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Surfers pictured (in no particular order): Harley Taich, Sally Fitzgibbons, Malia Ward, Erin Ashley, Margaux Arramon-Tucoo, Anastasia Ashley, Cori Schumacher, Alize Arnaud, Kylie Loveland, Shea Hodges, Jenni Flanigan, Chloe Buckley, Reika Noro, Steffi Kerson, Kyla Langen, Stephanie Schechter, Kaley Swift, Megan Godinez, Claire Bevilacqua, Bianca Buitendag, Lauren Sweeney, Alexa Frantz, Kelsey Harris, Mallory Eberlin, and Courtney Conlogue.
San Diego surfer, Alexa Frantz, throws down a nice frontside snap and receives some applause from Tonic Haircare's Lauren Otonicar. Single Wave Thursday on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. One ride, no music, just ocean.
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One thing we really enjoy when shooting with Alexa Frantz is that she never cuts out of a wave. Every section gets obliterated whether it's a hooking lip or a chunk of whitewater as shown here.
One of the keys to a nice bash off the whitewater is taking the correct angle of attack ...too vertical and you end up out the back while a lateral approach will find you bogging down with a weird and wobbly floater. Alexa takes a path between those two and hits it at 10 o'clock. In shot number two, her positioning is absolutely perfect with her body and arms in flawless right angles while her board is square against the oncoming section. When you get your angles right, the reward is that you can really apply the power and flair which she does in shot #3.
The rest of the sequence is a visual reminder of how important it is to generate good amounts of speed in surfing ...approach the whitewater at half speed and you're done --hit it at full tilt and you're a hero.
Photos: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
Previous Photo Fridays | Rebecca Woods | Silvana Lima | Alessa Quizon
We know what you're thinking. Mid-May is certainly not summer ...yet a trip to the beach earlier today sure felt like summer, so much so that we've decided to kick off Jettygirl's annual summer photo feature a bit early this year. The water's warming up, the sun's out and there's no May Gray to be seen. We'll be adding regularly to this photo feature over the next four months so check back often. We hope that all of you have a wonderful summer and for those of you on the globe who are entering winter shortly, we hope these images will keep you inspired as you're pulling on your 4/3 fullsuits. Enjoy!
Alana Blanchard - Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.comAugust 7, 2012 - Alana Blanchard takes a moment to guide a baby opossum up to dry sand after he found himself going for an unexpected ocean swim. Kyla Langen - Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.comAugust 1, 2012 - Kyla Langen spends much of her time up north these days but it's always a treat when she's in town. Spirited foam blast at a spot her and her family call home. Lauren Sweeney - Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.comJuly 16, 2012 - I met Lauren Sweeney five years ago on the morning this photo was taken. Her first ride was a backside air. This was her second wave. Five minutes into the session and she already had a fan for life. After getting to know her over the years, I've found her to be one of the most well-rounded individuals I've ever come across. Alexia Jeri - Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.comJuly 8, 2012 - A while back I was swimming around in the channel when a ripping goofyfoot from Peru paddled out a snagged a bunch of fun lefts to herself. Alexia Jeri hooks one off the top at one of Southern California's few remaining secret spots. Haley Watson - Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.comJuly 6, 2012 - Haley Watson is one of the few people we know who'd both surf in an event, then do the Reef bikini contest afterward. The current Miss Flagler County dons an evening gown as easily as she gets her hands dirty organizing events and raising money for the MayDay Memorial Foundation, a nonprofit she founded in loving memory of her mother, Dollie Sue Watson, that raises awareness and funds to fight heart disease in women. Coco Ho - Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.comJuly 5, 2012 - We still think it's lame that the World Tour doesn't end in Hawaii again this year. Deciding the World Title in Huntington Beach just doesn't seem right. Nevertheless, the HB shorebreak still tests boards, bodies and commitment. Knees bent and ready to absorb the shore dump, Coco Ho stamps the end of her ride with an exclamation point. Claire Bevilacqua - Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.comJuly 3, 2012 - This post will be short and sweet. We miss Claire and wish she was here. Today, tomorrow and always, she will be one of our all-time favorites. Lulu Erkeneff - Photo: Mark Simon / simonphotography.smugmug.comJune 30, 2012 - Day in, day out you can find Lulu Erkeneff ripping this local left. Earlier today, Lulu put in some solid rail work at one of California's most competitive surf spots. Danny Dean - Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.comJune 25, 2012 - It's always wise to check for stingrays during the summer, but the influx in Oceanside this year is simply ridiculous. You're usually in the clear when the only parts of you in saltwater are a couple of toes. In the Summer of 2012 however, there are so many out there that it's worth it to check back and make sure they're not following you onto the sand. Danny Dean, Oceanside, California. Nikki Viesins - Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.comJune 23, 2012 - Some of Nikki Viesins' turns were so similar to Sally Fitzgibbons that I did a few double-takes yesterday. On a messy onshore day where many of the locals left the water shaking their heads at how bad it was, Nikki shredded wave after wave to the beach. I wish she would visit North County more often. Kaleigh Gilchrist - Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.comJune 21, 2012 - I dig watching power surfers and Kaleigh Gilchrist is no exception. This particularly windy day featured tricky, frothy rights and with textbook style, Kaleigh applied both power and finesse on wave after wave. Alexa Frantz, Kelsey Harris & Mallory Eberlin - Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.comJune 11, 2012 - These three surfers had just finished a completely solo session and were back at the car when a complete stranger walks up and says, "My friend has this boat. Do you want to go wakeboarding with us?" After an incredibly awkward minute of silence, the guy bailed but once again I was left bewildered at the lame lines I hear on Jettygirl shoots. I'm pretty sure that bikinis are just bikinis, not invitations. Lindsay Steinriede - Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.comJune 10, 2012 - Far from the prying eyes of a hundred media cameras, the current ASP Women's Longboard World Champion, Lindsay Steinriede, makes her way to the water's edge at a break that's always been dear to her heart. Alexa Frantz - Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.comJune 8, 2012 - Somewhat of a secret outside of San Diego, Alexa Frantz is definitely on the short list of surfers I like to shoot with. Her choice of beach attire turns heads most everywhere she goes but it's what she does in the water that I appreciate. The powerful regularfoot has a variety of fin-throwing turns and she never plays it safe. Alexa takes the polar-opposite of "3 to the beach" approach and that's one of the reasons why we like her surfing so much. Ryoko Maruyama - Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.comJune 6, 2012 - With a quiet gesture that would surely warm the heart of any surfboard shaper, Ryoko Maruyama, shows her board some much deserved appreciation before paddling out at a secret reef in Cardiff. Singlefin love from Japan. Danielle Wyman - Photo: Mark Simon / simonphotography.smugmug.comJune 5, 2012 - On one of those "sunny-but-still-fullsuit" weather days, 3-time ISF State Champion and Dana Hills High School star, Danielle Wyman, whips a nice turn off the top at her local spot. As a standout at one of Southern California's most competitive surf spots, watch for Danielle to continue to make waves in coming years. Bianca Valenti - Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.comJune 4, 2012 - Far from her homebreak in Marin County, current women's Pipeline champ, Bianca Valenti, was in town for the Bud Light Lime Surf Series event in Oceanside held over the weekend. The waves weren't great but I'm sure it was refreshing for Bianca to ditch her fullsuit and booties for a couple of days in a spring suit. Kassia Meador - Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.comMay 26, 2012 - A few summers back I had the chance to work with Kassia for a three-day stretch while she was working on some of her early wetsuit designs. A few things stick out in my mind from the sessions ...on the negative side, no sun and a fried wide angle lens; on the bright side, it was the first time I was able to meet the amazing Sofia Mulanovich and of course the extended opportunity to watch Kassia rip on everything from her prized alaia to a pristine singlefin noserider. Taylor Pitz - Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.comMay 24, 2012 - After being chased from a secret spot last summer, we had to walk for an hour over sharp, rocky terrain. Judging by Taylor's virtual jog over sharp rocks, she'd have no problem walking over hot coals. She probably grew weary of hearing me say, "Ooh, ouch!" a thousand times during the journey. On the way back Taylor discovered a natural pool and took a moment to cool her feet. Shea Hodges - Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.comMay 23, 2012 - Late afternoon slice by Shea Hodges. The water in San Diego is beginning to warm which suits this Hawaiian goofyfoot fine. While others are breaking out their bikinis, Shea's happily transitioning to a 3/2mm full. Warm and shredding in the sun's last light, Cardiff, California. Kulia Doherty - Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.comMay 21, 2012 - It may not look like it but on this summer day the water was freezing. If I recall, Kulia's dad Mike (may he rest in peace) said he'd give her $10 if she braved the sub-60 degree cold for a couple of waves. I wasn't on the beach to see her collect her payday but she earned every cent on the couple of rights she ripped to the beach. Chloe Buckley - Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.comMay 17, 2012 - A painful example of May and June in California ...cloudy over here, sunny over there. Chloe Buckley eyes a section down the line on one of those overcast-but-warm mornings. Claire Bevilacqua - Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.comMay 16, 2012 - With south swell lines pushing into the jetty a few seasons back, our good friend Claire Bevilacqua makes her way to the jump-off spot. Hayley Conant - Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.comMay 15, 2012 - This photo was taken in 2008 but we wanted to post it in honor of Hayley Conant, who as of a few hours ago gave birth to her first child. While Hayley might not be surfing anytime soon, her summer will no doubt be an amazing one. Congratulations Hayley!
As we embark on another season of sunshine, we feel that there's no better way to celebrate summer than to showcase a few photos from our favorite time of year. Our goal here (more or less) is to post an image or two every few days so check back often to see what's new. We wish you all the best of times this summer and for those of you on the globe who are entering winter right now, I hope these will keep you stoked as you're pulling on your fullsuits. Enjoy!
Leila Hurst - Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
August 9 - A clean turn on a glassy wave will always be a timeless move. Leila Hurst recently moved from the warmth of Hawaii to the every-once-in-a-while sunny skies of California. The highly ranked Pro Jr is a most welcome addition to our shores and I'm hopeful that you'll be seeing more of the stylish regularfoot in JettyGirl in coming weeks and months. Claire Bevilacqua - Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
August 8 - This Western Australian loves to punt airs but even more, she relishes the chance to pull in. I wish I could she Claire in action at Backdoor this winter but for now, some thin-lipped Newport barrels need to suffice. A terror in the air and an absolute maestro in the green room, Claire Bevilacqua. Alana Blanchard and Leila Hurst - Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
August 7 - Yes, this is summer. Our brief season of warm water arrived then disappeared before our June gloom fullsuits ever had a chance to completely dry out. This August morning was gray and drizzling but even the dullest of mornings brightens up when you're among friends. Longtime friends Alana Blanchard and Leila Hurst run to greet each other in Newport Beach. Jasset Umbel - Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
July 29 - The Trestles area responds differently to each swell. While Lowers can seem like top-to-bottom paradise, some swell directions call for a more lateral approach. Florida's Jasset Umbel spends quite a bit of time at the famous pointbreak and knows when to hit the gas pedal to get speed for the sections setting up down the line. Jasset takes the high line on a beautiful, sunny afternoon. Kelly Nicely - Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
July 22 - Four-Eyed Clyde's last ride. Tonight I met up with Kelly Nicely who had just returned from France after competing in the Roxy Pro. While she usually just sells her boards in Europe to save in airline fees, Four-Eyed Clyde was so special to her that she paid $300 to get the board back to California. Exactly one hour after this photo was taken, Four-Eyed Clyde was broken in two pieces by a shallow, double-up. Rest in Peace Clyde 🙁 Shea Hodges - Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
July 14 - Tonight I had the opportunity to meet up with a good friend who happens to be one of the best surfers I've ever seen, Hawaii's Shea Hodges. We don't get to shoot as much as when she lived up here in Oceanside but I'm always stoked when we can meet up. Our evening session was small, really small, but as she always does, Shea took apart the mini-lefts running across the inside bank. Looking forward to many more sessions with the stylish Hawaiian throughout the summer... Marissa Shaw - Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
July 13 - A few years ago I was shooting with Claire Bevilacqua at one of Southern California's busiest point breaks. On this particular day, many of America's top female amateur surfers were splitting peaks with Claire. When she exited the water she asked me the name of the young regularfoot who launched airs on every wave. It was none other than San Clemente's Marissa Shaw. Fast forward to last week at the same spot and there was Marissa, punting at every opportunity and even tweaking it into rotations when the opportunity presented itself. A shredding surfer, gnarly athlete, busy lifeguard and dedicated college student, there's pretty much nothing Marissa Shaw can't do. Alexa Frantz - Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
July 12 - Summer is in full force but still some gray days remain. I don't know anybody that loves bikinis as much as Alexa Frantz. It could be freezing ...as shown here by the dudes in the fullsuits ...and there will be Alexa, throwing buckets like it's the hottest day of summer. There's no doubt that Alexa turns heads as she walks down the beach carrying her hot pink boards but it's the manner in which she hucks spray that I appreciate. Her heart of gold? ...that's pretty cool too! Ornella Pellizzari - Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
July 9 - Overhead, nasty onshores, and river-like currents...all part of Oceanside during a south swell. It was refreshing to see a pro surfer paddle out in WAY less than ideal conditions, all the while smiling and laughing while taking off on ugly bombs. There weren't many hittable sections but this right had one and Argentina's Ornella Pellizzari launched into a nice backside air. So stoked that Ornella will be in town for a while 🙂 Stephanie Schechter - Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
July 5 - It's always interesting to meet new surfers and discover their unique personalities. My wife and I often joke that I have both the gift of perception and misperception in equal parts. I love guessing with each new person I meet how their on-land style will translate once they hit the water. Stephanie Schechter is a case in point. My assumption was that her larger than life, gregarious personality on land would translate into an energetic style of waveriding. In contrast, Stephanie's surfing style is about as calm, cool and collected as can be. Stephanie, relaxed on the nose in Oceanside. Julie Cox - Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
July 3 - I've always loved this shot of Julie Cox...the late afternoon hues, the sunlight bouncing off her wetsuit and the beautiful surfboard shaped by Dane Perlee and painted by Thomas Campbell. As Julie dedicates more of her daylight hours to the California Surf Museum where she serves as Operations Manager, I'm sure she appreciates those extra hours of sunlight that each summer afternoon brings. Heather Jordan - Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
July 2 - While not a fan of the marine layer, I do like those mornings that are "bright" gray if that makes sense. In the half-dozen years I've known Heather Jordan, one thing's for certain, I have absolutely no idea when or where our paths will cross but I'm always stoked when they do. On this morning Heather ventured far from her homebreak and ended up getting some of the best waves of the day. Intelligent and hard-working, Heather will be making her way up to UCLA this fall...meeting up with fellow Bruins, Taylor Pitz and Chandler Parr in what looks to be a formidable surf team in the women's division. Kyla Langen - Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
July 1 - Brains, beauty, soul, and the versatility to charge barrels and draw flawless arcs, my friend Kyla Langen enjoying her favorite local spot. Preparation is key in early summer as the tricky and changing water temps could find you in a fullsuit in the morning and a bikini just a few hours later. Jenna Balester - Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
June 29 - Intimate knowledge of your local break pays off when faced with summertime crowds. While the masses were being swept up the coast in Huntington Beach's Colorado River-like current, Jenna Balester out-positioned the pack and scored one of the better rights of the morning...delivering a beautiful backhand turn on a special quad shaped by her dad, Tom Balester. Brittani Nicholl - Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
June 22 - Even at California's most crowded summertime pointbreak there are occasional moments of solitude. Photo-friendly lighting is long gone by lunch hour but that doesn't mean the waves are done. Brittani Nicholl paddled out for some midday fun and I was lucky enough to join her and her mom for one last session before they left for home last summer. Unfortunately, Brittani like so many of my Australian friends, won't be coming to America this summer thanks to the ridiculous decision to "upgrade" the US Open to a World Tour event this year. Since the same family of companies basically controls both events, my vote is to return the US Open to its former WQS status and make real progress by adding a Women's World Tour event to the Hurley Pro at Lowers in September. Sadly though, I don't get a vote... Claire Bevilacqua - Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com
June 21 - In a world of desaturated images, cell phone one-click recipes, bogus light leaks and every other type of digital treatment (some of which were applied here), pure color sometimes takes a back seat to its trendy counterparts. Unlike photos though, colorful personalities like Claire's never fade into the background. Reaching out to feel the arc she's created, Claire paints another masterpiece.
The day the rains came I met Alexa Frantz, Chloe Buckley and Kelsey Harris at dawn for a few waves before the holidays. We were greeted with small but rideable surf and an empty lineup. Despite the 38 degree air temp and oddly behaving flock of pigeons that kept dive bombing the girls, they were out of their warm cars and into the ice water within minutes.
Nobody's going to score any cover shots out of a rainy day but it's still fun to set up the camera when there's a good crew with you. Momentary glimpses of sunlight, fighting gulls and crisp turns by the girls made the day worthwhile. -Chris Grant
Photo at left: Thank you to all the men and women who selflessly protect the freedoms we enjoy...even frivolous ones like surfing. Chloe Buckley, Alexa Frantz and Number 1666.
Stormy skies over Oceanside Pier
Chloe Buckley on one of the few open faced waves
Backside snap by Chloe Buckley
Fresh off the plane from Hawaii and back into freezing home waters, Alexa Frantz
Some of my favorite surfers have wings
Kelsey Harris' frontside floater
Chloe Buckley banking hard off the foam
Chloe Buckley smacks the lip near North Jetty
Greed, envy, lust ...the seagull in the background making plans
When the waves pick up, this is one of my favorite Alexa Frantz turns