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

Previous Surf Photo Fridays | Kelly Nicely & the Pelican Session | Mary Osborne & Her Beloved 9’10″ Cooperfish Single Fin | Kelia Moniz, Megan Godinez, Geodee Clark & Bruna Schmitz | Kamalehua Keohokapu | Claire Bevilacqua | Lulu Erkeneff | Alexa Frantz |Rebecca Woods | Silvana Lima | Alessa Quizon

Additional Resources:
Ashley Lloyd Surfboards
Ashley Lloyd Thompson on Facebook
The Shapes – official band page featuring Alex Thompson, Ashley Lloyd and bandmates
The Shapes on Facebook
Ashley Lloyd on Instagram
Julie Cox Surfing
Julie Cox on Instagram
Jule Collection Surfboards on Facebook
Mollusk Surf Shop
Sheri Crummer Photography on Facebook
Seasister.com – photography by Sheri Crummer



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Jettygirl's "Say No More" Surf DVD Giveaway. A women's longboard surf film by Taylor Larison and Birdman Media.

“Say No More” Surf Movie DVD Giveaway. Enter today to win the new women’s longboard surf film by Birdman Media.

“Say No More” Surf Movie Giveaway on Jettygirl.com
This week, Birdman Media is teaming up with Jettygirl to give away three DVD copies of Say No More, a women’s longboard surf film by Taylor Larison. Scroll down for the entry form and enter the giveaway using any or all of the methods listed. No purchase necessary to play. The Say No More Surf Movie Giveaway begins Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 5pm PST and ends Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 5pm PST. The three randomly selected winners will be notified via email within 48 hours of the closing deadline. Official Terms and Conditions are linked on the entry form below.

Best of luck to you! And if you don’t win this week, check back for more giveaways on Jettygirl throughout the year.

Jettygirl's "Say No More" Surf DVD Giveaway. A women's longboard surf film by Taylor Larison and Birdman Media. Enter today for your chance to win one of three DVDs from Birdman Media. Deadline to enter is Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 5pm PST.

Say No More from Bird Man Media on Vimeo.

About “Say No More” – A Women’s Longboard Surf Film by Taylor Larison of Birdman Media
Birdman Media presents, “Say No More,” an all-women’s longboard surf film showcasing some of Southern California’s finest female wave riders gliding through their favorite breaks. Starring: Lindsay Steinriede-Engle, Makala Smith, Erin Ashley, Tory Gilkerson, Karina Rozunko, and Stephanie Vigiano.

Jettygirl’s take on the film…
We met Taylor Larison on the beach months ago as he was filming early footage for Say No More and he was so amped on the project. Despite the huge population of women surfers that grace virtually every break on the planet nowadays, female-focused surf films are still pretty rare. Say No More premiered in Carlsbad on July 26 and it’s easy to see why the theatre was packed. From Erin Ashley’s timeless noserides to Lindsay Steinriede-Engle’s powerful carves, we found every surfer’s segment unique and entertaining. With a mixture of eclectic tunes and footage from some of Southern California’s most famous surf spots, Say No More is a surf film well worth having in your DVD or digital collection.

If you don’t happen to win the Say No More DVD Giveaway, head over to Birdman Media and purchase a copy. At only $10 for a DVD (shipping included), it’s an absolute steal! For digital downloads, head to TheSurfNetwork.com to rent or buy the film.

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Single Wave Thursday with Erin Ashley. One ride, no music, just surfing.

When we think of style, a handful of surfers immediately come to mind. Even on tiny days like this one, Erin Ashley makes it look effortless as she quickly cross-steps to the nose for a ten. For those of you who are wondering what all the black specks are flashing across the screen, I was literally sitting in a freeway of flies. While Worm was out cruising, I was being attacked by insects. Single Wave Thursday. One ride, no music, just surfing.

* To change the resolution to HD, click the little icon to the left of the clock on the YouTube screen (you must hit the play arrow first to see the icons) …HD is the best way to watch Single Wave Thursdays.

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Additional Resources:
Worm’s Town – Erin Ashley’s blog
Wormtown7 – Erin Ashley’s YouTube channel
Erin Ashley’s interview on Liquid Salt


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Previous Single Wave Thursdays: Brittani Nicholl | Alexa Frantz | Lindsay Steinriede

Cori Schumacher waxing up a special board designed and shaped by Ashley Lloyd. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

BACKBONE IN A TILTED WORLD, POSTSCRIPT. Follow-up to the Cori Schumacher Interview on Jettygirl.com.

By Cori Schumacher

Watching the deciding event of the Women’s World Longboard Championships unfold in China from a distance was difficult. Truth be told, it was impossible. There were no live webcasts, no live interviews and very limited photographs of the event itself as it unfolded. Though live scoring was available, bans by the Chinese government on social networking sites (e.g. Facebook, Twitter) made any unofficial updates nearly impossible. Additionally, it was strange to view the photos of the opening ceremony where uniformed, color coordinated crews occupied the majority of the seats in the audience. Contests are usually huge promotions for the companies that fund them. This did not seem to be the case in this situation… at least in the traditional sense. Indeed, I would argue that this may have been the least spectated event of this size in the history of the ASP and not simply from a lack of interest in women’s longboarding, although this may have been a point taken into consideration…. Can you imagine the uproar from folks who could not watch Kelly Slater live from China?!

Cori Schumacher waxing up a special board designed and shaped by Ashley Lloyd. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

The point here is to highlight the censorship and propaganda that were at play throughout the event. What was being sold, supported, commodified was surf-fashion/lifestyle-in-China and Hainan-as-Hawaii as defined by the ASP and SIMA and the government of Wanning.

What is not known are the details of the deal that was struck between Chinese officials and the ASP/SIMA other than that this event will be held, at least for the next two years, at this same venue. I am curious to see if the Chinese government will be footing the bill for the 32 competitors each year.

A few key points I’d like to highlight:

1) In response to those who thought I did not want surfing brought to China- It doesn’t take a contest to introduce surfing to China.

2) Those Chinese who were present at the contest (and not involved with it somehow) were not those who are most oppressed by the government. Hainan is being tailored for the luxury class, the upper class, the growing class of Chinese with a disposable income. A class being magnetized to the surf industry, not by a desire to surf, but through clothing that is marketed as Western and modern; as evinced by the choice to hold the bikini show rather than holding a surf clinic.

3) What of those who were pushed out of their homes in order to make room for the hotels on Hainan? This is happening in many places in China, people’s land being taken from them through a Chinese version of eminent domain.

Cori Schumacher quote from Backbone in a Tilted World, Postscript on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.Simply leaving the hotel and wandering around the local area isn’t going to expose the underbelly of Chinese society. Suppose I were to have a contest at Queens, in Waikiki and decided to take a walk around because I had heard stories about the rampant poverty in America and I wanted to “see for myself” if this was true. Would I find it? I would either have to fly over to the mainland and do some traveling or I would need a Hawaiian local who was unafraid to tell me where I could find these pockets of poverty in paradise, then take me, for example, to the tent cities on the West side of Oahu.

We see this class distinction in surfing even here. While many tout the low cost of surfing as compared with other sports (the “all you really need is a plank and you are able to ride waves” mentality) the larger context of what is needed is lots of leisure time and proximity to the ocean. Many of those who might enjoy surfing don’t have this leisure time because they are working. This isn’t a choice, nor is it a cultural difference. They are barely scraping by, working long hours at extremely low wages to sustain even the most meager of existences in order to simply survive.

I do not see China as some homogenous amalgam or judge it through the lens of the western media. Chinese Human Rights Defenders is one example of a great direct resource for human rights defense from within China. I make a distinction between the Chinese people and the Chinese government, between the central government and local governments… and always keep in mind cultural relativity. But there are some things that are universal, such as how to treat human beings and I try to make my choices based on my best knowledge of a situation. Not everyone will agree with how I made these decisions but ultimately, they are my decisions to make. In no way do I think surfing should be kept from China, but do I think that the ASP, SIMA, clothing manufacturers/corporations, etc. ought to be the ones introducing it? No way.

Photo Credits: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com


Additional Resources:

Backbone in a Tilted World. The Cori Schumacher Interview.
Cori Schumacher’s Blog
Cori Schumacher on TheInertia.com – Champions in China and Meaning-Making
Cori Schumacher on TheInertia.com – Why I’m Boycotting


Special Thanks: to Girls4Sport for their support of the original Backbone in a Tilted World feature!