Zeufy Tuesdays: Part One in a Four-Part Series Each Tuesday Celebrating the Life of Zeuf Hesson
My Friend Zeuf - by Heather Hudson
Our paths crossed over 7 years ago when I was in the process of creating my first surf documentary, "The Women and the Waves."
I had asked Ashley Lloyd to be in the film and I had planned to meet her at Linda Benson's Roxy Jam Contest in Cardiff, California. (As a first time filmmaker, I wanted to give Ashley a few of my co-producer's films on DVD, to show her that we were legitmate!) When I finally found Ashley in the crowd, she was running off to surf in her heat. That is when she introduced me to Zeuf, who was with her and watching her bags. We immediately struck up a conversation and eventually exchanged our phone numbers. It was from that moment that our friendship began. And very soon after that I knew that I wanted her in my film. She asked, "Are you sure?" I said, "Yes!" I was very sure. She was my soul surfer & sister!
Looking back now, I can't help but cherish my memories of this amazing, beautiful, loving, caring soul that is Zeuf. I knew nothing about her when we met, and learned so much as time passed. She had the biggest most caring heart. She would do anything to help anyone at anytime. She was loved by so many because she made every person feel special. Even though she struggled with cancer through all of those years, she never complained. She managed to LIVE with GRACE. She had a really funny sense of HUMOR and a SPARKLE in her eyes. How fortunate I am to have had her in my LIFE.
Hope More from Heather Hudson on Vimeo.
HOPE MORE - A Short Film by Heather Hudson
About a year ago, I told Zeuf that I wanted to make a short film while we were on our annual surf trip down to Mexico. She paused a moment and said, "Make a film about HOPE."
I replied, "Okay, I can do that."
Fast forward to June, 2013, "HOPE"
was finished. I sent it to her, she loved it and was really stoked. Others seemed to like it too, and I was stoked!
As her health declined since then, I kept thinking that I had MORE
of her message from the trip. So, here is the second installment: "HOPE MORE."
Dedicated to her husband, Frosty Hesson, their family, and to those who loved and were touched by Zeuf.
Here's to Zeuf!
Forever and Always in my heart.
Heather Hudson, Graciegirl LLC
"The Cove" - Performed by Land N Sea.
Jeannette Prince, Cardiff Town Cards
About the Filmmaker...
Heather Hudson is a film producer living in Santa Barbara, California, where she is a community volunteer, a wife and mother of two sons. In 2007, she started her film production company, Graciegirl LLC, and created the groundbreaking documentary surf film, “The Women and the Waves,” with co-producer and mentor, Peck Euwer of Swell Pictures Inc., Santa Barbara. For 15 years Heather has supported and volunteered for "Heal the Ocean," a successful Santa Barbara-based non-profit citizen's action group committed to ending ocean pollution. In 2012, she was named to the Heal the Ocean Board of Directors where she heads up fundraising and events.
Heather Hudson on Vimeo
The Women and the Waves
Cardiff Town Cards by Jeannette Prince
Making Mavericks: The Memoir of a Surfing Legend - by Frosty Hesson
Additional Graciegirl Films Featuring Zeuf:
8 Women, 8 Days. Take 2
8 Women, 8 Days. A Lifetime of Memories. The Slideshow.
HOPE. A Short Film by Heather Hudson
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