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.
Women’s Surf Movies on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

One of my favorite Jettygirl days was the one I spent with surfer/shaper/musician, Ashley Lloyd Thompson, at her home in Santa Cruz, California. Watching the ultra-smooth surfing styles of Ashley and her husband, Alex, was a refreshing change of pace. If filming the two of them drawing clean lines in the water wasn’t reward enough, I was blessed even more with a home-grown salad and an impromptu live music performance after the session. It was an epic day through and through!

Thank you for stopping by for another installment of Single Wave Thursday. As always, thank you for your support of Jettygirl. None of this would be possible without you, our dear readers.

Film: Chris Grant | Sound: Audio provided by abcopen at freesound.org
* There’s no HD on this one but to get the best quality, click the little icon to the right of the clock on the YouTube player (you must hit the play arrow first to see the icons) and select 480p.

Previous Single Wave Thursdays: Kassia Meador | Amee Donohoe | Felicity Palmateer | Tammy-Lee Smith | Tia Blanco | Pauline Ado | Tory Gilkerson | Claire Bevilacqua | Kaleigh Gilchrist | Courtney Conlogue | Justine Dupont | Silvana Lima | Courtney Conlogue | Erin Ashley | Brittani Nicholl | Alexa Frantz | Lindsay Steinriede

Additional Resources:
Ashley Lloyd Surfboards – official
The Shapes – official band site
Ashley Lloyd Thompson on Instagram
The Shapes on Facebook



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Surf Photo Friday featuring Stephanie Schechter in Panama - Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Surf photo by Janet Schechter.

Surf Photo Friday – Stephanie Schechter, Family Surf Trip to Panamá

Surf Photo Friday featuring Stephanie Schechter in Panama - Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Surf photo by Janet Schechter.
Surf Photo Friday – Stephanie Schechter, Family Surf Trip to Panamá
Photos by Janet, Jason, and Stephanie Schechter

Panamá. Not the first place that comes to mind when thinking of a surf trip destination… But that may be one great reason to choose to go there. While Panamá is known to have good waves and fabulous weather, it is definitely considered an off-the-beaten-path country for surf trips. This is precisely why my family chose to travel there last week for a seven-day trip of surfing, fun, and relaxation.

I had just finished final exams for winter quarter at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and my brother had just finished his finals at UCLA. Instead of going on “MTV Spring Break!” style trips with friends to places like Florida or Cabo, our parents were kind enough to invite us to share some quality time on a surf trip to Panamá! We flew directly from LAX to La Ciudad de Panamá, and the flight was only six hours, a quick hop in comparison to flying to somewhere like Asia, which has flights in the 12-14 hour range. We spent the night in a hotel near the airport in the beautiful capital city, and then set off in our rental car, stacked sky high with our board bags, to Playa Venao. We were told the drive would be four and a half hours, but of course, it ended up being around five and a half, not including the amount of time we spent taking wrong turns!

Finally, we arrived at beautiful Playa Venao. We found the house we were staying in, nestled in the jungle overlooking Playa Venao. It was adorably named La Casa Mango, after the several mango trees providing shade for the house in the 80-90 degree Panamanian heat. We went to see the waves, and our jaws dropped. In front of us were perfect sandbar beach break peelers with only a few people in the water! There were peaks dotting the entire stretch of beach, and while some waves closed out, most were head high, open-faced walls, perfect for riding any type of board. We spent the week surfing and having fun at Playa Venao, while the offshore breeze cooled us off and perfected the waves. We found a wonderful cove for snorkeling, with crystal clear waters and plenty of fish!

Although the trip was only one week long, we spent our time well, by not only surfing and snorkeling, but also doing yoga, walking through the jungle, relaxing in hammocks, and more! There was wildlife galore, including monkeys, exotic reptiles, and LOTS of insects. This trip was one I will certainly always remember, celebrating a successful quarter at UCSB, surfing with my family, and learning about the wonderful culture of Panamá!

Backbend in Panama, Stephanie Schechter, yoga reflection. Photo by Janet Schechter on Surf Photo Friday on Jettygirl.

Backside nose ride by Stephanie Schechter in Panama. Surf Photo Friday on Jettygirl.

Scenes from a Panama surf trip with Stephanie Schechter. Surf Photo Friday on Jettygirl.

Stephanie Schechter scored some fun waves in Panama. Surf Photo Friday on Jettygirl. Photo © Janet Schechter photo.

Stephanie Schecther, nose ride surf photo by Janet Schechter. Surf Photo Friday on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Thank you for dropping by for another installment of Surf Photo Friday. Have a great weekend everyone …and as always, thank you for your support of Jettygirl. Please consider helping out with a “Pay Whatever You Like” subscription to the site. Every little bit helps!

Photo Credits: Surf photos by Janet Schechter; snorkel photo by Jason Schechter; scenic photos by Stephanie Schechter.

Previous Surf Photo Fridays | Prue Jeffries on a Donald Takayama Quad | Sara Taylor Sequence | Get Stoked on Lady Shapers | The Session That Changed Everything | Justine Dupont and Pauline Ado in California | Role Models, Why They Still Matter | Surfing New Jersey’s Polar Vortex Swells with the K Twins | Mele Saili and Hayden Lane, Cardiff Reef | Jill Manos Surfs the Freezing Water of Nova Scotia, Canada | Malia Ward, Chris Ward, & a Surf Photographer’s Second Worst Nightmare | Chloe Buckley & the Tiny Five Hundred Dollar Wave | A Special Surf Session with Ashley Lloyd Thompson, Julie Cox, Alex Thompson, Chris Cuevas & Sheri Crummer | Kelly Nicely & the Pelican Session | Mary Osborne & Her Beloved 9’10” Cooperfish Single Fin | Kelia Moniz, Megan Godinez, Geodee Clark & Bruna Schmitz | Kamalehua Keohokapu | Claire Bevilacqua | Lulu Erkeneff | Alexa Frantz |Rebecca Woods | Silvana Lima | Alessa Quizon

Additional Resources:
Stephanie Schechter on Instagram – @stephanieschechter
Stephanie Schechter’s interview on Liquid Salt
Kevin Connelly Surfboards
Swell.com



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Surf Photo Friday featuring 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
Billabong Australia



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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 Pauline Ado and Justine Dupont on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Surf Photo Friday – Justine Dupont and Pauline Ado in California

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for dropping by for another installment of Surf Photo Friday. Have a great weekend everyone …and as always, thank you for your support of Jettygirl.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Previous Surf Photo Fridays | Role Models, Why They Still Matter | Surfing New Jersey’s Polar Vortex Swells with the K Twins | Mele Saili and Hayden Lane, Cardiff Reef | Jill Manos Surfs the Freezing Water of Nova Scotia, Canada | Malia Ward, Chris Ward, & a Surf Photographer’s Second Worst Nightmare | Chloe Buckley & the Tiny Five Hundred Dollar Wave | A Special Surf Session with Ashley Lloyd Thompson, Julie Cox, Alex Thompson, Chris Cuevas & Sheri Crummer | Kelly Nicely & the Pelican Session | Mary Osborne & Her Beloved 9’10” Cooperfish Single Fin | Kelia Moniz, Megan Godinez, Geodee Clark & Bruna Schmitz | Kamalehua Keohokapu | Claire Bevilacqua | Lulu Erkeneff | Alexa Frantz |Rebecca Woods | Silvana Lima | Alessa Quizon

Bonus Material: Pauline Ado and Justine Dupont Videos



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



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Surf Photo Friday – Role Models, Why They Still Matter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for dropping by for another installment of Surf Photo Friday. Have a great weekend everyone …and as always, thank you for your support of Jettygirl. Also, thank you to Matt Biolos for allowing us to share his photo for this week’s feature.

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


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


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



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


Previous Surf Photo Fridays | Surfing New Jersey’s Polar Vortex Swells with the K Twins | Mele Saili and Hayden Lane, Cardiff Reef | Jill Manos Surfs the Freezing Water of Nova Scotia, Canada | Malia Ward, Chris Ward, & a Surf Photographer’s Second Worst Nightmare | Chloe Buckley & the Tiny Five Hundred Dollar Wave | A Special Surf Session with Ashley Lloyd Thompson, Julie Cox, Alex Thompson, Chris Cuevas & Sheri Crummer | Kelly Nicely & the Pelican Session | Mary Osborne & Her Beloved 9’10” Cooperfish Single Fin | Kelia Moniz, Megan Godinez, Geodee Clark & Bruna Schmitz | Kamalehua Keohokapu | Claire Bevilacqua | Lulu Erkeneff | Alexa Frantz |Rebecca Woods | Silvana Lima | Alessa Quizon

Additional Resources:
Coco Ho on Instagram
Matt Biolos on Instagram
Shorecliffs Surf Team on Instagram
Kelly Slater on Instagram
Bruna Schmitz on Instagram
Courtney Conlogue on Instagram


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