Zeufy Tuesdays - Part Two in a four-part series celebrating the life of Zeuf Hesson. Photos by Jeannette Prince.

Zeufy Tuesdays, Part Two – Zeuf Hesson & Friends in Mexico. Photos by Jeannette Prince.

Zeufy Tuesdays - Part Two in a four-part series celebrating the life of Zeuf Hesson. Photos by Jeannette Prince. Zeufy Tuesdays: Part Two in a Four-Part Series Each Tuesday Celebrating the Life of Zeuf Hesson Memories of Zeuf - by Jeannette Prince I think my first time surfing the Santa Cruz Longboard Union Contest was back in the late 80’s. There was a small group of us who surfed on Steve Walden’s longboards, and were given the opportunity to join the competition to surf against the clubs. Joel Tudor was a part of our group… I think it was his first contest. It was a packed event and the surf was about head high or so. How electrifying to be around so many great surfers from the gathered clubs from California. It was a very fresh and exciting time for longboarding. While walking around the contest site you couldn’t help but notice all the different assortment of surfboards along the rails outlining the cliffs. Surfers were clustered everywhere while hanging out and rooting for their teams. It was a wonderful melting pot of talent, surfboards, and perfect waves for a contest. There was one surfer who caught my eye, who really stood out in the crowd. She displayed an incredible head of long, tight, sun-bleached, curly ringlets that were hard to miss. I could hear someone address her as Zeuf. I found out later that she was a competitor in the event and I’m sure I surfed against her in a heat or two. I can’t remember… but I do remember seeing her and every year after that. I found myself looking for the local girls, like Jane McKenzie and Zeuf, to see who would show up for that year’s activities. They were gifted surfers and knew Steamer’s Lane so well. Zeuf always stood out… I was always curious about her, but never had the chance to really get to know her until twenty plus years later. Linda Benson decided to organize an annual surf trip that brought a seasoned group of surf women together that was an absolute dream. Never have I experienced surfing with and spending time with such elegant and talented women before. Zeuf was one of them… So many years have gone by since the first time I noticed that perfectly wild, sun-bleached hair of hers… little did I know Zeuf would become an important friend in my life. Who was she? A rare talented celebration of life who held a big heart for all… and was a caregiver to those she loved. A leader and true representative of women’s surfing. She is not gone… she is just away. She lives on in the lives of those she touched.
Zeuf Hesson & Friends in Mexico - All Photos © Jeannette Prince "The photos below are all from our trips to Mexico. Along with surfing and friendships, we also have another tradition... we create a beautiful natural collage on a specific table each year we go. It's a collection of treasures we find while on our walks." - Jeannette Zeuf Hesson and friends on a surf trip to Mexico. Photos © Jeannette Prince. Zeuf Hesson and friends on a surf trip to Mexico. Photos © Jeannette Prince. Zeuf Hesson and friends on a surf trip to Mexico. Linda Benson, Mary Bagalso, Ashley Lloyd, Heather Hudson, Kristy Murphy, Jeannette Prince, and Cat Slatinsky. Photos © Jeannette Prince. Zeuf Hesson and friends on a surf trip to Mexico. Linda Benson, Mary Bagalso, Heather Hudson, Kristy Murphy, Jeannette Prince, and Cat Slatinsky. Photos © Jeannette Prince.
Bonus Material: Zeuf and Heather Hudson Say Goodbye to Mexico - Filmed by Jeannette Prince

Zeuf and Heather from Jeannette Prince on Vimeo.


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Jeannette PrinceAbout the Photographer... In addition to surfing and photography, Jeannette Prince also designs and creates greeting cards under her label, Cardiff Town Cards. Printed on quality digital photo and archival fine art paper, each card features photographs and original artwork by Jeannette. For more information, please visit cardifftowncards.com. See more of Jeannette's artwork in Heather Hudson's films, "HOPE" and "HOPE MORE."
Thumbnail image for Heather Hudson's new short film, HopeAdditional Resources: Cardiff Town Cards by Jeannette Prince Heather Hudson on Vimeo Rail Grabber - an easy and comfortable way to carry your surfboard. Designed and created by Linda Benson. Making Mavericks: The Memoir of a Surfing Legend - by Frosty Hesson
8 Women, 8 Days. Take 2.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 HOPE MORE. A Short Film by Heather Hudson
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Searching for a Schedule in Mexico with Margaux Arramon-tucoo, Jake Zylstra, Anna Ehrgott, Sarica Carlquist, Manny Caro, Christine Brailsford and Hayley Gordon

Searching for a Schedule in Mexico with Margaux Arramon-tucoo, Jake Zylstra, Anna Ehrgott, Sarica Carlquist, Manny Caro, Christine Brailsford & Hayley Gordon

Searching for a Schedule in Mexico with Margaux Arramon-tucoo, Jake Zylstra, Anna Ehrgott, Sarica Carlquist, Manny Caro, Christine Brailsford and Hayley Gordon Words and Photos by Hayley Gordon - leashless.tv Day 1 We have arrived at the airport in Mexico and our ride isn’t there. We eat a random selection of food at the airport restaurant and crack our first Mexican beer, then order a taxi to our destination. Boards stacked high we arrive under cover of darkness, greeted by the rhythmic sound of surf. Cruising down the beach in Mexico. Photo by Hayley Gordon, leashless.tv Searching for a Schedule in Mexico. Surf photo by Hayley Gordon. Day 2 Adjusting to time here is difficult. With no phones and no watches we count time by waves, sessions, naps, tacos, and beers. It takes an adjustment; the mind is constantly searching for a schedule. Things slow down and I find that I can truly relax with a book without checking my phone every 5 minutes. The house is a revolving door as our crew surfs, takes a break for some water and a bite to eat, and heads back out for more. Setting up for a long Mexican left. Surf photo by Hayley Gordon, leashless.tv Mexico noseride. Photo by Hayley Gordon, leashless.tv The long way back. Photo by Hayley Gordon, leashless.tv Day 3 It’s amazing to actually be too hot in the water. As someone who is always cold even in the summer and in places like Puerto Rico and Hawaii, it’s a luxury I don’t get very often. It’s sweltering during the day, and brutal standing on the beach with a camera. Mornings and evenings are the only respite. Thankfully the second day brought a steady breeze. The peeling lefts give us an empty canvas to play on. They are so long that everyone has started to get out of the water and walk up the beach to get back out. Snacks and refreshment. Photo by Hayley Gordon, leashless.tv Day 4 The waves have gradually gotten a bit smaller, but the mechanical lefts keep coming in. We've switched to smaller wave gear, and my shortboards are sitting lonely in the house. Afternoons are reserved for naps, reading, and listening to music on the balcony. Today one of the locals got us coconuts from a nearby field, and they were absolutely delicious. The evening brings a string of intense lightning storms that put on a show all night. Shooting photos and riding lefts in Mexico. Surf photo by Hayley Gordon of leashless.tv Day 5 Unfortunately the surf begins to dwindle, and we turn our sights beyond our home base to explore the nearby coast. Our new friend Josh offers to drive a few miles south towards a beach town filled with luxurious beachfront homes and a beautiful coast with alternating rock-reef and sandbar breaks. We paddle out at a promising looking sandbar, but the surf proves fickle and difficult, and more than a bit sharky. Still the crew managed to get a bunch of waves before a huge baitball appeared in the lineup. Some of us onshore saw dolphins pursuing it, but we also saw a fin that looked a bit more shark-like than dolphin-like, and Jake and Manny paddled in as fast as they could. Checking the surf in Mexico. Photo by Hayley Gordon of leashless.tv Day 6 The surf dwindled even further this day, and so we set our sights on exploring the coast to find yet another break that is notoriously a bit hard to find. We missed the first turn and drove miles in the wrong direction before finding the correct route. The dirt road had been ravaged by recent rains, and it took a while to navigate the pits and bumps. More than a few times our stack of nine surfboards nearly flew from the roof of our Jeep. Once we reached the break we were greeted with an empty lineup and perfectly clean peeling waves. The only problem was the waves were miniature, suitable only for a longboard. The crew did the best they could to wring as much fun from the surf as they could before relaxing under the canopy at the little restaurant on the beach run by a grandma and her family. Although the surf wasn't as stellar as we had hoped, we could see the potential for amazing surf at this spot. Transporting the surfboards for the flight back from Mexico, Hayley Gordon. Day 7 Our last day we were hoping the see the beginnings of a new swell filling in, but the morning greeted us with dribblers crumbling on the point. Unfortunately the swell did not arrive early as we had hoped, so we set about packing our boardbags and getting ready for the journey home. The funniest thing about traveling with a group of surfers is trying to wrangle all the boardbags, and we had more than a few curious onlookers at the airport. We left Mexico with tans, great memories, and a great time together. We didn't quite get the stellar surf we were hoping for, but a week in paradise with your friends is something that will be looked back on with fondness for the rest of our lives. -Hayley *Notes from the jetty... Please check out Hayley Gordon's leashless.tv to view her groundbreaking surf and skate films.
Relaxing until the next surf session in Mexico. Photo by Hayley Gordon, leashless.tv Additional Resources: Leashless.tv - films and images by Hayley Gordon Hayley Gordon @hayley_gordon Margaux Arramon-tucco @margause Jake Zylstra @andjake Anna Ehrgott &annaehrgott Sarica Carlquist @sarica_carlquist Manny Caro @swallowtailsociety Christine Brailsford @whomphandplanes

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Surf Photo Friday with Malia Ward and Chris Ward. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Surf Photo Friday – Malia Ward, Chris Ward, and a Surf Photographer’s Second Worst Nightmare

Malia Ward drives off the bottom on a sunny California day. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Surf Photo Friday - Malia Ward, Chris Ward, and a Surf Photographer's Second Worst Nightmare After juggling schedules that never seemed to jive, we finally set up a morning to shoot some photos. A quick call to Malia's mom, Jacqueline, to verify we were on and I was into my car and driving north. Upon exiting the freeway, I was feeling that familiar blend of excitement and anticipation that comes on when working with somebody new. Although usually on time, I felt quite proud of myself for arriving several minutes early. However, the feeling vanished with one glance at the back seat of my parked car. Although there are some bad things that can happen when shooting from the water...being run over, getting pinned against the reef, etc., the biggest nightmare equipment-wise is having a water housing flooded with saltwater. I never give flooding much thought though, because SPL water housings are so well-built. On this day, however, I was guilty of the second biggest nightmare--I had left my housing on the couch at home. What would I do? What could I say? Here I am meeting someone for the first time to shoot water shots and I had left a most important piece of equipment an hour away. As my feelings of preparedness gave way to complete embarrassment, Jacqueline and Malia arrived at the beach lot. Taking a "rip the bandage off quickly" approach, I told them of my blunder right after we had exchanged introductions. Although I was feeling like a complete numskull, they showed me nothing but kindness and understanding and we were soon laughing about the mishap. As luck would have it, the tide was way too high for the break which provided ample time to retrieve the water housing. When we met up later in the day, the tide had dropped, the surf was still glassy and Malia was shredding. It's going to be fun watching Malia's development as a surfer. She is absolutely fearless, surfs for hours on end, and works a crowded break with the ease of a seasoned veteran. As this particular session was winding down, Malia's dad, Chris Ward, paddled out and basically turned every wave into a live surf movie. The nightmarish start to the morning had come full-circle and transformed into a dream day complete with sunny skies, clean waves, and new friends. 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. Midday barrel for Malia Ward. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Malia Ward paddles out for some fun winter waves in Southern California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Malia Ward, layback snap in Southern California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Malia Ward setting up for a barrel. Surf photo by Chris Grant. Small wave punt by Chris Ward. Surf photo by Chris Grant. An empty wave slips through the lineup. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Malia Ward dives into shallow water. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. A glimpse of Malia Ward through the lip. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Malia Ward, layback snap at her local beach break. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Malia Ward in a thick-lipped barrel. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Chris Ward frontside air. Surf photo by Chris Grant. Photos: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
Bonus Material: 24 seconds from the session with Malia and Chris Ward
Previous Surf Photo Fridays | Chloe Buckley & the Tiny Five Hundred Dollar Wave | A Special Surf Session with Ashley Lloyd Thompson, Julie Cox, Alex Thompson, Chris Cuevas & Sheri Crummer | 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: Malia Ward on Facebook Malia Ward on Instagram Jacqueline Miller on Instagram Chris Ward on Instagram Cyber Shield Wetsuits Lost Surfboards Tonic Haircare SPL Water Housings
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Surf Photo Friday - Chloe Buckley and the Tiny $500 Wave

Surf Photo Friday – Chloe Buckley & the Tiny Five Hundred Dollar Wave

Surfer girl Chloe Buckley walks across the low tide sand in Oceanside, California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Surf Photo Friday - Chloe Buckley & the Tiny Five Hundred Dollar Wave "Chloe, I have a totally random thing to run by you. Mission Fed is having a $500 photo contest where you go somewhere you enjoy in San Diego and have your picture taken while holding their logo. I just printed out and laminated a little sign and was thinking it might be fun to take it into the surf for some water shots." "I'm sooooo down!" As often happens, the moment the ocean caught word of our photo ideas, the surf went flat--dead flat. As the deadline approached, a morning surf check in Oceanside revealed some glassy, almost-rideable ankle slappers. Although we misfired on our first few attempts (pictured below), Chloe and I got in sync for a couple of almost 1-footers and in the end, we scored enough photos that it was actually difficult choosing which image she would submit as her contest entry. A few days later, Mission Fed chose Chloe's photo as the contest-winning entry. She received congratulations from a Mission Fed Senior Vice President, a certificate, and a cool $500 for her tiny, winning wave. Most important to me than winning though was getting the opportunity to shoot with a great friend and an amazing human being. That type of prize is truly priceless. Chloe Buckley paddles into the lineup with a Mission Federal sign between her teeth. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Chloe Buckley surfs a little closeout wave. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com Chloe Buckley wipes out on a tiny wave while holding a Mission Fed sign in her mouth. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Chloe Buckley making sure our sign didn't spring a leak. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Chloe Buckley surfing the largest wave on the tiniest of days while holding a Mission Fed sign. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Chloe Buckley surfs a tiny wave in Oceanside. Surf photo by Chris Grant. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Chloe Buckley, all smiles after a unorthodox but classic surf session. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com A pelican glides across the water in Oceanside. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Chloe Buckley throws a frontside snap with a Mission Fed sign in her mouth. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Chloe Buckley rides the $500 winning wave. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Smiling female surfer, Chloe Buckley, holds a Mission Fed sign up in the air. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. 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. Photos: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
Previous Surf Photo Fridays | A Special Surf Session with Ashley Lloyd Thompson, Julie Cox, Alex Thompson, Chris Cuevas & Sheri Crummer | 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: Chloe Buckley on Facebook Mission Federal Credit Union
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Tory Gilkerson's Snapshots from China during the Swatch Girls Pro China

Tory Gilkerson’s Snapshots from China during the Swatch Girls Pro

Tory Gilkerson's Snapshots from China - surfing in China at the Swatch Girls Pro China. Featured on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. line of blue and gray
Monday, November 18, 2013
"We just got in and I am so stoked! It's beautiful and tropical and we have an amazing view from the hotel. We may not get to surf today as there's only a little swell. It should be three to four feet for the contest though." Tory Gilkerson boards a bus in China then jumps for joy at the amazing view from her hotel on Hainan Island, China. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. line of blue and gray
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
"Today we got to free surf before the event that starts tomorrow. The surf was super fun and offshore with 3 to 5 foot waves. It was fun to practice with all the girls and get ready for the event. We also had an opening ceremony last night. They put on an amazing show with dance performers and speakers for us. It was an awesome experience and I am so excited to see the event unfold tomorrow." Tory Gilkerson hangs ten in China shortly before the beginning of the Swatch Girls Pro China opening ceremony. Featured on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. line of blue and gray
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Tory Gilkerson © Poullenot - full image size at swatchgirlspro.com"Today was so sick! I am so stoked to have won the first round heat and move straight into Round Three. The conditions cleaned up and provided us with some 4 to 5 foot glassy surf all day. The wave is a left hand point break that hits a couple of steep sections and is super fun. [ Photo: Swatch/Poullenot - click image to jump to full size at swatchgirlspro.com ] Tory Gilkerson is stoked on the conditions for Day One of the Swatch Girls Pro China.Tory Gilkerson, post heat interview after her Round One win at the Swatch Girls Pro China. Featured on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Tory Gilkerson on video at the Swatch Girls Pro China.line of blue and gray
Friday, November 22, 2013
"I had an amazing day at the contest yesterday. I had a super fun Round Three heat with one of the Brazilian girls and won to move to Round Four. I was edged out in Round Five by one of the French girls. Overall it was a very fun contest and the camaraderie amongst the American girls is great, we all hung together and rooted each other on. I am excited to go explore this tropical paradise and find some new waves! This beachfront hotel is amazing and there's a fun little beach break right in front. The food is great--we get buffet style breakfast and dinner and they really try to give us some American food options, thankfully 😉 ." Tory Gilkerson reflects on the Swatch Girls Pro China line of blue and gray
Saturday, November 23, 2013
"Today we went up into a temple in the mountains and it was beautiful. We took a rattly ski lift up the mountain that was so scary, then hiked down and saw some beautiful Buddhist temples and statues. We went to a tourist attraction and turned into the attraction ourselves. After taking a photo with this lady, several Chinese tourists lined up to take photos with Karina and me." Tory Gilkerson and Karina Rozunko become tourist attractions in China. Tory and Mike Stidham visit a Buddhist temple in the mountains. Featured on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. line of blue and gray
Sunday, November 24, 2013
"To finish off the trip, I had an awesome time with my bud, Karina Rozunko, surfing a secret spot in China!" Tory Gilkerson and Karina Rozunko surf a secret spot in China. Featured on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. line of blue and gray Tory Gilkerson, San Onofre. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf MagazineNotes from the jetty... Tory Gilkerson is on Hainan Island, China getting ready to compete in the upcoming Swatch Girls Pro that is scheduled for November 20-24. The 20-year-old goofyfoot was the 3x USA Under-18 Longboard Champion and recently starred in Birdman Media's all-women longboard film, "Say No More" which debuted earlier this year. We often run into her while surfing Oceanside Harbor so we asked the talented surfer if she'd want to share some of her experiences in China this year. We hope you check back often as this page will be continuously updated as her journey unfolds. We wish the best of luck to Tory and all the women competing in China for the World Title this year.
Additional Resources: Tory Gilkerson on Facebook Tory Gilkerson on Instagram Hawaiian Pro Designs Eidon Zeal Optics Swatch Girls Pro China - official site Swatch Girls Pro China on Facebook
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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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Kelly Nicely & The Pelican Session - Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

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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Surf Photo Friday with Mary Osborne and Her Beloved Cooperfish

Surf Photo Friday – Mary Osborne and Her Beloved 9’10” Cooperfish Single Fin Surfboard

Mary Osborne trims her Cooperfish surfboard on a lined up, glassy wave. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Mary Osborne and Gene Cooper with Mary's new Cooperfish singlefin surfboard.Pictured: Gene Cooper and Mary Osborne with "Greeny", Mary's new 9'10" Cooperfish Single Fin. Credit: Mary Osborne Collection By Mary Osborne I have fantasized about having a Cooperfish surfboard from the very beginning. I was about 16 years old when I saw my first Cooperfish longboard up in a surf shop in Santa Barbara. The board I saw was extremely sexy, sleek, shiny, classic and far too expensive for a teenager with only babysitting money. My brothers and a few friends rode Cooperfish boards so I was very familiar with them and always lusted for one through my beginning years of surfing. In fact, I lusted for almost 15 years before I got my first board from Gene. Gene and I would occasionally run into each other out the water, parking lot, or at a surfing event. For years we would always talk about him building me a board, but it wasn't until 2013 when I finally convinced Gene to do it. It all started when I borrowed a friend's Cooperfish out a Rincon one afternoon because I was bored with my current quiver of longboards. I wanted something more classic, heavy and a "looker" - ya know, something people look at and go "Wow!" Rincon was about 3-4 feet, uncrowded with perfect longboard sliders. I was having the time of my life on that borrowed board. I had nose rides for days and the board paddled so fast and easy. Overall, there was just a different feel to this board I borrowed. It felt like magic under my feet. Immediately after my session I called Gene. The conversation went something like this... "Gene, it's Mary. It's come to that time where you need, in fact you must, make me a board. I am in love with this board I just borrowed at Rincon and I must have one just like it in my quiver." Gene laughed and agreed to make me one. The following day, I took that very same board I rode at Rincon into Gene's shaping room. He copied a few things from it while magically blending his special skills to make a new unique board he knew I would love. Luckily for me, Gene was on a deadline for a surfboard show in San Clemente and was already shaping about 4-5 boards for this event, so there was no turning back for him. It was a green light... and soon I was to have a new Cooperfish in my quiver. During the shaping process I was in between my surf travels and was able to sneak in and watch Gene perform his magic. His shaping room was full of classic masterpieces and colorful resins splattered on the floor. The smell of resin was like roses to my nose. His one of kind designs were everywhere and I was frothing to order more. My heart skipped a beat when I saw my sexy new Cooperfish directly in the center of the room. Gene had used a light green tint with a special rice paper inlay for the design. I was in love... Due to the surfboard show, it took about 2 months after the board was completed until I could get my hands on it. My first session was at Rincon and it was a memorable one. The waves were a little bit bigger than expected, actually a lot bigger. A random sneaker Northwest swell filled in the day I took "Greeny" (I named the board) out. It was well overhead with sucking up barrels and a very heavy current. It was actually super challenging for my new 9'10" heavy single fin. The Queen of the Coast was doing her thing while giving me a ride of a lifetime. I managed to take a few waves on the head, went swimming a couple of times, and got slammed on the suck ups when I pearled on the take off. Not really my plan for session one on Greeny. However, once I figured out the Cooper, it was a dream come true. I slid into a couple of inside beauties that were a blast. She rode like a true gem! I can't thank Gene enough for finally making me one of his boards. It is a big honor to have his handcrafted work of art in my quiver. "THANK YOU!!" Mary Osborne knee paddling her Cooperfish surfboard in Ventura, California. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Mary Osborne noserides her Cooperfish surfboard. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com Cooperfish grab rail by Mary Osborne. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com Mary Osborne glides effortlessly up and over a glassy wave. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Surf Mag. Mary Osborne, timeless surf style in Ventura, California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Cross-stepping with Mary Osborne. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com Brandon Blake and Mary Osborne, surfers in love. Ventura, California. Photos by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com Brandon Blake noseriding California Street. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Mary Osborne cross-stepping on her new Cooperfish surfboard. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com Down the line trim by Mary Osborne. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com Mary Osborne and Brandon Blake carry their longboards after going surfing in Ventura, California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Final notes from Chris Grant... While this stretch of California lies dormant for most of the summer months, a couple of small waves occasionally sneak into the various bends in the coastline. I had never officially met Mary Osborne before this session, but smiles and laughs came so easily that it felt as if I was meeting an old friend. Our schedules only jived for a mid-afternoon surf so the lighting was harsh and there was a bit of onshore wind ...none of which mattered because Mary rode the tiny waves with such style, I completely forgot about the quality of the conditions. While in the water Mary introduced me to her open-ocean paddling boyfriend, Brandon, who rips on all types of surfboards as well. If I wouldn't have known better, I would have already thought the two were married because they seem so great together. Fast forward from this summer day to a few weeks ago and they've decided to make it official. Hearty congratulations on your engagement, Mary and Brandon! Stoked for you both! Photos: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com | Cooperfish photos courtesy of Mary Osborne's personal collection
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Additional Resources: Mary Osborne - official site (includes surf camp and retreat information) Mary Osborne on Facebook Mary Osborne on Instagram Cooperfish Surfboards Gene Cooper on Facebook
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The ASP Women's World Tour at Lowers: A Watershed Moment in Women's Pro Surfing. Carissa Moore photo © Red Bull Media House

The ASP Women’s World Tour at Lowers. A Watershed Moment in Women’s Pro Surfing.

A few days into the 2013 Hurley Pro at Lowers, an official announcement was made from the booth declaring that the ASP Women's World Tour would be joining the men at the same event in 2014. Immediately, our hearts leapt with joy as one of our dreams over the years has been to see the women get the opportunity to surf a spot like Trestles in a World Tour competition. Within seconds of the announcement, Twitter, Facebook, and other social media outlets were buzzing with the news as posts were made from both fans and World Tour members alike. In the warm-up sessions that took place in the days before this year's Hurley Pro, we had the opportunity to swim around with the world's best surfers from the Men's ASP World Tour. While we didn't hear every conversation going down, the topic we heard discussed most was how incredibly fun the waves at Lowers are. The lineup was crazy-competitive and ultra-crowded with everyone from Kelly Slater and Taj Burrow to ex-WCT'ers like Chris Ward who consistently picked off the best waves of the day. Floating in the channel with a camera, it felt like we were sitting at a surf movie witnessing the best that progressive surfing has to offer. Come 2014, the women will get in on it too. If the swell cooperates at the event next September, we believe that the performances put on by the current members of the ASP Top 17 will be a watershed moment in women's professional surfing. There won't be hopping, groveling, or rolling the dice on which onshore peak to surf like some spots on the Tour schedule. Instead, there will be Lowers, a perfect pointbreak that's as close to high-performance heaven as we have in Southern California. The wave has something for every type of surfer on Tour and offers a canvas that is as equally friendly to the air game as it is to committed rail work. Lowers is our favorite wave on the coast and we're so excited that the women will get the chance to surf it in 2014. We're not the only ones amping though. We asked a bunch surfers on the current ASP Women's World Tour to share their thoughts on the event and we also received feedback from some of the US mainland and Hawaii's best amateurs, many of whom hope to be joining the Tour themselves in the future. We'll step aside now and kick it off with our current World Champion, Carissa Moore. Solid frontside air by the 2013 ASP Women's World Champion, Carissa Moore. Photo courtesy of Red Bull Content Pool. © Red Bull Media House "An event at Lowers for the women is such exciting news. It is such a high performance wave that I think will really suit the women and allow for next level surfing. It is so encouraging to see Hurley and the ASP make the effort to get us such an amazing venue for the 2014 season." - Carissa Moore   instagram.com/rissmoore10 line of blue and gray Sally Fitzgibbons fin throw at Lowers. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. "The news of the Lowers event being locked in for our 2014 tour was really exciting to hear. With the talent level on the Women's World Tour at an all-time high, it is a perfect time to introduce a high performance wave like Trestles. It will be an awesome atmosphere to compete in alongside the Men's Tour event and I'm predicting that all the heats will be extremely close. I'm looking forward to putting together a great performance there. I can't wait for September to roll around again next year and give it everything I've got to lift the inaugural Hurley Pro Trestles trophy." - Sally Fitzgibbons   instagram.com/sally_fitz line of blue and gray California's top-ranked female pro surfer, Courtney Conlogue, gets one last hit off a foamy section at Lower Trestles. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. "I'm looking forward to surfing a location such as Lowers on the World Tour because it’s a wave that allows high performance progressive surfing. It’s a move in the right direction for the Women’s World Tour." - Courtney Conlogue   instagram.com/courtneyconlogue line of blue and gray Hawaiian pro surfer, Malia Manuel, testing out new boards on a clean afternoon at Lowers. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. "Going into 2014 there are going to be a lot of positive changes for the Women's tour. That gave me motivation to want to re-qualify so I can be a part of such an awesome time for the sport of women's surfing. So far, I'm most excited about the added event at Trestles. Lowers is the skatepark of surfing and I'm looking forward to finally getting to compete again at that prestigious venue." - Malia Manuel   instagram.com/maliamanuel line of blue and gray New Zealand pro surfer, Paige Hareb, hits the lip and projects down the line on a solid wave at Lowers this summer. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. "I know there used to be a women's event at Trestles a long time ago. Ever since I knew that, I've been wishing that we would get it back and now it's here! I'm so thankful to still be on tour and to be able to get the chance to surf this fun, world class wave with one other lady in the water, eeek I'm getting excited just thinking about it!" - Paige Hareb   instagram.com/paigehareb line of blue and gray Australian surfer, Bec Woods, hits the lip in Carlsbad, California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. "Too little too late for me as I won't be on your next year. But I am stoked to say that Trestles will definitely be one event I will tune into next year for the women. To be able to showcase their ability in actual waves instead of having tactical beach break conditions will be really exciting. Congrats to the ASP for getting that one on the schedule. Wish I could of hung on long enough to be there!" - Bec Woods   instagram.com/becwoods line of blue and gray Australian pro surfer and new member of the 2014 ASP Women's World Tour, Dimity Stoyle gets her fins free at Lowers. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. "I was so excited when I heard the news of Lowers! Next year is going to be my first year on tour and the timing could not have been better! I have surfed that wave a few times before and it is the most perfect wave! The crowd is insane, so just being out in the water with one other girl out is going to be so dreamy!" - Dimity Stoyle   instagram.com/dimity line of blue and gray 2014 ASP Women's World Tour member, Nikki Van Dijk, hooks one backside on a clean afternoon left. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. "Lowers is an incredible wave obviously and I am so so excited to compete there next year. It's going to be exciting for us to show everyone our best surfing in perfect waves. It's definitely a huge step forward in women's surfing." - Nikki van Dijk   instagram.com/nikkivandijk line of blue and gray French surfer, Johanne Defay, hits the closeout on a sunny, Southern California afternoon. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. "The dream tour aptly named. It's a perfect wave, and the girls will be able to show their finest surfing!" - Johanne Defay   instagram.com/johannedefay line of blue and gray Hawaiian surfer, Tatiana Weston-Webb, hooks a turn on an afternoon Lowers left. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. "I heard rumors of Lowers being an upcoming event for the 2014 Women's World Tour when I was in France and Spain, and I was already freaking out about the rumor. When the ASP made the announcement I couldn't stop imagining how amazing it would be for the women to get to perform at such a perfect wave! The next thing I thought was this is definitely the next step to competitive surfing for women because Lowers is one of the most prestigious waves and it's a really big deal that the Hurley Pro wants to include women in the event! Many women on Tour will get a lot more publicity because of it!" - Tatiana Weston-Webb   instagram.com/tatiwest line of blue and gray Current USA Surf Team member, Nikki Viesins, hits the lip vertically at Lower Trestles, California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. "I think it will be a great venue. Lowers is a world class wave, and you can pretty much count on it to produce swell. I think it gives the women a fair chance to demonstrate their talent and prove themselves. It's a great location, and I am really looking forward to watching the event. Hopefully one day I'll be right up there with them." - Nikki Viesins   instagram.com/viesins line of blue and gray Tia Blanco gouges a fun Lowers left during the 2013 Surfing America USA Championships. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. "I am overly excited to see that the women's tour has made its way to lowers. I have experienced heats there the past couple of years and it is one of the best places to have a contest. Lowers is such an amazing wave. The girls this year are so talented and I believe everyone has been waiting for this opportunity for them to surf such a rippable wave. Hopefully one day I will get the chance to join them!" - Tia Blanco   instagram.com/tiablanco line of blue and gray Hawaiian surfer, Mahina Maeda, drives hard off the bottom of a solid Lowers left. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. "When I heard about the new World Tour event for the Women at Lower Trestles, I was shocked. I think it’s amazing that they are holding it at a world-class wave, and it gets to show the truth of about women’s surfing. Over the years we’ve been less prioritized and we should be treated as one with the boys, because every woman out there has the potential to do a man's job. If there's an amateur event at Lowers, why isn't there a pro event? Lowers is a rippable wave, and I'm excited to see my favorite surfers be out there for next year's season, and hoping I get to surf in that event sometime in the future. I’ve won a couple of National Titles there, and hoping to win a World Tour event at that same spot." - Mahina Maeda   instagram.com/mahinamaeda line of blue and gray Hawaiian surfer, Dax McGill, punts a nice frontside air on a fun afternoon Lowers left. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. "When I heard the news about the Women's tour having a stop at Lowers I was ecstatic! I couldn't really even believe it. Lowers is one of the most perfect waves in the world. In my opinion it's the closest thing to a wave pool! This event is going to show the true potential of all the women on the tour. Hopefully one day I'll be surfing in it! Thank you Hurley for the amazing opportunity for the women. They're going to prove themselves ;)" - Dax McGill   instagram.com/dax_mcgill line of blue and gray USA Surf Team member, Kylie Loveland, hooks a nice backside turn at Lowers this summer. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. "I think the Women's World Tour coming to Lowers is something that has taken too long to happen! Everyone loves watching the guys shred one of the best waves in Southern California, but it's only fair to let the girls have their fair share of fun too! I'm stoked to see that girl surfers are getting more opportunities just like the boys." - Kylie Loveland   instagram.com/kylieloveland line of blue and gray Malia Ward throws down a nice layback snap on an overcast day at Lower Trestles, California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. "I think that it's an amazing opportunity for the girls to really show off their competition strategies and skills. And it also represents the growth and uprising of women's surfing. I believe Lowers is a magical wave that will bring out the most talent in a contest and it is a big step for women's surfing to be a part of that." - Malia Ward   instagram.com/malia_ward line of blue and gray Final Note: Thank you to the ASP, Paul Speaker, Jessi Miley-Dyer, Pat O'Connell, Bob Hurley, the Hurley brand, IMG, California State Parks and whoever else played an integral part in taking the ASP Women's World Tour to Trestles next year. With this move you have fulfilled dreams and undoubtedly stoked the imaginations of young athletes the world over who will get to witness the best female surfers competing in a truly, world-class venue. Photos: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com | Photo of Carissa Moore © Red Bull Media House

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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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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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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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