Surf Photo Friday featuring Tory Gilkerson on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Surf Photo Friday – Double Vision Edition with Tory Gilkerson

Surf Photo Friday featuring Tory Gilkerson on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine Surf Photo Friday - Double Vision Edition with Tory Gilkerson One Moment, Two Surf Photos - Photos by Andrew Grant and Chris Grant Many years ago, possibly in the 1980's, one of the three major surf magazines (Surfer, Surfing, or Breakout) at the time ran a feature that showed two photos of the same surf moment taken at the same time. The concept has intrigued me for years and is something I've always wanted to try. A few months back while my son was out of school for Martin Luther King, Jr's birthday, I enlisted his help to give the photo experiment a try. We decided that he'd post up on the beach while I went for a swim. A few days earlier I mentioned our experiment to the super talented longboarder, Tory Gilkerson, who was quick to join in. It seems that more often than not, weather systems attempt to foil any photo plans but that wasn't the case this time---we were greeted with glassy, shoulder-high to overhead surf with bright sunshine and light offshore winds. Tory usually bolts straight for the lefts, but knowing what we were trying to do, she paddled out and scored lengthy backside noserides on right after right. A couple of things stick out in my mind from this session at Oceanside Harbor. First, it's a lot tougher to get simultaneous photos than I would have thought. On Tory's best two waves, my son missed one due to cell phone distractions while I completely blew another one by using the wrong focus point in my camera, basically focusing on a bubble in the water instead of on Tory who was enjoying a lengthy noseride on a flawless left that peeled through the lineup (see video). The second thing that sticks out in my mind is how much smaller the waves look in water shots compared to ones shot from land. It never ceases to amaze me ...I'll swim in after a heart-racing session, load the photos onto the computer, then wonder how in the world I thought it was so heavy out there when the waves appear to be waist-high. Thank you, Tory, for helping out with this trial run. I can't wait to attempt Double Vision, Volume II. Tory Gilkerson enters the water for a surf session at Oceanside Harbor. Andrew Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Tory Gilkerson backside noseride in Oceanside. Double vision 1 of 4. Andrew Grant and Chris Grant photos on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Tory Gilkerson backside noseride in Oceanside. Double vision 2 of 4. Andrew Grant and Chris Grant photos on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Tory Gilkerson wipes out in Oceanside. Double vision 3 of 4. Andrew Grant and Chris Grant photos on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Tory Gilkerson wipes out in Oceanside. Double vision 4 of 4. Andrew Grant and Chris Grant photos on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Tory Gilkerson is all smiles after a solid noseride at Oceanside Harbor. 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. Please consider helping out with a "Pay Whatever You Like" subscription to the site. Every little bit helps! Photo Credits: Surf photos by Andrew Grant and Chris Grant. Previous Surf Photo Fridays | Jen Smith and Her Furry Friend, Colin, in Cardiff, California | Stephanie Schechter, Family Surf Trip to Panamá | Prue Jeffries on a Donald Takayama Quad | Sara Taylor Sequence | 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: Tory Gilkerson on Jettygirl's Single Wave Thursday Tory Gilkerson's Snapshots from China during the Swatch Girls Pro Tory Gilkerson on Instagram Tory Gilkerson on Facebook page Hawaiian Pro Designs Select Surf Studio Eidon Swim Zeal Optics
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2-time ASP Women's World Longboard Champion, Jen Smith, in Surf Photo Friday on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Surf Photo Friday – Jen Smith and Her Furry Friend, Colin, in Cardiff, California

2-time ASP Women's World Longboard Champion, Jen Smith, in Surf Photo Friday on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine Surf Photo Friday - Jen Smith and Her Furry Friend, Colin, in Cardiff, California Photos by Chris Grant The year was 2007 and Jen Smith had just returned home from France after winning her first ASP Women's Longboard World Title. Though jet lagged and exhausted from the festivities, Jen met me for a quick surf at Cardiff Reef. Perhaps the reef itself sensed everyone's depleted energy levels and didn't really offer much in the way of quality waves. Jen rode a few, touched the nose a couple of times, and returned the beach to her anxiously waiting dog, Colin. In retrospect, this session was never going to be about Jen riding waves. Instead, the lazy day was more about reconnecting---the return back to a normal pace of life in her beloved San Diego and to meeting up with friends of both the furry and human variety who were waiting to congratulate her on her world title. Looking back, I can't really remember anything from that day other than the look in Colin's eyes as he saw Jen leaving the water to take him for a walk. A world title is amazing no doubt, but the love of a good friend is priceless beyond words. Jen Smith, Cardiff, California. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Fresh off her first world title, Jen Smith waxes up at home. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl.com Fresh off her first world title, Jen Smith waxes up at home. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl.com Jen Smith, no-paddle paddle-out. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. 2x ASP Women's World Longboard Champion, Jen Smith, noseriding at Cardiff Reef. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Jen Smith's dog, Colin, waits on the beach for her return. Chris Grant photo for Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. 2x ASP Women's World Longboard Champion, Jen Smith, noseriding at Cardiff Reef. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. 2x ASP Women's World Longboard Champion, Jen Smith, roundhouse cutback at Cardiff Reef. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Jen Smith walks across the sand in Cardiff, California. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Jen Smith walks her dog, Colin, on the beach in Cardiff. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Jen Smith and her dog, Colin. Chris Grant photos on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Jen Smith and her dog, Colin, go for a walk in Cardiff, California. 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. Please consider helping out with a "Pay Whatever You Like" subscription to the site. Every little bit helps! Photo Credits: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com Previous Surf Photo Fridays | Stephanie Schechter, Family Surf Trip to Panama | Prue Jeffries on a Donald Takayama Quad | Sara Taylor Sequence | 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: Fin-First Takeoffs with Jennifer Smith - Jettygirl School of Sick Tricks Jen Smith on Instagram - @jensmithyowza Hawaiian Pro Designs Sector 9 Skateboards Soul Grind Jen Smith's 2011 Interview with Liquid Salt
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Surf Photo Friday featuring Stephanie Schechter in Panama - Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Surf photo by Janet Schechter.

Surf Photo Friday – Stephanie Schechter, Family Surf Trip to Panamá

Surf Photo Friday featuring Stephanie Schechter in Panama - Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Surf photo by Janet Schechter. Surf Photo Friday - Stephanie Schechter, Family Surf Trip to Panamá Photos by Janet, Jason, and Stephanie Schechter Panamá. Not the first place that comes to mind when thinking of a surf trip destination… But that may be one great reason to choose to go there. While Panamá is known to have good waves and fabulous weather, it is definitely considered an off-the-beaten-path country for surf trips. This is precisely why my family chose to travel there last week for a seven-day trip of surfing, fun, and relaxation. I had just finished final exams for winter quarter at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and my brother had just finished his finals at UCLA. Instead of going on "MTV Spring Break!" style trips with friends to places like Florida or Cabo, our parents were kind enough to invite us to share some quality time on a surf trip to Panamá! We flew directly from LAX to La Ciudad de Panamá, and the flight was only six hours, a quick hop in comparison to flying to somewhere like Asia, which has flights in the 12-14 hour range. We spent the night in a hotel near the airport in the beautiful capital city, and then set off in our rental car, stacked sky high with our board bags, to Playa Venao. We were told the drive would be four and a half hours, but of course, it ended up being around five and a half, not including the amount of time we spent taking wrong turns! Finally, we arrived at beautiful Playa Venao. We found the house we were staying in, nestled in the jungle overlooking Playa Venao. It was adorably named La Casa Mango, after the several mango trees providing shade for the house in the 80-90 degree Panamanian heat. We went to see the waves, and our jaws dropped. In front of us were perfect sandbar beach break peelers with only a few people in the water! There were peaks dotting the entire stretch of beach, and while some waves closed out, most were head high, open-faced walls, perfect for riding any type of board. We spent the week surfing and having fun at Playa Venao, while the offshore breeze cooled us off and perfected the waves. We found a wonderful cove for snorkeling, with crystal clear waters and plenty of fish! Although the trip was only one week long, we spent our time well, by not only surfing and snorkeling, but also doing yoga, walking through the jungle, relaxing in hammocks, and more! There was wildlife galore, including monkeys, exotic reptiles, and LOTS of insects. This trip was one I will certainly always remember, celebrating a successful quarter at UCSB, surfing with my family, and learning about the wonderful culture of Panamá! Backbend in Panama, Stephanie Schechter, yoga reflection. Photo by Janet Schechter on Surf Photo Friday on Jettygirl. Backside nose ride by Stephanie Schechter in Panama. Surf Photo Friday on Jettygirl. Scenes from a Panama surf trip with Stephanie Schechter. Surf Photo Friday on Jettygirl. Stephanie Schechter scored some fun waves in Panama. Surf Photo Friday on Jettygirl. Photo © Janet Schechter photo. Stephanie Schecther, nose ride surf photo by Janet Schechter. Surf Photo Friday 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. Please consider helping out with a "Pay Whatever You Like" subscription to the site. Every little bit helps! Photo Credits: Surf photos by Janet Schechter; snorkel photo by Jason Schechter; scenic photos by Stephanie Schechter. Previous Surf Photo Fridays | Prue Jeffries on a Donald Takayama Quad | Sara Taylor Sequence | 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: Stephanie Schechter on Instagram - @stephanieschechter Stephanie Schechter's interview on Liquid Salt Kevin Connelly Surfboards Swell.com
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Surf Photo Friday featuring Prue Jeffries on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Surf Photo Friday – Prue Jeffries on a Donald Takayama Quad

Surf Photo Friday featuring Prue Jeffries on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine Surf Photo Friday - Prue Jeffries on a Donald Takayama Quad In my experience it's best to whisper the words "photo shoot" when making plans with a surfer. Speaking the phrase out loud seems to be an open invitation for onshore winds, fog, and extreme tides to join the party. When you roll up to the beach bright and early and discover those unwanted guests have already set up shop, you're faced with two choices---shine it and be bummed all day or go for a surf despite the less-than-optimal conditions. We always opt for the latter. Agreeing to meet at a local beach break in Encinitas, Prue Jeffries and I were greeted with exactly the type of conditions that make you question why you got out of bed. This day would have been a win-win regardless of whether we scored epic waves or not though, because my Australian friend is one of my favorite people in the world. If you're ever lucky enough to strike up a conversation with Prue, you're in for a treat as she's super smart, well-read, and can have a multi-layered discussion on virtually any topic. Of all the surfers I've worked with over the years, meeting up with her has caused me more sunburns than I can count due to our 3-hour, post-surf, parking lot talks. A beautiful soul, an ultra-stylish goofyfoot, and a great friend...who better to showcase on Surf Photo Friday than Prue Jeffries, shown below riding one of her cherished Donald Takayama quads. Prue Jeffries with her beloved Donald Takayama quad. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Prue Jeffries, fins out in Encinitas. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Prue Jeffries carves a turn on her Donald Takayama quad. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Prue Jeffries and her beloved Donald Takayama quad. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Prue Jeffries, shorebreak floater. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Prue Jeffries hooks a nice turn off the foam in Encinitas. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Prue Jeffries, layback snap off the foam. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Prue Jeffries heads home after a surf at D Street in Encinitas. 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.
Previous Surf Photo Fridays | Sara Taylor Sequence | 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: Prue Jeffries on Liquid Salt in 2010 Prue Jeffries on Breezy Mama in 2009 Hawaiian Pro Designs on Facebook Hawaiian Pro Designs on Instagram Hawaiian Pro Designs Noah Ka Oi - Hawaiian Pro Designs surfboards, fins, and apparel
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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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Kim Mearig, 1983 ASP Women's World Tour Champion - Photo © Simone Reddingius

Eighties Ladies: A Special 1980’s Surf Photo Feature by Simone Reddingius

Oscar Padilla's MexicanInsurance.com - 62 years of service and still rated No. 1. Buy online!Going surfing in Mexico? Buy your auto policy online at MexicanInsurance.com. 62 years of service & still rated No. 1. Kim Mearig, 1983 ASP Women's World Tour Champion - Photo © Simone Reddingius Eighties Ladies: A Special 1980's Photo Feature by Simone Reddingius [quote]"She's an awesome photographer. Great timing shooting surfing I always thought. I think because she was an accomplished surfer herself, she knew exactly what the surfers were setting up to do." - Kim Mearig, 1983 ASP World Champion[/quote] Having discovered surfing in 1980 or so, I had my share of childhood surfing heroes ...Cheyne Horan, Tom Curren, Martin Potter and Tom Carroll to name a few. Each wall of my room was decorated with photos of my favorite surfers ...all of them cut out from Surfer, Surfing and Breakout Magazines. Unlike most of my peers though, I was also fond of women's surfing. Across from my Cheyne Horan and Tom Curren walls and right to the left of my Cheryl Ladd poster was the Kim Mearig section of my room, buoyed by an autographed black and white 8x10 photo of Kim that I received at the old Huntington Surf Theatre. Fast forward about three decades... While perusing Facebook one afternoon, I came across the most incredible collection of early 80's surf photos by Simone Reddingius. Everyone was present...Cheyne, Pottz, both TC's and a whole bunch incredible women from one of the most unique and colorful eras in modern surfing. 4X ASP World Champ Frieda Zamba, 1983 ASP World Champ Kim Mearig, Jorja and Jolene Smith, Alisa Schwarzstein, Tricia Gill, Rell Sunn, Liz Benavidez, Jodie Cooper, 1990 ASP World Champ Pam Burridge, 1982 ASP World Champ Debbie Beacham and a host of 70's legends...all presented in glorious Kodachrome color. This photo gallery represents a tiny portion of Simone's vast photo archive and she generously granted us permission to share these images with you. Enjoy this slice of women's surf history and when you have a few free moments, please visit Simone's blog at http://beachgirlmaui.blogspot.com --Chris Grant Kim Mearig. Photo © Simone Reddingius. Surfing photos of women surfers from the 1980's. Frieda Zamba. Photo © Simone Reddingius. Surfing photos of women surfers from the 1980's. Frieda Zamba. Photo © Simone Reddingius. Surfing photos of women surfers from the 1980's. Frieda Zamba and Pam Burridge. Photo © Simone Reddingius. Surfing photos of women surfers from the 1980's. Liz Benavidez and Jodie Cooper. Photos © Simone Reddingius. Surfing photos of women surfers from the 1980's. Jodie Cooper. Photo © Simone Reddingius. Surfing photos of women surfers from the 1980's. Alisa Schwarzstein. Photo © Simone Reddingius. Surfing photos of women surfers from the 1980's. Alisa Schwarzstein. Photo © Simone Reddingius. Surfing photos of women surfers from the 1980's. Kim Mearig. Photo © Simone Reddingius. Surfing photos of women surfers from the 1980's.
A few words from Simone's photo subjects...
Kim Mearig "I traveled to quite a few WISA events with Simone in the early 80's. She's hilarious, and I don't think she knows it, or tries to be. She says these one liners with a straight face. Kind of a dry sense of humor. That's what I remember most about Simone, fun to hang out with. And she's an awesome photographer. Great timing shooting surfing I always thought. I think because she was an accomplished surfer herself, she knew exactly what the surfers were setting up to do." Alisa Schwarzstein Cairns "I used to surf with Simone at the WISA contests and also on some of my many trips up to Santa Barbara. She would often come down south with Kim Mearig who was my travel partner so I saw her fair bit. Simone was always super nice to surf and hang out with and then she got into surf photography and was basically the only woman surfer to get into shooting surf photos. I think Flame took her under his wing and helped her out and it was really cool when she starting getting published. Her Facebook photos bring back a lot of fun memories of surfing contests in the 80's. Rell Sunn and Mary Lou Drummy. Photos © Simone Reddingius. Surfing photos of women surfers from the 1980's. Alisa Schwartzstein, Jorja Smith, and Jolene Smith. Photo © Simone Reddingius. Surfing photos of women surfers from the 1980's. Jorja Smith. Photo © Simone Reddingius. Surfing photos of women surfers from the 1980's. Debbie Beacham. Photo © Simone Reddingius. Surfing photos of women surfers from the 1980's. Lynne Boyer and Brenda Scott. Photo © Simone Reddingius. Surfing photos of women surfers from the 1980's. Tricia Gill. Photo © Simone Reddingius. Surfing photos of women surfers from the 1980's. Kim Mearig and Nancy Emerson. Photo © Simone Reddingius. Surfing photos of women surfers from the 1980's. Simone Reddingius
About Simone Reddingius
Simone Reddingius was born in Curacao, West Indies and moved to California in 1964. She grew up in Temple City, CA. Her parents would take her camping along the beach and it was there that she dreamed of being a surfer. At her high school library was one copy of a surf magazine that she confiscated and kept close to her side. One day, Simone's mother came home with an old Wardy longboard that she bought at a yardsale for a dollar. It didn't have a fin, but Simone was stoked. While on a camping trip in Carpinteria, Simone met lifeguard Denny Aaberg who taught her how to surf. After graduating high school, Simone moved to Santa Barbara where she was really able to live her dream and become a full time surfer. Simone's older brother gave her his old camera, a Minolta SRT 101 with a telephoto lens. She was often torn between surfing first or taking pictures first. A job at a camera store allowed her to buy some new equipment and get a nice Nikon camera, a motordrive and a Century 650mm lens. As she honed her skills, Simone submitted her work to Surfing and Surfer magazines and was published several times over the years. Simone moved to Maui in 1993 and has been upgrading her film equipment to digital. Among the things she loves to photograph are the beautiful winter waves and breathtaking sunsets. She is also experimenting with an old Nikonos underwater film camera. Her work can be viewed on her flickr website: http://beachgirlmaui.blogspot.com
Additional Resources: Simone Reddingius' blog Simone Reddingius on Flickr Photography by Simone Reddingius on Etsy Handmade Jewelry by Simone Reddingius on Etsy Handmade Jewelry by Simone Reddingius on Facebook
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Reflecting on a New Venture. Part Two: My Truth by Chris Grant of Jettygirl.com

My Truth - by Chris Grant, Publisher of Jettygirl.com

“The only reason a guy would hang with girls is either to f*** with them or to f*** them.” –Female surfer friend of mine talking to me about another guy

[frame_left src="http://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/oside.0276-200x300.jpg" href="http://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/oside.0276.jpg"]Love, Light & Magic. © Chris Grant[/frame_left] When I first heard those words leave her mouth, I semi-laughed at the phrase before it hit my brain, “Hey, I hang out with female surfers a bit …is that what people think of me too?” On my drive home after speaking with this particular surfer I did a quick reflection of things I have actually heard over the years of operating Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. I’m sure there have been many more that I haven’t heard. The year was 2006 and we had virtually just kicked off Jettygirl. Following an in-depth interview I filmed a walking up the beach sequence of a still-mic’d-up pro surfer who mused to her good friend, “Who is this guy and do you think he’s for real?” As her words echoed in my headphones I was frankly a bit disheartened and hurt at the question of my true motives. In the years that have followed I now realize there is some history behind that question. Since running Jettygirl I have seen virtually everything that female surfers face in a very different light. In the social spectrum of things I would fall more on the quiet side of the fence and as such find myself spending as much time observing people’s expressions, interactions and body language as I do in lively conversations. While those traits don’t really serve me well at a dance party, they’ve been beneficial to seeing the larger picture as a photographer. It always surprises me that despite swimming around with a big ole’ camera while wearing a helmet emblazoned with Jettygirl stickers, I almost seem to be invisible in the lineup. Perhaps mistaking me for a seal, walrus-like old surfers will paddle behind a bikini-clad surfer girl barking and bellowing at “what they would do to her” given the chance each time she duckdives under an oncoming wave. Would they really? Given the chance? I don’t think so and I’m almost positive they would be less than thrilled about some other old carp talking about their daughters in that manner. So where do I fit in? Why am I, a 45-year-old male surfer running a website catering to female surfers? What is my motivation? What makes me any different than some of the other dudes in the parking lot, whose sunglass-covered eyes praise your cutback while secretly hoping that you have a towel mishap while changing out of your wetsuit? To answer a few of those questions, our original mission statement in 2006 provides some clues. “Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine is focused on delivering inspirational photo galleries, high performance surf video clips and in-depth interviews with professional surfers, artists, free thinkers and legends of the sport.” To condense it even more, as I spoke into the microphone a few evenings ago at the San Diego Surf Ladies’ Board Shorts Surf Film Festival, “Jettygirl exists because the girls are ripping and they deserve much more than a cheesy bikini shot in the mainstream surf magazines.” In short, the “why” is that I feel and have felt for a long time, that female surfers and the image of female surfing has been ripped off, distorted and hijacked by brands and companies whose empowerment slogans and taglines are little more than sugar-coated candy …sweet at first but short on true substance. As a guy running a girls’ surf site, I try my best to stand back and reflect what the girls are doing in surfing instead of presenting my own views as truth. In my opinion it would be stupid for me to stand in front of the line and sell you a bill of goods of what I think women’s surfing is or what it should be. Your experience as a female surfer is and always will be different from mine. I simply want Jettygirl to be about you, not about Chris Grant. [frame_right src="http://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/chris.rhona_-205x300.jpg" href="http://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/chris.rhona_.jpg"]Rhona & Chris Grant, 1991.[/frame_right] To answer any misguided assumptions that shooting with female surfers is somehow a means to score a date or something, I can assure you that it has not nor ever will be the case. I’ve been in love and married to the most incredible woman I’ve ever known for a few decades now and we’ll be celebrating our 21st Anniversary this summer. Although she is not a surfer herself, her support has been the number one reason Jettygirl has lasted this long. I really enjoy working on the Jettygirl project but if my wife ever felt that it was somehow detrimental to our family, I’d pull the plug on it in a second. I absolutely love and cherish Rhona. She is everything to me. In closing, contrary to the opening quote by my surfer friend, I’m here to tell you that this particular male doesn’t care about any of that. I’m not here to mess with heads and I’m certainly not interested in using Jettygirl as a dating service. My sole and only purpose with Jettygirl.com is to showcase what’s going on in women’s surfing …whether bikini or fullsuit, grom or grandma, skinny or living large, longboarder or shortboarder …the details really don’t matter to me. The truth does though, and this is mine.
Additional Resources: Reflecting on a New Venture, Part One: Kim Mayer, the Original Jettygirl