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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!

Lady Bruins, Three California Surfers Head to UCLA. Featuring Taylor Pitz, Heather Jordan & Chandler Parr.

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Let’s face it. If you handed a random sampling of strangers a mix-and-match test of adjectives and nouns, the odds that they would place “intelligent” and “surfer” together are slim to none. Whether it’s a continuation of the Jeff Spicoli stereotype or the frequent sight of young surfers supposedly in “home school” who seem to surf all hours of each day, we generally aren’t confused with Rhodes Scholars. However, stereotypes aside, I have found many surfers to be some of the smartest people around …highly educated, well-traveled and in possession of a wide breadth of knowledge acquired from life experience as well as from academia.

As true believers in the value of a solid education, we were stoked to learn over the summer that three talented California surfers would be heading off to UCLA for the 2011/2012 school year. We caught up with Taylor Pitz, Heather Jordan and Chandler Parr to find out why they chose school over the chase of a pro surfing career, what drew them to UCLA, and to discover who inspired each of them along the way.

Taylor Pitz, Chandler Parr and Heather Jordan. UCLA Lady Bruins Surf Team. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Surf Magazine
Bruin barrel with Chandler Parr, Taylor Pitz and Heather Jordan. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Heather Jordan, Taylor Pitz and Chandler Parr sharing a laugh. Photography by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
Chandler Parr, Heather Jordan and Taylor Pitz. UCLA Lady Bruins Surf Team. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Surf Magazine

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Jettygirl: Out of all the universities in California and beyond, you chose to attend UCLA. How did that come about? Have you always wanted to be a Bruin?
Taylor Pitz: The spring of junior year I wasn’t sure if I wanted to try to go for the full time QS after high school or go to a four year university. I started visiting schools in the spring, but nowhere felt right, and I began to think the QS was the route for me. Over spring break, my parents made me visit UCLA, even though I didn’t really want to. I completely fell in love with it. The campus was beautiful, but it just had this amazing energy, and I knew I wanted to be a Bruin. However, my senior year I was accepted to Stanford University. It was a huge opportunity, and I had to make a difficult choice. Stanford promised a big name and an amazing education, and I was honored to be accepted. However, when I visited the campus, I realized Stanford just wasn’t me. I would have had to give up too much of myself to be happy there. When I learned I was accepted to UCLA it felt right, and although many people didn’t understand my decision, I knew UCLA was the right choice for me.

Jettygirl: How old were you when the seeds of college were planted in your heart? Was a higher education something that was encouraged by your parents or was it more a situation where you always knew that you wanted to go to a university?
Taylor: I’ve always been really motivated to do well in school, and growing up I always expected myself to go to college. Even when I considered taking time off to surf the QS, I knew that eventually, I would without a doubt earn my bachelors degree. My parents also always placed an emphasis on education, they told me “school before surfing” every week for the past 6 years; they always thought I would attend a four year university. However, as I progressed in competitive surfing, they realized I might want to pursue a professional career. They were amazing, and they told me they supported me no matter what. However they encouraged me to keep up in school so I would have all the choices possible when it came down to graduation.

Jettygirl: While other competitive surfers are trying to hit the pro tour, you’ve decided to head to school instead. What played into your decision to hit the books instead of hitting the road?
Taylor: For a while I was really torn as to whether I should hit the road to qualify for the pro tour or go to school. But at some point I realized that I would have to give up more to pursue the QS then I would have to give up to go to college. For me to be successful on the QS or pro tour, I would need to give surfing 100% of my energy and time; I would need to put my education and life on hold. I realized I didn’t want to put everything on hold. I love surfing, and it is a huge part of my life, but it is just one piece of who I am. I wanted to explore other things I’m interested in, and see how far I can push myself in the other areas of my life as well. Going to college allows me to continue learning and meeting new people, as well as, surfing and competing.

Taylor Pitz portrait by Chris Grant of Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine Taylor Pitz sequence from the Supergirl Pro Junior in Oceanside. Surfing photos by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

Jettygirl: Have you decided on an area of study at school yet? A degree from UCLA will surely open some doors for you. Do you have any particular careers fields in mind that you’ll be working toward in college?
Taylor: As an incoming freshman, I applied undeclared. I wanted to keep my mind open to different studies that I might be interested in or excel in. However, right now I’m looking into environmental science and business. They’re two pretty different areas, but I want to kind of bridge that gap. I think both need to start working together in a more effective way, and I hope to somehow make a positive difference in the relationship between business and the environment. I still have a lot to figure out between majors, minors, and future careers, but I’m hoping freshman year will at least give me a feel for what I want to do.

Jettygirl: All three of you are tied intricately to your local surf spots. How difficult is it going to be to say goodbye? What will you miss the most about your home break and your hometown?
Taylor: As excited as I am for surfing new spots, I know I’m going to have a hard time leaving Laguna. I know one day this winter I’m going to be surfing some sandy, dirty LA beachy and I’m going to get crazy homesick for my beautiful, blue Laguna water haha. I’ve lived in Laguna almost my whole life, and the town is such a part of me. I’m going to miss surfing with all my friends, the clean water, the sunset sessions, and actually pretty much everything besides the long lulls!

Jettygirl: When offshore winds roar down Oceanside’s San Luis Rey, or the conditions at Laguna’s fickle reefs turn on, or Zuma’s barrels begin calling your name, how will you deal with the occasional bout of surf fever? Did you plan your class schedule to allow for some surf time?
Taylor: I worked pretty hard to make time to surf. I scheduled my classes all later in the day so I can hopefully surf in the mornings. That’s what’s so nice about UCLA, even though its in LA, its only a couple miles from the beach so its not too much of a mission to go surf. I know there’s still going to be weeks where I’m so busy I won’t have time to surf, so I’ll probably just run or go to the gym; even though its not the same exercising always helps with the surf fever a little bit!

Taylor Pitz off the bottom. Surf photography by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine
Taylor Pitz. Lifestyle photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Taylor Pitz, early morning in San Diego County. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Surf Magazine.

Jettygirl: Kids are getting bombarded with promises of fame and fortune at an earlier and earlier age these days. In the quest for a future pro career, the importance of school and a true education has taken a back seat to photo shoots, sponsor obligations, time in the water and the dubious claims of some homeschool situations. If a grommet version of Taylor, Chandler or Heather came to you for advice on the balance of school and surfing, what would you say to her?
Taylor: As great as surfing and competitive surfing is, I think its important for kids to just step back and keep everything in perspective a little bit. So many of the kids coming up are ridiculously talented, and they will go on to have successful careers in the sport. However, I just want kids to realize that surfing doesn’t have to be their everything; there is more out there. If pro surfing is all they want to do, and nothing else interests them, go for it. Do what makes you happy. But for kids that aren’t sure if surfing is for them, or they don’t genuinely love competing, I think it’s important they know there’s other paths beyond the QS. You can keep surfing a big part of your life without making it your career; there is a world beyond pro surfing. Even though it was really challenging keeping up with my grades in high school while traveling and competing, I’m so happy I put in the work because it was amazing to have choices. When it came down to my senior year, I got to call the shots as to what direction I wanted to go, and that was a great feeling. For that reason alone I would encourage any grom growing up to surf as much as you can but hit the books as well.

Jettygirl: A quick viewing of the results of the 2011 NSSA College National Championships reveals that all of the top placings were being taken by traditional surf schools like UCSB, Point Loma, SDSU, Mira Costa and a variety of East Coast universities. With the three of you attending UCLA at the same time, the Lady Bruins look to be a formidable force in the 2011/2012 surf contest season. It looks like your cross-town rival, USC, finished in 11th place overall largely due to a fantastic performance by your friend Kaleigh Gilchrist. Care to make any predictions how the UCLA surf team will fare this year?
Taylor: I don’t really know much about the UCLA Surf Team, but I’d say from our girl’s team alone, this year we’re looking really strong. To have three girls that have competed in top level events is pretty impressive for a college team, and I know that the girls will hold up our side of the team. The great thing about having girls that rip on a team is that it motivates the boys. No guy likes being shown up by a couple girls in the water! I think it’s also going to be fun seeing how the rivalries play out with Kaleigh at USC and other friends at UCSB and UCSD, and I think it will make the college series pretty entertaining to follow.

Jettygirl: While your hard work and diligence brought you to the doorstep of the next stage of your lives, there is undoubtedly a trail of supporters, teachers, heroes and inspirational figures who played a part as well. If you’d like to give any of them a shout-out or to share a few thoughts about them, here’s your chance…
Taylor: I have had so much support over the years its unbelievable. I’m just so thankful for the whole Laguna community that has given me love and support through everything. My parents have been incredible, and I know I wouldn’t be anywhere close to where I am today without them. I’ve had inspiring teachers like Mrs. Maloney, Mrs. Dunlap, Mr. Brobeck, Mr. Sogo, and Mr. Alvarez who made me love school enough to want to continue my education. My school counselors, Kay Ostensen and Tristen Gire, Vice Principal Mr. Billinger, and Principal Dr. Austin all helped me juggle school and surfing the past four years. My main sponsor Billabong and my team manager Megan have been so encouraging about pursuing whatever path I want to take, be it surfing or college, and that has meant the world to me. My high school surf coaches, Mr. Finn and Alisa, were always there supporting me. Lastly, I want to thank my friends for making surfing fun and keeping me sane when life gets crazy.

Taylor Pitz surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com Taylor Pitz, early morning barrel. Surf photography by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

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Heather Jordan throwing spray at Oceanside Pier. Surfing photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

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Jettygirl: Out of all the universities in California and beyond, you chose to attend UCLA. How did that come about? Have you always wanted to be a Bruin?
Heather Jordan: I chose to attend UCLA because of the vast opportunities that are available to you as a student. I did not always want to be a Bruin, but the more I learned about the opportunities available to UCLA students as well as the fact that I can enjoy myself at the same time, the more I desired to become a Bruin. At UCLA, you can walk out of a lecture and feel an ocean breeze. Excellent study abroad programs are just one of the many opportunities available to Bruins,where you can travel to a different country and take certain classes. UCLA is ranked amongst the top 10 universities in the nation for studying abroad. The fact that I didn’t need to be isolated on campus quarter after quarter was not only a refreshing relief, it was very inspiring.

Jettygirl: How old were you when the seeds of college were planted in your heart? Was a higher education something that was encouraged by your parents or was it more a situation where you always knew that you wanted to go to a university?
Heather: To be honest with you, I didn’t think I was even going to college for the majority, if not entirety of my high school years. The desires of making it as a professional surfer were quite dominating, and I didn’t see any reason in making plans to go to college if I was going to be making money surfing in the future. The desire of going to college began when I was 17 or 18 years old, and I’m 20 now. My parents did not push college on me, it was more like me traveling different paths including surfing and going to school …and them supporting me with my own decisions. I thank my parents for letting me discover my own interests.

Jettygirl: While other competitive surfers are trying to hit the pro tour, you’ve decided to head to school instead. What played into your decision to hit the books instead of hitting the road?
Heather: Everyone has different passions and paths. I really do enjoy travelling and competing in contests, but I had a greater desire to take a break from that and go to school for a couple years. College life can be really fun, especially when you find subjects and a field you find a lot of interest in. Also, I figured that I could still surf on my free time, especially since I go to a school that’s so close to the beach.

Heather Jordan portrait by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Surf Magazine Heather Jordan surf photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl.com

Jettygirl: Have you decided on an area of study at school yet? A degree from UCLA will surely open some doors for you. Do you have any particular careers fields in mind that you’ll be working toward in college?
Heather: I’m majoring in political science with a focus in international relations, and my minor is in environmental systems and society. I think that these two areas of study are deeply interconnected. What happens in our environment does not contain itself to specific boundaries. Pollution within our ocean for example, moves with the currents and effects more countries and regions than where it originated. It would be so fulfilling to me to have a career that is related to the field of environmental law. I am taking things at my own pace and want to have fun and real experiences that will help me become more knowledgeable in these areas.

Jettygirl: All three of you are tied intricately to your local surf spots. How difficult is it going to be to say goodbye? What will you miss the most about your home break and your hometown?
Heather: I have just moved in to my new room on campus, and it was pretty hard to say goodbye to my family and friends. I know I’m going to miss saying “hi” and surfing with all the great people I know at the North Jetty in Oceanside. I already miss my doggie Max …I have a picture of him right above my desk in my room.

Jettygirl: When offshore winds roar down Oceanside’s San Luis Rey, or the conditions at Laguna’s fickle reefs turn on, or Zuma’s barrels begin calling your name, how will you deal with the occasional bout of surf fever? Did you plan your class schedule to allow for some surf time?
Heather: Oceanside is about two hours away from UCLA, so I’m definitely planning to still surf there when I can on some weekends. This quarter I couldn’t really plan my schedule at all. I’m taking three classes, and two them I had to take in order to take upper division political science classes next quarter. Those two classes only have one lecture session, so I just grabbed the opportunity I had to squeeze myself into those. For my third class, I chose one that most interested me and wasn’t at the same time as my first two classes. I do have a lot of time to surf on Wednesday afternoons, Friday afternoons, and the weekend. Even though I’m taking 15 units, my schedule is pretty flexible.

Heather Jordan at Lowers. Surf photography by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com Heather Jordan lifestyle photography by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com
Heather Jordan in Southern California. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com Heather Jordan surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Jettygirl: Kids are getting bombarded with promises of fame and fortune at an earlier and earlier age these days. In the quest for a future pro career, the importance of school and a true education has taken a back seat to photo shoots, sponsor obligations, time in the water and the dubious claims of some homeschool situations. If a grommet version of Taylor, Chandler or Heather came to you for advice on the balance of school and surfing, what would you say to her?
Heather: The key is to know what your passion is, and also to realize that you can have many passions at the same time. With me, I love surfing as well as learning about different cultures, the environment, and what is happening in other countries. If a mini version of me came to me for advice, I would tell her that I think surfers make great students because of the determination they develop through learning to surf, facing their fears, and competing in contests.

Jettygirl: A quick viewing of the results of the 2011 NSSA College National Championships reveals that all of the top placings were being taken by traditional surf schools like UCSB, Point Loma, SDSU, Mira Costa and a variety of East Coast universities. With the three of you attending UCLA at the same time, the Lady Bruins look to be a formidable force in the 2011/2012 surf contest season. It looks like your cross-town rival, USC, finished in 11th place overall largely due to a fantastic performance by your friend Kaleigh Gilchrist. Care to make any predictions how the UCLA surf team will fare this year?
Heather: With the quarter just starting, it would be hard to say because we don’t know who will be on the surf team. I do know that we’ll have super strong contributions from the girls this year. Being on the same surf team with Chandler and Taylor is going to be great, and I’m really looking forward to a fun year.

Jettygirl: While your hard work and diligence brought you to the doorstep of the next stage of your lives, there is undoubtedly a trail of supporters, teachers, heroes and inspirational figures who played a part as well. If you’d like to give any of them a shout-out or to share a few thoughts about them, here’s your chance…
Heather: Thank you to my parents for believing in me and supporting me. Thanks Grandpa Wayne for encouraging me to go to always learn and travel.

I’d like to thank some great teachers and faculty members at Mira Costa College. Thank you to my teachers Lynne Miller and Patrick Connelly for being so excited about your subjects. You inspire your students so much. Thank you Rich Langen for being a great surf coach and for being there for the team. Thank you to Honors Coordinator Christopher Sleeper for having a vision for students in community college to not only reach their dreams and goals, but to reach even higher. Your vision has been carried out already and is constantly spreading.

Heather Jordan in the sun, photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine Heather Jordan, backside hook in Oceanside. Surf photography by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Smooth cutback by Heather Jordan. Surfing photography by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Surf Magazine. Heather Jordan surfing photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com Heather Jordan frontside bottom turn at Oceanside Pier. Surfing photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

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Lady Bruins, Three California Surfers Head to UCLA. Featuring Taylor Pitz, Heather Jordan & Chandler Parr. (Page 4)

Chandler Parr, a UCLA student/surfer, hits the lip in Oceanside. Surf photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Lady Bruins, Chandler Parr
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Lady Bruins | Taylor | Heather | Chandler



Jettygirl: Out of all the universities in California and beyond, you chose to attend UCLA. How did that come about? Have you always wanted to be a Bruin?
Chandler Parr: I chose to go to UCLA because I have grown up going to the campus because I live 15 minutes away. Also, my mom went there and I wanted to keep the tradition alive!

Jettygirl: How old were you when the seeds of college were planted in your heart? Was a higher education something that was encouraged by your parents or was it more a situation where you always knew that you wanted to go to a university?
Chandler: From a young age I was always told the importance of an education. Both my parents came from very little and used their education to help them build an amazing life for our family. I always knew I would go to college.

Jettygirl: While other competitive surfers are trying to hit the pro tour, you’ve decided to head to school instead. What played into your decision to hit the books instead of hitting the road?
Chandler: When deciding to go to college instead of doing the tour full time, I just thought there is a lot more that I can do in life after a surfing career and a college degree would be very beneficial to making that a reality. I still do a handful of events when I am able to miss school, and UCLA has been very supportive and helpful when I do miss class to travel for an event.

Jettygirl: Have you decided on an area of study at school yet? A degree from UCLA will surely open some doors for you. Do you have any particular careers fields in mind that you’ll be working toward in college?
Chandler: I have not declared a major yet. There are a lot of different things that I am interested and I can’t decide on one just yet. I am interested in architecture and anything creative. I love to draw and work with my hands so I just need to figure out where that fits into deciding a major.

Jettygirl: All three of you are tied intricately to your local surf spots. How difficult is it going to be to say goodbye? What will you miss the most about your home break and your hometown?
Chandler: Well, I am lucky because I don’t need to say goodbye to my hometown or home breaks. I live at home because I only live 15 minutes away from campus so there is no reason to put the money burden on my parents for a dorm room.

Chandler Parr. Photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl.com Early morning surf session, Chandler Parr. Surf photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Jettygirl: When offshore winds roar down Oceanside’s San Luis Rey, or the conditions at Laguna’s fickle reefs turn on, or Zuma’s barrels begin calling your name, how will you deal with the occasional bout of surf fever? Did you plan your class schedule to allow for some surf time?
Chandler: When the waves are good there are always ways to get a session in. My classes are spaced out a lot and I only have class two days a week. So if the waves are good I will for sure make time to get some waves.

Jettygirl: Kids are getting bombarded with promises of fame and fortune at an earlier and earlier age these days. In the quest for a future pro career, the importance of school and a true education has taken a back seat to photo shoots, sponsor obligations, time in the water and the dubious claims of some homeschool situations. If a grommet version of Taylor, Chandler or Heather came to you for advice on the balance of school and surfing, what would you say to her?
Chandler: I think the number one thing is to make sure to keep everything fun. If you feel pressure from either your school or surfing commitments there is always a way to make it work. If you have a great support team you can achieve anything. I feel like today the sport of surfing is continuing to grow and the options for what career path you take in surfing whether it be competitive or lifestyle, the possibilities are endless, and an education will only help your opportunities grow.

Jettygirl: A quick viewing of the results of the 2011 NSSA College National Championships reveals that all of the top placings were being taken by traditional surf schools like UCSB, Point Loma, SDSU, Mira Costa and a variety of East Coast universities. With the three of you attending UCLA at the same time, the Lady Bruins look to be a formidable force in the 2011/2012 surf contest season. It looks like your cross-town rival, USC, finished in 11th place overall largely due to a fantastic performance by your friend Kaleigh Gilchrist. Care to make any predictions how the UCLA surf team will fare this year?
Chandler: I think this year a lot will change. With such a strong girls’ team we can push the boys on the team to want to step up and compete more this year. Last year we didn’t have many kids who had the competitive fire but this year I think Taylor, Heather and I could help encourage our team and help us do well in the events.

Jettygirl: While your hard work and diligence brought you to the doorstep of the next stage of your lives, there is undoubtedly a trail of supporters, teachers, heroes and inspirational figures who played a part as well. If you’d like to give any of them a shout-out or to share a few thoughts about them, here’s your chance…
Chandler: I mainly want to thank my parents. They honestly have supported me through thick and thin and have helped me manage school and surfing so well. Without them I honestly would be lost. Also, my twin brother Hunter and my boyfriend Tyler have been huge helps with helping me with homework or turning assignments in while I was traveling and they are always there for me no matter what. Finally, I’d like to thank my sponsor Body Glove. The whole crew over there has always been supportive of me deciding to go to school rather than doing the tour full time. They are a great group of people and I am lucky to have them. I love and thank all of them so much!!!

Chandler Parr in Oceanside. Surfing photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.comChandler Parr surf photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl.comRebounding off the whitewater by Chandler Parr. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.comChandler Parr surfing Oceanside. Photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

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2011 NSSA National Interscholastic Championships Presented by Nike 6.0

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NATIONAL INTERSCHOLASTICS GO OFF IN EXCELLENT SURF CONDITIONS AT SALT CREEK!
Mira Costa College, San Clemente High School, Huntington Beach High School and Shorecliffs Middle School take team gold!

(Huntington Beach, Ca – June 20, 2011) – The 2011 National Interscholastic Championships presented by Nike 6.0 witnessed a phenomenal marathon three days of performance surfing from the top college, high school and middle school surfers from around the country. The Interscholastics were blessed with a building southwest swell which pumped in excellent 4-5 foot surf at Salt Creek. 17 college teams, 12 high schools and 9 middle schools combined for nearly 370 competitors in the Interscholastic Championships. Team spirit was at an all-time high as hungry surfers competed passionately for the gold for their nationally ranked schools.

In an exciting battle for first in the College Championships, Mira Costa edged out the defending 12-time National Champion UC Santa Barbara by a score of 107-106. The victory gave its Mira Costa‚s third National Championship and first since 2004. Running neck and neck with Santa Barbara going into the final rounds, Mira Costa‚s rise to the top of the podium was attributed to Brent Reilly‚s victory in the College Mens and Dayton Silva who was performing double duty placing in both the Mens and Longboard finals. Reilly, who won a National High School Mens title surfing for Carlsbad High in 2008, was on a dominating level at Salt Creek. His polished and explosive frontside attack was a perfect fit for the steep Salt Creek lefthanders. UC Santa Barbara‚s Lipoa Kahaleuahi successfully defended her 2010 National College Womens title and Troy Mothershead broke through for his first National Interscholastic Longboard title bringing his career National title count up to four. Mothershead had won an Explorer title in 2006 and an Explorer and Open title in 2007 and will now add an Interscholastic title to his resume.

Top ranked San Clemente High School marched to their eleventh National title in a decisive 111-103 victory over Edison High School. Both San Clemente and Edison came out of the gates with tremendous momentum in the first two rounds jumping to a huge points advantage over the rest of their opponents. San Clemente led throughout the contest but Edison was still in the game until the semifinals when they lost their remaining Mens team competitors. San Clemente‚s Breyden Taylor battled hard with runner-up Blake Davis in the hotly contested High School Men‚s final. Taylor sealed it when he detonated on a heat high 7.5 wave score which was enough to edge Davis for the win and take home his first career National title. Taylor has become one of the standout surfers this season clinching his first NSSA conference in the Southwest Explorer Juniors division. He will be one of the leading contenders for a National title when that tier of the 2011 National Championships continues in Huntington Beach June 26-July 3. Laguna Beach‚s Taylor Pitz claimed her first National Championship in the High School Womens. Pitz, who was also a Southwest Conference Champion this season, will eye another title in the prestigious Open Womens category when the Nationals hits southside of the HB Pier next week. Huntington Beach‚s Tony Bartovich took the Longboard title. In the National Junior Varsity competition, Huntington Beach took a close 53-51 decision over Edison. This was HB‚s first trip to the winners podium at the National Interscholastic Championships since their Varsity team‚s victory in 1998. Edison‚s Dylan Aragon took the Junior Varsity Mens title while Huntington Beach‚s Paige Ortiz and Taylor McDole claimed victories in Junior Varsity Womens and Longboard respectively.

Shorecliffs Middle School secured their ninth National title and sixth in a row. Their domination of the Nationals with another talented group of surfers shined as they jumped out to an overwhelming lead after round 2. They won the event with a massive point spread in a 136-74 victory over Dwyer. In a stacked Middle School Boys final, Shorecliffs team member Colt Ward took the National Middle School Boys title over last year‚s champ Kanoa Igarashi. Aviara Oaks team member Kylie Loveland claimed her first National title winning the Middle School Girls division and Shorecliffs‚ Mason Shaw won the Longboard.

CBS SPORTS ALT GAMES EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE
For the first time, the NSSA College Surfing Championships will be featured on national television as part of CBS Sports Network‚s coverage of The Alt Games. Highlights from the College Surfing Championships will be part of a special one-hour CBS Sports Spectacular airing on CBS on Saturday, June 25 (2:00-3:00 PM, ET). Following the CBS Sports show, more surfing action will be featured on CBS Sports Network on Saturday, June 25 (6:00-7:00 PM, ET) and Sunday, June 26 (3:00-5:00 PM, ET). For full programming information, log on to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.

The 2011 NSSA National Interscholastic Championships is presented by Nike 6.0 and proud to have support from Huntington Surf and Sport, Surfing Magazine, Sex Wax, CBS Sports and Laguna Art College. The NSSA is a member of Surfing America, the ISA-recognized National Governing Body for Surfing in the United States.

The NSSA National Interscholastic Championships is the sixth of seven events in the 2011 NSSA Championship Series. The 2011 Championship Series events include the Interscholastic State Championships at Huntington Beach Pier March 5-7 (completed), the Hawaii Championships at Kewalo Basin, Oahu, HI March 15-20 (completed); the East Coast Championships at New Smyrna Beach Inlet, FL April 7-10 (completed); the NSSA Jr. Championships at Huntington Beach Pier, CA April 9 (completed); the West Coast Championships at Huntington Beach Pier, CA May 18-22 (completed); the National Interscholastic Championships at Salt Creek, Ca June 16-18 and the National Championships at Huntington Beach Pier, CA June 26-July 3.

THE SCOREBOARD – RESULTS
2011 NSSA NATIONAL INTERSCHOLASTIC CHAMPIONSHIPS
SALT CREEK, DANA POINT, CA

NATIONAL COLLEGE CHAMPIONSHIPS

COLLEGE TEAM
1. Mira Costa 107
2. UC Santa Barbara 106
3. University of North Carolina Wilmington 87
4. San Diego State University 84
5. Point Loma Gold 81
6. Saddleback 67
7. Florida Tech 58
8. University of North Florida 56
9. CSU San Marcos 52
10. University of San Diego 51
11. USC 48
12. Flagler 46
13. University of Central Florida 44
14. CSU Long Beach 41
=15. Point Loma Green 23
UC San Diego 23
17. Daytona

COLLEGE MENS
1. Brent Reilly-Mira Costa 14.33
2. Dough Van Mierlo-SDSU 11.57
3. Ben Powell-UNCW 9.93
4. Dayton Silva-Mira Costa 9.16
5. Sebastian Moreno-Florida Tech 8.37
6. Theo Lewitt-UCSB 5.84

COLLEGE WOMENS
1. Lipoa Kahaleuahi-UCSB 10.33
2. Kaleigh Gilchrist-USC 9.80
3. Amy Nicholl-UCF 9.16
4. Marissa Shaw-SDSU 8.77
5. Erika Cook-CSULB 8.33
6. Leilani Pickett-UNCW 7.10

COLLEGE LONGBOARD
1. Troy Mothershead-Point Loma 14.83
2. Kevin Osborne-UCSB 12.63
3. Dennis White-Saddleback 8.57
4. Dayton Silva-Mira Costa 8.33
5. Mick Rodgers-CSUSM 6.54
6. Drake Courie-UNCW 5.74

NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL (VARSITY) CHAMPIONSHIPS

HIGH SCHOOL TEAM
1. San Clemente 111
2. Edison 103
3. Newport Harbor 90
4. Huntington Beach 64
5. Malibu 57
6. Laguna Beach 55
7. Kamehameha 50
8. Mira Costa 45
9. Jupiter 41
10. Melbourne 38
11. Palos Verdes 17
12. Marina 11

HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY MENS
1. Breyden Taylor-San Clemente 11.50
2. Blake Davis-Newport Harbor 11.16
2. Ezekiel Lau-Kamehameha 9.73
4. Derek Peters-Huntington Beach 9.60
5. Trevor Thornton-San Clemente 6.83
6. Tanner Rozunko-San Clemente 6.24

HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY WOMENS
1. Taylor Pitz-Laguna Beach 12.50
2. Shelby Detmers-Newport Harbor
3. Jasset Umbel-Jupiter 8.17
4. Emily Ruppert-Melbourne
5. Anise Guzman-Edison
6. Emmy Lombard-San Clemente

HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY LONGBOARD
1. Tony Bartovich-Huntington Beach 10.57
2. Shaun Thompson-Edison 10.54
3. Fisher Grant-Melbourne 10.27
4. Kelly Zaun-Mira Costa 9.43
5. Eli Gillis-San Clemente 8.97
6. Kris Williams-Laguna Beach 5.90

NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL (JUNIOR VARSITY) CHAMPIONSHIPS

HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR VARSITY TEAM
1. Huntington Beach 53
2. Edison 51
3. Marina 14

HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR VARSITY MENS
1. Dylan Aragon-Edison 11.97
2. Cameron Faris-Huntington Beach 10.10
3. Dane McCrystal-Huntington Beach 8.17
4. Jordan Robinson-Edison 8.10
5. Tony Morelli-Edison 6.63
6. Taylor McDole-Huntington Beach 6.10

HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR VARSITY WOMENS
1. Paige Ortiz-Huntington Beach 5.53
2. Torrey Miethke-Edison 2.97
3. Haley Handy-Huntington Beach 1.37
4. Brittany Gingrich-Edison 0.40

HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR VARSITY LONGBOARD
1. Taylor McDole-Huntington Beach 6.94
2. Nathan Thompson-Edison 5.50
3. Nico Emmer-Marina 2.30

NATIONAL MIDDLE SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIPS

MIDDLE SCHOOL TEAM
1. Shorecliffs A 136
2. Dwyer 74
3. Aviara Oaks 68
4. Marco Forster 49
5. Shorecliffs “B” 47
6. Thurston 42
7. Kamehameha 40
8. Sowers 28
9. Bernice Ayer 26

MIDDLE SCHOOL BOYS
1. Colt Ward-Shorecliffs 13.34
2. Kanoa Igarashi-Dwyer 10.24
3. Daniel Tieman-Shorecliffs 8.13
4. Imaikalani DeVault-Kamehameha 7.66
5. Griffin Colapinto-Shorecliffs 6.53
6. Mitchell Arterburn-Aviara Oaks

MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS
1. Kylie Loveland-Aviara Oaks 11.83
2. Tia Blanco-Shorecliffs 11.03
3. Sawyer Gilley-Aviara Oaks 6.40
4. Kirra Connolly-Shorecliffs 5.96
5. Mackie Albertson-Sowers 2.77
6. Kawai DeVault-Kamehameha 1.87

MIDDLE SCHOOL LONGBOARD
1. Mason Shaw-Shorecliffs 11.40
2. Kyle Perez-Marco Forster 9.60
3. Rio Donaldson-Bernice Ayer 8.07
4. Dylan Cox-Shorecliffs 6.76
5. Jordan Collins-Aviara Oaks 5.50
6. Kahiamaikalani Walker-Kamehameha 4.84

NSSA OFFICIAL SPONSORS

Apparel & Footwear Sponsor: Nike 6.0
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Print Media Sponsor: Surfing Magazine
Broadcast Partner: CBS College Sports Network
Water and Energy Drink Sponsor: Vitamin Water
Restaurant Sponsor: Daphne’s California Greek
Partner: 5 Points Plaza
Graphic Design College: Laguna College
Member Organization: SurfingAmerica.org

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Rob Machado Seaside Pro Jr. Photo Gallery

Lakey Peterson photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl.comRob Machado Seaside Pro Junior Photo Gallery
Photos: Chris Grant / JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine

This year marked a first for Rob Machado’s annual contest, the addition of a Pro Junior event for the girls. In the challenging and shifty conditions of Seaside Reef, the pre-contest favorite, Lakey Peterson, lived up to expectations and took out the Final, defeating Hawaii’s Nage’ Melamed and Leila Hurst with California’s Taylor Pitz rounding out the field. Here are a few moments from the event…

Left: Up the beach from the competition site, Lakey Peterson paddled out into a drifting, current-filled, empty lineup and scored some nice warm-up waves before the final day commenced.

Lakey Peterson with an early morning backside hook. Surf photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl Surf Magazine.
Lakey Peterson was on fire from the first round. Spectacular backside hook at Seaside Reef.

Tatiana Weston Webb surf photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl.com
Seaside Reef offered up plenty of surf. Tatiana Weston-Webb throws water as a bumpy left lines up ahead of her.

Chandler Parr photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine
Malibu’s Chandler Parr scored a last second victory on Day 1 but was starved of waves in the Quarterfinals.

13 year old Kylie Loveland projecting into a nice Seaside Reef left, surf photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
At only 13 years old, Kylie Loveland already knows that good surfing begins with solid bottom turns.

Brianna Cope surfed strong through the entire event. Surf photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl.
Hawaii’s Brianna Cope came up just short in the Semifinals but had some of the best rights of the contest.

Haley Watson surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine
Special mention goes to Floridian Haley Watson who shined wearing a wetsuit in the sub-60 degree water temps.

11 year old Meah Collins barely missed the final but had one of the turns of the event. Surf photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine.
The loudest cheers of the event went up when 11 year old Meah Collins wrapped this spray-throwing turn.

Frontside gash by Hawaii's Alessa Cuizon. Surf photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl Surf Magazine.
Although unlucky to miss the Final, Hawaii’s Alessa Quizon was a clear standout in the event unloading on every section that presented itself.

Alessa Cuizon after her quarterfinal victory at the Rob Machado Seaside Pro Junior. Photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine.
Alessa Quizon after a blistering Quarterfinal performance.

Hawaii's Alessa Cuizon and Billabong's Megan Brainard Villa at the Rob Machado Seaside Pro Jr. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com.
One of the biggest supporters of women’s surfing in the surf industry (and one of the few who will give JettyGirl the time of day), Billabong’s Megan Brainard Villa, shown here with Alessa Cuizon.

Taylor Pitz surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com
With a spirited run in the Semis, Laguna Beach’s Taylor Pitz used her formidable backside skills to make the Finals.

Taylor Pitz and Tonic Haircare's Lauren Otonicar photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl
Taylor Pitz’ camp exploded with applause when she made the Final. A smiling Taylor walks with Lauren Otonicar of Tonic Haircare, one of Taylor’s sponsors.

Leila Hurst, finalist at the Rob Machado Pro Junior at Seaside Reef. Photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl.
Earlier in the week I had the honor of babysitting Leila Hurst’s new board on the beach. As her Finals berth would attest, the new board works very well indeed!

Leila Hurst, backside hack on the inside. Surf photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl.
Hawaii’s Leila Hurst ripped throughout the event and walked away with a 3rd Place finish.

Nage Melamed with a backside hook in the afternoon, surf photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl.com
Nage’ Melamed surfs really well on her backhand, routinely putting her board in unique positions in the lip. Nage’ shredded into 2nd Place in the comp.

Nage Melamed with a smooth frontside carve at Seaside Reef, surf photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl.com
By the afternoon, the inside peak shifted and some fun rights poured through the lineup. Nage’s smooth carves complimented them perfectly.

Lakey Peterson surf photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine
Lakey Peterson won the Rob Machado Pro Jr largely because of her excellent backhand skills.

Lakey Peterson backside drift surf photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl Surf Magazine
I dug this weightless, drifting re-entry…a wonderful blend of timing, speed and balance by Lakey Peterson.

Lakey Peterson, winner of the Rob Machado Seaside Pro Junior, photo by Chris Grant, jettygirl.com
A stoked Lakey Peterson exits the water to be congratulated by family, friends and the press.

Rob Machado Seaside Pro Junior Awards Presentation, photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine
A jubilant Lakey Peterson, winner of the 2011 Rob Machado Seaside Pro Junior.

The JettyGirl Interview: Taylor Pitz

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“We need to teach our kids that it’s not just the winner of the Super Bowl who deserves to be celebrated, but the winner of the science fair.” -President Obama, January 25, 2011.

I have no idea what individual educational awards Taylor Pitz has garnered through the years but as a result of her stratospheric GPA and years of dedication to her studies, she has achieved what few competitive surfers before her have accomplished …acceptance into revered Stanford University. Between surf contests and schoolwork, Taylor gave us a few minutes of her precious time and we’re stoked to have her here on JettyGirl. (Our small window of opportunity was just in time too because within the last 48 hours, USC has just knocked on her door as well.)

Currently ranked number one in the NSSA Open Season, Taylor obviously rips but she’s so much more than simply a surfing talent. Taylor’s an engaging, considerate, thoughtful young woman and it’s clear that she’s also been blessed with a supportive family at home. Whether she’s throwing spray with her formidable frontside snap or trading ideas with the brightest young minds at Stanford next fall, our world is simply a better place for having Taylor in it. She is exactly the type of person that we like to celebrate on the pages of JettyGirl. –Chris Grant


JettyGirl: Before we get into surfing questions, we hear congratulations are in order. How happy are you to be heading to Stanford next fall?
Taylor Pitz: I’m so stoked! I never thought in a million years I’d get into a school like that. It’s really exciting. It’s a bit scary because it’s something really far outside of my comfort zone. It’s Northern California. I’ve never really spent any time up there and it will be with some of the smartest kids in the country. I’m really excited so hopefully it will be a good year.

JG: I know it’s early days to be asking this but have you decided on what area you’d like to be studying in at Stanford?
TP: I haven’t declared a major yet so I’m not sure but I have an interest in environmental science so I’m looking into details about that.

Taylor Pitz surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine

Taylor Pitz showing perfect backside technique on a flawless Santa Ana day in Southern California.

Taylor Pitz photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl Online Surf MagazineJG: Many surfers who have achieved your success in the amateur ranks would have gone straight from high school to the WQS. Do you look at college and professional surfing as an “either/or” or a “both/and?”
TP: For a while I thought it was an “or” but now I’m realizing that it’s just going to be more of the same. I did the whole high school thing without homeschooling and still did a complete amateur career so I’m just going to try to do the college thing and see how far I can stick with college and surfing and just keep it going. I love both and they both mean a lot to me so I don’t see why I should have to choose one over the other.

JG: What are your thoughts on kids taking the homeschool route in hopes of making surfing a career?
TP: I feel like there’s a place for everything and there are those kids like Kolohe (Andino) and Luke (Davis) who are really, really exceptional at surfing and that travel all over the world. It doesn’t make any sense at all for them to go to regular public school but for most kids I feel that it’s better to go to public school because you miss out on so much by homeschooling. In public school there are parts that are boring but there is a lot that is fun. You do have the learning part but you also get to be with all of your friends.

JG: Over the past four years you seem to be at the top of the list whenever the NSSA sends out their scholar/athlete press releases. Since you’re obviously succeeding with both your surfing and grades, have you discovered any secrets on balancing the two?
TP: I haven’t really figured out the best way to balance anything. I just do what I need to do and hope that it ends up alright in the end. Sometimes it gets rather hard. I won’t get to surf for a whole week because I’ve been busy with school and stuff and then I’ll go straight into a contest on Sunday and simply have to wing it. Other times I’ll be missing two weeks of school while traveling and when I come back I’ll have three papers and four tests and it’s just like, “Oh c’mon, really?” It’s turned out alright though. I’m happy that I’ve worked hard to keep both going.



…and now a few words from NSSA Executive Director, Janice Aragon…

“Clearly what Taylor has accomplished both in the water and the classroom is an amazing display of commitment and excellence. She is a terrific role model for young surfers and I hope her dedication to surfing and school can inspire and show kids that they too, can be surfing standouts and champions while also pursuing a higher education. Taylor currently holds a commanding lead in the Southwest Open Womens ratings with 3 victories so far this season and is also the reigning NSSA State Women’s Champion, a title she will look to defend at the 2011 State Championships this coming March. She was named NSSA Surfer of the Month for December 2010, because of her outstanding competitive and academic achievements which included being accepted to Stanford. She is also one of the leading contenders for a National title this coming summer. A 4.5 GPA scholar who hits the waves and the books, Taylor has been the epitome of a NSSA student athlete!” -Janice Aragon, NSSA Executive Director



Taylor Pitz surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine Taylor Pitz surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine
Taylor Pitz surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine Taylor Pitz surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine

JG: Switching topics a bit, growing up in Laguna Beach must be interesting. With such an eclectic population of residents, the constant flow of tourists, the art and surf communities, etc. what is it that makes this place special to you?
TP: It’s the weirdest little town ever but I love everything about it. It’s just so different than anywhere. Even though there are so many things going on, everyone is really close and united. There are a bunch of school sports and surfing and there’s the whole art scene. I don’t know, it’s just so different and it’s so beautiful. If you look around, the water!!! …I’ve never been anywhere that has water that looks like Laguna. I love it! You can hike. You can surf. You can do whatever and everyone’s close. I’ve grown up with the same friends since kindergarten. It just has a neat homey feel. There’s nowhere like it!

JG: We hear that your family is in the local restaurant business. True?
TP: Yes, my family owns a restaurant called Dizz’s As Is. My grandpa started it in the 70′s. Now my dad, my uncles and my aunts all help out and run the family business.

JG: What’s your favorite item on the menu?
TP: Berry pie. It’s so good!

JG: Although Laguna Beach as a whole seems to be a mellow place, the surf breaks are known to be less than friendly to outsiders. Does that reputation hold some truth?
TP: Yes, pretty much. Everyone is super mellow but obviously surfers are greedy. They want their waves. Laguna’s nice because there aren’t many people here but it’s pretty hard to get the waves good due to inconsistent swells, fickle tides and unpredictable winds. When it is good, you had to have put your time in to get any waves and when some new guy paddles out, it’s like, “Ok, I’ve waited here, I’ve surfed all the bad days. Now, please don’t try to take my waves. I want a good one!”

Taylor Pitz photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine Taylor Pitz surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine Taylor Pitz surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine

JG: How old were you when you discovered you loved the ocean?
TP: I’ve loved the ocean for as long as I can remember. My parents both grew up in Southern California so I’ve been going to the beach since I was a baby and I’ve always loved the water. I didn’t start surfing until I was thirteen but I’ve been in the water my whole life and have just loved it.

JG: Describe the board that made you a surfer.
TP: Well, there are basically two. The first one that I ever had was my orange Doyle. Everyone in my middle school surf team remembers it very well. It was just this round little 7-foot Doyle, bright, bright orange and I was just out there everyday having so much on it. I’d be able to sit out the back so all the little groms on the shortboards would be like, “No, your’e catching all the waves!” I was stoked on it! When I started working my way onto real boards, I got this pink Stamps surfboard and I loved that board so much. I thought it was so cool. Those two made me a surfer (laughs).

JG: Does anyone else in your family surf?
TP: Yes, my dad surfs and my little brother surfs too, my sister a little bit. I used to surf with my dad everyday before I had a car and could drive. He’d take me surfing every morning so we got really close. We’re both really busy now so we don’t get to surf as much anymore. It’s kind of a bummer. My brother is just starting so I’m hoping this summer I’ll get to take him out and surf with him.

JG: Do you think the future of women’s surfing will happen in the air?
TP: I think women’s surfing is going to keep progressing the same as men so airs will be incorporated but I don’t think airs will be the main focus. I think barrels and good solid rail turns will always be the foundation. Obviously, girls like Carissa, Coco and Lakey are going to go do crazy stuff and bring it to another level but I think the basics will always be really important too.

Taylor Pitz photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl Online Surf MagazineJG: Where would you like to travel?
TP: I’d love to travel everywhere! That’s my favorite thing about surfing …getting to surf new waves and meet new people and friends. It’s so weird because I love being at home. I love Laguna but it makes me love home more when I get to go to all these places. I want to travel hopefully all through Indo. I really want to go to Australia and Africa and Europe …pretty much everywhere (laughs).

JG: Describe your perfect day.
TP: My perfect day would be in August because it’s my favorite month. I’d wake up, go surf perfect waves with warm water and a couple friends, not crowded. After surfing I’d go eat yoghurt because it’s my favorite food. I’d surf again and then meet all my friends at the beach and hang out. For the most part, it would be like summer in Laguna which is basically my favorite.

Taylor Pitz surf video on JettyGirl.comJG. Any shout-outs in closing?
TP: Shouts-outs to my family! I’m really close to my family so my mom and my sister Makenna especially and my dad for all those days surfing and my little brother. My best friend Andrew who I always drag surfing. Rex, Kris and Chandler Parr!

JG: Thank you Taylor!
TP: Thank you JettyGirl!


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Photo Credits: CHRIS GRANT/JETTYGIRL.COM
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Taylor Pitz Surf Video Clip

Laguna Beach’s Taylor Pitz on video. While gathering materials for JettyGirl’s interview with Taylor Pitz, we snuck in a few surf sessions at one of the more reliable spots in Southern California. Here are a couple of waves from the sessions caught on film for all to enjoy.


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Music: “Scott Who?” by 37Hz. “Dar Abesque” by Global Noize. All music provided by Mevio’s Music Alley at music.mevio.com

Video: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com