Surf Photo Friday - A Special Surf Session with Ashley Lloyd Thompson, Julie Cox, Alex Thompson, Chris Cuevas and Sheri Crummer

Surf Photo Friday – A Special Surf Session with Ashley Lloyd Thompson, Julie Cox, Alex Thompson, Chris Cuevas & Sheri Crummer

Ashley Lloyd Thompson and Julie Cox head for an early morning surf. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Surf Photo Friday – A Special Surf Session with Ashley Lloyd Thompson, Julie Cox, Alex Thompson & Sheri Crummer

Several months ago I received a call from my good friend, Julie Cox, that she was heading up to meet Ashley Lloyd for a surf. Caught by surprise that another one of my favorite human beings was in Southern California, I grabbed my camera gear and jumped on the northbound side of the 5 Freeway. Ashley was down here with her husband, Alex, visiting with some members of Alex’s family. Legendary personality, Sheri Crummer, also dropped by for some waves and it was an honor to meet her for the first time.

Not knowing how the surf was, we were pleasantly surprised to find fun, offshore conditions up and down the beach. It was a blessing to have such a diverse crew of styles …Julie’s timeless elegance, Ashley’s switchstance cutbacks, Alex and Chris’ classically drawn lines, and Sheri’s youthful exuberance were on display for three hours of California wintertime goodness.

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.

Julie Cox drops into a nice right. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Ashley Lloyd Thompson bottom turn. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

Jule Cox knee paddles out into the lineup for some fun waves. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

Julie Cox hangs five on her favorite Jule Collection surfboard. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Ashley Lloyd's backside slice on a clean right. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Crowd of surfers waiting for the next set of waves. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

Sheri Crummer threads through the crowds. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Glassy, unridden wave. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Alex Thompson carves a cutback on a small inside wave. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

Chris Cuevas and Alex Thompson switch surfboards. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Chris Cuevas leans into a peeling, little right. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Future waverider. Photo by Chris Grant.

Alex Thompson, old-school style in the hook. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

Ashley Lloyd Thompson hits the lip backside. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Sheri Crummer hangs five on a glassy inside right. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Shorebreak dredger. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Elegance in the shore break, Julie Cox. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Good friends, Julie Cox and Ashley Lloyd Thompson, say goodbye after a fun surf session. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Photos: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com

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Additional Resources:
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Surf Photo Friday – Kelly Nicely and the Pelican Session

Pelican feeding frenzy in Oceanside, California. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Surf Photo Friday – Kelly Nicely and the Pelican Session

When it comes to favorite animals, birds in particular, the choice nearest my heart is the pelican. The awkward bird glides along waves with a grace that’s without rival, but when she dives for a meal, she does so with the elegance of a falling sack of potatoes. One morning not long ago while driving up and over the bridge that parallels the San Luis Rey, I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw what looked to be a hundred surfers bobbing up and down in the water at South Jetty. As I drove closer I realized just how much I need glasses–there wasn’t a single surfer in the lineup, but the break was packed with several hundred pelicans.

I didn’t have any particular plans to shoot that morning but upon seeing the frenzy in the water, I knew it was time for a swim. The waves were pretty tiny so I called one of my best friends, North Carolina’s Kelly Nicely, who I knew owned a beautiful, bright yellow Takayama single fin that would work perfectly in the shin-high peelers. I was curious if the birds would hang out there with us if we paddled out amongst them. Sadly, by the time we got all our gear together, the feeding frenzy had subsided and most of the flock had flown away. Undeterred, Kelly paddled out in front of the remaining pelicans posted up on the jetty and scored a few noserides before we called it a day. I’m not sure if it’s the timeless single fin, my favorite birds, or hanging with my good friend, but whatever the reason, this session is one I’ll always remember.

Pelican feeding frenzy in Oceanside, California. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Checking the surf with Kelly Nicely. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

Pelican taking off from the jetty in Oceanside. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Kelly Nicely and her yellow Donald Takayama single fin surfboard. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Kelly Nicely and her longboard toes. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

Paddling into a wave with Kelly Nicely. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

Kelly Nicely sets up the inside section with some classic cross-stepping. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Little right peelers in Oceanside. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

Kelly Nicely cross-stepping in Oceanside. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

North Carolina's Kelly Nicely is one of the best noseriders on the planet. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Paddling out with Kelly Nicely. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

Kelly Nicely waits for a set wave in Oceanside. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

Kelly Nicely's backside noseride. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Kelly Nicely walking across wet sand in Oceanside. Photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine

Reflections of North Carolina's Kelly Nicely. Photos by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

Kelly Nicely's yellow Donald Takayama single fin. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Wary pelican eyes the photographer. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Photos: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com

Previous Surf Photo Fridays | 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

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Photo Friday with Kelia Moniz, Megan Godinez, Geodee Clark and Bruna Schmitz

Surf Photo Friday – Kelia Moniz, Megan Godinez, Geodee Clark & Bruna Schmitz

Last November when Kelia Moniz won the ASP Women’s Longboard World Title for the first time, it really didn’t come as a surprise to us. The day before she headed over to China, we had the opportunity to meet up with her and good friends, Megan Godinez, Geodee Clark and Bruna Schmitz. The day started off well enough with perfect offshore peelers, but Kelia and crew got stuck in the worst of LA traffic before we met up. By the time it cleared, the onshore winds had begun to gust and a bit of fog rolled in for good measure. Long story short, our session ended up in tiny dribblers, and it was probably a good send-off for Kelia who took the title in even tinier China surf.

This was the first time we had the opportunity to meet these four surfers and it was fun to watch the contrast of styles. Kelia, of course, can ride a longboard with the graceful skills befitting a world champion. Megan Godinez, riding a board borrowed from Kelia, is such a powerful surfer and it would be incredible to see her in quality waves. The surfer who set up this meeting, Geodee Clark, is an ambassador of aloha and it was great to hear a few stories from her home in Hawaii. Her smile lit up the lineup and although I was somewhat embarrassed by the hideous conditions compared to what she’s used to, she told me over and again that these little waves were really fun. The only non-Hawaiian in the group was Brasil’s Bruna Schmitz. While I’ve had the chance to shoot photos of Bruna in contests, this is the first time I’ve been on the beach while she was freesurfing. She’s such an amazing surfer and in my opinion, very underrated. She wraps turns like few others and we’d love to see her shredding in good surf.

While none of these photos will be gracing a surf magazine cover, it’s these oddball, onshore, ugly days that often end up being the most memorable ones. Watching these four amazing surfers was a gift I’ll remember for quite some time.

Kelia Moniz cross-stepping in Oceanside. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Kelia Moniz' singlefin on the beach in Oceanside. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Surf Magazine.

All smiles with Kelia Moniz in Oceanside. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Two surfers, two surfboards. Megan Godinez and Bruna Schmitz. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

Megan Godinez with a powerful backside off the lip in Oceanside. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

Bruna Schmitz blasts the lip in Oceanside. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

Geodee Clark cross-stepping in  Oceanside. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Geodee Clark and Oceanside's boat traffic. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

Noseriding with Geodee Clark. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Good times with Geodee Clark in Oceanside. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

Bruna Schmitz banks one off the foam in Oceanside. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Great friends are priceless. Bruna Schmitz and Megan Godinez. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

Megan Godinez, Bruna Schmitz and Geodee Clark say goodbye to Oceanside. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

Photos: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com

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Sarah Beardmore, Bec Woods, Kim Mayer, Chelsea Williams, Paige Hareb and Jenna Balester. Photographed by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

Throwback Thursday with Sarah Beardmore, Bec Woods, Kim Mayer, Chelsea Williams, Paige Hareb & Jenna Balester

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So blessed to answer the phone each summer and hear accents from around the world. This crew is awesome! I hope the girl groms in the background are taking notes. Pictured from left to right: Sarah Beardmore, Bec Woods, Kim Mayer, Chelsea Williams, Paige Hareb, and Jenna Balester.

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Surf Photo Friday - Bodyboarding with Hawaii's Kamalehua Keohokapu. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Surf Photo Friday – Bodyboarding with Hawaii’s Kamalehua Keohokapu

Early morning bodyboard session with Hawaiian Kamalehua Keohokapu. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

It seems wholly appropriate in this strangest of seasons to mix it up a bit. One day the water temp is bikini-worthy and a few hours later a fullsuit and booties are necessary. Similarly, the surf itself has proven to have multiple personalities with swell firing in one spot and nonexistent everywhere else.

On the day before this I swam out at this spot and it was warm, firing, and empty …but not very surfable. Later that day as I was reflecting on the morning session, I remembered that my good friend from Hawaii, Kamalehua Keohokapu, used to bodyboard before she picked up longboarding. A few messages back and forth and we made plans to leave our surfboards at home, grab bodyboards, and hit it early before she headed off to the hospital where she works.

Although the swell dropped overnight, we were still greeted with glassy peaks and sunny conditions. Laughs, smiles, and barrels ensued and it was a refreshing reminder to me that whatever surfcraft we happen to be riding, there’s no better way to start your day than by being in the ocean. Here are a few photos from the session.

Barreling left during bodyboard session with Kamalehua Keohokapu. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Dropping in with Hawaii's Kamalehua Keohokapu. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

Barreled with Hawaiian Kamalehua Keohokapu. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Surf Mag

Underwater with Kamalehua Keohokapu. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Between sets with Kamalehua Keohokapu. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

Hooking left in San Diego County. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygil.com

Dropping into a perfect glassy right with Kamalehua Keohokapu. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Kamalehua Keohokapu inside a clean barreling wave. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Sunny, glassy, barreling left. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

End of the morning barrel for Hawaii's Kamalehua Keohokapu. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Bodyboard session completed with Kamalehua Keohokapu. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

Photos: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com

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Julie Cox surfing at night at First Point Malibu. Surf photo by Chris Grant.

Throwback Thursday with Julie Cox and an Explosion of Light

Julie Cox surfing at night at First Point Malibu. Surf photo by Chris Grant.

Rolling back seven years and as we were driving back down the coast from one of Julie’s favorite secret spots, we passed Malibu and saw a few lines breaking on a glassy, moonless night. I had just picked up my first flash housing and unfortunately, my novice skills resulted in a backscatter of lights on all the photos. Mistakes aside, it’s Throwback Thursday so here you go. Julie Cox, First Point Malibu.

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Alana Blanchard helps guide a wet, baby opossum to safety after it fell into the ocean. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Throwback Thursday with Alana Blanchard and a Baby Opossum

Alana Blanchard helps guide a wet, baby opossum to safety after it fell into the ocean. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

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A kind-hearted Alana Blanchard guides a wet, baby opossum safely back to dry sand after it took an unexpected ocean swim at Oceanside Pier.

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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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Summer Romero, 2004 World Longboard Champion, shreds on a shortboard in clean, California conditions. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Throwback Thursday with Summer Romero: Few longboarders I’ve ever met…

Summer Romero, 2004 World Longboard Champion, shreds on a shortboard in clean, California conditions. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

(Facebook Post – 2011.11.24)
Few longboarders I’ve ever seen can cross-step to the nose as quickly and smoothly as 2004 World Champion, Summer Romero. And I love to watch her surf. While getting ready for the upcoming ASP event in China, Summer did something unexpected…she pulled out her new shortboard for some shredding. I’m partial to Fall and this shot shows why…sunshine, clean conditions and fun rights at my favorite spot. Everything was perfect except I was standing on the beach while everyone else was in the water :P -Chris Grant

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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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Follow Claire Bevilacqua on Twitter
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Volcomunity TV Presents: “Catching Up with Claire Bevilacqua”



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Alexa Frantz hits the lip at Scripps, La Jolla, California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Throwback Thursday with Alexa Frantz: Her eyes reflect…

Alexa Frantz hits the lip at Scripps, La Jolla, California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Her eyes reflect the sadness of the loss of a loved one along with the wisdom of someone who has had to keep walking through a painful stretch of time. Yet her heart beats strong, so strong …and she’s as sweet and as real today as the day I met her years ago. She hasn’t been in the water for months but her surfing is as fresh and powerful as ever. Surfing may be written off by some as a frivolous activity but for those of us that call ourselves surfers, regular doses of saltwater are as vital to life as the very air we breathe. Welcome home Alexa. Seeing you throw spray again made my day!

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Additional Resources:
Photo Friday: Hitting the Whitewater with Balance, Angle & Flair with Alexa Frantz
Single Wave Thursday with Alexa Frantz: One Ride, No Music, Just Ocean.



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Dimity Stoyle surfing in California last Fall © Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com

Throwback Thursday with Dimity Stoyle: Dear Surf Industry…

Dimity Stoyle surfing in California last Fall © 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

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Additional Resources:
The View From 5ft High… (Dimity’s blog)
Dimity Stoyle on Vimeo