As this disaster of a year has erased every major surf contest, we've been getting our competitive surfing fix by watching every new clip that gets dropped on social media. While no jerseys are being worn, it's been fun to see each surfer one-up each other, especially with regards to the surfing taking place at BSR in Waco, Texas. For us, one of the highlights of the past several months has been watching the aerial acrobatics of young Hawaiian surfer, Erin Brooks. The 13-year-old's clips have been shared all over the world and in Rip Curl's "Master & Apprentice", Erin is back at BSR pushing the limits once again.
If there was ever a person who could carry the mantle of being a mentor, the unstoppable Bethany Hamilton pulls the title off easily. By her words, actions, and her own continued quest for progression, Bethany both inspires and is inspired by Erin, and their comaraderie is evident both in and out of the water.
As Erin Brooks explains, "Bethany has taught me to never give up no matter what I'm facing in life. She also shows kindness to everyone she meets, and I try to do the same. Bethany never lets fear get in the way of accomplishing her goals."
For more information about Bethany and Erin's 3-day super session, check Rip Curl's story here.
The first time I saw Summer Macedo surf was as a staff photographer for the 2015 ISA World Juniors in Oceanside. Backpedaling through the crowd while she was being chaired up the beach by the Hawaiian team left me with the impression that her surfing future would be bright indeed. After winning the World Junior title, Summer has gone on to have strong finishes around the globe as a WQS competitor and looked to have another solid season in 2020 before Covid-19 took over the world.
For anyone who's been on quarantine for the past month or more, surf footage has been a necessary lifeline to some sense of normalcy. Luckily for Summer and for us surf fans, surfing in still allowed in Hawaii so plenty of clips are continuously streaming from the Aloha state. For anyone who's been missing deep rail carves and hammering sections, Summer Macedo's surfing in Maui fits the bill perfectly.
The ocean has always been my home
There, I've grown up
And learnt the most valuable lessons of life
That we are people who need dreams
That if I'm patient
I'll be able to understand mother nature
That if I fight and don't give up
My body and mind will become stronger
That those who follow their dreams are scared
And feel lonely
But at the end of the day, everything is worth it
That you will lose a lot
And you will want to quit
But you will continue
And that's the most important part of the journey
That when you win
It's not the medal that matters
But those you were with along the journey
Sport, surfing at the end
Is my way to become a better person
For me, it's not only about achieving my dream
But about the person I become going for it
With each new clip that Kelly Slater Wave Co releases, the legend grows. In an edit that dropped on Thanksgiving, Malia Manuel, Coco Ho, Sage Erickson, and Lakey Peterson score barrel after barrel in glassy, pristine conditions. If smiles are an accurate indicator of being thankful, this clip contains more gratitude than any other we've seen. Love this video!!!
Brazilian-born surfer, Luiza Campos, is one of our favorite photographers and while checking out some of her work online, we stumbled upon a surf session of hers in Malibu, California. This short film is part of Luiza and her husband, Stephan Figueiredo's Golden State Series and touches on what most of us know we'll be facing when we surf the iconic point break----fun, peeling waves but out-of-this-world crowds.
Continuing our 'The Golden State Series', we capture Luiza Campos during a sunny California afternoon riding the wave that gave birth to surfing on the west coast - Malibu.
This wave has it's bittersweet moments. Flawless in every way, yet unbearably crowded. You can spend hours out there before you catch a one, and most likely you will be sharing it with five other people you have never seen before. But, there is always that one ride that makes it worth the effort.
As the world continues to get smaller and more people continue to flood to the same places, it's hard not to let your mind wander to somewhere far away, where maybe there is another undiscovered Malibu with no one around.
Within the chaos and with much patience, Luiza finds her space amongst a sea full of strangers.
While there has been much written about the "Brazilian Storm" in men's surfing, women's surfing in South America has flown a bit under the radar. We've often covered Silvana Lima and Sofia Mulanovich on JettyGirl over the years, but there are many other amazing surfers from the continent who haven't been written about in North America's surf publications. We're setting out to change that. We won't be able to cover everyone, but slowly but surely we will do our best to make known some surfers you may not have seen before. Case in point is Gilvanilta Ferreira, a surfer we hadn't heard of before we saw some clips on her Instagram a few months back. With sick style and a solid bag of tricks, this will surely not be the last you hear about Gil's surfing. We cant wait to see how much further she takes her airs into the future.
"I used to sell coconuts at the beach with my family. Since then I always watched the boys surfing, but I didn't have a board. Instead, I used the cooler lids of the coconuts for surfing, but my mom was mad at me because I used to break all of them. Since those days, I just fell in love with surfing."
Apaixonada pelo surfe desde que usava a tampa da caixa de isopor em que sua família vendia coco para surfar, Gilvanilta Ferreira é uma das poucas mulheres que pode se orgulhar em carregar o status de aerialista.
Potiguar "rata de praia", ela se sente à vontade para praticar as decolagens no quintal de casa, Ponta Negra (Natal, RN).
From hitting the gym to wrapping turns on her Carver Skateboards model to transferring all her hard work to the water, Courtney On Board has something special for every fan of Courtney Conlogue. A highlight for us is how seamlessly Courtney transfers her concrete carves to the same type of turns in the surf.
"Once you get to a certain point, you need to inspire yourself somehow ...to be the best you and to not follow others, but to create yourself."
Courtney had been training on a Carver for several years before we sponsored her, so by the time we met about designing her model, she had plenty of ideas, from the shape and length to the graphic. Short and wide was her mantra, so she can practice maneuvers with great control and precision proportionate to her size. This premium skate features an eco-certified Walnut veneer bottom.
I've had the honor and privilege of photographing Courtney Conlogue at various times over the past eight years or so and the single greatest thing I've personally learned from her is the importance of discipline. From watching her approach to amateur contests as a young surfer to school to training to nutrition to the injuries and other obstacles she's faced and overcome on the World Tour--she has always been on top of things in a way that screams champion, not just in sport but in life in general.
"The discipline aspect is so natural for me now because it's been bred into every aspect of my life--from doing chores, to going to school, to doing my homework, to having a routine in the morning before I went to school ...trying to work on my pop-ups in surfing when I was a little grom to get my pop-ups faster and other little things like that just to create a habit."
In this episode of Billabong Women's "Salt Water Sirens" series, Courtney goes on to speak about her childhood, the importance of her family, and her general approach to life.
"I love to laugh and I love to explore. I love to just be. I'm not someone who tries to overly plan something. I do plan for the future, but I don't stress on it. I try to follow my instincts with whatever I do and back myself all the way."
The video touches on those excruciating moments at Honolua Bay last season when the World Title slipped away, but far from being permanently devastated by it, Courtney took a few days to deal with the situation, put it behind her, and got back to work for the year ahead.
This short film is amazing and for those who care to listen to Courtney's words, there are lessons here that could apply to any of us--parents, kids, athletes, and coaches. This being a surfing site, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention her surfing and like always, Courtney delivers with true power and creativity. Congratulations to Courtney, her family, Billabong, Collective Digital Cinema, and everyone else who has a hand in the "Salt Water Sirens" series. Really solid effort by everyone involved. Five out of five stars!!
Every athlete will face that moment before the action begins. It’s filled with quiet determination, sharp focus, the sound of blood pounding in her ears. It’s the culmination of years of training, resilience, defeat and success, the moment that defines a champion.
For the second installment of Billabong’s Salt Water Sirens series we take an intimate look into the mindset of Courtney Conlogue, who suffered a brutal surfing injury that forced her to the sidelines as she watched her world title hopes slip out of reach. After a year of mental and physical healing, Courtney fought her way back to her strongest year ever, propelled by three World Tour wins which landed her at the #2 spot in the world. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, can her unparalleled dedication to her sport take her from the peripherals of the world’s eye to the focus: the Women’s World Title?
From the experiences that shaped her to the drive that energizes her through the dynamic landscape of competitive surfing, Salt Water Sirens is a compelling look into the journey that has transformed Courtney from an athlete to an icon.
"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).
Although the vast majority of us ride surfboards shaped by someone else--hopefully your local shaper whenever possible--it's still fun to get yourself covered in foam by making an attempt at shaping your own surfboard at least once in your surfing life. If you can't get time in your own shaper's bay, a perfect alternative is to head to Shaper Studios where they have all the tools necessary to make your dream board a reality. In this video by the talented Justin Jung, Tia scores some time away from the competitive scene and enjoys a relaxing session at home on a self-shaped longboard, all backed by a wonderful track by Catherine Clark.
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
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
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.
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