Surf Photo Friday featuring Mary Bagalso, Claire Bevilacqua, Crystal da Silva, Malia Fuertes, Prue Jeffries, Kyla Langen, Kim Mayer, Kassia Meador and Summer Romero on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Surf Photo Friday – The Session That Changed Everything

Surf Photo Friday featuring Mary Bagalso, Claire Bevilacqua, Crystal da Silva, Malia Fuertes, Prue Jeffries, Kyla Langen, Kim Mayer, Kassia Meador and Summer Romero on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Surf Photo Friday - The Session That Changed Everything Truth be told these photos are from two days, July 21 and 22, 2005, yet in my memory they've become one and the same surf session. A month or so earlier I had picked up my first SLR camera since owning an old Canon AE-1 back in high school. A good friend of mine and great surfer in his own rite, Shane Sebastian, met me down at Oceanside Harbor for a quick photo shoot before the wind picked up. Between his waves I noticed an entire crew of female surfers, some I recognized from the magazines, others unknown to me---riding the nose, hitting the lip, and basically dominating the lineup. My friend had long since gone home, but I stayed behind to document every turn I could of quite a diverse group of individuals---Mary Bagalso, Claire Bevilacqua, Crystal "CJ" da Silva, Malia Fuertes, Prue Jeffries, Kyla Langen, Kim Mayer, Kassia Meador, and Summer Romero. In the days following this session, strangers became friends and we met up as often as possible to shoot photos, trade waves, and talk about the state of women's surfing. Later that year both US-based surf magazines, Surf Life for Women and SG Magazine closed their doors at seemingly the same time which came as a horrible blow to the surf community. You can read about it more in depth here, but the magazine closures led directly to the creation of Jettygirl, the very site you're visiting today. When I'm old and gray and looking out over the lineup at Oceanside Harbor one day, I'll always have great memories of this spot, these surfers, and the session that changed everything. 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.
Mary Bagalso, Oceanside cutback, July 2005. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Claire Bevilacqua, layback snap in Oceanside, July 2005. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Crystal da Silva backside bank in Oceanside, July 2005. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Malia Fuertes, Oceanside floater, July 2005. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Prue Jeffries, Oceanside, July 2005. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Kyla Langen off the lip in Oceanside, July 2005. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Kim Mayer, frontside snap in Oceanside, July 2005. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Kassia Meador drives off the bottom in Oceanside, July 2005. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Summer Romero, Oceanside, July 2005. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
Previous Surf Photo Fridays | 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: Claire Bevilacqua on Instagram Crystal "CJ" da Silva on Instagram Kyla Langen on Instagram Kassia Meador on Instagram Summer Romero on Instagram
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Sarah Beardmore, Bec Woods, Kim Mayer, Chelsea Williams, Paige Hareb and Jenna Balester. Photographed by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

Throwback Thursday with Sarah Beardmore, Bec Woods, Kim Mayer, Chelsea Williams, Paige Hareb & Jenna Balester

Sarah Beardmore, Bec Woods, Kim Mayer, Chelsea Williams, Paige Hareb, Jenna Balester in Newport Beach So blessed to answer the phone each summer and hear accents from around the world. This crew is awesome! I hope the girl groms in the background are taking notes. Pictured from left to right: Sarah Beardmore, Bec Woods, Kim Mayer, Chelsea Williams, Paige Hareb, and Jenna Balester. * Read comments from the original Jettygirl Facebook post here >> Additional Resources: Throwback Thursday with Julie Cox and an Explosion of Light Throwback Thursday with Alana Blanchard and a Baby Opossum Throwback Thursday with Summer Romero: Few long boarders I've ever met... Throwback Thursday with Alexa Frantz: Her eyes reflect... Throwback Thursday with Dimity Stoyle: Dear Surf Industry...
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Bec Woods - Jettygirl Time Machine surf video clip featuring Bec, Claire Bevilacqua, Kyla Langen, Kim Mayer, Kassia Meador, Rochelle Ballard, Lyndsay Noyes, Violet Kimble, Sarah Beardmore, and Megan Abubo.

Jettygirl Time Machine – July 30, 2007 – Surf Session with Bec Woods, Claire Bevilacqua, Megan Abubo, Kyla Langen, Kassia Meador, and more…

Jettygirl Time Machine - July 30, 2007 - Surf Session with Bec Woods, Kyla Langen, Kim Mayer, Kassia Meador, Rochelle Ballard, Lyndsay Noyes, Violet Kimble, Sarah Beardmore, Megan Abubo, and Claire Bevilacqua Description: We've decided it's time to unlock the video vault and showcase some of the sessions that have gone down in front of our lenses over the years. The video size may be small and standard definition (*glorious 480p, haha) but the spirit of the sessions back then were most definitely high-def, vibrant and in full color. If it hadn't have been for two individuals, Kyla Langen and Kassia Meador, Jettygirl would never have become a reality. At the time, Kyla was living in Carlsbad while Kassia Meador had recently moved to Oceanside. These two homes would become the focal points as some of the best female surfers in the world would stop by and visit during the summers. Each morning I'd wake up to pre-social media text messages and phone calls about how the waves were and where the session was going to happen. It could just be the Oceanside area itself, but I see less and less of these surf sessions where groups of women get together and push the limits at one particular break. All of these surfers were complete individuals but there was enough cohesiveness as a group for people on the beach to feel the energy of women's (shortboard) surfing being pushed forward one ride at a time, even on a junky summer day like the one in this clip. Well, enough chatter on my part. I hope you enjoy the first of many Jettygirl Time Machine surf sessions ...good rides, wipeouts, smiles, and everything else that makes an average day at the beach something special. Film: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com Music: "Fancy Nightclub Girl" - Written and Performed by HafenSabine Jettygirl Time Machine frame grabs of  Bec Woods, Megan Abubo, and Kyla Langen
Additional Resources: Bec Woods Kassia Meador Claire Bevilacqua on Facebook Surf Into Yoga with Rochelle Ballard NOYES Photo (Lindsay Noyes)
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Reflecting on a New Venture. Part One: Kim Mayer, the Original Jettygirl

Kim Mayer, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine cover, volume 1, number 1. Photo by Chris Grant.Photos & Words by Chris Grant | Presented by InsuranceSurfers.com In 2003 for no apparent reason that I can recall, I registered the domain name JettyGirl.com. Wanting to revisit a hobby I hadn't done much since high school, in the spring of 2005 I gathered together as many coins as I could find and purchased a Canon 20D along with a lens that was better known for bird photography than for surf photography, the Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L. At times it's been humbling to set up my gear between professional photographers and their 600mm behemoths and at others I've been asked by a few pro surfers why I'm using such a small lens on a particular day. Overall though, I have to admit that this quirky little "bird" lens has treated me well these past six years. On July 21, 2005 I was standing on the beach at Oceanside Harbor taking photos of a couple of good friends. Midway through the session I caught sight of a young female surfer on a bright orange Ambrose speeding along an inside right. Nothing excites a surf photographer more than watching a surfer carry speed because you know when a section looms up, something good is going to happen ...so I quickly tracked her through my camera as she approached a foamy, little closeout section. Kim Mayer, the original Jettygirl, throws tail off the foam in Oceanside. Surf photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl. I would have never guessed it at the time but Kim Mayer's energetic tail throw off the foamy section would become the first stepping stone toward the future launch of JettyGirl. I can remember this turn like it was yesterday and as I searched the outside peaks, I discovered that Kim was not alone but was surfing with a talented group of women that included Kyla Langen, Prue Jeffries, Claire Bevilacqua, Kassia Meador, Mary Bagalso, Summer Romero, Malia Fuertes and CJ Soto. After this first session I became friends with this crew (except for Claire who I didn't meet in person until 2006) and we began to shoot occasionally when they were in town. At the urging of someone, probably Kyla Langen, I began sending in some photos to Sunshine Makarow's fantastic surf magazine, Surf Life for Women. Sunshine gave me my first chance and she started using some of my images in her surf mag, even crediting one of my photos of Sofia Mulanovich to Jim Russi to which I'm still honored years later. My mind goes blurry at this point but I believe in late 2005, both Surf Life for Women and SG Magazine shut their doors for good ...which left the United States with exactly zero surf magazines geared toward female surfers. I couldn't believe that I had found a nice surf photography niche and it had disappeared right when I was getting started. More than that though, these talented friends of mine had lost two important publications that had reliably showcased women ripping in waves big and small on boards long and short. The wheels in my mind began to turn... what was that domain name I had registered a while back... JettyGirl? Could I possibly do anything with that? Kim Mayer off the top at Oceanside Pier. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com. Thank the Lord for the long lines at Disneyland for it was while standing in line after line that my wife and I discussed creating a little online surf magazine for women. By now it was a foregone conclusion that the name would be JettyGirl and we set about getting it launched by January 2006. Our original idea was to provide in-depth coverage of one girl each month and when it came to who was going to be our first subject, there was one person in my mind who deserved it more than anyone else, Kim Mayer. I can't overstate this fact ...if there was no Kim Mayer doing that little tailslide in front of my camera earlier in the year, there would never have been a JettyGirl. Kim is epic in every way! She absolutely shreds in the water, is simply dripping with style, owns the most endearing of laughs and has a smile that lights up any room she enters. (Sidebar: I've railed on the surf industry plenty for being narrowly focused and shortsighted in who they give support to but nowhere have I seen them blow it more than in the case of Kim Mayer. The girl has it all ...brains, beauty (inside and out) and blistering turns and it's been ridiculous to see someone of her caliber without a major sponsor during her career. Props to Hotline Wetsuits for recognizing true talent and for supporting Kim with wetsuits all these years. I wish at least one of the clothing companies would have had your same foresight and wisdom.) Santa Cruz surfer Kim Mayer with a smile that would light up any room. Photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Instead of following a chronological series of events in the development of JettyGirl, I'm going to bounce around with this ongoing feature ...sometimes posting stories while at other times just sticking a photo on the wall with a simple caption. Thank you for reading this first installment of "Reflecting on a New Venture" and thank you for all of your support for our little grassroots project. Without all of you readers we wouldn't be continuing and without you Kim, we would have never even started.