Sophie McCulloch - Photo © WSL / John Ferguson

Internationals Decimate Opening Day, Locals Thrive at Florida Pro

- Australia's McCulloch, French competitors Bulard and Lartigue Lead Opening Day Charge - Stuart, Florida's Benedetto Topples Top-Seeded Pauline Ado - Defending Champ Marks Comes Out Firing
Neis Lartigue - Photo © WSL / John Ferguson

Neis Lartigue (FRA) surfing her Round 1 heat at the Florida Pro QS 3,000 on Tuesday, January 15, 2018. PHOTO: © WSL/ John Ferguson

SEBASTIAN INLET, Florida/USA (Tuesday, January 15, 2019) – The World Surf League (WSL) Women’s Qualifying Series (QS) got action underway at the Florida Pro QS 3,000 after Monday’s lay day and steamed through Round 1, as well as Round 2 Heats 1 – 8, at Sebastian Inlet. Building swell filled into the inlet throughout the day, providing two-to-four foot windswell and some of the top QS competitors made their debuts in stunning fashion. Men’s competition was called off for the day as the women took over the lineup and delivered inspiring performances.
Round 1’s top performance belonged to Biarritz, France, native Neis Lartigue with a brilliant 15.26 (out of a possible 20) heat total. Lartigue locked in one of the highest single-wave score of a 7.93 (out of a possible 10) en route to her debut win and had fellow competitors in a combination situation -- meaning they needed two new scores to total Lartigue’s. Now that the nerves are out of the way, the Frenchwoman will be up first when Round 2 resumes.
“It was tricky at the beginning of the heat and I wasn’t stressed, but I felt weird on my first few waves,” Lartigue said. “I told myself to calm down and just surf my way. I prefer to go right, but my scores came on my lefts so I was just trying to stay busy. It’s always a little nerve-racking to get the season started but I can relax today after getting a good heat total like that.”
Canelle Bulard - PHOTO: © WSL/ John Ferguson

Canelle Bulard (FRA) surfing her Round 2 heat at the Florida Pro QS 3,000 on Tuesday, January 15, 2018. PHOTO: © WSL/ John Ferguson

But, it was her French compatriot Cannelle Bulard of Reunion Island that topped Lartigue with an excellent 8.33 after freefalling from attacking the wave’s lip. Bulard went on to earn the day’s highest heat total of a 15.66 in her outstanding debut. Though, the 25-year-old knows it’s just the beginning and there’s plenty of work to be done.
“It’s really good to get off to a start like that in the first event of the year,” Bulard said. “I would love to continue this kind of momentum. I watched the contest last year and it looked so cold, I was debating on coming but my friends talked me into it and I’m glad I did. It’s great traveling with friends I’ve known for a very long time to have that comfort and I think it showed in my heat.”
Sophie McCulloch - Photo © WSL / John Ferguson

Sophie McCulloch (AUS) surfing her Round 2 heat at the Florida Pro QS 3,000 on Tuesday, January 15, 2018. PHOTO: © WSL/ John Ferguson

Australian newcomer Sophie McCulloch started the day’s competition in-form with a solid 12.67 heat total in Round 1 Heat 1 and carried that fire into Round 2 for a second victory. The Alexandra Headland, Queensland, native drew from her Florida Pro experience last year and turned into success early on to start building momentum. McCulloch’s terrific Pro Junior career, earning multiple wins around the world, is behind her and now the 19-year-old only has one goal in mind this season.
“I was super keen on coming back after last year and I don’t think the cold gave it the best impression, but I’m loving it this time,” McCulloch said. “It was pretty important to get busy and settle the nerves right away. I got my groove and started finding those better scores, but it looked completely different even this afternoon [for my second heat]. My goal this year is to qualify. I think rather than focus on looking at the end result I’m just going to try and surf how I freesurf. Nerves got the better of me last year so my coach this year just said to me go out and just surf how you know how.”
Zoe Benedetto - PHOTO: © WSL/ John Ferguson

Zoe Benedetto (USA) surfing her Round 2 heat at the Florida Pro QS 3,000 on Tuesday, January 15, 2018. PHOTO: © WSL/ John Ferguson

Early shockwaves were sent through the event as local wildcard Zoe Benedetto (Stuart, Fla.) helped eliminate former Championship Tour (CT) competitor Pauline Ado (FRA) in Round 2 Heat 5. The 13-year-old smashed a closeout section and rode out clean to earn a near-excellent 7.67, catapulting her from fourth to first place. Benedetto had her expectations set coming into this event, but now boasts a win over one of the sport’s elite.
“First event of the year and I beat a real professional surfer, I can’t believe that,” Benedetto said. “I knew if she got a good wave she would crush it so that was crazy. I wasn’t really nervous about the people in my heat, but more so the waves because they were breaking ten feet from the shoreline at times. It feels good to win with my family and everyone here, and especially with me and my friends just wanting to beat each other all the time. I don’t want to lose here or have a bad performance being the wildcard after losing first round getting it from WSL last year -- you want to earn that and prove yourself.”
Caroline Marks - PHOTO: © WSL/ John Ferguson

Caroline Marks (USA) surfing her Round 2 heat at the Florida Pro QS 3,000 on Tuesday, January 15, 2018. PHOTO: © WSL/ John Ferguson

The day concluded with defending event champion Caroline Marks (Melbourne Beach, Fla.) returning to her native home state victorious in Round 2 Heat 8. The 16-year-old looked sharp in her debut and came out of the water wanting more despite garnering a 14.90 heat total. Marks is eager to defend her title among the talented field on hand and will look to improve moving forward.
“It’s awesome to start the year off at home and I felt really good in the water, I just wanted to catch more waves,” Marks said. “I’m such a frother and just want more and more every time, but I think that was a good first heat to start with. There’s a lot left in the tank which is good and I felt like that was just a warm-up. It’s so fun to surf heats again. I love competing and I’m really excited about the points on offer, as well as a lot of talented girls here so it’s not going to be easy.”
Coral Schuster - Photo © WSL / John Ferguson

Coral Schuster (USA) surfing her Round 2 heat at the Florida Pro QS 3,000 on Tuesday, January 15, 2018. PHOTO: © WSL/ John Ferguson

Also advancing, Coral Schuster (Cocoa Beach, Fla.) won her Round 1 Heat 11 bout and Rachel Presti's (Melbourne Beach, Fla.) buzzer-beater earned her a spot into Round 3 to represent for their hometown support groups.
Event organizers will convene tomorrow morning and make a 7:30 a.m. EST call for a possible 8:00 a.m. EST start to finish Round 2 of the women before moving into men’s Round 1 action.
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The Florida Pro Women's QS 3,000 and Men's QS 1,500 will run in the best conditions from January 14 - 20 at Sebastian Inlet, Florida.
Women's Florida Pro QS 3,000 Round 1 Results: Heat 1: Sophie McCulloch (AUS) 12.57, Eva Woodland (CRI) 7.94, Nagisa Tashiro (JPN) 7.60, Rosina Neuerer (DEU) 1.24 Heat 2: Tiare Thompson (USA) 9.33, Chiasa Maruyama (USA) 9.03, Nina Reynal (FRA) 6.17, Alexxa Elseewi (USA) 5.23 Heat 3: Kloee Openshaw (USA) 6.00, Rubiana Brownell (CRI) 5.64, Anastasia Ashley (USA) 5.57, Nakia Fleuren (AUS) 2.56 Heat 4: Amuro Tsuzuki (JPN) 8.40, Serena Nava (USA) 6.60, Charlotte Lange (USA) 4.96 Heat 5: Olivia Pessanha (USA) 8.60, Molly Kirk (USA) 5.00, Maddy Malizia (RUS) 4.83, Abigail Dixon (USA) 1.44 Heat 6: Kaleigh Gilchrist (USA) 10.17, Makena Burke (USA) 5.13, Paulina Summers (CRI) 6.83, Brittany Penaroza (HAW) 11.04 Heat 7: Rachel Wilson (USA) 6.27, Brooke Young (USA) 6.17, Taylor Green (USA) 5.37, Natsuki Suda (JPN) 2.53 Heat 8: Melania Diaz (CNI) 13.10, Cassidy McClain (USA) 5.40, Emily Currie (GBR) 5.00 Heat 9: Neis Lartigue (FRA) 15.26, Brooke Daigneault (USA) 5.50, Maile Davis (USA) 3.10 Heat 10: Eveline Hooft (NDL) 12.00, Kayla Durden (USA) 4.10, Sarah Abbott (USA) 2.83, Morgan Iglay (USA) 0.83 Heat 11: Coral Schuster (USA) 10.13, Uhaina Joly (FRA) 5.46, Izzi Gomez (USA) 4.80, Sophie Falzone (USA) 1.60 Heat 12: Julie Nishimoto (JPN) 10.66, Maddie Garlough (USA) 8.33 Audrey Presti (DEU) 3.67, Jasmine Gailey (USA) 2.57
Women's Florida Pro QS 3,000 Round 2 (H1-8) Results: Heat 1: Leilani McGonagle (CRI) 11.27, Marion Philippe (PYF) 4.43, Autumn Hays (USA) 3.43, Eva Woodland (CRI) 1.84 Heat 2: Sophie McCulloch (AUS) 12.33, Josefina Ane (ARG) 9.63, Chiasa Maruyama (USA) 3.43, Melanie Giunta (PER) 1.84 Heat 3: Tiare Thompson (USA) 7.70, Zoe McDougall (HAW) 6.93, Vahine Fierro (PYF) 6.34, Kloee Openshaw (USA) 1.80 Heat 4: Chelsea Tuach (BRB) 13.10, Chelsea Roett (BRB) 6.50, Rubiana Brownell (CRI) 5.40, Juliette Lacome (FRA) 4.37 Heat 5: Zoe Benedetto (USA) 11.04, Nao Omura (JPN) 7.10, Pauline Ado (FRA) 5.20, Serena Nava (USA) 3.94 Heat 6: Cannelle Bulard (FRA) 15.66, Olivia Pessanha (USA) 9.30, Amuro Tsuzuki (JPN) 8.90, Dominica Barona (ECU) 6.83 Heat 7: Tia Blanco (PRI) 9.57, Rachel Presti (DEU) 8.00, Brittany Penaroza (HAW) 5.44, Molly Kirk (USA) 4.14 Heat 8: Caroline Marks (USA) 14.90, Carol Henrique (PRT) 9.30, Kaleigh Gilchrist (USA) 4.07, Nadia Erostarbe (EUK) 3.00
Remaining Women’s Florida Pro QS 3,000 Round 2 (H9-16) Matchups: Heat 9: Brisa Hennessy (HAW), Emily Nishimoto (JPN), Keala Tomoda-Bannert (HAW), Brooke Young (USA) Heat 10: Minori Kawai (JPN), Meah Collins (USA), Rachel Wilson (USA), Melanie Suarez-Diaz (CNI) Heat 11: Summer Macedo (HAW), Camilla Kemp (PRT), Cassidy McClain (USA), Neis Lartigue (FRA) Heat 12: Kirra Pinkerton (USA), Sara Wakita (JPN), Ava McGowan (USA), Brooke Daigneault (USA) Heat 13: India Robinson (AUS), Maud Le Car (FRA), Havanna Cabrero (PRI), Kayla Durden (USA) Heat 14: Kobie Enright (AUS), Leticia Canales Bilbao (ESP), Eveline Hooft (NDL), Uhaina Joly (FRA) Heat 15: Alyssa Spencer (USA), Samantha Sibley (USA), Julie Nishimoto (JPN) Heat 16: Mahina Maeda (JPN), Brianna Cope (HAW), Freya Prumm (AUS), Maddie Garlough (USA)
About the WSL The World Surf League (WSL) is dedicated to celebrating the world's best surfing on the world's best waves through a variety of best-in-class audience platforms. The organization, headquartered in Santa Monica, is a global sport with regional offices in Australasia, Africa, North America, South America, Hawaii, Japan and Europe.
The WSL has been championing the world's best surfing since 1976, annually running more than 180 global events across the Men's and Women's Championship Tours, the Big Wave Tour, Qualifying Series, Junior and Longboard Championships, as well as the WSL Big Wave Awards. The League possesses a deep appreciation for the sport's rich heritage while promoting progression, innovation and performance at the highest levels, and in doing so crowns the undisputed Men’s and Women’s World Champions across all tours.
Showcasing the world's best surfing on its digital platform at WorldSurfLeague.com, the WSL has a passionate global fan base with millions tuning in to see world-class athletes like Kelly Slater, Stephanie Gilmore, Tyler Wright, John Florence, Lakey Peterson, Paige Alms, Kai Lenny, Taylor Jensen, Honolua Blomfield, Carissa Moore, Gabriel Medina, Courtney Conlogue and more battle on the most dynamic field of play of any global sport.
For more information, please visit WorldSurfLeague.com

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.
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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 Rusty Surfboards Body Glove Sector 9 Skateboards
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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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