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.


Bonus Footage: Sara Taylor Videos


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
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Surf Photo Friday featuring Mary Bagalso, Claire Bevilacqua, Crystal da Silva, Malia Fuertes, Prue Jeffries, Kyla Langen, Kim Mayer, Kassia Meador and Summer Romero on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Surf Photo Friday – The Session That Changed Everything

Surf Photo Friday featuring Mary Bagalso, Claire Bevilacqua, Crystal da Silva, Malia Fuertes, Prue Jeffries, Kyla Langen, Kim Mayer, Kassia Meador and Summer Romero on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Surf Photo Friday – The Session That Changed Everything

Truth be told these photos are from two days, July 21 and 22, 2005, yet in my memory they’ve become one and the same surf session. A month or so earlier I had picked up my first SLR camera since owning an old Canon AE-1 back in high school. A good friend of mine and great surfer in his own rite, Shane Sebastian, met me down at Oceanside Harbor for a quick photo shoot before the wind picked up.

Between his waves I noticed an entire crew of female surfers, some I recognized from the magazines, others unknown to me—riding the nose, hitting the lip, and basically dominating the lineup. My friend had long since gone home, but I stayed behind to document every turn I could of quite a diverse group of individuals—Mary Bagalso, Claire Bevilacqua, Crystal “CJ” da Silva, Malia Fuertes, Prue Jeffries, Kyla Langen, Kim Mayer, Kassia Meador, and Summer Romero.

In the days following this session, strangers became friends and we met up as often as possible to shoot photos, trade waves, and talk about the state of women’s surfing. Later that year both US-based surf magazines, Surf Life for Women and SG Magazine closed their doors at seemingly the same time which came as a horrible blow to the surf community. You can read about it more in depth here, but the magazine closures led directly to the creation of Jettygirl, the very site you’re visiting today.

When I’m old and gray and looking out over the lineup at Oceanside Harbor one day, I’ll always have great memories of this spot, these surfers, and the session that changed everything.

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.

Mary Bagalso, Oceanside cutback, July 2005. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Claire Bevilacqua, layback snap in Oceanside, July 2005. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Crystal da Silva backside bank in Oceanside, July 2005. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Malia Fuertes, Oceanside floater, July 2005. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Prue Jeffries, Oceanside, July 2005. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Kyla Langen off the lip in Oceanside, July 2005. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Kim Mayer, frontside snap in Oceanside, July 2005. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Kassia Meador drives off the bottom in Oceanside, July 2005. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Summer Romero, Oceanside, July 2005. Chris Grant photo on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Previous Surf Photo Fridays | 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:
Claire Bevilacqua on Instagram
Crystal “CJ” da Silva on Instagram
Kyla Langen on Instagram
Kassia Meador on Instagram
Summer Romero on Instagram



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Searching for a Schedule in Mexico with Margaux Arramon-tucoo, Jake Zylstra, Anna Ehrgott, Sarica Carlquist, Manny Caro, Christine Brailsford and Hayley Gordon

Searching for a Schedule in Mexico with Margaux Arramon-tucoo, Jake Zylstra, Anna Ehrgott, Sarica Carlquist, Manny Caro, Christine Brailsford & Hayley Gordon

Searching for a Schedule in Mexico with Margaux Arramon-tucoo, Jake Zylstra, Anna Ehrgott, Sarica Carlquist, Manny Caro, Christine Brailsford and Hayley Gordon

Words and Photos by Hayley Gordonleashless.tv

Day 1
We have arrived at the airport in Mexico and our ride isn’t there. We eat a random selection of food at the airport restaurant and crack our first Mexican beer, then order a taxi to our destination. Boards stacked high we arrive under cover of darkness, greeted by the rhythmic sound of surf.

Cruising down the beach in Mexico. Photo by Hayley Gordon, leashless.tv

Searching for a Schedule in Mexico. Surf photo by Hayley Gordon.
Day 2
Adjusting to time here is difficult. With no phones and no watches we count time by waves, sessions, naps, tacos, and beers. It takes an adjustment; the mind is constantly searching for a schedule. Things slow down and I find that I can truly relax with a book without checking my phone every 5 minutes.

The house is a revolving door as our crew surfs, takes a break for some water and a bite to eat, and heads back out for more.

Setting up for a long Mexican left. Surf photo by Hayley Gordon, leashless.tv

Mexico noseride. Photo by Hayley Gordon, leashless.tv

The long way back. Photo by Hayley Gordon, leashless.tv

Day 3
It’s amazing to actually be too hot in the water. As someone who is always cold even in the summer and in places like Puerto Rico and Hawaii, it’s a luxury I don’t get very often. It’s sweltering during the day, and brutal standing on the beach with a camera. Mornings and evenings are the only respite. Thankfully the second day brought a steady breeze.

The peeling lefts give us an empty canvas to play on. They are so long that everyone has started to get out of the water and walk up the beach to get back out.

Snacks and refreshment. Photo by Hayley Gordon, leashless.tv

Day 4
The waves have gradually gotten a bit smaller, but the mechanical lefts keep coming in. We’ve switched to smaller wave gear, and my shortboards are sitting lonely in the house.

Afternoons are reserved for naps, reading, and listening to music on the balcony. Today one of the locals got us coconuts from a nearby field, and they were absolutely delicious.

The evening brings a string of intense lightning storms that put on a show all night.

Shooting photos and riding lefts in Mexico. Surf photo by Hayley Gordon of leashless.tv

Day 5
Unfortunately the surf begins to dwindle, and we turn our sights beyond our home base to explore the nearby coast. Our new friend Josh offers to drive a few miles south towards a beach town filled with luxurious beachfront homes and a beautiful coast with alternating rock-reef and sandbar breaks.

We paddle out at a promising looking sandbar, but the surf proves fickle and difficult, and more than a bit sharky. Still the crew managed to get a bunch of waves before a huge baitball appeared in the lineup. Some of us onshore saw dolphins pursuing it, but we also saw a fin that looked a bit more shark-like than dolphin-like, and Jake and Manny paddled in as fast as they could.

Checking the surf in Mexico. Photo by Hayley Gordon of leashless.tv

Day 6
The surf dwindled even further this day, and so we set our sights on exploring the coast to find yet another break that is notoriously a bit hard to find. We missed the first turn and drove miles in the wrong direction before finding the correct route. The dirt road had been ravaged by recent rains, and it took a while to navigate the pits and bumps. More than a few times our stack of nine surfboards nearly flew from the roof of our Jeep.

Once we reached the break we were greeted with an empty lineup and perfectly clean peeling waves. The only problem was the waves were miniature, suitable only for a longboard. The crew did the best they could to wring as much fun from the surf as they could before relaxing under the canopy at the little restaurant on the beach run by a grandma and her family. Although the surf wasn’t as stellar as we had hoped, we could see the potential for amazing surf at this spot.

Transporting the surfboards for the flight back from Mexico, Hayley Gordon.

Day 7
Our last day we were hoping the see the beginnings of a new swell filling in, but the morning greeted us with dribblers crumbling on the point. Unfortunately the swell did not arrive early as we had hoped, so we set about packing our boardbags and getting ready for the journey home. The funniest thing about traveling with a group of surfers is trying to wrangle all the boardbags, and we had more than a few curious onlookers at the airport.

We left Mexico with tans, great memories, and a great time together. We didn’t quite get the stellar surf we were hoping for, but a week in paradise with your friends is something that will be looked back on with fondness for the rest of our lives. -Hayley

*Notes from the jetty…
Please check out Hayley Gordon’s leashless.tv to view her groundbreaking surf and skate films.


Relaxing until the next surf session in Mexico. Photo by Hayley Gordon, leashless.tv
Additional Resources:
Leashless.tv – films and images by Hayley Gordon
Hayley Gordon @hayley_gordon
Margaux Arramon-tucco @margause
Jake Zylstra @andjake
Anna Ehrgott &annaehrgott
Sarica Carlquist @sarica_carlquist
Manny Caro @swallowtailsociety
Christine Brailsford @whomphandplanes




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Claire Bevilacqua banks high on the face of a clean Southern California wall. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Photo Friday: Our Summer Begins with Claire Bevilacqua

Claire Bevilacqua banks high on the face of a clean Southern California wall. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Although summer is roughly at the midway point by mid-July, ours doesn’t officially begin until we cross paths with Western Australia’s Claire Bevilacqua. We’ve known Claire for about seven years now and although following the Tour isn’t her deal now, shredding most certainly is and she continues to do so with the best of them. Powerful, direct, and with a heart that’s equal parts lion and puppy, this Australian legend continues to be a great person to kick off the season of the sun with.

Claire Bevilacqua, backside air in San Clemente, California - surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

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Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine on Instagram - collage of surfer girls

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If you’re on Instagram and enjoy checking out surf photos of your favorite female surfers, we’d be honored if you followed ours at http://www.instagram.com/jettygirlsurfmag. In addition, we’ll be featuring a few giveaways through our feed in the next couple of weeks and we’d be stoked if you joined up so we could keep you posted as details unfold.

Surfergirl photo collage including harley taich, sally fitzgibbons, malia ward, erin ashley, margaux arramon-tucoo, anastasia ashley, cori schumacher, alize arnaud, kylie loveland, shea hodges, jenni flanigan, chloe buckley, reika noro, steffi kerson, kyla langen, stephanie schechter, kaley swift, megan godinez, claire bevilacqua, bianca buitendag, lauren sweeney, alexa frantz, kelsey harris, mallory eberlin, courtney conlogue

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Surfers pictured (in no particular order): Harley Taich, Sally Fitzgibbons, Malia Ward, Erin Ashley, Margaux Arramon-Tucoo, Anastasia Ashley, Cori Schumacher, Alize Arnaud, Kylie Loveland, Shea Hodges, Jenni Flanigan, Chloe Buckley, Reika Noro, Steffi Kerson, Kyla Langen, Stephanie Schechter, Kaley Swift, Megan Godinez, Claire Bevilacqua, Bianca Buitendag, Lauren Sweeney, Alexa Frantz, Kelsey Harris, Mallory Eberlin, and Courtney Conlogue.

Kim Mearig, 1983 ASP Women's World Tour Champion - Photo © Simone Reddingius

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

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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 8×10 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



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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

Previous Photo Fridays | Alexa Frantz |Rebecca Woods | Silvana Lima | Alessa Quizon

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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.

Notes from the Sand at the Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro. Round of 24 frontside air by Courtney Conlogue.

Notes from the Sand:
Courtney Conlogue’s Frontside Air in the Round of 24

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The Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro was an incredible event to watch. It’s unusual to have eighty of the world’s best surfers descend on your local break at one time but for the week of the Supergirl Pro, that’s exactly what happened. After the madness of the US Open at Huntington, the City of Oceanside provided a welcome relief for many of the pros and I heard that sentiment repeated continuously throughout the week. Although there were some funky winds here and there, the ocean delivered fun waves throughout the event and the performances were top notch.

While it is important to cover the event’s final results (Congratulations Sage and Paige!), we thought it would be fun to look at some of the “sidelights” that aren’t necessarily reflected on the podium at the close of the event. We’ve titled this brief series “Notes from the Sand” and we knew straight off there was only one place to begin …and that’s with Courtney Conlogue’s frontside air in the Round of 24.

I was standing on the beach talking with the current women’s Pipeline champ, Bianca Valenti, when Courtney took off on this right. Our hour and a half conversation suddenly became quiet as Courtney projected out of the lip and into the air. I would have normally bunched up all the whitewater photos together into a “she made it” collage but Courtney’s determination to pull this off was so remarkable that I feel every frame should be shown. When she landed in the trough, she was completely laying down flat on her back for what seemed like an eternity. Even though Courtney disappeared into the foam, I kept shooting as I could tell she was going to put every stomach crunch she’s ever done into good use and will herself to ride it out. She pulled it and the beach erupted. The judges responded quickly with a 9.70 for the one heavy move.

Courtney’s air marked her as the surfer to beat and ignited performances for the rest of the event. In the heats that followed, surfers were going way bigger than they were before and the feeling on the beach was electric. I know many believe that women’s lifestyle coverage is more important to the industry than heat performances but on this day, throwing caution to the wind ruled the day. Frolicking for the lens is fine and it’s a necessary part of marketing but watching an athlete unleash her training, skill and determination on an oncoming section will always bring this photographer to his feet. – Chris Grant

Courtney Conlogue. Frontside air sequence. 2012 Supergirl Pro at Oceanside Pier. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
Courtney Conlogue. Frontside air sequence. 2012 Supergirl Pro at Oceanside Pier. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
Courtney Conlogue. Frontside air sequence. 2012 Supergirl Pro at Oceanside Pier. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
Courtney Conlogue. Frontside air sequence. 2012 Supergirl Pro at Oceanside Pier. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
Courtney Conlogue. Frontside air sequence. 2012 Supergirl Pro at Oceanside Pier. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
Courtney Conlogue. Frontside air sequence. 2012 Supergirl Pro at Oceanside Pier. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
Courtney Conlogue. Frontside air sequence. 2012 Supergirl Pro at Oceanside Pier. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
Courtney Conlogue. Frontside air sequence. 2012 Supergirl Pro at Oceanside Pier. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
Courtney Conlogue. Frontside air sequence. 2012 Supergirl Pro at Oceanside Pier. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
Courtney Conlogue. Frontside air sequence. 2012 Supergirl Pro at Oceanside Pier. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
Courtney Conlogue. Frontside air sequence. 2012 Supergirl Pro at Oceanside Pier. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
Courtney Conlogue. Frontside air sequence. 2012 Supergirl Pro at Oceanside Pier. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
Courtney Conlogue. Frontside air sequence. 2012 Supergirl Pro at Oceanside Pier. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
Courtney Conlogue. Frontside air sequence. 2012 Supergirl Pro at Oceanside Pier. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
Courtney Conlogue. Frontside air sequence. 2012 Supergirl Pro at Oceanside Pier. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.Courtney Conlogue. Frontside air sequence. 2012 Supergirl Pro at Oceanside Pier. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.



Additional Resources:
Five Minutes with Courtney Conlogue
Courtney Conlogue on Jettygirl’s YouTube Channel
Courtney Conlogue on Facebook
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Surf Girls of Summer. An Ongoing Surf Photo Gallery from May through August. Free to attend, no ticket required.

We know what you’re thinking. Mid-May is certainly not summer …yet a trip to the beach earlier today sure felt like summer, so much so that we’ve decided to kick off Jettygirl’s annual summer photo feature a bit early this year. The water’s warming up, the sun’s out and there’s no May Gray to be seen. We’ll be adding regularly to this photo feature over the next four months so check back often. We hope that all of you have a wonderful summer and for those of you on the globe who are entering winter shortly, we hope these images will keep you inspired as you’re pulling on your 4/3 fullsuits. Enjoy!

Alana Blanchard and the mythical saltwater opossum. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
Alana Blanchard – Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
August 7, 2012 – Alana Blanchard takes a moment to guide a baby opossum up to dry sand after he found himself going for an unexpected ocean swim.



Kyla Langen with a spirited foam blast at a spot her and her family call home.
Kyla Langen – Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
August 1, 2012 – Kyla Langen spends much of her time up north these days but it’s always a treat when she’s in town. Spirited foam blast at a spot her and her family call home.


Lauren Sweeney, frontside air in Carlsbad, California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
Lauren Sweeney – Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
July 16, 2012 – I met Lauren Sweeney five years ago on the morning this photo was taken. Her first ride was a backside air. This was her second wave. Five minutes into the session and she already had a fan for life. After getting to know her over the years, I’ve found her to be one of the most well-rounded individuals I’ve ever come across.


While visiting Southern California a while back, Peru's Alexia Jeri enjoyed some afternoon lefts at one the best summer spots on our coast.
Alexia Jeri – Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
July 8, 2012 – A while back I was swimming around in the channel when a ripping goofyfoot from Peru paddled out a snagged a bunch of fun lefts to herself. Alexia Jeri hooks one off the top at one of Southern California’s few remaining secret spots.


Florida's Haley Watson at Oceanside Pier. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com
Haley Watson – Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
July 6, 2012 – Haley Watson is one of the few people we know who’d both surf in an event, then do the Reef bikini contest afterward. The current Miss Flagler County dons an evening gown as easily as she gets her hands dirty organizing events and raising money for the MayDay Memorial Foundation, a nonprofit she founded in loving memory of her mother, Dollie Sue Watson, that raises awareness and funds to fight heart disease in women.


Coco Ho, Nike US Open of Surfing, Huntington Beach. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
Coco Ho – Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
July 5, 2012 – We still think it’s lame that the World Tour doesn’t end in Hawaii again this year. Deciding the World Title in Huntington Beach just doesn’t seem right. Nevertheless, the HB shorebreak still tests boards, bodies and commitment. Knees bent and ready to absorb the shore dump, Coco Ho stamps the end of her ride with an exclamation point.



Claire Bevilacqua at Trestles. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
Claire Bevilacqua – Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
July 3, 2012 – This post will be short and sweet. We miss Claire and wish she was here. Today, tomorrow and always, she will be one of our all-time favorites.



Day in, day out you can find Lulu Erkeneff ripping her local left. Surf photo by Mark Simon - http://simonphotography.smugmug.com
Lulu Erkeneff – Photo: Mark Simon / simonphotography.smugmug.com
June 30, 2012 – Day in, day out you can find Lulu Erkeneff ripping this local left. Earlier today, Lulu put in some solid rail work at one of California’s most competitive surf spots.



Danny Dean, Oceanside, California. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com
Danny Dean – Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
June 25, 2012 – It’s always wise to check for stingrays during the summer, but the influx in Oceanside this year is simply ridiculous. You’re usually in the clear when the only parts of you in saltwater are a couple of toes. In the Summer of 2012 however, there are so many out there that it’s worth it to check back and make sure they’re not following you onto the sand. Danny Dean, Oceanside, California.


Nikki Viesins hucking spray in onshore Oceanside. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
Nikki Viesins – Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
June 23, 2012 – Some of Nikki Viesins’ turns were so similar to Sally Fitzgibbons that I did a few double-takes yesterday. On a messy onshore day where many of the locals left the water shaking their heads at how bad it was, Nikki shredded wave after wave to the beach. I wish she would visit North County more often.



Frothy waves require both power and finesse. Kaleigh Gilchrist surfing in South Orange County. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com
Kaleigh Gilchrist – Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
June 21, 2012 – I dig watching power surfers and Kaleigh Gilchrist is no exception. This particularly windy day featured tricky, frothy rights and with textbook style, Kaleigh applied both power and finesse on wave after wave.



Alexa, Kelsey and Mallory walk up the beach after an exhausting session of non-stop paddling, currents and closeout sets. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com.
Alexa Frantz, Kelsey Harris & Mallory Eberlin – Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
June 11, 2012 – These three surfers had just finished a completely solo session and were back at the car when a complete stranger walks up and says, “My friend has this boat. Do you want to go wakeboarding with us?” After an incredibly awkward minute of silence, the guy bailed but once again I was left bewildered at the lame lines I hear on Jettygirl shoots. I’m pretty sure that bikinis are just bikinis, not invitations.


World Champion Lindsay Steinriede at home in California. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
Lindsay Steinriede – Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
June 10, 2012 – Far from the prying eyes of a hundred media cameras, the current ASP Women’s Longboard World Champion, Lindsay Steinriede, makes her way to the water’s edge at a break that’s always been dear to her heart.


Alexa Frantz, La Jolla. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
Alexa Frantz – Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
June 8, 2012 – Somewhat of a secret outside of San Diego, Alexa Frantz is definitely on the short list of surfers I like to shoot with. Her choice of beach attire turns heads most everywhere she goes but it’s what she does in the water that I appreciate. The powerful regularfoot has a variety of fin-throwing turns and she never plays it safe. Alexa takes the polar-opposite of “3 to the beach” approach and that’s one of the reasons why we like her surfing so much.



Singlefin Love. While visiting from Japan, Ryoko Maruyama shows her board some much deserved appreciation before paddling out at a secret reef in Cardiff. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com
Ryoko Maruyama – Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
June 6, 2012 – With a quiet gesture that would surely warm the heart of any surfboard shaper, Ryoko Maruyama, shows her board some much deserved appreciation before paddling out at a secret reef in Cardiff. Singlefin love from Japan.



Dana Hills High School star, Danielle Wyman, ripping one off the top in local waters. Surf photo by Mark Simon - http://simonphotography.smugmug.com
Danielle Wyman – Photo: Mark Simon / simonphotography.smugmug.com
June 5, 2012 – On one of those “sunny-but-still-fullsuit” weather days, 3-time ISF State Champion and Dana Hills High School star, Danielle Wyman, whips a nice turn off the top at her local spot. As a standout at one of Southern California’s most competitive surf spots, watch for Danielle to continue to make waves in coming years.



Current women's Pipeline champion, Bianca Valenti, was in town this weekend for the Bud Light Lime Surf Series and enjoyed some warm water sessions far from her home in Marin County.
Bianca Valenti – Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
June 4, 2012 – Far from her homebreak in Marin County, current women’s Pipeline champ, Bianca Valenti, was in town for the Bud Light Lime Surf Series event in Oceanside held over the weekend. The waves weren’t great but I’m sure it was refreshing for Bianca to ditch her fullsuit and booties for a couple of days in a spring suit.



Kassia Meador testing out her early wetsuit designs at Cardiff Reef. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
Kassia Meador – Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
May 26, 2012 – A few summers back I had the chance to work with Kassia for a three-day stretch while she was working on some of her early wetsuit designs. A few things stick out in my mind from the sessions …on the negative side, no sun and a fried wide angle lens; on the bright side, it was the first time I was able to meet the amazing Sofia Mulanovich and of course the extended opportunity to watch Kassia rip on everything from her prized alaia to a pristine singlefin noserider.



On the long rocky walk back after being chased out of a secret spot, Taylor Pitz found a nice place to cool her toes.
Taylor Pitz – Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
May 24, 2012 – After being chased from a secret spot last summer, we had to walk for an hour over sharp, rocky terrain. Judging by Taylor’s virtual jog over sharp rocks, she’d have no problem walking over hot coals. She probably grew weary of hearing me say, “Ooh, ouch!” a thousand times during the journey. On the way back Taylor discovered a natural pool and took a moment to cool her feet.



Shea Hodges, late afternoon slice. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
Shea Hodges – Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
May 23, 2012 – Late afternoon slice by Shea Hodges. The water in San Diego is beginning to warm which suits this Hawaiian goofyfoot fine. While others are breaking out their bikinis, Shea’s happily transitioning to a 3/2mm full. Warm and shredding in the sun’s last light, Cardiff, California.


Kulia Doherty - surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com
Kulia Doherty – Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
May 21, 2012 – It may not look like it but on this summer day the water was freezing. If I recall, Kulia’s dad Mike (may he rest in peace) said he’d give her $10 if she braved the sub-60 degree cold for a couple of waves. I wasn’t on the beach to see her collect her payday but she earned every cent on the couple of rights she ripped to the beach.



Chloe Buckley off the bottom at Scripps. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
Chloe Buckley – Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
May 17, 2012 – A painful example of May and June in California …cloudy over here, sunny over there. Chloe Buckley eyes a section down the line on one of those overcast-but-warm mornings.



Claire Bevilacqua navigating the jump-off point during a south swell in Oceanside, California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
Claire Bevilacqua – Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
May 16, 2012 – With south swell lines pushing into the jetty a few seasons back, our good friend Claire Bevilacqua makes her way to the jump-off spot.



Hayley Conant, summer surf session at Oceanside Pier, 2007. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com
Hayley Conant – Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
May 15, 2012 – This photo was taken in 2008 but we wanted to post it in honor of Hayley Conant, who as of a few hours ago gave birth to her first child. While Hayley might not be surfing anytime soon, her summer will no doubt be an amazing one. Congratulations Hayley!

Photo Friday: Sticking It Under Pressure with Rebecca Woods on Jettygirl.com

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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…

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Photos: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com


Additional Resources:

Bec Woods on Facebook
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Becwoods.com
Bec Woods TV
RA Girls Surf Show

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