Tia Blanco Changes Flags, Excited To Represent Puerto Rico In Surfing Competitions For The Rest Of Her Surf Career

The day before Tia Blanco left for Puerto Rico, we had the opportunity to shoot a few photos at Oceanside Harbor. As always, Tia’s surfing was fast and clean with explosive punctuation marks whenever a section loomed up. When Sunday night rolled around, it wasn’t a surprise at all to see an Instagram post of Tia holding a large, $5,000 winner’s check above her head in front of scores of Puerto Rican surf fans. However, Tia’s photo caption caught me off guard.
“I am very grateful to take the win here at the Corona Pro! I had a blast surfing in amazing conditions all weekend! Also, I am super excited to now be representing the Puerto Rican flag for the rest of my surfing career! This was the island I was born on and it is an honor to represent them! Much love.”
While most Instagram captions seem to be little more than filler for the photos they are paired with, here was some real information to contemplate. After absorbing the news, a bunch of questions suddenly came to mind–topics that Tia generously answered while exploring the island with her family.
 
corona-extra-pro-32-tia-blanco-snap-osiris-torres-apsprTia Blanco in winning form last weekend at the 32nd Corona Extra Pro at Domes Beach, Puerto Rico. Photo: © APSPR / Osiris Torres – Read the press release here >>

 

JettyGirl: First off, Tia, congratulations on winning the Corona Extra Pro at Domes Beach.
Tia Blanco: Thank you very much! The event was so much fun and the waves were unreal!

We were surprised to see “PR” next to your name on the heat sheets and then when you won the event, you announced that you would be representing the Puerto Rican flag for the rest of your surfing career. Was that a difficult decision since you’ve played such an integral part of USA surfing as a multiple ISA gold medalist over the years? How was the news received in the US and in PR?
I remember about 5 years ago when I was at the ISA Junior event in Nicaragua representing USA, the PR team came up to me saying that PR is the team that I should be a part of! However, at the time it just seemed like a nice thought, not something that could be realistic. Then, after seeing other surfers change their representation recently, I reached out to ISA to see what their rules and regulations were. Once the ISA confirmed with me that if I was born in PR , then I could represent their flag, it was very exciting news for me! I have always had a sense of connection with Puerto Rico and it has always been a part of my background/story. PR is technically still a part of America and my dad served in the US military there, therefore, I still feel like I am representing both flags in a way. Puerto Rico is such an amazing place, filled with the most passionate and kind people. It is so honorable to now be flying their flag!

As a representative of Puerto Rico, will you be spending time on the island training with any of their other local athletes for upcoming international competitions? As part of the change of flags, will you be moving there?
Definitely! I am so excited to spend more time in Puerto Rico and fully immerse myself in the culture. I am in love with the waves, food, and people in PR, so I definitely want to spend more time there.

What is your favorite break in PR (that’s not a secret spot)?
I would say one of my favorite breaks was Domes in Rincon. I was telling my family that is has been a long time since I have surfed perfect waves and how much fun I had.

When we visited the island, the locals insisted that we try Mofongo—have you had the opportunity to try a vegan version? If not Mofongo, what is your favorite Puerto Rican dish?
Mofongo!!! I love mofongo, tostones, and yuca so much, lol. I wish there was somewhere in California where I can eat those foods more.

After Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico six months ago, it was really heart-warming to see how neighbor helped neighbor and how people bound together for the good of the community. Hurricane or not, it’s a trait we’ve witnessed over and over again with Puerto Rican friends. When you’re exiting the water in future events and they ask you about your birthplace, what is it about the island or its people that inspires you the most?
During my last visit to Puerto Rico I heard some pretty unimaginable stories that were hard to comprehend. However, I did hear some amazing stories as well. For example, when the students went back to school they had no power. One of the teachers told me that the day the power switched on, all the kids erupted with joy! She said that they immediately started cheering, jumping, and hugging one another! When I heard that story I had chicken skin! I am inspired by the passion and good energy that Puerto Rican’s have within them! Their passion for their island really gives me motivation to work hard and do my best to represent them well.
 

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Tia Blanco backside snap. Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirlTia Blanco, Oceanside, California. Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl

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Basque Country Surfer, Garazi Sanchez, 2018

Garazi Sanchez 2018 from Garazi Sanchez on Vimeo.

 


The ocean has always been my home
There, I’ve grown up
And learnt the most valuable lessons of life
That we are people who need dreams
And aspirations
That if I’m patient
I’ll be able to understand mother nature
That if I fight and don’t give up
My body and mind will become stronger
That those who follow their dreams are scared
And feel lonely
But at the end of the day, everything is worth it
That you will lose a lot
And you will want to quit
But you will continue
And that’s the most important part of the journey
That when you win
It’s not the medal that matters
But those you were with along the journey
Sport, surfing at the end
Is my way to become a better person
For me, it’s not only about achieving my dream
But about the person I become going for it

– Garazi Sánchez

 

Film & Edit By
@juanlabradora, @jorgelekunberri
Surfer
@garazisanchez

 

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Karina Petroni, Windward, a Caribbean surf adventure film by Carl Rosen

Windward – Karina Petroni in a Film by Carl Rosen

Windward from Carl Rosen on Vimeo.

 

All of our favorite surf videos make us want to jump from our chairs and book a flight somewhere. While we’d be trudging off to the nearest international airport, Karina Petroni’s travel situation is a lot more romantic. When the mood strikes, a board is taken down from the rafters and loaded onto a plane piloted by her husband, David. Together, the two surfers travel throughout the Caribbean in search of crystal clear water and fun waves. We watched this clip over and over with equal measures of stoke and envy. Love this video!
Filmmaker’s Description
When adventure calls, someone must answer. Here’s professional traveler, surfer and adventurer, Karina Petroni, answering the call by traversing to remote parts of the Caribbean, with her husband and pilot David, with the hopes of finding beauty in unknown places.
Film/Edit By
Carl Rosen
Surfer
Karina Petroni – @karina.petroni
Music
“Beverly Hells” – SWIMM – swimmmusic.bandcamp.com

Karina Petroni - Windward

Courtney Conlogue in Emerald Odyssey, a surf film by Dillon Chang

Emerald Odyssey, a Short Surf Film by Dillon Chang, Starring Courtney Conlogue in Ireland

Emerald Odyssey from Dillon Chang on Vimeo.

 

Back in 2008 we asked Courtney Conlogue where she would go if she could take a board with her on a time machine. She responded that she would travel to “a time when life was slower and there was less technology. I would still want the best surfing equipment around. I’d go to Indonesia when no one was out because I want to be able to enjoy some incredible waves without a crowd. I want to relax and pick and choose the best waves with no hassling around me.”

While her Emerald Odyssey took her to Ireland instead of Indonesia, the trip definitely checked the rest of the boxes she spoke about seven years ago. It’s a pleasure to watch Courtney surf Ireland’s long lefts and it’s easy to see how much she enjoys the uncrowded power of the Emerald Isle’s rugged coastline.

Filmmaker’s Description
After physical or emotional trauma, there is a period of reflection. A time where we disbelieve every ideal we once held close and reevaluate our anchors. Emerald Odyssey is a story about rediscovering those foundations. A story about going against the normalcy’s and venturing to an unorthodox destination in search of waves and oneself.
Film/Edit By
Dillon Chang – Vimeo
Surfer
Courtney Conlogue
Music
“As Colorful As Ever” – Broke For Free
“Beyond Something Beautiful” – Scott Holmes

 
Courtney Conlogue stars in Emerald Odyssey, a short surf film by  Dillon Chang
 

 

Tatiana Weston-Webb stars in Wish You Were Here, a film by Body Glove Entertainment and Body Glove Girl

Tatiana Weston-Webb in Tahiti – “Wish You Were Here”

 

Wish You Were Here – Tati in Tahiti from Body Glove on Vimeo.

 

Description
Professional surfer, Tatiana Weston-Webb, travels to a remote island in Tahiti with pro surfers Anthony Walsh, Tika Smith, and brother Troy Weston-Webb. On an island in the middle of nowhere, Tatiana finds empty waves, crystal clear water, and a love for how simple life can be. Wish you were here…
 
A Film By
Body Glove Entertainment
 
Surfers
Tatiana Weston-Webb, Anthony Walsh, Moorea “Tika” Smith, Troy Weston-Webb
 
Cinematography
Scott Smith, Greg Browning, Anthony Walsh, Brent Bielmann
 
Edit:
Scott Smith
 
Music By
“Wake Me Up” – Fademan & Oleg K Featuring Lime Kid
“Time” – Kasket Club
“Violent Young” – The Analog Affair
 

Frame grabs of Tatiana Weston-Webb in Wish You Were Here, a film by Body Glove Entertainment
 

Single Wave Thursday featuring Kassia Meador on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

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


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.


Surfer: Kassia Meador – @kassiameador
Film: Chris Grant – @chrisgrantphoto
Sound: Audio provided by abcopen at freesound.org

 

 

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



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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.
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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
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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
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