Notes from the Sand: The 2013 Ford Supergirl Pro Lives Up to Its Name

[ WORDS & PHOTOS BY CHRIS GRANT ]

When the final autographs had been signed and the tents were beginning to come down, I sat in my car and wrote the following post on Facebook:

“We’ve been in a bit of a funk lately and would have thought a surf contest would be the last place we’d find refreshment. How wrong we were. Watching hundreds of young girls cautiously approach their favorite pro surfers only to be welcomed with graciousness, smiles and thoughtful words was not only heart-warming, but it was extremely inspirational as well. The ear-to-ear smiles, the sparkling eyes of youth, and the skips down the beach clutching a newly autographed hat or piece of paper would have warmed the heart of even the most grumpy, anti-contest surfer.

Hearty congrats to the comp winner, Malia Manuel, and to Supergirl for putting on such an amazing event. From what I saw from my vantage point on the beach, the surfers didn’t only showcase the current state of women’s high performance surfing, they also inspired an entire generation of girl groms who no doubt are dreaming of riding waves of their own one day soon. Very, very well done!”

It’s been a week since the Supergirl Pro wrapped up and I wanted to share a couple of observations from one of the most important contests on the women’s circuit.


The Kids
Like all surf contests, ratings points were at stake, money was up for grabs, and the prized Supergirl cape was going to be awarded to the winner. Indeed, all of those things happened but what I remember most were the kids, the thousands of kids that made this event so special. At the end of each heat they’d be waiting at the water’s edge for a photo, an autograph, or a smile from every single one of the Supergirl competitors. What warmed my heart the most was seeing that this was far from a one-way street as the surfers appeared to enjoy the exchanges as much as the kids did themselves. It’s difficult to sum up in one photo but the image of Bruna Schmitz below does it for me. 100% pure stoke and respect in every direction.

Bruna Schmitz shares a moment with two surf-stoked kids at the 2013 Supergirl Pro in Oceanside, California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.Pictured: Bruna Schmitz shares a moment with two of the thousands of surf-stoked kids in attendance at the Supergirl Pro.


Bethany Hamilton
The debacle that followed the US Open earlier this summer didn’t have anything to do with the surfers or surfing as the mayhem was caused by kooks just looking for trouble. Nevertheless, even after the porta-potties were turned right-side-up and the broken glass was swept from the streets, surfing itself received another black eye in the press and elsewhere. We need heroes, not jerks, and when Bethany Hamilton walked onto the sand at Oceanside for the first time, it was living proof of that fact. The energy she brought to the Supergirl Pro was contagious and her surfing was inspirational, if not mind-blowing. My favorite part of the Bethany story at the Supergirl Pro was when beach announcer David Stanfield asked the crowd, “Who’s here to watch Bethany Hamilton surf?” Hundreds of cheers and hands were raised up and down the beach and as I glanced out to sea I also saw my good friend, the always classic Bec Woods, raise hers as well—while she was still out in her heat.

Unbelievable lines for the Bethany Hamilton signing at the 2013 Supergirl Pro in Oceanside, California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.Pictured: The incredible line to get Bethany Hamilton’s autograph snaked under the pier, up the ramp, back around, and then extended all the way to Pacific Street.


Alessa Quizon
I first saw Alessa Quizon surf at the Rob Machado Seaside Pro Jr. back in 2011 and immediately became a fan of her casual yet progressive style of surfing. She reminded me so much of my good friend, Shea Hodges, also a crazy-good Hawaiian goofyfoot, that I immediately contacted Shea after the event to tell her I saw what looked to be her surfing twin doing the same layback snaps and fins-free surfing that she was doing. Fast forward to the Supergirl Pro and Alessa absolutely blew minds from her first heat onward. She didn’t hold back at all and her surfing throughout the event was on-edge, risky, and go-for-broke (including the flip pictured below that she was very close to pulling). Her luck ran out in the semifinals but it was clear to me that this particular Supergirl doesn’t need a cape to fly.

Ultra-progressive surfing courtesy of Hawaii's Alessa Quizon at the 2013 Supergirl Pro in Oceanside, California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.Pictured: You could feel the entire beach collectively hold its breath as Alessa grabbed, rotated, and pushed women’s performance surfing another leap forward.


Nikki Van Dijk
As radical as Alessa was, halfway through the event I was convinced that Nikki Van Dijk would be one of the surfers on the winner’s podium. While Oceanside Pier delivers punchy peaks much of the year, a big south swell in June created a big deep spot between the inside and outside sections requiring an approach that is typically used in Huntington Beach. After pulling a move or two on the outside, a surfer is forced to either “Huntington Hop”, kick out, or weave cutbacks to make it to the inside section. While many surfers were getting stuck in the deep spot, Nikki weaved effortlessly from section to section with absolutely zero loss of speed before throwing some explosive finishing moves in the shorebreak. Nikki fell just short in the quarterfinals but her last wave with only seconds on the clock was one of the highlights of the event to me. The score was a touch less than she needed but the last ditch effort was a show of high performance heat surfing at its best.

Australia's Nikki  Van Dijk, one of the strongest competitors throughout the week at the 2013 Supergirl Pro in Oceanside, California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.Pictured: Australia’s Nikki Van Dijk, a standout all weekend long, consistently finished her waves with a flourish.


Tatiana Weston-Webb
She lost out in a stacked heat when she came unglued on a late lip blast but make no mistake, Tatiana Weston-Webb is a surfer to watch closely in the very near future. The World Junior Champion throws big hooks both frontside and backside and had it not been for that fall, quite possibly could have found herself on the podium.

She didn't win this year but Tatiana Weston-Webb was one of the strongest competitors at the 2013 Supergirl Pro in Oceanside, California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.Pictured: Throughout the event, Tatiana Weston-Webb, the current World Junior Champion, threw several solid hooks on the outside sandbar.


The South American Contingent
The most enthusiastic crew of surfers at the Supergirl Pro were from South America and it was awesome to see them both on the beach as well as at Marina Zawisza’s Latin America-based surf film, “3 Killas y un Kiwi” which premiered at Linksoul on Friday night. Silvana Lima, Dominic Barona, Anali Gomez, Sofia Mulanovich, Ornella Pellizzari, Rosanny Alvarez, Adriana Cano, and Bruna Schmitz all shredded and it was fun to hear loud cheering throughout the event coming from their stretch of beach.

I should probably leave well enough alone, but Silvana Lima riding a virtually sponsorless board? Come on brands, if you truly are “surf” companies, why not back a surfer who’s one of the best on the planet. Ask any number of people standing on the beach during the Supergirl, in terms of pure progression, Silvana stands atop a very short list of surfers. It’s time one of you takes a stand. A surfer standing up on a board plastered with your logos who can barely do a turn doesn’t do anything for the authenticity of your brand. Sponsor Silvana and bring some legitimacy back to your image. Trust me, you need it.

Silvana Lima displays nice edge work on a set wave at the 2013 Supergirl Pro in Oceanside, California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.Pictured: Brasil’s Silvana Lima displays nice edge work on the final day of the Supergirl Pro.


Pre-Heat Warm-Ups
While 3.8 million people have watched Anastasia Ashley’s pre-heat warm-up on YouTube, the one I enjoyed the most was Dimity Stoyle, shown here leaping almost as high as she is tall. The explosive Australian is currently ranked 2nd on the ASP Women’s World Rankings and looks to be a solid addition to next year’s World Championship Tour. Watch Dimity surf here.

Dimity Stoyle's pre-heat ritual at the 2013 Supergirl Pro in Oceanside, California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.Pictured: Dimity Stoyle’s pre-heat warm-up as NOT seen on YouTube.


Malia Manuel: Supergirl
Like so many stories that were played out during the Supergirl Pro, Malia Manuel’s had a great ending as well. The 3x runner-up surfed virtually flawless heats throughout the event and used her spray-throwing backside snaps to nail down the title this year. Even through the late afternoon glare, you could see her smile a mile away as she walked onto the beach with her arms held high in the air. As the spray settled and the crowds parted, the young Hawaiian was 3,500 points stronger in the ASP Women’s World Rankings, $8,000 richer, and most importantly, the newest owner of the beloved, pink Supergirl cape.

The moment of victory for Malia Manuel at the 2013 Supergirl Pro in Oceanside, California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.Pictured: Malia Manuel, 2013 Ford Supergirl Pro Champion.

Final Scribbles…
While it’s impossible to mention everything, I want to thank Supergirl and all their sponsors for bringing this amazing event to Oceanside each year. Nowhere else in North America provides a venue for so many international pros and young shredders to compete on the same playing field. The Supergirl Pro gave a talented, underground, California local like Demi Boelsterli the opportunity to advance through round after round on a world stage and it provided a tiny but formidable Hawaiian 14-year-old by the name of Kahanu Delovio the chance to give people a glimpse into surfing’s future. Thank you to all the surfers who put on such amazing performances and a special congratulations to Paige Hareb, the Supergirl Pro runner-up, who ripped her way to yet another deserving Finals appearance. To the general public who came out in droves this year to support the women, you have our hearty appreciation. Along with the surfers, sponsors, lifeguards, police, event organizers, and the City of Oceanside, you made the 2013 Ford Supergirl Pro truly, truly super.

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Ornella Pellizzari stars in Marina Zawisza's new film, 3 Killas y un Kiwi. Photo by Marina Zawisza.

“3 Killas y un Kiwi” Premieres Friday, August 2, in Oceanside. Marina Zawisza’s Film Stars Sofia Mulanovich, Ornella Pellizzari, Simone Zea, and Paige Hareb.

3 Killas y un Kiwi - a Latin American surf film by Marina Zawisza  starring Sofia Mulanovich, Ornella Pellizzari, Simone Zea, and Paige Hareb.

If you’re in the Oceanside area Friday night, come check out Marina Zawisza’s new surf film, “3 Killas y un Kiwi.” The film stars Sofia Mulanovich (Peru), Ornella Pellizzari (Argentina), Simone Zea (Venezuela) and Paige Hareb (New Zealand) and is the first film to focus on Latin American female surfers. Shot on location in Mexico, Costa Rica, Peru, Panama, Puerto Rico, California, and Hawaii, 3 Killas y un Kiwi features stunning visuals and locations not normally seen in typical surf films. Surfers attending the Oceanside premiere include Sofia Mulanovich, Ornella Pellizzari, Paige Hareb, Anali Gomez, and Mimi Barona.


3 Killas y un Kiwi Premiere Details:

Where: Linksoul Lab, 530 S. Coast Hwy, Oceanside, California
When: Friday, August 2, 2013. Doors open at 7:30pm; Film starts at 8:30pm
Cost: $10 donation includes free beer, juice, water, and a raffle ticket. For the raffle, we have one surfboard, hats, shorts, tees, DVD, 72 free t-shirt print from Psylo Graphics, and autographed artwork. All profits will be donated to Granito de Arena.



3 Killas y un Kiwi from Low Rider Lab on Vimeo.



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Photo Friday! Surf Photos with Erin Ashley, Bruna Schmitz, Ornella Pellizzari, Dimity Stoyle, Kamalehua Keohokapu, and Courtney Conlogue.

A sampling of surf photos from Jettygirl’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds. Have a great weekend everyone :)


Erin Ashley noseride in San Diego County. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Erin Ashley – Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
Low tide hues of green and blue. Erin Ashley.


Bruna Schmitz. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Bruna Schmitz – Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
Do a Google search for Bruna Schmitz and you’ll be wading through well over one hundred images before you get to a single photo of her surfing. This fact may be hidden from the general web searcher but her fins-free blasts are equally beautiful.

Ornella Pellizzari. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Ornella Pellizzari – Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
I’m not sure if they had jack-in-the-box toys in Argentina when she was growing up but my favorite human version is Ornella Pellizzari. By far.

Dimity Stoyle. Frontside air. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Dimity Stoyle – Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
Dear Surf Industry,

You missed one.

The girl on the virtually sticker-less purple board is one of the best surfers I’ve ever seen. If you don’t believe me, believe the legendary Jay Adams who I could hear whistling loudly after the first wave of her session featured a huge hook, a fins-free blast, a clean roundhouse, and a solid frontside air.

Next time you’re calculating budgets and going over pie charts for your lifestyle surfers, perhaps you can carve out a slice for a surfer who actually blows minds instead of kisses.

Sincerely,

A fan of Dimity Stoyle

Kamalehua Keohokapu. Smiles and aloha. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
Kamalehua Keohokapu – Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
When surfing is broken down to its simplest form, the common denominator we all share is that it’s fun, pure fun. Facing an onshore closeout, this happy Hawaiian chucked her board up and jumped over the falls with an aloha-filled smile that warmed this particular photographer’s heart. At this 1/1000th of a second in world history, the true meaning of surfing was never clearer. Kamalehua Keohokapu, surfer.


Courtney Conlogue rips one off the top in San Diego County. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Courtney Conlogue – Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
Today I was able to shoot with one of Transworld SURF’s Hottest Girls in Pro Surfing. Had I known of the honor bestowed upon her by making the list, I certainly would have offered my congratulations. Then again, when stacked up against her drive and training for a world title, her amazing painting skills, her deep love of books, her selfless desire to help out with charitable causes, and the absolutely professional way she carries out her duties as an athlete and role model, I don’t think the “hottest girl” thing would rank very high on her list of accomplishments.

Courtney Conlogue, turning heads in a way that any true surfer can appreciate, by laying down a solid turn on a solid wave.

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…

3 Killas y Un Kiwi. A Marina Zawisza Film Starring Sofia Mulanovich, Ornella Pellizzari, Simone Zea & Paige Hareb. Film Trailer.

3 Killas y Un Kiwi from Marina Zawisza on Vimeo.


A Marina Zawisza Film3 Killas y Un Kiwi on Facebook

3 Killas y Un Kiwi is the first video of its kind, an introduction of Latin American female surfing to the world. Surfing world champion Sofia Mulanovich from Peru, Simone Zea from Venezuela, and Ornella Pellizzari from Argentina lead an army of shredders that carve their way through waves and life.

Even though Sofia Mulanovich paved the way for Latin American girls, it is still a tough road to follow. Since most of the talent goes unnoticed we decided it was time to share their skills with the rest of the world. Latin America is not the only place were female surfing has not received the international recognition it deserves. Paige Hareb from New Zealand is one of the few women who surfs in her country, therefore we decided to add a little sweet and tasty flavor to our mix and invite a Kiwi to participate in this adventure. With their strength, talent and beauty these women will be a great inspiration to any young girl watching. Shot on great locations such as Mexico, Costa Rica, Peru, Panama, Puerto Rico, California and Hawaii the diversity of images is a gift to the eye.

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Es un video único, una introducción del surf femenino latinoamericano al mundo. Campeona mundial Sofia Mulanovich de Perú, Simone Zea de Venezuela y Ornella Pellizzari de Argentina guían a un ejercito de mujeres que dibujan sus vidas sobre miles de olas al rededor del planeta.

Aún cuando Sofia abrió una buena vía para el resto de las latinas el camino a seguir no es nada fácil. Como la mayoría del talento en nuestros países pasa por desapercibido, nosotras decidimos que ya era el momento de compartir las habilidades de estas chicas con el resto del mundo. América Latina no es el único lugar que no recibe el reconocimiento internacional que se merece. Paige Hareb de Nueva Zelanda es una de las pocas mujeres que surfea en su país, por esta razón decidimos agregar un poquito de sabor extranjero a nuestro menjurje e invitamos a este kiwi a participar en nuestra aventura. Con su fuerza, talento y belleza estas mujeres se convierten en una inspiración para cualquier chica que las vea. Filmado en locaciones fantásticas como Mexico, Costa Rica, Perú, Panamá, Puerto Rico, California y Hawaii la diversidad de imagenes es un regalo para nuestros ojos.

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Summer Time. A collection of surf photos from our favorite season at JettyGirl.

As we embark on another season of sunshine, we feel that there’s no better way to celebrate summer than to showcase a few photos from our favorite time of year. Our goal here (more or less) is to post an image or two every few days so check back often to see what’s new. We wish you all the best of times this summer and for those of you on the globe who are entering winter right now, I hope these will keep you stoked as you’re pulling on your fullsuits. Enjoy!

Leila Hurst, Newport Beach. Surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl.com.
Leila Hurst – Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
August 9 – A clean turn on a glassy wave will always be a timeless move. Leila Hurst recently moved from the warmth of Hawaii to the every-once-in-a-while sunny skies of California. The highly ranked Pro Jr is a most welcome addition to our shores and I’m hopeful that you’ll be seeing more of the stylish regularfoot in JettyGirl in coming weeks and months.


Claire Bevilacqua barreled in Newport Beach, surf photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine.
Claire Bevilacqua – Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
August 8 – This Western Australian loves to punt airs but even more, she relishes the chance to pull in. I wish I could she Claire in action at Backdoor this winter but for now, some thin-lipped Newport barrels need to suffice. A terror in the air and an absolute maestro in the green room, Claire Bevilacqua.


Alana Blanchard and Leila Hurst in Newport Beach, photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl.com
Alana Blanchard and Leila Hurst – Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
August 7 – Yes, this is summer. Our brief season of warm water arrived then disappeared before our June gloom fullsuits ever had a chance to completely dry out. This August morning was gray and drizzling but even the dullest of mornings brightens up when you’re among friends. Longtime friends Alana Blanchard and Leila Hurst run to greet each other in Newport Beach.


Jasset Umbel, late afternoon Lowers. Surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine.
Jasset Umbel – Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
July 29 – The Trestles area responds differently to each swell. While Lowers can seem like top-to-bottom paradise, some swell directions call for a more lateral approach. Florida’s Jasset Umbel spends quite a bit of time at the famous pointbreak and knows when to hit the gas pedal to get speed for the sections setting up down the line. Jasset takes the high line on a beautiful, sunny afternoon.


Kelly Nicely with 4-Eyed Clyde...before Clyde's last ride. Photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl.com
Kelly Nicely – Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
July 22 – Four-Eyed Clyde’s last ride. Tonight I met up with Kelly Nicely who had just returned from France after competing in the Roxy Pro. While she usually just sells her boards in Europe to save in airline fees, Four-Eyed Clyde was so special to her that she paid $300 to get the board back to California. Exactly one hour after this photo was taken, Four-Eyed Clyde was broken in two pieces by a shallow, double-up. Rest in Peace Clyde :(


Shea Hodges, evening surf. Surfing photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl.com
Shea Hodges – Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
July 14 – Tonight I had the opportunity to meet up with a good friend who happens to be one of the best surfers I’ve ever seen, Hawaii’s Shea Hodges. We don’t get to shoot as much as when she lived up here in Oceanside but I’m always stoked when we can meet up. Our evening session was small, really small, but as she always does, Shea took apart the mini-lefts running across the inside bank. Looking forward to many more sessions with the stylish Hawaiian throughout the summer…


Marissa Shaw rotating at Lowers. Surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine.
Marissa Shaw – Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
July 13 – A few years ago I was shooting with Claire Bevilacqua at one of Southern California’s busiest point breaks. On this particular day, many of America’s top female amateur surfers were splitting peaks with Claire. When she exited the water she asked me the name of the young regularfoot who launched airs on every wave. It was none other than San Clemente’s Marissa Shaw. Fast forward to last week at the same spot and there was Marissa, punting at every opportunity and even tweaking it into rotations when the opportunity presented itself. A shredding surfer, gnarly athlete, busy lifeguard and dedicated college student, there’s pretty much nothing Marissa Shaw can’t do.


Alexa Frantz surf photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine.
Alexa Frantz – Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
July 12 – Summer is in full force but still some gray days remain. I don’t know anybody that loves bikinis as much as Alexa Frantz. It could be freezing …as shown here by the dudes in the fullsuits …and there will be Alexa, throwing buckets like it’s the hottest day of summer. There’s no doubt that Alexa turns heads as she walks down the beach carrying her hot pink boards but it’s the manner in which she hucks spray that I appreciate. Her heart of gold? …that’s pretty cool too!


Ornella Pellizzari visiting San Diego from Argentina. Surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl.com
Ornella Pellizzari – Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
July 9 – Overhead, nasty onshores, and river-like currents…all part of Oceanside during a south swell. It was refreshing to see a pro surfer paddle out in WAY less than ideal conditions, all the while smiling and laughing while taking off on ugly bombs. There weren’t many hittable sections but this right had one and Argentina’s Ornella Pellizzari launched into a nice backside air. So stoked that Ornella will be in town for a while :)


Stephanie Schechter surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl Surf Magazine.
Stephanie Schechter – Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
July 5 – It’s always interesting to meet new surfers and discover their unique personalities. My wife and I often joke that I have both the gift of perception and misperception in equal parts. I love guessing with each new person I meet how their on-land style will translate once they hit the water. Stephanie Schechter is a case in point. My assumption was that her larger than life, gregarious personality on land would translate into an energetic style of waveriding. In contrast, Stephanie’s surfing style is about as calm, cool and collected as can be. Stephanie, relaxed on the nose in Oceanside.


Julie Cox, late afternoon surf session. Surfboard by Dane Perlee with artwork by Thomas Campbell. Surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl.com.
Julie Cox – Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
July 3 – I’ve always loved this shot of Julie Cox…the late afternoon hues, the sunlight bouncing off her wetsuit and the beautiful surfboard shaped by Dane Perlee and painted by Thomas Campbell. As Julie dedicates more of her daylight hours to the California Surf Museum where she serves as Operations Manager, I’m sure she appreciates those extra hours of sunlight that each summer afternoon brings.


Heather Jordan. Surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine.
Heather Jordan – Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
July 2 – While not a fan of the marine layer, I do like those mornings that are “bright” gray if that makes sense. In the half-dozen years I’ve known Heather Jordan, one thing’s for certain, I have absolutely no idea when or where our paths will cross but I’m always stoked when they do. On this morning Heather ventured far from her homebreak and ended up getting some of the best waves of the day. Intelligent and hard-working, Heather will be making her way up to UCLA this fall…meeting up with fellow Bruins, Taylor Pitz and Chandler Parr in what looks to be a formidable surf team in the women’s division.


Kyla Langen surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl Surf Magazine.
Kyla Langen – Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
July 1 – Brains, beauty, soul, and the versatility to charge barrels and draw flawless arcs, my friend Kyla Langen enjoying her favorite local spot. Preparation is key in early summer as the tricky and changing water temps could find you in a fullsuit in the morning and a bikini just a few hours later.


Jenna Balester at Huntington Beach Pier. Surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine.
Jenna Balester – Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
June 29 – Intimate knowledge of your local break pays off when faced with summertime crowds. While the masses were being swept up the coast in Huntington Beach’s Colorado River-like current, Jenna Balester out-positioned the pack and scored one of the better rights of the morning…delivering a beautiful backhand turn on a special quad shaped by her dad, Tom Balester.


Brittani Nicholl surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl.com
Brittani Nicholl – Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
June 22 – Even at California’s most crowded summertime pointbreak there are occasional moments of solitude. Photo-friendly lighting is long gone by lunch hour but that doesn’t mean the waves are done. Brittani Nicholl paddled out for some midday fun and I was lucky enough to join her and her mom for one last session before they left for home last summer. Unfortunately, Brittani like so many of my Australian friends, won’t be coming to America this summer thanks to the ridiculous decision to “upgrade” the US Open to a World Tour event this year. Since the same family of companies basically controls both events, my vote is to return the US Open to its former WQS status and make real progress by adding a Women’s World Tour event to the Hurley Pro at Lowers in September. Sadly though, I don’t get a vote…


Claire Bevilacqua in color. Surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl.com.
Claire Bevilacqua – Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
June 21 – In a world of desaturated images, cell phone one-click recipes, bogus light leaks and every other type of digital treatment (some of which were applied here), pure color sometimes takes a back seat to its trendy counterparts. Unlike photos though, colorful personalities like Claire’s never fade into the background. Reaching out to feel the arc she’s created, Claire paints another masterpiece.