Photo Friday: Late Afternoon Roundhouse with Lulu Erkeneff. Photos by Chris Grant.

Presented by Jettygirl.com and our generous readers Today it's cold and rainy in Southern California, the type of day that lends itself perfectly to reflecting back to the warm days of summer. Of all the days I shot during that three month span, this session stands out from the rest. With a hungry pack of male world tour competitors scrounging for every wave possible, one girl held her ground and scored at least a dozen high-quality lefts that afternoon. Her name is Lulu Erkeneff. You may or may not know Lulu but due to her homebreak being the photo-friendly Salt Creek, she's quite possibly the most consistently photographed female surfer on the West Coast, a fact I'm sure makes her sponsors quite happy. Whenever I see her surf it trips me out that no major clothing sponsor has signed her yet. While they seem to hand out contracts for daily Instagram bikini shots and slip-slidey surfing these days, the brands are clearly missing a surfer who's not only smart but charges, pulls into barrels, and uses her rail in a manner that would make any power surfer grin. On this particular wave Lulu had two huge snaps out the back and as she approached me the clouds that had been obscuring the sun a moment before parted and her turn was suddenly bathed in beautiful light. While I was a bit too close to her to work much with the composition of the photos, this turn is permanently etched in my mind due to Lulu's clean rail-work and spontaneous smile after rebounding off the foam. While many of today's tricks are played out and forgotten about after the next set has rolled through, the memory of a well-placed roundhouse can stay with you forever. Lulu Erkeneff, Photo Friday. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Sequence image 1 of 9. Lulu Erkeneff, Photo Friday. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Sequence image 2 of 9. Lulu Erkeneff, Photo Friday. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Sequence image 3 of 9. Lulu Erkeneff, Photo Friday. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Sequence image 3 of 9. Lulu Erkeneff, Photo Friday. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Sequence image 3 of 9. Lulu Erkeneff, Photo Friday. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Sequence image 3 of 9. Lulu Erkeneff, Photo Friday. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Sequence image 3 of 9. Lulu Erkeneff, Photo Friday. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Sequence image 3 of 9. Lulu Erkeneff, Photo Friday. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Sequence image 3 of 9. Photos: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
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Photo Friday: Hitting the Whitewater with Balance, Angle & Flair with Alexa Frantz

Presented by InsuranceSurfers.com One thing we really enjoy when shooting with Alexa Frantz is that she never cuts out of a wave. Every section gets obliterated whether it's a hooking lip or a chunk of whitewater as shown here. One of the keys to a nice bash off the whitewater is taking the correct angle of attack ...too vertical and you end up out the back while a lateral approach will find you bogging down with a weird and wobbly floater. Alexa takes a path between those two and hits it at 10 o'clock. In shot number two, her positioning is absolutely perfect with her body and arms in flawless right angles while her board is square against the oncoming section. When you get your angles right, the reward is that you can really apply the power and flair which she does in shot #3. The rest of the sequence is a visual reminder of how important it is to generate good amounts of speed in surfing ...approach the whitewater at half speed and you're done --hit it at full tilt and you're a hero. Alexa Frantz surfing a San Diego secret spot. Photo Friday on Jettygirl.com. Surf photography by Chris Grant. Alexa Frantz surfing a San Diego secret spot. Photo Friday on Jettygirl.com. Surf photography by Chris Grant. Alexa Frantz surfing a San Diego secret spot. Photo Friday on Jettygirl.com. Surf photography by Chris Grant. Alexa Frantz surfing a San Diego secret spot. Photo Friday on Jettygirl.com. Surf photography by Chris Grant. Alexa Frantz surfing a San Diego secret spot. Photo Friday on Jettygirl.com. Surf photography by Chris Grant. Alexa Frantz surfing a San Diego secret spot. Photo Friday on Jettygirl.com. Surf photography by Chris Grant. Alexa Frantz surfing a San Diego secret spot. Photo Friday on Jettygirl.com. Surf photography by Chris Grant. Alexa Frantz surfing a San Diego secret spot. Photo Friday on Jettygirl.com. Surf photography by Chris Grant. Alexa Frantz surfing a San Diego secret spot. Photo Friday on Jettygirl.com. Surf photography by Chris Grant. Photos: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
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Photo Friday: Sticking It Under Pressure with Rebecca Woods on Jettygirl.com

Presented by InsuranceSurfers.com Although the outside section gets the lion's share of points, anyone who's either watched or participated in a surf contest at Huntington Pier knows that you have to leave an exclamation point in the shorebreak to get the crowds on their feet. Although Huntington's sandy peaks seem fairly harmless, the shorebreak is anything but easy to navigate. After hopping through the notorious Huntington Hop zone, the final section looms up quickly, often without a chance to regain speed and much of the time in only a few inches of water. It's a tough place to stick your final maneuver...and even tougher when 60,000 eyeballs are watching as is the case here with Rebecca Woods. Rebecca was on fire at this year's Nike US Open of Surfing and much of it was due to her uncanny ability to stick her landings in the dumpy conditions. While others would get bounced off, Bec would keep composed and ride out of it. I remember this turn well from my vantage point under the pier. After a clean hit off the closeout, the shorebreak explosion forced Rebecca into a difficult position, forcing her to use her lead arm to grab the opposite rail in the whitewater which is virtually impossible to pull off when you're leaning in the other direction...impossible for most people that is. Using powerful stomach muscles and a never-give-up mindset, Rebecca successfully rode out of it and continued on toward the quarterfinals. Before cutting out today, you'll notice something painfully commonplace in women's professional surfing these days, Rebecca surfs the tour without the help of a major sponsor. The surf industry is a multi-billion dollar affair yet every year at least a few of the Top 17 surf the tour without any support. How is that even possible? It's time to start asking questions, lots and lots of questions... Bec Woods, Nike US Open of Surfing. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.comRebecca Woods, Nike US Open of Surfing. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.comBec Woods, Nike US Open of Surfing. Surf photography by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.comBec Woods, Nike US Open of Surfing. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.Bec Woods, Nike US Open of Surfing. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Surf Magazine.Bec Woods, Nike US Open of Surfing. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.Rebecca Woods, Nike US Open of Surfing. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.Rebecca Woods, Nike US Open of Surfing. Surfing photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.Rebecca Woods, Nike US Open of Surfing. Surfing photography by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Photos: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
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