Surf Photo Friday with Mary Osborne and Her Beloved Cooperfish

Surf Photo Friday – Mary Osborne and Her Beloved 9’10” Cooperfish Single Fin Surfboard

Mary Osborne trims her Cooperfish surfboard on a lined up, glassy wave. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Mary Osborne and Gene Cooper with Mary's new Cooperfish singlefin surfboard.Pictured: Gene Cooper and Mary Osborne with “Greeny”, Mary’s new 9’10” Cooperfish Single Fin. Credit: Mary Osborne Collection

By Mary Osborne

I have fantasized about having a Cooperfish surfboard from the very beginning. I was about 16 years old when I saw my first Cooperfish longboard up in a surf shop in Santa Barbara. The board I saw was extremely sexy, sleek, shiny, classic and far too expensive for a teenager with only babysitting money. My brothers and a few friends rode Cooperfish boards so I was very familiar with them and always lusted for one through my beginning years of surfing. In fact, I lusted for almost 15 years before I got my first board from Gene. Gene and I would occasionally run into each other out the water, parking lot, or at a surfing event. For years we would always talk about him building me a board, but it wasn’t until 2013 when I finally convinced Gene to do it.

It all started when I borrowed a friend’s Cooperfish out a Rincon one afternoon because I was bored with my current quiver of longboards. I wanted something more classic, heavy and a “looker” – ya know, something people look at and go “Wow!” Rincon was about 3-4 feet, uncrowded with perfect longboard sliders. I was having the time of my life on that borrowed board. I had nose rides for days and the board paddled so fast and easy. Overall, there was just a different feel to this board I borrowed. It felt like magic under my feet. Immediately after my session I called Gene. The conversation went something like this… “Gene, it’s Mary. It’s come to that time where you need, in fact you must, make me a board. I am in love with this board I just borrowed at Rincon and I must have one just like it in my quiver.” Gene laughed and agreed to make me one.

The following day, I took that very same board I rode at Rincon into Gene’s shaping room. He copied a few things from it while magically blending his special skills to make a new unique board he knew I would love. Luckily for me, Gene was on a deadline for a surfboard show in San Clemente and was already shaping about 4-5 boards for this event, so there was no turning back for him. It was a green light… and soon I was to have a new Cooperfish in my quiver.

During the shaping process I was in between my surf travels and was able to sneak in and watch Gene perform his magic. His shaping room was full of classic masterpieces and colorful resins splattered on the floor. The smell of resin was like roses to my nose. His one of kind designs were everywhere and I was frothing to order more. My heart skipped a beat when I saw my sexy new Cooperfish directly in the center of the room. Gene had used a light green tint with a special rice paper inlay for the design. I was in love…

Due to the surfboard show, it took about 2 months after the board was completed until I could get my hands on it. My first session was at Rincon and it was a memorable one. The waves were a little bit bigger than expected, actually a lot bigger. A random sneaker Northwest swell filled in the day I took “Greeny” (I named the board) out. It was well overhead with sucking up barrels and a very heavy current. It was actually super challenging for my new 9’10” heavy single fin. The Queen of the Coast was doing her thing while giving me a ride of a lifetime. I managed to take a few waves on the head, went swimming a couple of times, and got slammed on the suck ups when I pearled on the take off. Not really my plan for session one on Greeny. However, once I figured out the Cooper, it was a dream come true. I slid into a couple of inside beauties that were a blast. She rode like a true gem!

I can’t thank Gene enough for finally making me one of his boards. It is a big honor to have his handcrafted work of art in my quiver. “THANK YOU!!”

Mary Osborne knee paddling her Cooperfish surfboard in Ventura, California. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Mary Osborne noserides her Cooperfish surfboard. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

Cooperfish grab rail by Mary Osborne. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

Mary Osborne glides effortlessly up and over a glassy wave. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Surf Mag.

Mary Osborne, timeless surf style in Ventura, California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Cross-stepping with Mary Osborne. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

Brandon Blake and Mary Osborne, surfers in love. Ventura, California. Photos by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

Brandon Blake noseriding California Street. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Mary Osborne cross-stepping on her new Cooperfish surfboard. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

Down the line trim by Mary Osborne. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

Mary Osborne and Brandon Blake carry their longboards after going surfing in Ventura, California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Final notes from Chris Grant…
While this stretch of California lies dormant for most of the summer months, a couple of small waves occasionally sneak into the various bends in the coastline. I had never officially met Mary Osborne before this session, but smiles and laughs came so easily that it felt as if I was meeting an old friend. Our schedules only jived for a mid-afternoon surf so the lighting was harsh and there was a bit of onshore wind …none of which mattered because Mary rode the tiny waves with such style, I completely forgot about the quality of the conditions. While in the water Mary introduced me to her open-ocean paddling boyfriend, Brandon, who rips on all types of surfboards as well. If I wouldn’t have known better, I would have already thought the two were married because they seem so great together. Fast forward from this summer day to a few weeks ago and they’ve decided to make it official. Hearty congratulations on your engagement, Mary and Brandon! Stoked for you both!

Photos: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com | Cooperfish photos courtesy of Mary Osborne’s personal collection

Previous Photo Fridays | Kelia Moniz, Megan Godinez, Geodee Clark & Bruna Schmitz | Kamalehua Keohokapu | Claire Bevilacqua | Alexa Frantz |Rebecca Woods | Silvana Lima | Alessa Quizon

Additional Resources:
Mary Osborne – official site (includes surf camp and retreat information)
Mary Osborne on Facebook
Mary Osborne on Instagram
Cooperfish Surfboards
Gene Cooper on Facebook



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Mary Osborne's Notes from the Silver Dragon

Mary Osborne’s Notes from the Silver Dragon

It’s Silver Dragon time again and Mary Osborne, the first woman to surf the tidal bore in China, is back in Hangzhou for the fourth straight year. The Qiantang Silver Dragon Tidal Bore is one of the most unique places in the world to surf and Mary has graciously allowed us to share her adventure with our readers.

For those of you who have never seen surfing on a tidal bore, here is some footage from Mary’s 2011 Silver Dragon surf sessions held in sheet glass conditions.

*Photos below presented in chronological order as Mary’s trip unfolded…

Mary Osborne, China bound, money exchangeSeptember 15, 2013
China bound – LAX-Beijing-Hangzhou
#silverdragon #tidalbore #hangzhou


Mary Osborne street vendors and foot massages in ChinaSeptember 16, 2013
Arrived in Hangzhou. First street vendors, second foot massages.
#tidalbore #wabsono #silverdragon


2013 Red Bull Qiantang Surfing Shoot OutSeptember 17, 2013
Day 1 at the Red Bull Shootout. 4 teams of 2 surfers getting ready to battle it out on the Qiantang “Silver Dragon” tidal bore.
#tidalbore #redbull #silverdragon


Makua Rothman and Kalani David gear up for the Silver Dragon tidal boreSeptember 18, 2013
Makua Rothman and Kalani David gearing up for their first time experiencing the “Silver Dragon” tidal bore.
#tidalbore #wabsono


bathroom in chinaSeptember 18, 2013
Every time I see one of these toilets I get confused. In China I think the female aim isn’t as successful as the male. With over 2.4 million people in Hangzhou, the bathrooms tend to be a little messy.
#hangzhou


Table setting with beautiful flavors and colors of ChinaSeptember 18, 2013
Beautiful flavors and colors of China.
#flavors #hangzhou


silver dragon tidal boreSeptember 18, 2013
Silver Dragon competition starts today. Will it be as good as last year’s? Crossing fingers!!
#silverdragon


mary osborne and broken jet skisSeptember 19, 2013
After 2 broken jet skis, mine is up and running. Competition day was incredible! Great tidal bore wave with talented surfers (and drivers). @officialmauijim –the Silver Dragon ate my sunnies :(
#tidalbore #qiantangtidalbore #silverdragon @patagonia @fcdsurfboards


Repost from one of our judges artie castroSeptember 19, 2013
Repost from one of our judges, Artie Castro. This puts things in perspective… Random boats, jetties, buoys and bridges to dodge while surfing the tidal bore. Never a dull moment. Pro surfer from Oz, Trent Munro taming the Silver Dragon.
#tidalbore #qiantangtidalbore #wabsono


Autumn festival in Hangzhou, ChinaSeptember 19, 2013
Autumn festival begins in Hangzhou, China. Sun rising, full moon setting and morning fireworks to kick off one of China’s biggest festivals. When the sun, moon, and earth align it creates one of the world’s largest tidal bores, the “Silver Dragon.” This year’s surfers battling in out in the Red Bull Shootout: Hawaii’s Makua Rothman and Kalani David, USA’s Steve Newman and Anastasia Ashley, Australia’s Phil MacDonald and Trent Munro, OZ “The Crew”, Mark Mathews and Richie Vaculik. Let the games begin…
#tidalbore #qiantangtidalbore #redbull


Mary Osborne gets an official Bra Boy handshakeSeptember 20, 2013
It’s not everyday you get the official “Bra Boy” handshake from Richie Vaculik.
#tidalbore #silverdragon #wabsono


Mary Osborne and Peter Townend with PT in his classic shoesSeptember 20, 2013
One of our amazing judges here in China and former World Champion surfer, the legendary Peter Townend. PT put us to shame in the shoe department.
#tidalbore #silverdragon #wabsono @olgheira


video from the silver dragon tidal boreSeptember 20, 2013
Video of Day One of the Silver Dragon. Super fun waves and it got even bigger yesterday. http://video.sina.com.cn/p/sports/o/v/2013-09-20/114962931743.html
#rbqso #redbullqiantangshootout #redbullchina #surfingchina #silverdragon2013 #china #qiantang #hangzhou #zhejiang #hangzhousportsbureau #tidalbore #silverdragon #wabsono


Awards ceremony for the 2013 Red Bull Qiantang Surfing Shoot OutSeptember 21, 2013
Due to Typhoon Usagi’s hitting China yesterday, we could only surf half the river bore. At one point visibility was nonexistent from the heavy downpour. Waters were unusually high in the river but once we were cleared to surf, the two teams managed to score some incredibly perfect sections. Hawaiians Makua Rothman and Kalani David took the first place $10k prize purse beating Aussies Phil MacDonald and Trent Munro. The farewell party was a total blast as Australia’s Kid Mac lead us into dance party central.
@kidmacmusic @makuarothman @kalanidavid90 @philcmacca @trentmunro #tidalbore #qiantang #wabsono


silver dragon tidal boreSeptember 21, 2013
Yesterday’s bore had a 21 foot tide change. Here are a few pics to put things into perspective. More to come soon.
#tidalbore #qiantang #wabsono


Makua Rothman surfing the Silver Dragon in ChinaSeptember 23, 2013
Silver Dragon left hand perspective. This is the surfable wave before it closed out for ten minutes. I believe it’s Makua Rothman surfing if you look closely.
#tidalbore #silverdragon #wabsono @makuarothman


Additional Resources:
Mary Osborne Surf – official site
Follow Mary Osborne on Instagram
Mary Osborne on Facebook
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Devastation from Hurricane Sandy. Project Save Our Surf East Coast relief with Mary Osborne and Karon Pardue.

Pro Surfer Mary Osborne and Project Save Our Surf Vice President, Karon Pardue, Take a Roadtrip Across the USA to Bring Supplies to Hurricane Sandy Survivors.

On November 19th, professional surfer Mary Osborne and Project Save Our Surf’s Vice President, Karon Pardue, began a journey across the country to deliver needed supplies to those who are still struggling after Hurricane Sandy stormed through the eastern United States. Mary and Karon have been kind enough to let us ride along with them via Mary’s social media feeds.

* Final Status: DELIVERED – Mary Osborne and Karon Pardue’s journey across the United States on behalf of Project Save Our Surf resulted in the delivery of an estimated $300,000 worth of relief supplies to those struggling in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Thank you to everyone who pitched in, donated, and spread the word about this worthy cause.



:: DAY EIGHT ::

Thank you U-Haul. Project Save Our Surf with Mary Osborne and Karon Pardue.
“Thank you U-Haul for donating the “Beast.” Back to the West Coast we go.”
#psoseastbound @patagonia @olukai @officialmauijim @maryosborne – at Brooklyn.


Hurricane Sandy aftermath. Project Save Our Surf East Coast relief effort.
“Aftermath, Hurricane Sandy.”
#psoseastbound @patagonia @olukai @officialmauijim @maryosborne


Devastation from Hurricane Sandy. Project Save Our Surf East Coast relief with Mary Osborne and Karon Pardue.
“Devastation.”
#psoseastbound @patagonia @olukai @officialmauijim @maryosborne – at Breezy Point Lighthouse



:: DAY SEVEN ::

Fundraiser fun. Project Save Our Surf.
“Fundraiser Fun.”
#psoseastbound @patagonia @olukai @patagoniabowery @fcdsurfboards @maryosborne – at 2A


Unloading the U-Haul. Project Save Our Surf. Surfrider NYC. Hurricane Sandy relief.
“We unloaded the U-haul. Thank you Loomstate for donating the warehouse, Joy Lewis and Nic from Surfrider NYC for helping us out!!”
#psoseastbound @patagonia @olukai @officialmauijim @maryosborne


Little driver.  Project Save Our Surf Hurricane Sandy relief effort.
“Today we got a new cute driver for the Beast. It’s our last day in this gigantic vehicle. We are off to unload the goods. Happy Monday.”
#psoseastbound @patagonia @olukai @officialmauijim @maryosborne – at Hess Express


Cat on head. Friends helping friends in New York City. Project Save Our Surf.
“Friends helping friends.”
#psoseastbound @maryosborne – at The Plandome Village Green


Mary Osborne, New York City, with Project Save Our Surf.
“NYC.”
#psoseastbound @maryosborne – at 1 World Trade Center



:: DAY SIX ::

Long Island here we come. Mary Osborne and Karen Pardue for Project Save Our Surf.
“City life baby! We made it to NYC …Long Island here we come.”
#psoseastbound @patagonia @olukai @officialmauijim @maryosborne



Karon Pardue, Dave Halpin and Mary Osborne. Project Save Our Surf trip to the East Coast to deliver needed supplies to Hurricane Sandy survivors.
“We made it to New Jersey!!!! Thanks Dave Halpin for letting us crash.”
#psoseastbound @maryosborne – at Parkway North



:: DAY FIVE ::

Karen Pardue and Project Save Our Surf on their way to the East Coast for Hurricane Sandy relief.
“And Karon literally “died” after puking all night in Oklahoma….”
#psoseastbound @maryosborne



Mary Osborne and Project Save Our Surf travel east to deliver Hurricane Sandy supplies and relief.
“11 hours later we arrived in NJ!!! Thanks Dave for letting us stay in your amazing home.”
#psoseastbound @maryosborne – at Montclair



:: DAY FOUR ::

Gateway Arch, Illinois. Mary Osborne and Project Save Our Surf on the way to New York City.
“Gateway Arch —Illinois baby!!”
#psoseastbound @patagonia @officialmauijim @olukai @maryosborne



Mary Osborne and Project Save Our Surf East Coast Hurricane Sandy relief
“How come we don’t have these little “vino to go” in Cali?”
#psoseastbound @maryosborne – at Cubo, MO



:: DAY THREE ::

Project Save Our Surf with Mary Osborne and Karon Pardue, Hurricane Sandy supply delivery
“Long day in the “Beast” covering some ground.”
#psoseastbound @patagonia @olukai @officialmauijim @maryosborne – at City of Fidelity



Gas prices in Oklahoma - Project Save Our Surf Eastbound.
“Got gas? Oklahoma has big benefits.”
#psoseastbound @patagonia @olukai @officialmauijim @maryosborne



Fish tank in Tulsa, Oklahoma - Project Save Our Surf Hurricane Sandy supply delivery
“We found Nemo in Tulsa, Oklahoma and our first amazing meal. We are en route to Joplin, Missouri to stay the night. We are slowly getting closer to New York City.”
#psoseastbound @patagonia @olukai @officialmauijim @maryosborne – Tulsa, OK



Buffalo pit stop in Oklahoma - Project Save Our Surf with Mary Osborne and Karon Pardue
“Oklahoma buffalo pit stop.”
#psoseastbound @olukai @officialmauijim @patagonia @maryosborne – Weatherford, OK



Hooters girls in Amarillo, Texas. Project Save Our Surf Eastbound.
“Our mascot “Dino” and the Hooters girls in Amarillo, Texas. We are Oklahoma bound.”
#psoseastbound @maryosborne



Mary Osborne and Karon Pardue - Project Save Our Surf - Eastbound NYC Hurricane delivery - Day 3, Texas
“Day 3: Texas. Dino is our road mascot. She goes everywhere with us and keeps us entertained.”
#psoseastbound @olukai @officialmauijim @patagonia @maryosborne



:: DAY TWO ::

Mary Osborne - Project Save Our Surf - Eastbound New York City Hurricane Delivery, Texas-bound
“Texas bound …we are slowly but surely making our way East.”
#psoseastbound @maryosborne



Flat tire number one - Project Save Our Surf - Mary Osborne and Karon Pardue - East Coast Hurricane Sandy donations
“Flat tire number one. We are ready to be done with Arizona.”
#psoseastbound @maryosborne


:: DAY ONE ::

Mary Osborne, Phoenix - Project Save Our Surf Roadtrip Across the USA - Hurricane Sandy survivors
“I’m dying. It’s freezing here!!! Phoenix, night one.”
#psoseastbound @maryosborne


Mary Osborne - Project Save Our Surf - Flagstaff, Arizona
“Last stop in Flagstaff. We can’t fit anything else in this beast.”
#psoseastbound @patagonia @officialmauijim @maryosborne – at Galaxy Diner.



Project Save Our Surf - Mary Osborne and Karon Pardue - gas pit stop in Arizona.
“Gas pit stop in Arizona.”
#psoseastbound @maryosborne – at Interstate 93


Project Save Our Surf - Mary Osborne, Karon Pardue, Olukai - Hurricane Sandy donations
“Olukai donated over 700 pairs of shoes. Thank you crew!!!! And we are stickered up.”
#psoseastbound @patagonia @fcdsurfboards @maryosborne


Project Save Our Surf - Mary Osborne and Karon Pardue - U-Haul
“Surfers, I’m taking it for the team. You can be assured the surf will be good for the entire time I’m gone. This is a pic of my home with Karon Pardue for the next four days til we reach NYC. We are packed and loaded.” #psoseastbound @patagonia @patagoniabowery @maryosborne




Additional Resources:
Project Save Our Surf Hurricane Sandy Relief – more photos and blog posts from Mary Osborne and Karon Pardue’s trip across the United States
Mary Osborne – athlete, host, model
Mary Osborne on Facebook
Follow Mary Osborne on Twitter
Mary Osborne’s Instagram
Project Save Our Surf on Facebook



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