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
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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
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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

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Prue Jeffries on Liquid Salt in 2010
Prue Jeffries on Breezy Mama in 2009
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Kelly Nicely & The Pelican Session - Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Surf Photo Friday – Kelly Nicely and the Pelican Session

Pelican feeding frenzy in Oceanside, California. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Surf Photo Friday – Kelly Nicely and the Pelican Session

When it comes to favorite animals, birds in particular, the choice nearest my heart is the pelican. The awkward bird glides along waves with a grace that’s without rival, but when she dives for a meal, she does so with the elegance of a falling sack of potatoes. One morning not long ago while driving up and over the bridge that parallels the San Luis Rey, I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw what looked to be a hundred surfers bobbing up and down in the water at South Jetty. As I drove closer I realized just how much I need glasses–there wasn’t a single surfer in the lineup, but the break was packed with several hundred pelicans.

I didn’t have any particular plans to shoot that morning but upon seeing the frenzy in the water, I knew it was time for a swim. The waves were pretty tiny so I called one of my best friends, North Carolina’s Kelly Nicely, who I knew owned a beautiful, bright yellow Takayama single fin that would work perfectly in the shin-high peelers. I was curious if the birds would hang out there with us if we paddled out amongst them. Sadly, by the time we got all our gear together, the feeding frenzy had subsided and most of the flock had flown away. Undeterred, Kelly paddled out in front of the remaining pelicans posted up on the jetty and scored a few noserides before we called it a day. I’m not sure if it’s the timeless single fin, my favorite birds, or hanging with my good friend, but whatever the reason, this session is one I’ll always remember.

Pelican feeding frenzy in Oceanside, California. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Checking the surf with Kelly Nicely. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

Pelican taking off from the jetty in Oceanside. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Kelly Nicely and her yellow Donald Takayama single fin surfboard. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Kelly Nicely and her longboard toes. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

Paddling into a wave with Kelly Nicely. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

Kelly Nicely sets up the inside section with some classic cross-stepping. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Little right peelers in Oceanside. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

Kelly Nicely cross-stepping in Oceanside. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

North Carolina's Kelly Nicely is one of the best noseriders on the planet. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Paddling out with Kelly Nicely. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

Kelly Nicely waits for a set wave in Oceanside. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

Kelly Nicely's backside noseride. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Kelly Nicely walking across wet sand in Oceanside. Photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine

Reflections of North Carolina's Kelly Nicely. Photos by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

Kelly Nicely's yellow Donald Takayama single fin. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Wary pelican eyes the photographer. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Photos: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com

Previous Surf Photo Fridays | 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:
Kelly Nicely on Instagram
Kelly Nicely on Facebook
Hawaiian Pro Designs
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Donald Takayama Memorial. Remembering an Icon of Surfing. Saturday, November 10th at 10:00 am. Oceanside Pier, Junior Seau Pier Amphitheater.

Donald Takayama Memorial – Remembering an Icon of Surfing

When: Saturday, November 10, at 10 a.m.
Where: Oceanside Pier, Junior Seau Pier Amphitheater

It’s time for the surfing community to get together and remember Donald Takayama—the Hawaiian born surfing legend and master surfboard shaper/designer that moved to California in the 1960s and became one of the world’s most celebrated surfboard builders.

This memorial service is open to the public and will have a host of legendary surfers and speakers to share stories about Donald the surfer, the shaper, and friend of the surfing community. Following the speakers at the Junior Seau Pier Amphitheater, surfers will paddle out just beyond the surf line to say their final farewell to Donald. This will also be visible from the pier for those not able to paddle out on a board.

Memorial Schedule:
• 9:30 – 10:00 a.m. – Music by Takayama family at Amphitheater
• 10:00 a.m. – Speaker ceremony begins at Amphitheater
• 11:30 a.m. – Music and Hula Dancers by Momilani’s at Amphitheater
• 12 p.m. – Paddleout Water Ceremony begins next to pier
• 1:30 P.M. – Open mic begins at Amphitheater

Speakers: Joel Tudor, Nat Young, Paul Strauch, Linda Benson, Skip Frye, Cori Schumacher, members of the Takayama family, as well as Devon Howard, Jeanette Schumacher and Brendan White on behalf of HPD.

See www.hawaiianprodesigns.com for more info or updates, as well as on Facebook at Hawaiian Pro Designs Surfboards.

Media with questions or needing assistance are welcome to contact Devon Howard at dhoward@spyoptic.com.

Donald Takayama and Prue Jeffries. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com Donald Takayama and Kelly Sloan. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
Left: Donald Takayama and Prue Jeffries. Right: Donald with Kelly Sloan.