Socal Native Heather Jordan Joins Team Calavera. NSSA College Division Surfer Joins Ranks of the Water Warriors.

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SO-CAL NATIVE HEATHER JORDAN JOINS TEAM CALAVERA
- NSSA College Division Surfer Joins Ranks of the Water Warriors -

(December 6, 2012)—Calavera is excited to announce the newest addition to the Calavera Team, Heather Jordan. Heather, a native of Southern California, chose to postpone a shot at a full time career in surfing in order to pursue a higher education. Currently a senior at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Heather is successful both in and out of the water and demonstrates the strength, focus and determination it takes to be a Calavera ”water warrior.”

“We are delighted to have Heather join the Calavera crew. She is not only a ripping surfer, but she embodies the fearless and the feminine qualities that Calavera is all about. The other Calavera girls and I are so stoked to add her to the group and are excited to work and play together over the next few years!” said Calavera founder Anna Jerstrom.

At just 22 years old, Heather is no stranger to swell. She has been surfing for over a decade and has traveled to some of the world’s greatest surfing hot-spots: Hawaii, El Salvador, Indonesia, Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Calavera’s birthplace, Costa Rica. She currently surfs on the UCLA Women’s Team and took 4th place in the College Women’s division at the NSSA National Championship. In addition, she holds multiple West Coast Championship titles in the WSA, Open Women’s Division.

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“What I love about Calavera is their genuine and central goal to advance women in their sport,” said Heather of why she’s stoked to join the Calavera team. “Calavera is distinctive because they uphold their mission to support female athletes, and they have the results to prove it.”

Through her studies at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), where she is currently a senior, and surfing the NSSA Division, Heather is able to combine her passion for surfing with her desire for a higher education. Having developed an appreciation for world travel, she is pursuing a degree in Political Science with a focus in International Relations and a minor in Environmental Systems.

Team Calavera is made up of professional female athletes: WQS surfer Jordan Hundley, UK Champion Evie Johnstone Ami Berg and flowboarder World Champion Amy Stevens. These fiercely talented femmes span the globe from California to Costa Rica and beyond, competing with the best of the best in their fields. Each of these women has the heart of a champion, fearlessly pushing their limits both on and off the board.


About Calavera
Started by Swedish investment banker-turned-surf obsessed swimwear designer Anna Jerstrom, Calavera is a technically driven, stylish triumph. Built for riding Kauai’s curls, beachside yoga in Bali, sunning in Santorini and everything in between, these bathing suits don’t budge. In creating Calavera, Jerstrom has applied design innovations to fill a large gap in the marketplace: performance swimwear for women that can handle the most rigorous environments yet is feminine and flattering enough for the most relaxed. For more information please visit our website or find us on Facebook and Pinterest.

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South By Southeast. Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Costa Rica with Hethaa.

South By Southeast. Cuba, Puerto Rico and Costa Rica with Hethaa
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A few days before May’s annular solar eclipse and the Oceanside invasion of stingrays, I had the opportunity to share a few afternoon rights with Heather Jordan. The conversation turned to summer plans and Heather told me that she’d be spending her time away from UCLA on a variety of adventures that would take her to Cuba and Puerto Rico before ending with a surf trip to Costa Rica. I’m not sure if this page will end up primarily as a photo gallery or if it will be combined with journal entries but we’ll just roll with it as her journey develops. Keep checking back… – Chris Grant

Revolution Square, Cuba. Photo © Heather Jordan - http://hethaa.tumblr.com/Revolution Square, Cuba. Photo © Heather Jordan - http://hethaa.tumblr.com/South by Southeast - lime green square
Cuban roadway. Photo © Heather Jordan - http://hethaa.tumblr.com/ Time travel. Cuba. Photo © Heather Jordan - http://hethaa.tumblr.com/ The Listener. Habana cemetery. Photo © Heather Jordan - http://hethaa.tumblr.com/
Art in a Habana neighborhood. Photo © Heather Jordan - http://hethaa.tumblr.com/ Hotel view. Photo © Heather Jordan - http://hethaa.tumblr.com/Hotel view. Photo © Heather Jordan - http://hethaa.tumblr.com/

Cuban cigars. Photo © Heather Jordan - http://hethaa.tumblr.com/
Cuba. © Heather Jordan Cuba. © Heather Jordan Cuba. © Heather Jordan

Hethaa talks about Cuba.
Havana, Cuba. Photo © Heather Jordan - http://hethaa.tumblr.com/Automotive history. Cuba. Photo © Heather Jordan - http://hethaa.tumblr.com/ Familiar faces. Cuba. Photo © Heather Jordan - http://hethaa.tumblr.com/
South by Southeast - pool blue squareColors. Cuba. Photo © Heather Jordan - http://hethaa.tumblr.com/ Self portrait. Photo © Heather Jordan - http://hethaa.tumblr.com/

Miami lobby. Photo © Heather Jordan - http://hethaa.tumblr.com/South by Southeast - lime green squareMiami, Florida. Photo © Heather Jordan - http://hethaa.tumblr.com/
Miami garden. Photo © Heather Jordan - http://hethaa.tumblr.com/ Roadway. Photo © Heather Jordan - http://hethaa.tumblr.com/ Miami. Photo © Heather Jordan - http://hethaa.tumblr.com/



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Let’s face it. If you handed a random sampling of strangers a mix-and-match test of adjectives and nouns, the odds that they would place “intelligent” and “surfer” together are slim to none. Whether it’s a continuation of the Jeff Spicoli stereotype or the frequent sight of young surfers supposedly in “home school” who seem to surf all hours of each day, we generally aren’t confused with Rhodes Scholars. However, stereotypes aside, I have found many surfers to be some of the smartest people around …highly educated, well-traveled and in possession of a wide breadth of knowledge acquired from life experience as well as from academia.

As true believers in the value of a solid education, we were stoked to learn over the summer that three talented California surfers would be heading off to UCLA for the 2011/2012 school year. We caught up with Taylor Pitz, Heather Jordan and Chandler Parr to find out why they chose school over the chase of a pro surfing career, what drew them to UCLA, and to discover who inspired each of them along the way.

Taylor Pitz, Chandler Parr and Heather Jordan. UCLA Lady Bruins Surf Team. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Surf Magazine
Bruin barrel with Chandler Parr, Taylor Pitz and Heather Jordan. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Heather Jordan, Taylor Pitz and Chandler Parr sharing a laugh. Photography by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
Chandler Parr, Heather Jordan and Taylor Pitz. UCLA Lady Bruins Surf Team. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Surf Magazine

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Lady Bruins, Three California Surfers Head to UCLA. Featuring Taylor Pitz, Heather Jordan & Chandler Parr. (Page 2)

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Jettygirl: Out of all the universities in California and beyond, you chose to attend UCLA. How did that come about? Have you always wanted to be a Bruin?
Taylor Pitz: The spring of junior year I wasn’t sure if I wanted to try to go for the full time QS after high school or go to a four year university. I started visiting schools in the spring, but nowhere felt right, and I began to think the QS was the route for me. Over spring break, my parents made me visit UCLA, even though I didn’t really want to. I completely fell in love with it. The campus was beautiful, but it just had this amazing energy, and I knew I wanted to be a Bruin. However, my senior year I was accepted to Stanford University. It was a huge opportunity, and I had to make a difficult choice. Stanford promised a big name and an amazing education, and I was honored to be accepted. However, when I visited the campus, I realized Stanford just wasn’t me. I would have had to give up too much of myself to be happy there. When I learned I was accepted to UCLA it felt right, and although many people didn’t understand my decision, I knew UCLA was the right choice for me.

Jettygirl: How old were you when the seeds of college were planted in your heart? Was a higher education something that was encouraged by your parents or was it more a situation where you always knew that you wanted to go to a university?
Taylor: I’ve always been really motivated to do well in school, and growing up I always expected myself to go to college. Even when I considered taking time off to surf the QS, I knew that eventually, I would without a doubt earn my bachelors degree. My parents also always placed an emphasis on education, they told me “school before surfing” every week for the past 6 years; they always thought I would attend a four year university. However, as I progressed in competitive surfing, they realized I might want to pursue a professional career. They were amazing, and they told me they supported me no matter what. However they encouraged me to keep up in school so I would have all the choices possible when it came down to graduation.

Jettygirl: While other competitive surfers are trying to hit the pro tour, you’ve decided to head to school instead. What played into your decision to hit the books instead of hitting the road?
Taylor: For a while I was really torn as to whether I should hit the road to qualify for the pro tour or go to school. But at some point I realized that I would have to give up more to pursue the QS then I would have to give up to go to college. For me to be successful on the QS or pro tour, I would need to give surfing 100% of my energy and time; I would need to put my education and life on hold. I realized I didn’t want to put everything on hold. I love surfing, and it is a huge part of my life, but it is just one piece of who I am. I wanted to explore other things I’m interested in, and see how far I can push myself in the other areas of my life as well. Going to college allows me to continue learning and meeting new people, as well as, surfing and competing.

Taylor Pitz portrait by Chris Grant of Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine Taylor Pitz sequence from the Supergirl Pro Junior in Oceanside. Surfing photos by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

Jettygirl: Have you decided on an area of study at school yet? A degree from UCLA will surely open some doors for you. Do you have any particular careers fields in mind that you’ll be working toward in college?
Taylor: As an incoming freshman, I applied undeclared. I wanted to keep my mind open to different studies that I might be interested in or excel in. However, right now I’m looking into environmental science and business. They’re two pretty different areas, but I want to kind of bridge that gap. I think both need to start working together in a more effective way, and I hope to somehow make a positive difference in the relationship between business and the environment. I still have a lot to figure out between majors, minors, and future careers, but I’m hoping freshman year will at least give me a feel for what I want to do.

Jettygirl: All three of you are tied intricately to your local surf spots. How difficult is it going to be to say goodbye? What will you miss the most about your home break and your hometown?
Taylor: As excited as I am for surfing new spots, I know I’m going to have a hard time leaving Laguna. I know one day this winter I’m going to be surfing some sandy, dirty LA beachy and I’m going to get crazy homesick for my beautiful, blue Laguna water haha. I’ve lived in Laguna almost my whole life, and the town is such a part of me. I’m going to miss surfing with all my friends, the clean water, the sunset sessions, and actually pretty much everything besides the long lulls!

Jettygirl: When offshore winds roar down Oceanside’s San Luis Rey, or the conditions at Laguna’s fickle reefs turn on, or Zuma’s barrels begin calling your name, how will you deal with the occasional bout of surf fever? Did you plan your class schedule to allow for some surf time?
Taylor: I worked pretty hard to make time to surf. I scheduled my classes all later in the day so I can hopefully surf in the mornings. That’s what’s so nice about UCLA, even though its in LA, its only a couple miles from the beach so its not too much of a mission to go surf. I know there’s still going to be weeks where I’m so busy I won’t have time to surf, so I’ll probably just run or go to the gym; even though its not the same exercising always helps with the surf fever a little bit!

Taylor Pitz off the bottom. Surf photography by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine
Taylor Pitz. Lifestyle photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Taylor Pitz, early morning in San Diego County. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Surf Magazine.

Jettygirl: Kids are getting bombarded with promises of fame and fortune at an earlier and earlier age these days. In the quest for a future pro career, the importance of school and a true education has taken a back seat to photo shoots, sponsor obligations, time in the water and the dubious claims of some homeschool situations. If a grommet version of Taylor, Chandler or Heather came to you for advice on the balance of school and surfing, what would you say to her?
Taylor: As great as surfing and competitive surfing is, I think its important for kids to just step back and keep everything in perspective a little bit. So many of the kids coming up are ridiculously talented, and they will go on to have successful careers in the sport. However, I just want kids to realize that surfing doesn’t have to be their everything; there is more out there. If pro surfing is all they want to do, and nothing else interests them, go for it. Do what makes you happy. But for kids that aren’t sure if surfing is for them, or they don’t genuinely love competing, I think it’s important they know there’s other paths beyond the QS. You can keep surfing a big part of your life without making it your career; there is a world beyond pro surfing. Even though it was really challenging keeping up with my grades in high school while traveling and competing, I’m so happy I put in the work because it was amazing to have choices. When it came down to my senior year, I got to call the shots as to what direction I wanted to go, and that was a great feeling. For that reason alone I would encourage any grom growing up to surf as much as you can but hit the books as well.

Jettygirl: A quick viewing of the results of the 2011 NSSA College National Championships reveals that all of the top placings were being taken by traditional surf schools like UCSB, Point Loma, SDSU, Mira Costa and a variety of East Coast universities. With the three of you attending UCLA at the same time, the Lady Bruins look to be a formidable force in the 2011/2012 surf contest season. It looks like your cross-town rival, USC, finished in 11th place overall largely due to a fantastic performance by your friend Kaleigh Gilchrist. Care to make any predictions how the UCLA surf team will fare this year?
Taylor: I don’t really know much about the UCLA Surf Team, but I’d say from our girl’s team alone, this year we’re looking really strong. To have three girls that have competed in top level events is pretty impressive for a college team, and I know that the girls will hold up our side of the team. The great thing about having girls that rip on a team is that it motivates the boys. No guy likes being shown up by a couple girls in the water! I think it’s also going to be fun seeing how the rivalries play out with Kaleigh at USC and other friends at UCSB and UCSD, and I think it will make the college series pretty entertaining to follow.

Jettygirl: While your hard work and diligence brought you to the doorstep of the next stage of your lives, there is undoubtedly a trail of supporters, teachers, heroes and inspirational figures who played a part as well. If you’d like to give any of them a shout-out or to share a few thoughts about them, here’s your chance…
Taylor: I have had so much support over the years its unbelievable. I’m just so thankful for the whole Laguna community that has given me love and support through everything. My parents have been incredible, and I know I wouldn’t be anywhere close to where I am today without them. I’ve had inspiring teachers like Mrs. Maloney, Mrs. Dunlap, Mr. Brobeck, Mr. Sogo, and Mr. Alvarez who made me love school enough to want to continue my education. My school counselors, Kay Ostensen and Tristen Gire, Vice Principal Mr. Billinger, and Principal Dr. Austin all helped me juggle school and surfing the past four years. My main sponsor Billabong and my team manager Megan have been so encouraging about pursuing whatever path I want to take, be it surfing or college, and that has meant the world to me. My high school surf coaches, Mr. Finn and Alisa, were always there supporting me. Lastly, I want to thank my friends for making surfing fun and keeping me sane when life gets crazy.

Taylor Pitz surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com Taylor Pitz, early morning barrel. Surf photography by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

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Lady Bruins, Three California Surfers Head to UCLA. Featuring Taylor Pitz, Heather Jordan & Chandler Parr. (Page 3)

Heather Jordan throwing spray at Oceanside Pier. Surfing photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

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Jettygirl: Out of all the universities in California and beyond, you chose to attend UCLA. How did that come about? Have you always wanted to be a Bruin?
Heather Jordan: I chose to attend UCLA because of the vast opportunities that are available to you as a student. I did not always want to be a Bruin, but the more I learned about the opportunities available to UCLA students as well as the fact that I can enjoy myself at the same time, the more I desired to become a Bruin. At UCLA, you can walk out of a lecture and feel an ocean breeze. Excellent study abroad programs are just one of the many opportunities available to Bruins,where you can travel to a different country and take certain classes. UCLA is ranked amongst the top 10 universities in the nation for studying abroad. The fact that I didn’t need to be isolated on campus quarter after quarter was not only a refreshing relief, it was very inspiring.

Jettygirl: How old were you when the seeds of college were planted in your heart? Was a higher education something that was encouraged by your parents or was it more a situation where you always knew that you wanted to go to a university?
Heather: To be honest with you, I didn’t think I was even going to college for the majority, if not entirety of my high school years. The desires of making it as a professional surfer were quite dominating, and I didn’t see any reason in making plans to go to college if I was going to be making money surfing in the future. The desire of going to college began when I was 17 or 18 years old, and I’m 20 now. My parents did not push college on me, it was more like me traveling different paths including surfing and going to school …and them supporting me with my own decisions. I thank my parents for letting me discover my own interests.

Jettygirl: While other competitive surfers are trying to hit the pro tour, you’ve decided to head to school instead. What played into your decision to hit the books instead of hitting the road?
Heather: Everyone has different passions and paths. I really do enjoy travelling and competing in contests, but I had a greater desire to take a break from that and go to school for a couple years. College life can be really fun, especially when you find subjects and a field you find a lot of interest in. Also, I figured that I could still surf on my free time, especially since I go to a school that’s so close to the beach.

Heather Jordan portrait by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Surf Magazine Heather Jordan surf photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl.com

Jettygirl: Have you decided on an area of study at school yet? A degree from UCLA will surely open some doors for you. Do you have any particular careers fields in mind that you’ll be working toward in college?
Heather: I’m majoring in political science with a focus in international relations, and my minor is in environmental systems and society. I think that these two areas of study are deeply interconnected. What happens in our environment does not contain itself to specific boundaries. Pollution within our ocean for example, moves with the currents and effects more countries and regions than where it originated. It would be so fulfilling to me to have a career that is related to the field of environmental law. I am taking things at my own pace and want to have fun and real experiences that will help me become more knowledgeable in these areas.

Jettygirl: All three of you are tied intricately to your local surf spots. How difficult is it going to be to say goodbye? What will you miss the most about your home break and your hometown?
Heather: I have just moved in to my new room on campus, and it was pretty hard to say goodbye to my family and friends. I know I’m going to miss saying “hi” and surfing with all the great people I know at the North Jetty in Oceanside. I already miss my doggie Max …I have a picture of him right above my desk in my room.

Jettygirl: When offshore winds roar down Oceanside’s San Luis Rey, or the conditions at Laguna’s fickle reefs turn on, or Zuma’s barrels begin calling your name, how will you deal with the occasional bout of surf fever? Did you plan your class schedule to allow for some surf time?
Heather: Oceanside is about two hours away from UCLA, so I’m definitely planning to still surf there when I can on some weekends. This quarter I couldn’t really plan my schedule at all. I’m taking three classes, and two them I had to take in order to take upper division political science classes next quarter. Those two classes only have one lecture session, so I just grabbed the opportunity I had to squeeze myself into those. For my third class, I chose one that most interested me and wasn’t at the same time as my first two classes. I do have a lot of time to surf on Wednesday afternoons, Friday afternoons, and the weekend. Even though I’m taking 15 units, my schedule is pretty flexible.

Heather Jordan at Lowers. Surf photography by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com Heather Jordan lifestyle photography by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com
Heather Jordan in Southern California. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com Heather Jordan surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Jettygirl: Kids are getting bombarded with promises of fame and fortune at an earlier and earlier age these days. In the quest for a future pro career, the importance of school and a true education has taken a back seat to photo shoots, sponsor obligations, time in the water and the dubious claims of some homeschool situations. If a grommet version of Taylor, Chandler or Heather came to you for advice on the balance of school and surfing, what would you say to her?
Heather: The key is to know what your passion is, and also to realize that you can have many passions at the same time. With me, I love surfing as well as learning about different cultures, the environment, and what is happening in other countries. If a mini version of me came to me for advice, I would tell her that I think surfers make great students because of the determination they develop through learning to surf, facing their fears, and competing in contests.

Jettygirl: A quick viewing of the results of the 2011 NSSA College National Championships reveals that all of the top placings were being taken by traditional surf schools like UCSB, Point Loma, SDSU, Mira Costa and a variety of East Coast universities. With the three of you attending UCLA at the same time, the Lady Bruins look to be a formidable force in the 2011/2012 surf contest season. It looks like your cross-town rival, USC, finished in 11th place overall largely due to a fantastic performance by your friend Kaleigh Gilchrist. Care to make any predictions how the UCLA surf team will fare this year?
Heather: With the quarter just starting, it would be hard to say because we don’t know who will be on the surf team. I do know that we’ll have super strong contributions from the girls this year. Being on the same surf team with Chandler and Taylor is going to be great, and I’m really looking forward to a fun year.

Jettygirl: While your hard work and diligence brought you to the doorstep of the next stage of your lives, there is undoubtedly a trail of supporters, teachers, heroes and inspirational figures who played a part as well. If you’d like to give any of them a shout-out or to share a few thoughts about them, here’s your chance…
Heather: Thank you to my parents for believing in me and supporting me. Thanks Grandpa Wayne for encouraging me to go to always learn and travel.

I’d like to thank some great teachers and faculty members at Mira Costa College. Thank you to my teachers Lynne Miller and Patrick Connelly for being so excited about your subjects. You inspire your students so much. Thank you Rich Langen for being a great surf coach and for being there for the team. Thank you to Honors Coordinator Christopher Sleeper for having a vision for students in community college to not only reach their dreams and goals, but to reach even higher. Your vision has been carried out already and is constantly spreading.

Heather Jordan in the sun, photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine Heather Jordan, backside hook in Oceanside. Surf photography by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Smooth cutback by Heather Jordan. Surfing photography by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Surf Magazine. Heather Jordan surfing photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com Heather Jordan frontside bottom turn at Oceanside Pier. Surfing photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

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Lady Bruins, Three California Surfers Head to UCLA. Featuring Taylor Pitz, Heather Jordan & Chandler Parr. (Page 4)

Chandler Parr, a UCLA student/surfer, hits the lip in Oceanside. Surf photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

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Jettygirl: Out of all the universities in California and beyond, you chose to attend UCLA. How did that come about? Have you always wanted to be a Bruin?
Chandler Parr: I chose to go to UCLA because I have grown up going to the campus because I live 15 minutes away. Also, my mom went there and I wanted to keep the tradition alive!

Jettygirl: How old were you when the seeds of college were planted in your heart? Was a higher education something that was encouraged by your parents or was it more a situation where you always knew that you wanted to go to a university?
Chandler: From a young age I was always told the importance of an education. Both my parents came from very little and used their education to help them build an amazing life for our family. I always knew I would go to college.

Jettygirl: While other competitive surfers are trying to hit the pro tour, you’ve decided to head to school instead. What played into your decision to hit the books instead of hitting the road?
Chandler: When deciding to go to college instead of doing the tour full time, I just thought there is a lot more that I can do in life after a surfing career and a college degree would be very beneficial to making that a reality. I still do a handful of events when I am able to miss school, and UCLA has been very supportive and helpful when I do miss class to travel for an event.

Jettygirl: Have you decided on an area of study at school yet? A degree from UCLA will surely open some doors for you. Do you have any particular careers fields in mind that you’ll be working toward in college?
Chandler: I have not declared a major yet. There are a lot of different things that I am interested and I can’t decide on one just yet. I am interested in architecture and anything creative. I love to draw and work with my hands so I just need to figure out where that fits into deciding a major.

Jettygirl: All three of you are tied intricately to your local surf spots. How difficult is it going to be to say goodbye? What will you miss the most about your home break and your hometown?
Chandler: Well, I am lucky because I don’t need to say goodbye to my hometown or home breaks. I live at home because I only live 15 minutes away from campus so there is no reason to put the money burden on my parents for a dorm room.

Chandler Parr. Photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl.com Early morning surf session, Chandler Parr. Surf photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Jettygirl: When offshore winds roar down Oceanside’s San Luis Rey, or the conditions at Laguna’s fickle reefs turn on, or Zuma’s barrels begin calling your name, how will you deal with the occasional bout of surf fever? Did you plan your class schedule to allow for some surf time?
Chandler: When the waves are good there are always ways to get a session in. My classes are spaced out a lot and I only have class two days a week. So if the waves are good I will for sure make time to get some waves.

Jettygirl: Kids are getting bombarded with promises of fame and fortune at an earlier and earlier age these days. In the quest for a future pro career, the importance of school and a true education has taken a back seat to photo shoots, sponsor obligations, time in the water and the dubious claims of some homeschool situations. If a grommet version of Taylor, Chandler or Heather came to you for advice on the balance of school and surfing, what would you say to her?
Chandler: I think the number one thing is to make sure to keep everything fun. If you feel pressure from either your school or surfing commitments there is always a way to make it work. If you have a great support team you can achieve anything. I feel like today the sport of surfing is continuing to grow and the options for what career path you take in surfing whether it be competitive or lifestyle, the possibilities are endless, and an education will only help your opportunities grow.

Jettygirl: A quick viewing of the results of the 2011 NSSA College National Championships reveals that all of the top placings were being taken by traditional surf schools like UCSB, Point Loma, SDSU, Mira Costa and a variety of East Coast universities. With the three of you attending UCLA at the same time, the Lady Bruins look to be a formidable force in the 2011/2012 surf contest season. It looks like your cross-town rival, USC, finished in 11th place overall largely due to a fantastic performance by your friend Kaleigh Gilchrist. Care to make any predictions how the UCLA surf team will fare this year?
Chandler: I think this year a lot will change. With such a strong girls’ team we can push the boys on the team to want to step up and compete more this year. Last year we didn’t have many kids who had the competitive fire but this year I think Taylor, Heather and I could help encourage our team and help us do well in the events.

Jettygirl: While your hard work and diligence brought you to the doorstep of the next stage of your lives, there is undoubtedly a trail of supporters, teachers, heroes and inspirational figures who played a part as well. If you’d like to give any of them a shout-out or to share a few thoughts about them, here’s your chance…
Chandler: I mainly want to thank my parents. They honestly have supported me through thick and thin and have helped me manage school and surfing so well. Without them I honestly would be lost. Also, my twin brother Hunter and my boyfriend Tyler have been huge helps with helping me with homework or turning assignments in while I was traveling and they are always there for me no matter what. Finally, I’d like to thank my sponsor Body Glove. The whole crew over there has always been supportive of me deciding to go to school rather than doing the tour full time. They are a great group of people and I am lucky to have them. I love and thank all of them so much!!!

Chandler Parr in Oceanside. Surfing photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.comChandler Parr surf photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl.comRebounding off the whitewater by Chandler Parr. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.comChandler Parr surfing Oceanside. Photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

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Summer Time. A collection of surf photos from our favorite season at JettyGirl.

As we embark on another season of sunshine, we feel that there’s no better way to celebrate summer than to showcase a few photos from our favorite time of year. Our goal here (more or less) is to post an image or two every few days so check back often to see what’s new. We wish you all the best of times this summer and for those of you on the globe who are entering winter right now, I hope these will keep you stoked as you’re pulling on your fullsuits. Enjoy!

Leila Hurst, Newport Beach. Surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl.com.
Leila Hurst – Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
August 9 – A clean turn on a glassy wave will always be a timeless move. Leila Hurst recently moved from the warmth of Hawaii to the every-once-in-a-while sunny skies of California. The highly ranked Pro Jr is a most welcome addition to our shores and I’m hopeful that you’ll be seeing more of the stylish regularfoot in JettyGirl in coming weeks and months.


Claire Bevilacqua barreled in Newport Beach, surf photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine.
Claire Bevilacqua – Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
August 8 – This Western Australian loves to punt airs but even more, she relishes the chance to pull in. I wish I could she Claire in action at Backdoor this winter but for now, some thin-lipped Newport barrels need to suffice. A terror in the air and an absolute maestro in the green room, Claire Bevilacqua.


Alana Blanchard and Leila Hurst in Newport Beach, photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl.com
Alana Blanchard and Leila Hurst – Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
August 7 – Yes, this is summer. Our brief season of warm water arrived then disappeared before our June gloom fullsuits ever had a chance to completely dry out. This August morning was gray and drizzling but even the dullest of mornings brightens up when you’re among friends. Longtime friends Alana Blanchard and Leila Hurst run to greet each other in Newport Beach.


Jasset Umbel, late afternoon Lowers. Surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine.
Jasset Umbel – Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
July 29 – The Trestles area responds differently to each swell. While Lowers can seem like top-to-bottom paradise, some swell directions call for a more lateral approach. Florida’s Jasset Umbel spends quite a bit of time at the famous pointbreak and knows when to hit the gas pedal to get speed for the sections setting up down the line. Jasset takes the high line on a beautiful, sunny afternoon.


Kelly Nicely with 4-Eyed Clyde...before Clyde's last ride. Photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl.com
Kelly Nicely – Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
July 22 – Four-Eyed Clyde’s last ride. Tonight I met up with Kelly Nicely who had just returned from France after competing in the Roxy Pro. While she usually just sells her boards in Europe to save in airline fees, Four-Eyed Clyde was so special to her that she paid $300 to get the board back to California. Exactly one hour after this photo was taken, Four-Eyed Clyde was broken in two pieces by a shallow, double-up. Rest in Peace Clyde :(


Shea Hodges, evening surf. Surfing photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl.com
Shea Hodges – Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
July 14 – Tonight I had the opportunity to meet up with a good friend who happens to be one of the best surfers I’ve ever seen, Hawaii’s Shea Hodges. We don’t get to shoot as much as when she lived up here in Oceanside but I’m always stoked when we can meet up. Our evening session was small, really small, but as she always does, Shea took apart the mini-lefts running across the inside bank. Looking forward to many more sessions with the stylish Hawaiian throughout the summer…


Marissa Shaw rotating at Lowers. Surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine.
Marissa Shaw – Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
July 13 – A few years ago I was shooting with Claire Bevilacqua at one of Southern California’s busiest point breaks. On this particular day, many of America’s top female amateur surfers were splitting peaks with Claire. When she exited the water she asked me the name of the young regularfoot who launched airs on every wave. It was none other than San Clemente’s Marissa Shaw. Fast forward to last week at the same spot and there was Marissa, punting at every opportunity and even tweaking it into rotations when the opportunity presented itself. A shredding surfer, gnarly athlete, busy lifeguard and dedicated college student, there’s pretty much nothing Marissa Shaw can’t do.


Alexa Frantz surf photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine.
Alexa Frantz – Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
July 12 – Summer is in full force but still some gray days remain. I don’t know anybody that loves bikinis as much as Alexa Frantz. It could be freezing …as shown here by the dudes in the fullsuits …and there will be Alexa, throwing buckets like it’s the hottest day of summer. There’s no doubt that Alexa turns heads as she walks down the beach carrying her hot pink boards but it’s the manner in which she hucks spray that I appreciate. Her heart of gold? …that’s pretty cool too!


Ornella Pellizzari visiting San Diego from Argentina. Surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl.com
Ornella Pellizzari – Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
July 9 – Overhead, nasty onshores, and river-like currents…all part of Oceanside during a south swell. It was refreshing to see a pro surfer paddle out in WAY less than ideal conditions, all the while smiling and laughing while taking off on ugly bombs. There weren’t many hittable sections but this right had one and Argentina’s Ornella Pellizzari launched into a nice backside air. So stoked that Ornella will be in town for a while :)


Stephanie Schechter surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl Surf Magazine.
Stephanie Schechter – Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
July 5 – It’s always interesting to meet new surfers and discover their unique personalities. My wife and I often joke that I have both the gift of perception and misperception in equal parts. I love guessing with each new person I meet how their on-land style will translate once they hit the water. Stephanie Schechter is a case in point. My assumption was that her larger than life, gregarious personality on land would translate into an energetic style of waveriding. In contrast, Stephanie’s surfing style is about as calm, cool and collected as can be. Stephanie, relaxed on the nose in Oceanside.


Julie Cox, late afternoon surf session. Surfboard by Dane Perlee with artwork by Thomas Campbell. Surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl.com.
Julie Cox – Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
July 3 – I’ve always loved this shot of Julie Cox…the late afternoon hues, the sunlight bouncing off her wetsuit and the beautiful surfboard shaped by Dane Perlee and painted by Thomas Campbell. As Julie dedicates more of her daylight hours to the California Surf Museum where she serves as Operations Manager, I’m sure she appreciates those extra hours of sunlight that each summer afternoon brings.


Heather Jordan. Surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine.
Heather Jordan – Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
July 2 – While not a fan of the marine layer, I do like those mornings that are “bright” gray if that makes sense. In the half-dozen years I’ve known Heather Jordan, one thing’s for certain, I have absolutely no idea when or where our paths will cross but I’m always stoked when they do. On this morning Heather ventured far from her homebreak and ended up getting some of the best waves of the day. Intelligent and hard-working, Heather will be making her way up to UCLA this fall…meeting up with fellow Bruins, Taylor Pitz and Chandler Parr in what looks to be a formidable surf team in the women’s division.


Kyla Langen surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl Surf Magazine.
Kyla Langen – Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
July 1 – Brains, beauty, soul, and the versatility to charge barrels and draw flawless arcs, my friend Kyla Langen enjoying her favorite local spot. Preparation is key in early summer as the tricky and changing water temps could find you in a fullsuit in the morning and a bikini just a few hours later.


Jenna Balester at Huntington Beach Pier. Surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine.
Jenna Balester – Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
June 29 – Intimate knowledge of your local break pays off when faced with summertime crowds. While the masses were being swept up the coast in Huntington Beach’s Colorado River-like current, Jenna Balester out-positioned the pack and scored one of the better rights of the morning…delivering a beautiful backhand turn on a special quad shaped by her dad, Tom Balester.


Brittani Nicholl surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl.com
Brittani Nicholl – Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
June 22 – Even at California’s most crowded summertime pointbreak there are occasional moments of solitude. Photo-friendly lighting is long gone by lunch hour but that doesn’t mean the waves are done. Brittani Nicholl paddled out for some midday fun and I was lucky enough to join her and her mom for one last session before they left for home last summer. Unfortunately, Brittani like so many of my Australian friends, won’t be coming to America this summer thanks to the ridiculous decision to “upgrade” the US Open to a World Tour event this year. Since the same family of companies basically controls both events, my vote is to return the US Open to its former WQS status and make real progress by adding a Women’s World Tour event to the Hurley Pro at Lowers in September. Sadly though, I don’t get a vote…


Claire Bevilacqua in color. Surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl.com.
Claire Bevilacqua – Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
June 21 – In a world of desaturated images, cell phone one-click recipes, bogus light leaks and every other type of digital treatment (some of which were applied here), pure color sometimes takes a back seat to its trendy counterparts. Unlike photos though, colorful personalities like Claire’s never fade into the background. Reaching out to feel the arc she’s created, Claire paints another masterpiece.