Kim Mearig, 1983 ASP Women's World Tour Champion - Photo © Simone Reddingius

Eighties Ladies: A Special 1980’s Surf Photo Feature by Simone Reddingius

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Kim Mearig, 1983 ASP Women's World Tour Champion - Photo © Simone Reddingius
Eighties Ladies: A Special 1980’s Photo Feature by Simone Reddingius
[quote]“She’s an awesome photographer. Great timing shooting surfing I always thought. I think because she was an accomplished surfer herself, she knew exactly what the surfers were setting up to do.” – Kim Mearig, 1983 ASP World Champion[/quote]

Having discovered surfing in 1980 or so, I had my share of childhood surfing heroes …Cheyne Horan, Tom Curren, Martin Potter and Tom Carroll to name a few. Each wall of my room was decorated with photos of my favorite surfers …all of them cut out from Surfer, Surfing and Breakout Magazines. Unlike most of my peers though, I was also fond of women’s surfing. Across from my Cheyne Horan and Tom Curren walls and right to the left of my Cheryl Ladd poster was the Kim Mearig section of my room, buoyed by an autographed black and white 8×10 photo of Kim that I received at the old Huntington Surf Theatre.

Fast forward about three decades…

While perusing Facebook one afternoon, I came across the most incredible collection of early 80’s surf photos by Simone Reddingius. Everyone was present…Cheyne, Pottz, both TC’s and a whole bunch incredible women from one of the most unique and colorful eras in modern surfing. 4X ASP World Champ Frieda Zamba, 1983 ASP World Champ Kim Mearig, Jorja and Jolene Smith, Alisa Schwarzstein, Tricia Gill, Rell Sunn, Liz Benavidez, Jodie Cooper, 1990 ASP World Champ Pam Burridge, 1982 ASP World Champ Debbie Beacham and a host of 70’s legends…all presented in glorious Kodachrome color.

This photo gallery represents a tiny portion of Simone’s vast photo archive and she generously granted us permission to share these images with you. Enjoy this slice of women’s surf history and when you have a few free moments, please visit Simone’s blog at http://beachgirlmaui.blogspot.com –Chris Grant

Kim Mearig. Photo © Simone Reddingius. Surfing photos of women surfers from the 1980's. Frieda Zamba. Photo © Simone Reddingius. Surfing photos of women surfers from the 1980's.
Frieda Zamba. Photo © Simone Reddingius. Surfing photos of women surfers from the 1980's. Frieda Zamba and Pam Burridge. Photo © Simone Reddingius. Surfing photos of women surfers from the 1980's.
Liz Benavidez and Jodie Cooper. Photos © Simone Reddingius. Surfing photos of women surfers from the 1980's. Jodie Cooper. Photo © Simone Reddingius. Surfing photos of women surfers from the 1980's.
Alisa Schwarzstein. Photo © Simone Reddingius. Surfing photos of women surfers from the 1980's. Alisa Schwarzstein. Photo © Simone Reddingius. Surfing photos of women surfers from the 1980's.
Kim Mearig. Photo © Simone Reddingius. Surfing photos of women surfers from the 1980's.

A few words from Simone’s photo subjects…

Kim Mearig
“I traveled to quite a few WISA events with Simone in the early 80’s. She’s hilarious, and I don’t think she knows it, or tries to be. She says these one liners with a straight face. Kind of a dry sense of humor. That’s what I remember most about Simone, fun to hang out with. And she’s an awesome photographer. Great timing shooting surfing I always thought. I think because she was an accomplished surfer herself, she knew exactly what the surfers were setting up to do.”

Alisa Schwarzstein Cairns
“I used to surf with Simone at the WISA contests and also on some of my many trips up to Santa Barbara. She would often come down south with Kim Mearig who was my travel partner so I saw her fair bit. Simone was always super nice to surf and hang out with and then she got into surf photography and was basically the only woman surfer to get into shooting surf photos. I think Flame took her under his wing and helped her out and it was really cool when she starting getting published. Her Facebook photos bring back a lot of fun memories of surfing contests in the 80’s.

Rell Sunn and Mary Lou Drummy. Photos © Simone Reddingius. Surfing photos of women surfers from the 1980's.
Alisa Schwartzstein, Jorja Smith, and Jolene Smith. Photo © Simone Reddingius. Surfing photos of women surfers from the 1980's. Jorja Smith. Photo © Simone Reddingius. Surfing photos of women surfers from the 1980's.
Debbie Beacham. Photo © Simone Reddingius. Surfing photos of women surfers from the 1980's. Lynne Boyer and Brenda Scott. Photo © Simone Reddingius. Surfing photos of women surfers from the 1980's.
Tricia Gill. Photo © Simone Reddingius. Surfing photos of women surfers from the 1980's. Kim Mearig and Nancy Emerson. Photo © Simone Reddingius. Surfing photos of women surfers from the 1980's.

Simone Reddingius

About Simone Reddingius

Simone Reddingius was born in Curacao, West Indies and moved to California in 1964. She grew up in Temple City, CA. Her parents would take her camping along the beach and it was there that she dreamed of being a surfer. At her high school library was one copy of a surf magazine that she confiscated and kept close to her side.

One day, Simone’s mother came home with an old Wardy longboard that she bought at a yardsale for a dollar. It didn’t have a fin, but Simone was stoked.

While on a camping trip in Carpinteria, Simone met lifeguard Denny Aaberg who taught her how to surf.

After graduating high school, Simone moved to Santa Barbara where she was really able to live her dream and become a full time surfer. Simone’s older brother gave her his old camera, a Minolta SRT 101 with a telephoto lens. She was often torn between surfing first or taking pictures first. A job at a camera store allowed her to buy some new equipment and get a nice Nikon camera, a motordrive and a Century 650mm lens. As she honed her skills, Simone submitted her work to Surfing and Surfer magazines and was published several times over the years.

Simone moved to Maui in 1993 and has been upgrading her film equipment to digital. Among the things she loves to photograph are the beautiful winter waves and breathtaking sunsets. She is also experimenting with an old Nikonos underwater film camera.

Her work can be viewed on her flickr website: http://beachgirlmaui.blogspot.com



Additional Resources:
Simone Reddingius’ blog
Simone Reddingius on Flickr
Photography by Simone Reddingius on Etsy
Handmade Jewelry by Simone Reddingius on Etsy
Handmade Jewelry by Simone Reddingius on Facebook



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TWENTY-ONE QUESTIONS WITH CARISSA MOORE. The ASP World Champion answers questions from former world champs, tour veterans, young fans & surfing legends.

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Presented by InsuranceSurfers.com

In Carissa Moore’s first full year on Tour, she accomplished what so many have predicted for her over the years of her young life, an ASP World Title. It’s difficult to imagine the kind of pressure she was under to accomplish the goal. While most surfers are given a number of years to find their footing in the pro ranks, you could almost feel the industry’s expectations that anything short of a world title would be a letdown. But there would be no slip-ups, no letdown, no unfulfilled goals …Carissa charged through the Tour schedule, pushed performance boundaries in a groundbreaking film and did so with Hawaiian grace and style.

After Carissa won her World Title, we planned to interview her as quickly as possible …but so did every other surf media outlet on the planet. By the time our turn came around, all my questions had been asked numerous times. Instead of rehashing what had already been said, we asked a group of former world champions, legends, filmmakers, industry folks, free surf pioneers and local groms to post up some questions for the new World Champ. I don’t think this has ever been done before …so thank you to all who participated. You have my deepest appreciation! –Chris

1. Asked by Heather Hudson, Executive Producer of The Women and the Waves
Heather Hudson: If you could go back to any era in surfing history and surf with anyone, who would you want to surf with and why?
Carissa Moore: I would probably want to go back two years and have a surf session with Andy (Irons) or go back to the early 90’s and surf with Rell (Sunn). Both people are great ambassadors to our sport and role models to me.

2. Asked by Kelly Nicely, Current #13 on the ASP Women’s Longboard World Rankings
Kelly Nicely: How has the tour changed for women in the past few years and how do you think the future of the women’s tour is headed as far as equality with men and women?
Carissa: I think the talent on the women’s tour has come so far the past few years. The girls are definitely pushing the limits of their performance. Unfortunately, the state of our tour is in what seems to be the worst it has ever been. I can only hope that one day we will have the same kind of following that the men have and we will gain more support and events.

3. Asked by Kim Mearig, 1983 ASP Women’s World Champion
Kim Mearig: Since you’ve won the world title so young, are you content or do you want to beat Kelly’s record?
Carissa: Haha, I don’t know if I will ever beat Kelly’s record or even come close but I would love to give the world title a run every year I am on tour.

4. Asked by Serena Brooke, ASP legend & owner of Serena Sportswear
Serena Brooke: What type of diet and training do you do to keep in shape, do you think it is important to your surfing?
Carissa: I think it is so important to eat right and train to perform at your best. You definitely could just surf and be amazing but for the overall package and piece of mind it’s great to be on top of those things as well.

5. Asked by Sara Taylor, freesurfer & video star of Circus Tricks, Illegal Turns, and Hayley Gordon’s Empty Lowers
Sara Taylor: If there was something you could change about the tour what would it be?
Carissa: If there was something that I could change about the tour it would be to have more events at amazing venues!

6. Asked by Cori Schumacher, Writer & 3x Women’s Longboard World Champion
Cori Schumacher: Within the realm of surfing, the sponsorship dynamic is one of the most influential socializing agents for young surfers. How old were you when you were first sponsored and can you remember if how you felt about yourself changed then? If so, how? When you made the shift from being sponsored by endemic surf companies to your current sponsors, did you feel a shift in yourself as well? If so, what did that feel like for you?
Carissa: I was very lucky and got sponsored when I was seven by Roxy. I was very naive and didn’t think much of it, just how cool it was to get a box of clothes every month! Also, when I made the shift from being sponosred by endemic surf companies to my current sponsors I didn’t really make a big deal of it. I think my family did a really good job of keeping things simple on the sponsorship end so I could just enjoy surfing.

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7. Asked by Kassia Meador, photographer, longboard stylist & current #2 on the ASP Women’s Longboard World Rankings
Kassia Meador: What is your favorite post shred snack?
Carissa: I love a nice green smoothie.

8. Asked by Shea Hodges, Hawaiian freesurfer & star of Shea Hodges: Freedom in Motion
Shea Hodges: It’s apparent that in the last few years the level of women’s surfing has increased dramatically. The widespread use of the internet and social media has helped create more of a “do it yourself” attitude for the aspiring surfer that doesn’t have the means to travel the tour and compete. Do you feel that women (like men) should have the option to be professional free-surfers and not only Tour surfers?
Carissa: Yea, I definitely think that women should have the option to be a professional free surfer.

9. Asked by Hayley Gordon, filmmaker & owner of Leashless.tv
Hayley Gordon: What was your greatest or funniest misadventure/disaster on your surf travels?
Carissa: Funniest misadventure was ….

10. Asked by Di Mattison, blogger, surfer & surf instructor extraordinaire
Di Mattison: What do you think about the “marketing image” available to women professional surfers? Why do you think it is that the guys are able to be marketed with a wide range of types – jock; punk; gangsta; artist; hippy; intellectual – and that there’s only one type for women: happy, sporty, beach babe? I do see that Steph plays her guitar and Sally is really into sports, but I don’t see their overall image(s) being far from the mark that the surf industry has set for women (image-wise).
Carissa: I know. I think it’s crazy that guys seem to be way more marketable when women are the ones who are way more into fashion and the way they look. I think all the women on tour have awesome personalities and something unique and special about them and just need to be marketed in the right way.

11. Asked by Lauren Otonicar, owner & creator of Tonic Haircare
Lauren Otonicar: What is your animal amalgamation? (If you could be a combination of 2 animals what would you be and why?)
Carissa: Bird and dolphin so I can fly and swim underwater for long periods of time.

12. Asked by Ashley Beeson, middle school shredder in the Western Surfing Association
Ashley Beeson: Do you have any tips on how to do those “sliding 360’s” frontside and backside? I want to learn how to do them myself.
Carissa: Just keep messing around with it and eventually you’ll figure it out. It is a shift of weight from the front to back to front again. The key to spinning is getting the fins out of the water. To get the movement down, take the back center fin out, that’s what I did in the beginning, shhhh.

13. Asked by Kim Wooldridge, 14-year veteran of the ASP Women’s World Tour
Kim Wooldridge: Which women surfers did you look up to or were inspired by when you first started surfing?
Carissa: Layne Beachley, Rochelle Ballard, Megan Abubo…

14. Asked by Amee Donohoe, ASP Women’s World Tour veteran and contest director of the annual RA Girls Surf Show
Amee Donohoe: Being the most progressive female surfer ever and inspiring generations, how are you keeping yourself inspired to continue to push your level of surfing? I watch your free surfing and your contest surfing and you go big with such flare but are you secretly attempting “sex change varials” now that the judges know what they are?
Carissa: Haha, well thank you, I am so flattered. My dad is definitely the one to thank for pushing my level of surfing. He is the one who helps me think out of the box, challenges and encourages me to go bigger. Also working with guys like Shane Beschen, Myles Padaca and Pancho Sullivan have inspired me so much. Being around their male energy is so new and exciting.

15. Asked by Lola Blake, President & CEO of Chick Sticks by Lola
Lola Blake: Do you have a pre-heat ritual that you do or think to yourself before your competitions?
Carissa: I always sit down and have a quick chat with my dad before paddling out, listen to some Eminem and Bieber and say a little prayer.

Carissa Moore at the US Open of Surfing at Huntington Beach Pier. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Surf Magazine. Carissa Moore towards the pier in Huntington Beach. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com.
Carissa Moore banks off the foam at the US Open of Surfing. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Carissa Moore at the US Open of Surfing. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine2011 ASP Women’s World Champ, Carissa Moore, ripping onshore peaks in HB. Photos © Chris Grant/ Jettygirl.com

16. Asked by Cori Schumacher, writer & 3x Women’s Longboard World Champion
Cori Schumacher: How important has your heritage as a Hawaiian been in your approach to surfing and what is the most important aspect of this heritage for you?
Carissa: It’s definitely motivated me to want to do my best to represent my heritage. The most important part is being able to do something I love and having fun everyday. A lot of hardwork but it’s all worth it.

17. Asked by Jessi Miley-Dyer, ASP Tour veteran & 2012 ASP Women’s World Tour Manager
Jessi Miley-Dyer: You’re one of the only girls on tour I’ve seen donate their prize money to charity. We used to donate our time to various causes when we have been overseas but I’ve never given money (would love to but not exactly rolling in it, haha). Do you think that we should do more community work around the contests that we go to? Would you like to see more of it?
Carissa: I think we definitely should and I would love to see more of it. As professional surfers we get to travel the world and do something we love, how lucky are we?! I think it is important to give back to the communities that aren’t as fortunate but have given so much to us.

18. Asked by Margaux Arramon-tucoo, French artist, longboard stylist. Star of Hayley Gordon’s film, “This is Margaux”
Margaux Arramon-tucoo: Does surfing for a living, traveling, now being world champ and all that comes with it, inspire you in other areas of your life?
Carissa: Yes of course! I realize that my life is amazing and in order to keep it I just have to keep working hard at everything. It is all so worth it.

19. Asked by Savannah Fliers, local ripper & huge fan of Carissa Moore
Savannah Fliers: Where do you see yourself in 20 years?
Carissa: I hope raising a family, married, a teacher or a coach and of course still surfing!

20. Asked by Savannah Fliers, local ripper & huge fan of Carissa Moore
Savannah Fliers: What advice would you give to girls who want to catch more waves when surfing in a lineup surrounded by wave-hungry guys?
Carissa: Patience and time. If you put your time in at any spot and are respectful you will gain respect yourself and will catch waves. And as you improve the guys will want to watch you rip!

21. Asked by Bilandra Chase, Mom, installation engineer & the better half of NK Surfboards shaped by Raz
Bilandra Chase: You two have worked so closely for so many years. What did your dad say to you when you won the world title?
Carissa: My dad and I are best friends and seriously there is no person in the world that I would have wanted to share that journey with than my dad. He was stoked. When I won in France he gave me a huge hug and then said, “Knuckles. You did it!” Pretty awesome moment. One for the memory books for sure.


*Video courtesy of Red Bull



Additional Resources:
Carissa Moore’s Red Bull Profile
Carissa Moore – Official Website, Biography, Surfing Photos & Videos
Carissa Moore on Twitter


The Complete List of Our Top 5 ASP Picks

Our 2011 ASP Women’s World Tour Preview is based on Top 5 predictions from the following list of World Champions and past, present and future surfing superstars. It is really interesting to see how similar the picks are from such a diverse group of people. Once you’ve perused the list of Top 5 picks, jump on over to our 2011 ASP Women’s World Tour Preview.

Paige Alms
1. Stephanie Gilmore
2. Carissa Moore
3. Sally Fitzgibbons
4. Coco Ho
5. Tyler Wright

Wendy Botha
1. Stephanie Gilmore
2. Sally Fitzgibbons
3. Carissa Moore
4. Coco Ho
5. Silvana Lima

Meah Collins
1. Carissa Moore
2. Stephanie Gilmore
3. Sally Fitzgibbons
4. Coco or Tyler
5. Silvana or Courtney

Jessica Grimwood
1. Stephanie Gilmore
2. Silvana Lima
3. Sally Fitzgibbons
4. Tyler Wright
5. Courtney Conlogue

Shea Hodges
1. Melanie Bartels
2. Silvana Lima
3. Carissa Moore
4. Courtney Conlogue
5. Rebecca Woods

Kim Mearig
1. Stephanie Gilmore
2. Carissa Moore
3. Sally Fitzgibbons
4. Chelsea Hedges
5. Courtney Conlogue

Marissa Shaw
1. Carissa Moore
2. Stephanie Gilmore
3. Sally Fitzgibbons
4. Silvana Lima
5. Courtney Conlogue

Bo Stanley
1. Stephanie Gilmore
2. Silvana Lima
3. Tyler Wright
4. Carissa Moore
5. Sally Fitzgibbons

Valentina Vitale
1. Carissa Moore
2. Stephanie Gilmore
3. Tyler Wright
4. Sally Fitzgibbons
5. Silvana Lima

Jamie Baittinger
1. Stephanie Gilmore
2. Sally Fitzgibbons
3. Tyler Wright
4. Courtney Conlogue
5. Carissa Moore

Serena Brooke
1. Stephanie Gilmore
2. Courtney Conlogue
3. Sally Fitzgibbons
4. Carissa Moore
5. Coco Ho

Shelby Detmers
1. Stephanie Gilmore
2. Carissa Moore
3. Sally Fitzgibbons
4. Coco Ho
5. Silvana Lima

Nicole Grodesky
1. Sally Fitzgibbons
2. Stephanie Gilmore
3. Silvana Lima
4. Carissa Moore
5. Claire Bevilaqua

Alexia Jeri
1. Sally Fitzgibbons
2. Stephanie Gilmore
3. Silvana Lima
4. Sofia Mulanovich
5. Coco Ho

Wini Paul
1. Stephanie Gilmore
2. Sally Fitzgibbons
3. Carissa Moore
4. Tyler Wright
5. Coco, Courtney or Chelsea

Jolene Smith
1. Stephanie Gilmore
2. Carissa Moore
3. Laura Enever
4. Melanie Bartels
5. Courtney Conlogue

Lauren Sweeney
1. Silvana Lima
2. Carissa Moore
3. Stephanie Gilmore
4. Coco Ho
5. Sally Fitzgibbons

Kim Wooldridge
1. Stephanie Gilmore
2. Sally Fitzgibbons
3. Chelsea Hedges
4. Carissa Moore
5. Tyler Wright

Rochelle Ballard
1. Stephanie Gilmore
2. Carissa Moore
3. Tyler Wright
4. Silvana Lima
5. Coco Ho

Chloe Buckley
1. Stephanie Gilmore
2. Coco Ho
3. Sally Fitzgibbons
4. Melanie Bartels
5. Silvana Lima

Amee Donohoe
1. Stephanie Gilmore
2. Tyler Wright
3. Carissa Moore
4. Courtney or Sally
5. Silvana Lima

Bethany Hamilton
1. Stephanie Gilmore
2. Carissa Moore
3. Sally Fitzgibbons
4. Tyler Wright
5. Silvana Lima

Di Mattison
1. Stephanie Gilmore
2. Carissa Moore
3. Sally Fitzgibbons
4. Tyler Wright
5. Silvana Lima

Lakey Peterson
1. Stephanie Gilmore
2. Carissa Moore
3. Tyler Wright
4. Laura Enever
5. Coco Ho

Valeria Sole’
1. Stephanie Gilmore
2. Carissa Moore
3. Sally Fitzgibbons
4. Tyler Wright
5. Coco Ho

Sara Taylor
1. Stephanie Gilmore
2. Silvana Lima
3. Chelsea Hedges
4. Carissa Moore
5. Jessi Miley-Dyer

Emily Wratschko
1. Carissa Moore
2. Tyler Wright
3. Stephanie Gilmore
4. Sally Fitzgibbons
5. Courtney Conlogue