Surf Photo Friday - A Special Surf Session with Ashley Lloyd Thompson, Julie Cox, Alex Thompson, Chris Cuevas and Sheri Crummer

Surf Photo Friday – A Special Surf Session with Ashley Lloyd Thompson, Julie Cox, Alex Thompson, Chris Cuevas & Sheri Crummer

Ashley Lloyd Thompson and Julie Cox head for an early morning surf. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Surf Photo Friday - A Special Surf Session with Ashley Lloyd Thompson, Julie Cox, Alex Thompson & Sheri Crummer Several months ago I received a call from my good friend, Julie Cox, that she was heading up to meet Ashley Lloyd for a surf. Caught by surprise that another one of my favorite human beings was in Southern California, I grabbed my camera gear and jumped on the northbound side of the 5 Freeway. Ashley was down here with her husband, Alex, visiting with some members of Alex's family. Legendary personality, Sheri Crummer, also dropped by for some waves and it was an honor to meet her for the first time. Not knowing how the surf was, we were pleasantly surprised to find fun, offshore conditions up and down the beach. It was a blessing to have such a diverse crew of styles ...Julie's timeless elegance, Ashley's switchstance cutbacks, Alex and Chris' classically drawn lines, and Sheri's youthful exuberance were on display for three hours of California wintertime goodness. 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. Julie Cox drops into a nice right. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Ashley Lloyd Thompson bottom turn. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com Jule Cox knee paddles out into the lineup for some fun waves. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com Julie Cox hangs five on her favorite Jule Collection surfboard. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Ashley Lloyd's backside slice on a clean right. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Crowd of surfers waiting for the next set of waves. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com Sheri Crummer threads through the crowds. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Glassy, unridden wave. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Alex Thompson carves a cutback on a small inside wave. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com Chris Cuevas and Alex Thompson switch surfboards. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Chris Cuevas leans into a peeling, little right. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Future waverider. Photo by Chris Grant. Alex Thompson, old-school style in the hook. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com Ashley Lloyd Thompson hits the lip backside. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Sheri Crummer hangs five on a glassy inside right. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Shorebreak dredger. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Elegance in the shore break, Julie Cox. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine Good friends, Julie Cox and Ashley Lloyd Thompson, say goodbye after a fun surf session. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Photos: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
Previous Surf Photo Fridays | 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: Ashley Lloyd Surfboards Ashley Lloyd Thompson on Facebook The Shapes - official band page featuring Alex Thompson, Ashley Lloyd and bandmates The Shapes on Facebook Ashley Lloyd on Instagram Julie Cox Surfing Julie Cox on Instagram Jule Collection Surfboards on Facebook Mollusk Surf Shop Sheri Crummer Photography on Facebook Seasister.com - photography by Sheri Crummer
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Jettygirl School of Sick Tricks: Fin First Takeoffs with Jennifer Smith

Jen Smith, Cardiff, California. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf MagazineJettygirl School of Sick Tricks:
Fin-first Takeoffs with Jennifer Smith (2009) It's time for a new edition of JettyGirl's School of Sick Tricks and who better to provide a lesson than 2007 ASP Women’s World Longboard Champion, Jennifer Smith. It's no surprise why Jen has achieved so much in her surfing career. Not only is she driven, but she is a masterful technician. Look at any sequence of Jen and examine how her head, shoulders and arms never move from a balanced position. In this "Sick Tricks" segment, Jen shares the secrets of the fin-first takeoff. Enjoy! Check the video too! --Chris Grant One of my favorite sequences of Jen Smith. She says this is easy but then again, she IS the 2007 ASP Women's World Longboard Champion. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Fin-first takeoffs are one of my favorite "tricks" to do on a longboard. It's the ideal move to try on a crummy day when you need a little something to stoke you out and/or just want to challenge yourself. At first this trick may seem impossible. You may be sent flying a few (or few hundred) times before you stick it. Once this maneuver is in your bag of tricks though, it will be there forever. When you are learning this move it's best to try it on smaller, less steep faces. The first step is getting into the wave. You want to have your fins in front, slightly out of the water ...so scoot back just a bit while paddling. Once you have caught the wave and are riding with your fins out in front, you need to lean slightly in the direction you want the board to spin. As soon as the water catches the fins the board will automatically start to turn under you. I usually get pretty low and sometimes drag my hand for extra control. When you feel the board start to spin you are basically just guiding it with your feet and body. I use my back leg to push the nose end around under me. It is a similar motion to a pop shuv-it on a skateboard. Letting the board spin under you until the nose end is facing forward, you want to adjust your stance midway through and "catch" the board with your feet. There will be a split second where only one foot is touching your board. Sometimes you come off completely as the board swings under you. As you adjust your stance and are getting ready to stick this maneuver, think about finishing with a stance you can ride away in. I usually set my front foot first then make sure my back foot plants itself far enough back to be stable and in control. At first the main goal is to get the board around under your feet and ride away any way possible. Once you can pull the fin-first take off you can start thinking about coming out of it and riding down the line. When you are in this stage you basically just have to catch your board under your feet and set your line before the wave passes you by. One more tip for this sick trick ...the best way to be in control of this move is to keep your body positioned above your board and fully commit to pulling the maneuver. Don't lean too far back and don't hesitate. if anything, lean forward so your momentum will be moving forward. One of the secrets of advanced maneuvers is "quiet" body movements. Jen's board is spinning but her head and shoulders don't budge. Surfing photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com Bird's eye view of the Jennifer Smith fin-first takeoff. This one's also on video below for those who learn by watching. Happy spinning! Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Surf Magazine.
Jennifer Smith fin-first takeoff on video. Jettygirl surf video by Chris Grant.Photo Credits: CHRIS GRANT/JETTYGIRL.COM Need more Jen Smith info? Check out her interview on Liquid Salt. Jennifer Smith is sponsored by Roxy and Sector 9.