Surf Photo Friday - Bodyboarding with Hawaii's Kamalehua Keohokapu. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Surf Photo Friday – Bodyboarding with Hawaii’s Kamalehua Keohokapu

Early morning bodyboard session with Hawaiian Kamalehua Keohokapu. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

It seems wholly appropriate in this strangest of seasons to mix it up a bit. One day the water temp is bikini-worthy and a few hours later a fullsuit and booties are necessary. Similarly, the surf itself has proven to have multiple personalities with swell firing in one spot and nonexistent everywhere else.

On the day before this I swam out at this spot and it was warm, firing, and empty …but not very surfable. Later that day as I was reflecting on the morning session, I remembered that my good friend from Hawaii, Kamalehua Keohokapu, used to bodyboard before she picked up longboarding. A few messages back and forth and we made plans to leave our surfboards at home, grab bodyboards, and hit it early before she headed off to the hospital where she works.

Although the swell dropped overnight, we were still greeted with glassy peaks and sunny conditions. Laughs, smiles, and barrels ensued and it was a refreshing reminder to me that whatever surfcraft we happen to be riding, there’s no better way to start your day than by being in the ocean. Here are a few photos from the session.

Barreling left during bodyboard session with Kamalehua Keohokapu. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Dropping in with Hawaii's Kamalehua Keohokapu. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

Barreled with Hawaiian Kamalehua Keohokapu. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Surf Mag

Underwater with Kamalehua Keohokapu. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Between sets with Kamalehua Keohokapu. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

Hooking left in San Diego County. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygil.com

Dropping into a perfect glassy right with Kamalehua Keohokapu. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Kamalehua Keohokapu inside a clean barreling wave. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Sunny, glassy, barreling left. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

End of the morning barrel for Hawaii's Kamalehua Keohokapu. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Bodyboard session completed with Kamalehua Keohokapu. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

Photos: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com

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Photo Friday! Surf Photos with Erin Ashley, Bruna Schmitz, Ornella Pellizzari, Dimity Stoyle, Kamalehua Keohokapu, and Courtney Conlogue.

A sampling of surf photos from Jettygirl’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds. Have a great weekend everyone :)


Erin Ashley noseride in San Diego County. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Erin Ashley – Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
Low tide hues of green and blue. Erin Ashley.


Bruna Schmitz. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Bruna Schmitz – Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
Do a Google search for Bruna Schmitz and you’ll be wading through well over one hundred images before you get to a single photo of her surfing. This fact may be hidden from the general web searcher but her fins-free blasts are equally beautiful.

Ornella Pellizzari. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Ornella Pellizzari – Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
I’m not sure if they had jack-in-the-box toys in Argentina when she was growing up but my favorite human version is Ornella Pellizzari. By far.

Dimity Stoyle. Frontside air. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Dimity Stoyle – Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
Dear Surf Industry,

You missed one.

The girl on the virtually sticker-less purple board is one of the best surfers I’ve ever seen. If you don’t believe me, believe the legendary Jay Adams who I could hear whistling loudly after the first wave of her session featured a huge hook, a fins-free blast, a clean roundhouse, and a solid frontside air.

Next time you’re calculating budgets and going over pie charts for your lifestyle surfers, perhaps you can carve out a slice for a surfer who actually blows minds instead of kisses.

Sincerely,

A fan of Dimity Stoyle

Kamalehua Keohokapu. Smiles and aloha. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
Kamalehua Keohokapu – Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
When surfing is broken down to its simplest form, the common denominator we all share is that it’s fun, pure fun. Facing an onshore closeout, this happy Hawaiian chucked her board up and jumped over the falls with an aloha-filled smile that warmed this particular photographer’s heart. At this 1/1000th of a second in world history, the true meaning of surfing was never clearer. Kamalehua Keohokapu, surfer.


Courtney Conlogue rips one off the top in San Diego County. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Courtney Conlogue – Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
Today I was able to shoot with one of Transworld SURF’s Hottest Girls in Pro Surfing. Had I known of the honor bestowed upon her by making the list, I certainly would have offered my congratulations. Then again, when stacked up against her drive and training for a world title, her amazing painting skills, her deep love of books, her selfless desire to help out with charitable causes, and the absolutely professional way she carries out her duties as an athlete and role model, I don’t think the “hottest girl” thing would rank very high on her list of accomplishments.

Courtney Conlogue, turning heads in a way that any true surfer can appreciate, by laying down a solid turn on a solid wave.