The Other Side of Surfing – Panel Participants Include Ashley Lloyd Thompson, Tiffany Campbell, Bianca Valenti & Julie Cox – April 23, 2015 at the California Institute of Integral Studies

Inspirational stories from surf industry ladies about surfing big waves, making films, building surfboards, and riding professionally.
At a time when surfing is changing and some are fighting to maintain the status quo, we are shifting the spotlight onto the other side of surfing. Join us for a curated conversation with Ashley Lloyd Thompson, Tiffany Campbell, Bianca Valenti, and Julie Cox about international surf culture, the herstory of surfing, the industry, and more.
 Other Side of Surfing featuring Ashley Lloyd Thompson, Tiffany Campbell, Bianca Valenti and Julie Cox. Curated by Margaret Seelie.  
PANEL PARTICIPANTS
Ashley Lloyd Thompson is one of few women who are internationally recognized for her work as a surfboard shaper. She signs every board she shapes, "Made with love," which is an attitude that permeates all that she does. In the shaping bay she crafts with passion and purpose, and in the water her elegant yet playful style is contagious. Over the past twelve years she has been honing her craft and creating her own surfboard brand, Ashley Lloyd Thompson Surfboards. As a new mom, Ashley and her husband are navigating parenthood while maintaining her shaping business.
Tiffany Campbell is a filmmaker who focuses on surfing and skateboarding. Tiffany and Andria Lessler's debut film, Dear & Yonder: Daring Stories of Ladies United by the Sea, won SURFER Magazine's Breakthrough Filmmaker Award in 2009. For over a decade she has been involved with Villa Villa Cola, a collective of artists, filmmakers, skateboarders and photographers that produce videos and zines that encourage more girls to skate.
Bianca Valenti became the first female Big Wave World Tour Champion in 2014. Proof Lab, a surf shop in Marin, sponsors her. Currently, Bianca's big wave riding is being filmed for the documentary, It Ain't Pretty: A film about women who surf Ocean Beach in San Francisco, scheduled for release in 2015.
Julie Cox was a team rider for Roxy for eight years, during which time she competed around the world. In the Women's Longboard Tour, Julie placed fifth in the world three years running. She was the Director of the California Surf Museum, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving surfing heritage. She also launched The Jule Collection, a line of women's surfboards, with shaper Jed Noll. Currently, she gives surf lessons locally and abroad.
CURATAOR
Margaret Seelie is a native Ohioan who grew up with an obsession for surf culture. Since moving to California she has been learning to surf and build boards, freelance writing, letterpress printing, and teaching. She is always looking for new ways to share inspiration and stoke with those around her.
RAFFLE
We will be hosting a raffle in conjunction with this event! Tickets will be available for $3 each or 2 for $5. Come early to buy tickets and we will announce the winners at the end! Must be present to win.
*100% of money raised from the raffle benefits CIIS Public Programs & Performances Workshops Scholarship! This scholarship will make CIIS workshops available to students and people in the community who may not be able to afford them.
Current Raffle Items:
- Carve Design $250 gift certificate - Surf Lesson with Julie Cox - 2 T-shirts with surf prints by Australian artist, Jonas Claesson - Stand up Paddle board lesson and rental for 4 people from 101 Surf - Limited edition signed letterpress poster for The Other Side of Surfing
DETAILS & TICKET INFORMATION
Event Contact: Margaret Seelie mseelie@gmail.com (440)308-5576 Event Title: The Other Side of Surfing Event Host Name: California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) Street Address of Event: 1453 Mission St Date of Event: Thursday, April 23, 2015 Start Time: 7:00PM End Time: 9:00PM Tickets: $10 presale / $12 day of event URL to buy tickets: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-other-side-of-surfing-panel-discussion-tickets-14969240401 Event link: http://www.ciis.edu/Public_Programs/Public_Programs_Events/Other_Side_SP15.html
Other Side of Surfing featuring Ashley Lloyd Thompson, Tiffany Campbell, Bianca Valenti and Julie Cox. Curated by Margaret Seelie.  

Notes from the Sand at the Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro. Round of 24 frontside air by Courtney Conlogue.

Notes from the Sand:
Courtney Conlogue's Frontside Air in the Round of 24 Presented by InsuranceSurfers.com The Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro was an incredible event to watch. It's unusual to have eighty of the world's best surfers descend on your local break at one time but for the week of the Supergirl Pro, that's exactly what happened. After the madness of the US Open at Huntington, the City of Oceanside provided a welcome relief for many of the pros and I heard that sentiment repeated continuously throughout the week. Although there were some funky winds here and there, the ocean delivered fun waves throughout the event and the performances were top notch. While it is important to cover the event's final results (Congratulations Sage and Paige!), we thought it would be fun to look at some of the "sidelights" that aren't necessarily reflected on the podium at the close of the event. We've titled this brief series "Notes from the Sand" and we knew straight off there was only one place to begin ...and that's with Courtney Conlogue's frontside air in the Round of 24. I was standing on the beach talking with the current women's Pipeline champ, Bianca Valenti, when Courtney took off on this right. Our hour and a half conversation suddenly became quiet as Courtney projected out of the lip and into the air. I would have normally bunched up all the whitewater photos together into a "she made it" collage but Courtney's determination to pull this off was so remarkable that I feel every frame should be shown. When she landed in the trough, she was completely laying down flat on her back for what seemed like an eternity. Even though Courtney disappeared into the foam, I kept shooting as I could tell she was going to put every stomach crunch she's ever done into good use and will herself to ride it out. She pulled it and the beach erupted. The judges responded quickly with a 9.70 for the one heavy move. Courtney's air marked her as the surfer to beat and ignited performances for the rest of the event. In the heats that followed, surfers were going way bigger than they were before and the feeling on the beach was electric. I know many believe that women's lifestyle coverage is more important to the industry than heat performances but on this day, throwing caution to the wind ruled the day. Frolicking for the lens is fine and it's a necessary part of marketing but watching an athlete unleash her training, skill and determination on an oncoming section will always bring this photographer to his feet. - Chris Grant Courtney Conlogue. Frontside air sequence. 2012 Supergirl Pro at Oceanside Pier. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Courtney Conlogue. Frontside air sequence. 2012 Supergirl Pro at Oceanside Pier. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Courtney Conlogue. Frontside air sequence. 2012 Supergirl Pro at Oceanside Pier. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Courtney Conlogue. Frontside air sequence. 2012 Supergirl Pro at Oceanside Pier. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Courtney Conlogue. Frontside air sequence. 2012 Supergirl Pro at Oceanside Pier. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Courtney Conlogue. Frontside air sequence. 2012 Supergirl Pro at Oceanside Pier. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Courtney Conlogue. Frontside air sequence. 2012 Supergirl Pro at Oceanside Pier. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Courtney Conlogue. Frontside air sequence. 2012 Supergirl Pro at Oceanside Pier. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Courtney Conlogue. Frontside air sequence. 2012 Supergirl Pro at Oceanside Pier. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Courtney Conlogue. Frontside air sequence. 2012 Supergirl Pro at Oceanside Pier. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Courtney Conlogue. Frontside air sequence. 2012 Supergirl Pro at Oceanside Pier. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Courtney Conlogue. Frontside air sequence. 2012 Supergirl Pro at Oceanside Pier. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Courtney Conlogue. Frontside air sequence. 2012 Supergirl Pro at Oceanside Pier. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Courtney Conlogue. Frontside air sequence. 2012 Supergirl Pro at Oceanside Pier. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Courtney Conlogue. Frontside air sequence. 2012 Supergirl Pro at Oceanside Pier. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.Courtney Conlogue. Frontside air sequence. 2012 Supergirl Pro at Oceanside Pier. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
Additional Resources: Five Minutes with Courtney Conlogue Courtney Conlogue on Jettygirl's YouTube Channel Courtney Conlogue on Facebook Follow Courtney Conlogue on Twitter

Surf Girls of Summer. An Ongoing Surf Photo Gallery from May through August. Free to attend, no ticket required.

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 and the mythical saltwater opossum. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Alana Blanchard - Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com August 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 with a spirited foam blast at a spot her and her family call home. Kyla Langen - Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com August 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, frontside air in Carlsbad, California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Lauren Sweeney - Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com July 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.
While visiting Southern California a while back, Peru's Alexia Jeri enjoyed some afternoon lefts at one the best summer spots on our coast. Alexia Jeri - Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com July 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.
Florida's Haley Watson at Oceanside Pier. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com Haley Watson - Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com July 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, Nike US Open of Surfing, Huntington Beach. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Coco Ho - Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com July 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 at Trestles. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Claire Bevilacqua - Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com July 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.
Day in, day out you can find Lulu Erkeneff ripping her local left. Surf photo by Mark Simon - http://simonphotography.smugmug.com Lulu Erkeneff - Photo: Mark Simon / simonphotography.smugmug.com June 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, Oceanside, California. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com Danny Dean - Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com June 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 hucking spray in onshore Oceanside. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Nikki Viesins - Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com June 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.
Frothy waves require both power and finesse. Kaleigh Gilchrist surfing in South Orange County. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com Kaleigh Gilchrist - Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com June 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, Kelsey and Mallory walk up the beach after an exhausting session of non-stop paddling, currents and closeout sets. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com. Alexa Frantz, Kelsey Harris & Mallory Eberlin - Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com June 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.
World Champion Lindsay Steinriede at home in California. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Lindsay Steinriede - Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com June 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, La Jolla. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Alexa Frantz - Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com June 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.
Singlefin Love. While visiting from Japan, Ryoko Maruyama shows her board some much deserved appreciation before paddling out at a secret reef in Cardiff. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com Ryoko Maruyama - Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com June 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.
Dana Hills High School star, Danielle Wyman, ripping one off the top in local waters. Surf photo by Mark Simon - http://simonphotography.smugmug.com Danielle Wyman - Photo: Mark Simon / simonphotography.smugmug.com June 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.
Current women's Pipeline champion, Bianca Valenti, was in town this weekend for the Bud Light Lime Surf Series and enjoyed some warm water sessions far from her home in Marin County. Bianca Valenti - Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com June 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 testing out her early wetsuit designs at Cardiff Reef. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Kassia Meador - Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com May 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.
On the long rocky walk back after being chased out of a secret spot, Taylor Pitz found a nice place to cool her toes. Taylor Pitz - Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com May 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, late afternoon slice. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Shea Hodges - Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com May 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 - surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com Kulia Doherty - Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com May 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 off the bottom at Scripps. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Chloe Buckley - Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com May 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 navigating the jump-off point during a south swell in Oceanside, California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Claire Bevilacqua - Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com May 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, summer surf session at Oceanside Pier, 2007. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com Hayley Conant - Photo: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com May 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!

Surf Video Clip: Bianca Valenti Surfing in San Francisco and throughout Marin County

Bianca Valenti Surfing in San Francisco & throughout Marin County, California Frigid water, Great White shark breeding grounds and male dominated lineups don't stop Proof Lab team rider Bianca Valenti from surfing! You can find her smiling face in and around San Francisco, Marin County, California. Check out a few of the waves she was riding this summer at Ocean Beach and Fort Cronkhite. San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA, Summer 2011.
Additional Resources: Bianca Valenti's YouTube Channel Bianca Valenti's B COOL Blog