Surf Photo Friday featuring Sara Taylor. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Surf Photo Friday – Sara Taylor Sequence

Surf Photo Friday featuring Sara Taylor. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Surf Photo Friday - Sara Taylor Sequence In my dream I'm walking through a forest that suddenly opens up to a rugged-looking beach. Although it's basically deserted, to my right I notice a big pile of floatable objects ...doors, pieces of wood, an old barrel, and a couple of dinged-up surfboards from the 1980's. On the other side of the pile, I can hear that comforting sound of surf wax being applied to a board. As I move closer to take a look, a girl in a beanie tosses me the bar as she sprints by carrying a freshly waxed upright bass. It's Sara Taylor. Although it could have been the late night chips-and-salsa, I think the dream originated from seeing Sara's Instagram earlier in the day ...tiny drinking fountains, dead squirrels, broken bones, snapped surfboards, turkeys, ancient TV's, and a donkey with a mohawk. Her eclectic tastes and style walk in perfect lockstep with her creative and electric surfing. If you sketched a surf move on a piece of paper and handed it to her, she could probably make it a reality. I don't get to shoot with her often as she's busy filming surf/skate projects with her core group of underground limit-pushers, but I was really happy that our paths crossed once last summer. For one special hour at my favorite summertime break, Sara lit up the place with fins-free surfing and big lip blasts like the one pictured below. If you ever see her out in the lineup, don't blink when she's up and riding because you might just miss a turn you've never seen before. Sara Taylor smashes the lip at Trestles. Image 1 of 8. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine Sara Taylor smashes the lip at Trestles. Image 2 of 8. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine Sara Taylor smashes the lip at Trestles. Image 3 of 8. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine Sara Taylor smashes the lip at Trestles. Image 4 of 8. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine Sara Taylor smashes the lip at Trestles. Image 5 of 8. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine Sara Taylor smashes the lip at Trestles. Image 6 of 8. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine Sara Taylor smashes the lip at Trestles. Image 7 of 8. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine Sara Taylor smashes the lip at Trestles. Image 8 of 8. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine 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. Every little bit helps.
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Previous Surf Photo Fridays | Get Stoked on Lady Shapers | The Session That Changed Everything | 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: Sara Taylor on Instagram - @sara_tay Sara Taylor on Facebook Huntington Surf & Sport Pesce Surfboards on Facebook Leashless Films by Hayley Gordon
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The ASP Women's World Tour at Lowers: A Watershed Moment in Women's Pro Surfing. Carissa Moore photo © Red Bull Media House

The ASP Women’s World Tour at Lowers. A Watershed Moment in Women’s Pro Surfing.

A few days into the 2013 Hurley Pro at Lowers, an official announcement was made from the booth declaring that the ASP Women's World Tour would be joining the men at the same event in 2014. Immediately, our hearts leapt with joy as one of our dreams over the years has been to see the women get the opportunity to surf a spot like Trestles in a World Tour competition. Within seconds of the announcement, Twitter, Facebook, and other social media outlets were buzzing with the news as posts were made from both fans and World Tour members alike. In the warm-up sessions that took place in the days before this year's Hurley Pro, we had the opportunity to swim around with the world's best surfers from the Men's ASP World Tour. While we didn't hear every conversation going down, the topic we heard discussed most was how incredibly fun the waves at Lowers are. The lineup was crazy-competitive and ultra-crowded with everyone from Kelly Slater and Taj Burrow to ex-WCT'ers like Chris Ward who consistently picked off the best waves of the day. Floating in the channel with a camera, it felt like we were sitting at a surf movie witnessing the best that progressive surfing has to offer. Come 2014, the women will get in on it too. If the swell cooperates at the event next September, we believe that the performances put on by the current members of the ASP Top 17 will be a watershed moment in women's professional surfing. There won't be hopping, groveling, or rolling the dice on which onshore peak to surf like some spots on the Tour schedule. Instead, there will be Lowers, a perfect pointbreak that's as close to high-performance heaven as we have in Southern California. The wave has something for every type of surfer on Tour and offers a canvas that is as equally friendly to the air game as it is to committed rail work. Lowers is our favorite wave on the coast and we're so excited that the women will get the chance to surf it in 2014. We're not the only ones amping though. We asked a bunch surfers on the current ASP Women's World Tour to share their thoughts on the event and we also received feedback from some of the US mainland and Hawaii's best amateurs, many of whom hope to be joining the Tour themselves in the future. We'll step aside now and kick it off with our current World Champion, Carissa Moore. Solid frontside air by the 2013 ASP Women's World Champion, Carissa Moore. Photo courtesy of Red Bull Content Pool. © Red Bull Media House "An event at Lowers for the women is such exciting news. It is such a high performance wave that I think will really suit the women and allow for next level surfing. It is so encouraging to see Hurley and the ASP make the effort to get us such an amazing venue for the 2014 season." - Carissa Moore   instagram.com/rissmoore10 line of blue and gray Sally Fitzgibbons fin throw at Lowers. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. "The news of the Lowers event being locked in for our 2014 tour was really exciting to hear. With the talent level on the Women's World Tour at an all-time high, it is a perfect time to introduce a high performance wave like Trestles. It will be an awesome atmosphere to compete in alongside the Men's Tour event and I'm predicting that all the heats will be extremely close. I'm looking forward to putting together a great performance there. I can't wait for September to roll around again next year and give it everything I've got to lift the inaugural Hurley Pro Trestles trophy." - Sally Fitzgibbons   instagram.com/sally_fitz line of blue and gray California's top-ranked female pro surfer, Courtney Conlogue, gets one last hit off a foamy section at Lower Trestles. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. "I'm looking forward to surfing a location such as Lowers on the World Tour because it’s a wave that allows high performance progressive surfing. It’s a move in the right direction for the Women’s World Tour." - Courtney Conlogue   instagram.com/courtneyconlogue line of blue and gray Hawaiian pro surfer, Malia Manuel, testing out new boards on a clean afternoon at Lowers. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. "Going into 2014 there are going to be a lot of positive changes for the Women's tour. That gave me motivation to want to re-qualify so I can be a part of such an awesome time for the sport of women's surfing. So far, I'm most excited about the added event at Trestles. Lowers is the skatepark of surfing and I'm looking forward to finally getting to compete again at that prestigious venue." - Malia Manuel   instagram.com/maliamanuel line of blue and gray New Zealand pro surfer, Paige Hareb, hits the lip and projects down the line on a solid wave at Lowers this summer. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. "I know there used to be a women's event at Trestles a long time ago. Ever since I knew that, I've been wishing that we would get it back and now it's here! I'm so thankful to still be on tour and to be able to get the chance to surf this fun, world class wave with one other lady in the water, eeek I'm getting excited just thinking about it!" - Paige Hareb   instagram.com/paigehareb line of blue and gray Australian surfer, Bec Woods, hits the lip in Carlsbad, California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. "Too little too late for me as I won't be on your next year. But I am stoked to say that Trestles will definitely be one event I will tune into next year for the women. To be able to showcase their ability in actual waves instead of having tactical beach break conditions will be really exciting. Congrats to the ASP for getting that one on the schedule. Wish I could of hung on long enough to be there!" - Bec Woods   instagram.com/becwoods line of blue and gray Australian pro surfer and new member of the 2014 ASP Women's World Tour, Dimity Stoyle gets her fins free at Lowers. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. "I was so excited when I heard the news of Lowers! Next year is going to be my first year on tour and the timing could not have been better! I have surfed that wave a few times before and it is the most perfect wave! The crowd is insane, so just being out in the water with one other girl out is going to be so dreamy!" - Dimity Stoyle   instagram.com/dimity line of blue and gray 2014 ASP Women's World Tour member, Nikki Van Dijk, hooks one backside on a clean afternoon left. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. "Lowers is an incredible wave obviously and I am so so excited to compete there next year. It's going to be exciting for us to show everyone our best surfing in perfect waves. It's definitely a huge step forward in women's surfing." - Nikki van Dijk   instagram.com/nikkivandijk line of blue and gray French surfer, Johanne Defay, hits the closeout on a sunny, Southern California afternoon. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. "The dream tour aptly named. It's a perfect wave, and the girls will be able to show their finest surfing!" - Johanne Defay   instagram.com/johannedefay line of blue and gray Hawaiian surfer, Tatiana Weston-Webb, hooks a turn on an afternoon Lowers left. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. "I heard rumors of Lowers being an upcoming event for the 2014 Women's World Tour when I was in France and Spain, and I was already freaking out about the rumor. When the ASP made the announcement I couldn't stop imagining how amazing it would be for the women to get to perform at such a perfect wave! The next thing I thought was this is definitely the next step to competitive surfing for women because Lowers is one of the most prestigious waves and it's a really big deal that the Hurley Pro wants to include women in the event! Many women on Tour will get a lot more publicity because of it!" - Tatiana Weston-Webb   instagram.com/tatiwest line of blue and gray Current USA Surf Team member, Nikki Viesins, hits the lip vertically at Lower Trestles, California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. "I think it will be a great venue. Lowers is a world class wave, and you can pretty much count on it to produce swell. I think it gives the women a fair chance to demonstrate their talent and prove themselves. It's a great location, and I am really looking forward to watching the event. Hopefully one day I'll be right up there with them." - Nikki Viesins   instagram.com/viesins line of blue and gray Tia Blanco gouges a fun Lowers left during the 2013 Surfing America USA Championships. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. "I am overly excited to see that the women's tour has made its way to lowers. I have experienced heats there the past couple of years and it is one of the best places to have a contest. Lowers is such an amazing wave. The girls this year are so talented and I believe everyone has been waiting for this opportunity for them to surf such a rippable wave. Hopefully one day I will get the chance to join them!" - Tia Blanco   instagram.com/tiablanco line of blue and gray Hawaiian surfer, Mahina Maeda, drives hard off the bottom of a solid Lowers left. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. "When I heard about the new World Tour event for the Women at Lower Trestles, I was shocked. I think it’s amazing that they are holding it at a world-class wave, and it gets to show the truth of about women’s surfing. Over the years we’ve been less prioritized and we should be treated as one with the boys, because every woman out there has the potential to do a man's job. If there's an amateur event at Lowers, why isn't there a pro event? Lowers is a rippable wave, and I'm excited to see my favorite surfers be out there for next year's season, and hoping I get to surf in that event sometime in the future. I’ve won a couple of National Titles there, and hoping to win a World Tour event at that same spot." - Mahina Maeda   instagram.com/mahinamaeda line of blue and gray Hawaiian surfer, Dax McGill, punts a nice frontside air on a fun afternoon Lowers left. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. "When I heard the news about the Women's tour having a stop at Lowers I was ecstatic! I couldn't really even believe it. Lowers is one of the most perfect waves in the world. In my opinion it's the closest thing to a wave pool! This event is going to show the true potential of all the women on the tour. Hopefully one day I'll be surfing in it! Thank you Hurley for the amazing opportunity for the women. They're going to prove themselves ;)" - Dax McGill   instagram.com/dax_mcgill line of blue and gray USA Surf Team member, Kylie Loveland, hooks a nice backside turn at Lowers this summer. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. "I think the Women's World Tour coming to Lowers is something that has taken too long to happen! Everyone loves watching the guys shred one of the best waves in Southern California, but it's only fair to let the girls have their fair share of fun too! I'm stoked to see that girl surfers are getting more opportunities just like the boys." - Kylie Loveland   instagram.com/kylieloveland line of blue and gray Malia Ward throws down a nice layback snap on an overcast day at Lower Trestles, California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. "I think that it's an amazing opportunity for the girls to really show off their competition strategies and skills. And it also represents the growth and uprising of women's surfing. I believe Lowers is a magical wave that will bring out the most talent in a contest and it is a big step for women's surfing to be a part of that." - Malia Ward   instagram.com/malia_ward line of blue and gray Final Note: Thank you to the ASP, Paul Speaker, Jessi Miley-Dyer, Pat O'Connell, Bob Hurley, the Hurley brand, IMG, California State Parks and whoever else played an integral part in taking the ASP Women's World Tour to Trestles next year. With this move you have fulfilled dreams and undoubtedly stoked the imaginations of young athletes the world over who will get to witness the best female surfers competing in a truly, world-class venue. Photos: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com | Photo of Carissa Moore © Red Bull Media House

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ASP International Announces Women's WCT Event at Lowers in 2014. Photo ASP/Rowland

ASP International Announces Women’s WCT Event at Trestles for 2014

ASP International Announces Women's WCT Event at Lowers in 2014. Photo ASP/RowlandPictured: Lower Trestles, site of the newest addition to the ASP Women's World Tour Credit: ASP/ROWLAND FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) International ASP International Announces Women’s WCT Event at Trestles for 2014 LOWER TRESTLES, California/USA (Tuesday, September 17, 2013) – The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) is pleased to announce the addition of San Onofre State Beach – Lower Trestles as a venue to the 2014 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour (WCT) schedule. The event, scheduled to run in conjunction with the men’s Hurley Pro at Trestles, will take place in September 2014 and will bring the elite ASP Top 17 to the famed cobblestone pointbreak of Lower Trestles for the first time in history. “Lower Trestles is one of the most high-performance waves on the planet and we’re absolutely thrilled that the world’s best female surfers will be here in 2014,” Jessi Miley-Dyer, ASP Women’s Tour Manager, said. “The addition of this venue to the women’s schedule is indicative of ASP management’s commitment to enhancing the women’s tour and placing these women in excellent waves. I’m excited to see what the ASP Top 17 do out here in 2014.” Sponsorship for the women’s component of the event is to be determined, but its addition to the tour in 2014 has been significantly supported by the Hurley Pro at Trestles. “It’s been a very productive process working with new management at the ASP as well as California State Parks to get the permits necessary to add the women’s component next season,” Pat O’Connell, Hurley’s VP of Marketing said. “Trestles is a tremendously rippable wave and I think the world’s best female surfers are going to really turn heads out there next year.” Today’s announcement confirms ASP Management’s commitment to enhancing women’s professional surfing as the first of many public announcements to come. “This is an excellent first step,” Paul Speaker, ASP International CEO, said. “I truly believe that the women surfing at the elite level of competition are some of the most inspiring athletes and individuals I have ever come across. Providing them with a stable and quality platform upon which to perform is a crucial part of the ASP’s DNA moving forward. We’re very appreciative of the collaboration with Hurley, IMG and California State Parks on achieving this. This is the first of many exciting things to come.” The Hurley Pro at Trestles is currently running from September 15 – 21, 2013 and is webcast LIVE via www.thehurleypro.com A full 2014 ASP schedule will be released in the coming weeks. The next stop on the 2013 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour (WCT) will be the Roxy Pro France from September 24 – 30, 2014. For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com About San Onofre State Beach San Onofre State Beach is one of the true treasures in California State Parks, providing park visitors with a place for inspiration and the renewal of spirit with its breath-taking scenery and natural features. San Onofre is the fifth most visited State Park in California, with its rare 3,000-acre scenic coastal, canyon and foothills areas, all offering outstanding opportunities for recreation and a balanced approach to sound environmental stewardship. San Onofre State Beach also contains one of the last pristine watersheds in Southern California, which makes it well suited as a home to 10 threatened or endangered species of wildlife that are currently protected under federal law. The Surf Beach and Trestles areas of San Onofre State Beach are world renowned and historical surfing beaches, offering some of the most consistent surf on the west coast.

EMPTY LOWERS. Filmmaker Hayley Gordon Meets Up with Sara Taylor & Ornella Pellizzari at Lower Trestles.

While surfing with Hayley Gordon the other day, she casually mentioned that she had gone down to Lowers with two of Jettygirl's favorite subjects, Huntington Beach's Sara Taylor and a spray-throwing goofyfoot from Argentina, Ornella Pellizzari. "And when we got there it was virtually empty," she said nonchalantly. I've used that line quite a bit myself over the years but to me, "virtually empty Lowers" is about twenty surfers. Hayley, Sara and Ornella didn't just score "virtually empty," it was "empty, empty." I'm so envious but so stoked at the same time to have the opportunity to show off more of Hayley's work. She is an amazing individual, a great surfer and an incredibly gifted filmmaker. Once you've checked out Empty Lowers, take a click over to another one of her short films, Adventures in Puerto Rico. Follow Hayley Gordon on Twitter and check out more of her short films on Vimeo.
EMPTY LOWERS - a short surf film by Hayley Gordon Synopsis: Sara Taylor and Ornella Pellizzari rolled down to Trestles on Thursday where they were greeted with the emptiest Lowers lineup they had ever seen. It was an all you can eat wave feast. Doesn't get much better. Music: Lana Del Rey - Blue Jeans (PatrickReza Dubstep Remix) Tools: Canon T3i Canon 70-300 f/5.6 Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 Mexican Food and some sunglasses to fight the glare...