prue Jeffries, Kyla Langen, Kim Mayer, Kassia Meador, and Summer Romero.

In the days following this session, strangers became friends and we met up as often as possible to shoot photos, trade waves, and talk about the state of women’s surfing. Later that year both US-based surf magazines, Surf Life for Women and SG Magazine closed their doors at seemingly the same time which came as a horrible blow to the surf community. You can read about it more in depth here, but the magazine closures led directly to the creation of Jettygirl, the very site you’re visiting today.

When I’m old and gray and looking out over the lineup at Oceanside Harbor one day, I’ll always have great memories of this spot, these surfers, and the session that changed everything.

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.

Mary Bagalso, Oceanside cutback, July 2005. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Claire Bevilacqua, layback snap in Oceanside, July 2005. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Crystal da Silva backside bank in Oceanside, July 2005. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Malia Fuertes, Oceanside floater, July 2005. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Prue Jeffries, Oceanside, July 2005. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Kyla Langen off the lip in Oceanside, July 2005. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Kim Mayer, frontside snap in Oceanside, July 2005. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Kassia Meador drives off the bottom in Oceanside, July 2005. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Summer Romero, Oceanside, July 2005. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Previous Surf Photo Fridays | 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:
Claire Bevilacqua on Instagram
Crystal “CJ” da Silva on Instagram
Kyla Langen on Instagram
Kassia Meador on Instagram
Summer Romero on Instagram



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Surf Photo Friday featuring Mele Saili and Hayden Lane surfing Cardiff Reef - Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Surf Photo Friday – Mele Saili and Hayden Lane, Cardiff Reef

Surf Photo Friday featuring Mele Saili and Hayden Lane surfing Cardiff Reef - Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Surf Photo Friday – Mele Saili and Hayden Lane, Cardiff Reef

Ever since they hit the market with their video lookbooks, we’ve been fans of SEEA’s products and their riders. One of their “Seeababes” is Mele Saili and from the first time I saw her groovy, laid back vibe, I hoped we’d one day get the chance to shoot some surf photos. A few weeks before Christmas we finally had the opportunity to schedule a short morning session at Cardiff Reef.

In the spirit of honesty, although these photos give the impression of an empty lineup, relaxing paddle-outs, and unencumbered rides, nothing could be further from the truth. Riderless SUP’s and dozens of beginning surfers going left on rights made the lineup less than ideal for surf photos. Nevertheless, Mele made the most of every wave that snuck through the crowds and her flawless style on the nose made me forget about the mayhem throughout the rest of the break. Toward the end of the session, Mele and her friend, surfboard shaper Hayden Lane, shared a ride I won’t soon forget with a double noseride across the inside reef. It was the perfect ending to a wonderful shoot.

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.

Mele Saili, Cardiff, California. Chris Grant photo.

Mele Saili heads out for a surf session. Chris Grant photo. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Mele Saili paddles out at Cardiff Reef for a morning surf session. Chris Grant photo, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Mele Saili surfing Cardiff Reef. Chris Grant surf photo. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Hayden Lane cross-steps at Cardiff Reef. Chris Grant surf photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Mele Saili backside nose ride while Hayden Lane paddles out at Cardiff Reef. Chris Grant surf photo. Jettygirl.com

Mele Saili, Cardiff Reef, California. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl.

Mele Saili and Hayden Lane, double noserides at Cardiff Reef. Chris Grant surf photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Mele Saili noseride at Cardiff Reef. Chris Grant photo. Jettygirl.com/blog

Pelican flying over Cardiff Reef. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Mele Saili noseriding at Cardiff Reef. Chris Grant surf photo on Jettygirl Surf Mag.

Mele Saili surfs Cardiff Reef. Chris Grant surf photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Hayden Lane nose ride at Cardiff Reef. Chris Grant surf photo.

Mele Saili, Cardiff Reef. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl.com

Noseride by Mele Saili at Cardiff Reef. Chris Grant surf photo, Jettygirl.com


Previous Surf Photo Fridays | 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:
Mele Saili’s blog – Artist, Surfer
Mele Saili on Instagram
Seea
Josh Hall Surfboards
Josh Hall Surfboards on Instagram
JoneSeaWetsuits on Instagram
Hayden Lane on Instagram



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