Every time I surf with @kamalehuak, the waves suddenly get fun the moment we touch the water. Im sure the aloha she carries on her board and in her Hawaiian heart probably have something to do with that. Stylish carve by Kamalehua. 📷 @chrisgrantphoto for @jettygirlsurfmag | @prismasurfboards #jettygirl
Wintertime hairflips with @erynkrouse. Eryn is seemingly impervious to cold. Before she surfed a few days ago, she swam out to jump off some rocks. Thinking it was no big deal I threw on a jacket and trunks and started swimming too. First time I actually felt the true meaning behind something "taking your breathe away." ⛄️❄️ 📷 @chrisgrantphoto for @jettygirlsurfmag | @jolynclothing #jettygirlswimwearguide #jolyn #jettygirl
Back in 2005 when people still answered the phone, I called @sameshirtdiffday and nervously told her about my idea to create JettyGirl. She could have laughed or said it was a dumb concept and I might have dropped it right there. Instead, her mellow, positive vibe and words of encouragement gave me a gift I could never repay. Kyla Langen is one of the greatest human beings I've had the honor of knowing and she is someone I will always hold in the highest regard. @chrisgrantphoto for @jettygirlsurfmag (2008) | @tpattersonsurfboards #jettygirl
"Can I learn to surf?" - Haben Girma, Deaf and Blind Harvard Law School Graduate "Sure you can!" - Izzy Tihanyi, Surf Diva Surf School
Imagine closing your eyes and dropping in... Haben Girma is an incredibly inspiring deaf and blind lawyer. The Harvard Law School graduate came to San Diego over New Year's to learn to surf. After she tandem surfed a few years ago riding on her belly, her goal was to surf on her own standing upright. We are stoked that she came to Surf Diva Surf School. Big shout out to the volunteers who helped make the lesson an amazing and safe experience for her.
About Haben Girma - habengirma.com Haben is deaf and blind. Against all odds she graduated from Harvard Law School and was the keynote speaker at at the White House Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act last year. She has recently held a TEDx Talk and is actively practicing at Berkeley-based nonprofit, Disability Rights Advocates.
About Surf Diva Surf School - surfdiva.com Quoted "The Starbucks of surf schools" by Newsweek Magazine, Surf Diva Surf School is considered the pillar of women's surfing and offers surfing and standup paddleboard (SUP) lessons year-round for women, men, and children. Located in La Jolla, California with operations also in Costa Rica, Surf Diva is actively involved in charities and outreach to support both the local community and to raise awareness to protect the environment. The Surf Diva Boutique was awarded #1 Women's Retailer in the US by the Surfing Industry Manufacturing Association (SIMA).
Film Description "After a long season of travels and shortboard competitions, it was nice to unwind at home and have some fun on my self shaped longboard. I will never forget days like these. Huge thanks to Justin Jung for putting this edit together. Also, thank you to Catherine Clark for the amazing song." - Tia Blanco
Film/Edit By Justin Jung
Surfer Tia Blanco - @tiablanco
Music Catherine Clark - "A Different Sun"
Although Leila Hurst and I seem to pop into each other's lives only for brief periods of time over the years, I always cherish those moments and the memorable surf sessions that happen as a result of our paths crossing. One such meeting was four years ago when her sister, Sophia, went surfing for the first time. I've been blessed with many great memories while running JettyGirl, but watching Leila and Sophia ride a wave together tops the list of tearjerking moments. We chronicled the day in Surfing With My Sister so feel free to give it a click after watching Leila X Sophia. - Chris Grant
Film Description "Every person in this world is given a different set of challenges. Meet my sister Sophia. Her life in particular has been full of challenges. She was born with a walking disability known as Spina Bifida and has endured 29 surgeries in the 27 years of her life. She watched me grow up as an athlete winning surfing competitions from a young age. We had nothing in common- making it hard to relate to each other. What connected us was the fact that we were sisters. But we both shared challenges. Hers being mostly physically and overcoming them mentally and mine being internally with insecurity, society's expectations of women and the pressure to be perfect.
Four years ago Sophia and I got connected with an organization that gives paraplegic, quadriplegic, and people with Spina Bifida a chance to experience the feeling of riding a wave. This event changed our lives forever. As sisters and as a family, we learned that we shared struggles and we began to encourage one another to overcome them."
This is what the meaning of life is. - Leila Hurst
Film/Edit By Gage Hingeley
Surfer Leila Hurst - @leilahurst
Music Quinn Erwin
We love those clips that reach out and grab your heart. After sharing a photo earlier today, we clicked a link on Lucía's Instagram and it brought us to this gem of a video. Spanish surfing champion, Lucía Martiño, takes three new friends surfing in this short film presented by Ford Motor Company. As they drive, the surfers share stories of physical challenges like glaucoma and cerebral palsy. Later in the clip the trio of friends are on the shoreline waiting to go surfing and Lucía brings them three new surfboards for their surf session. "I think it's good motivation for them to keep getting in the water everyday. The great thing about surfboards is that each has its own story, and the surprise comes once they're in the water and they see how their stories change." - Lucía Martiño We hope you enjoy this heart-warming video. It certainly inspired us today. Note: If you don't speak Spanish, click the "CC" box on the YouTube player to activate subtitles.
Filmmaker's Description En el surf, como en la carretera, podemos dejar atrás nuestros problemas y sentirnos libres. Cuéntanos tu historia y gana una tabla de surf: www.fordsinlimites.com
Play & Train y Free Surfers School
Lucía Martiño - @lucia_martino
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