Searching for a Schedule in Mexico with Margaux Arramon-tucoo, Jake Zylstra, Anna Ehrgott, Sarica Carlquist, Manny Caro, Christine Brailsford and Hayley Gordon

Searching for a Schedule in Mexico with Margaux Arramon-tucoo, Jake Zylstra, Anna Ehrgott, Sarica Carlquist, Manny Caro, Christine Brailsford & Hayley Gordon

Searching for a Schedule in Mexico with Margaux Arramon-tucoo, Jake Zylstra, Anna Ehrgott, Sarica Carlquist, Manny Caro, Christine Brailsford and Hayley Gordon Words and Photos by Hayley Gordon - leashless.tv Day 1 We have arrived at the airport in Mexico and our ride isn’t there. We eat a random selection of food at the airport restaurant and crack our first Mexican beer, then order a taxi to our destination. Boards stacked high we arrive under cover of darkness, greeted by the rhythmic sound of surf. Cruising down the beach in Mexico. Photo by Hayley Gordon, leashless.tv Searching for a Schedule in Mexico. Surf photo by Hayley Gordon. Day 2 Adjusting to time here is difficult. With no phones and no watches we count time by waves, sessions, naps, tacos, and beers. It takes an adjustment; the mind is constantly searching for a schedule. Things slow down and I find that I can truly relax with a book without checking my phone every 5 minutes. The house is a revolving door as our crew surfs, takes a break for some water and a bite to eat, and heads back out for more. Setting up for a long Mexican left. Surf photo by Hayley Gordon, leashless.tv Mexico noseride. Photo by Hayley Gordon, leashless.tv The long way back. Photo by Hayley Gordon, leashless.tv Day 3 It’s amazing to actually be too hot in the water. As someone who is always cold even in the summer and in places like Puerto Rico and Hawaii, it’s a luxury I don’t get very often. It’s sweltering during the day, and brutal standing on the beach with a camera. Mornings and evenings are the only respite. Thankfully the second day brought a steady breeze. The peeling lefts give us an empty canvas to play on. They are so long that everyone has started to get out of the water and walk up the beach to get back out. Snacks and refreshment. Photo by Hayley Gordon, leashless.tv Day 4 The waves have gradually gotten a bit smaller, but the mechanical lefts keep coming in. We've switched to smaller wave gear, and my shortboards are sitting lonely in the house. Afternoons are reserved for naps, reading, and listening to music on the balcony. Today one of the locals got us coconuts from a nearby field, and they were absolutely delicious. The evening brings a string of intense lightning storms that put on a show all night. Shooting photos and riding lefts in Mexico. Surf photo by Hayley Gordon of leashless.tv Day 5 Unfortunately the surf begins to dwindle, and we turn our sights beyond our home base to explore the nearby coast. Our new friend Josh offers to drive a few miles south towards a beach town filled with luxurious beachfront homes and a beautiful coast with alternating rock-reef and sandbar breaks. We paddle out at a promising looking sandbar, but the surf proves fickle and difficult, and more than a bit sharky. Still the crew managed to get a bunch of waves before a huge baitball appeared in the lineup. Some of us onshore saw dolphins pursuing it, but we also saw a fin that looked a bit more shark-like than dolphin-like, and Jake and Manny paddled in as fast as they could. Checking the surf in Mexico. Photo by Hayley Gordon of leashless.tv Day 6 The surf dwindled even further this day, and so we set our sights on exploring the coast to find yet another break that is notoriously a bit hard to find. We missed the first turn and drove miles in the wrong direction before finding the correct route. The dirt road had been ravaged by recent rains, and it took a while to navigate the pits and bumps. More than a few times our stack of nine surfboards nearly flew from the roof of our Jeep. Once we reached the break we were greeted with an empty lineup and perfectly clean peeling waves. The only problem was the waves were miniature, suitable only for a longboard. The crew did the best they could to wring as much fun from the surf as they could before relaxing under the canopy at the little restaurant on the beach run by a grandma and her family. Although the surf wasn't as stellar as we had hoped, we could see the potential for amazing surf at this spot. Transporting the surfboards for the flight back from Mexico, Hayley Gordon. Day 7 Our last day we were hoping the see the beginnings of a new swell filling in, but the morning greeted us with dribblers crumbling on the point. Unfortunately the swell did not arrive early as we had hoped, so we set about packing our boardbags and getting ready for the journey home. The funniest thing about traveling with a group of surfers is trying to wrangle all the boardbags, and we had more than a few curious onlookers at the airport. We left Mexico with tans, great memories, and a great time together. We didn't quite get the stellar surf we were hoping for, but a week in paradise with your friends is something that will be looked back on with fondness for the rest of our lives. -Hayley *Notes from the jetty... Please check out Hayley Gordon's leashless.tv to view her groundbreaking surf and skate films.
Relaxing until the next surf session in Mexico. Photo by Hayley Gordon, leashless.tv Additional Resources: Leashless.tv - films and images by Hayley Gordon Hayley Gordon @hayley_gordon Margaux Arramon-tucco @margause Jake Zylstra @andjake Anna Ehrgott &annaehrgott Sarica Carlquist @sarica_carlquist Manny Caro @swallowtailsociety Christine Brailsford @whomphandplanes

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Five Minutes with Filmmaker Hayley Gordon of Leashless.tv. Watch BY THE WAY on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.


Five Minutes with By The Way Filmmaker, Hayley Gordon
Presented by InsuranceSurfers.com After giving a presentation at the San Diego Surf Ladies anniversary party about a year ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Hayley Gordon. We instantly got into an in-depth conversation about women's surfing, surf magazines, and films. After the party Hayley showed a small group of us a clip she had worked on while on a surf trip with her friends. Her creative editing immediately caught my eye and I asked her if we could run Adventures in Puerto Rico on Jettygirl. Since that first meeting, Hayley and I have surfed, shot photos, and discussed surf media on a number of occasions and it's been great getting to know her. As you all are aware by now, her most recent release, By The Way, is a smash hit and it is currently making its way around the surf film festival circuit. We caught up with Hayley the other day and asked her if she would mind doing a brief interview with Jettygirl. If you haven't had a chance to check out By The Way for yourself, click the play button above and enjoy! --Chris Jettygirl: According to Vimeo, By The Way has scored over 35,000 viewings and more are added every day. Did it surprise you how far and wide your film spread in such a short amount of time? Hayley Gordon: Yes, it was pretty surprising. I only posted it on Facebook and sent it to two blogs, and it went viral after that. I guess it shows that people want to see more girls surfing. It surprised me also since I kind of lose perspective after I edit a video for hours and hours - I literally can't tell if it's any good or if people will like it. So it's nice to have it validated. Jettygirl: Of all the segments in your film, which is your favorite and why? Hayley: I like "Carrot to a knife fight" because it was the most fun to put together. I let myself get a bit more creative with it without worrying too much about whether it was perfect or not. Plus it was just my friends having fun. It's funny because it has the least surfing in it, and the surfing is more fun oriented than performance oriented. It was the first time I was able to work with a lot of my "B Roll" footage and it was a nice change of pace. Hayley Gordon banks a nice turn in Oceanside, California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Jettygirl: With the release of By The Way, you’ve surely inspired other women to pick up a camera and make a short film. Is there any advice you could give them? Hayley: Just go for it and have patience. It takes a lot of patience to make a good edit I think, especially with surfing and the fickle conditions of weather and the ocean. Also, watch as many surf movies as you can so you can see what you like and don't like about how they are put together and edited. Jettygirl: Of all the surf movies you’ve ever seen, what are your three favorites and why? Hayley: Shelter. It was the first surf video I had ever seen, and it has this nostalgic quality for me. Plus I just really liked it. I like Thicker Than Water for the relaxed vibe it had, and the great music. And I love Modern Collective for the really creative filming, music, and editing. Jettygirl: By The Way will be screening at the San Diego Surf Film Festival in less than two weeks? What are your plans for the film after that? Hayley: The film is also going to show at the Honolulu surf film festival, and a few others are in the works but not confirmed. I'm just going to submit it to as many festivals as I can. Jettygirl: If money were no object and you could make a movie anywhere in the world, where would you like to go and which six or so surfers would you bring with you? Hayley: Ooh...do I have to pick just one place? I'd do a road trip to Scorpion Bay, a boat trip in the Maldives, and then bring everyone to my home breaks on Eastern Long Island, NY to surf a hurricane swell. I hate picking people in public because someone might feel left out, but I'd bring my friends who were featured in By The Way since they rip and the video wouldn't exist without them. Hayley Gordon, Filmmaker. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com Jettygirl: Comments and reviews about By The Way range from the typical “these chicks rip!” to deeper themes of female empowerment. Was there any particular message you were trying to get across with the film? What is the best comment you’ve seen so far? Hayley: Haha, I think the best comment was some random comment I found in a Facebook group about keeping girls away from prostitution by looking up to the girls in the film as role models. It was really funny. But actually the best comments I read were the ones that said the movie made people want to go surf, or that it made their day. That made me feel really good. I really wasn't trying to promote any deeper meanings. I just wanted to make a good surf video. I also wanted to help show that there's a ton of talent out there from some girls that you might not have heard of in the mainstream surf media. Jettygirl: Any parting shout-outs or thoughts you’d like to share? Hayley: Haha, well, if anyone wants to support any of the above mentioned dream surf trips, we are accepting all donations 🙂 Photos: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com Additional Resources: Leashless.tv - films and images by Hayley Gordon Follow Hayley Gordon on Twitter San Diego Surf Film Festival San Diego Surf Ladies