The Women and the Waves 2, a film by Heather Hudson, premieres at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival on Friday, March 18, 2016 at 4pm

The Women and the Waves 2 Premieres in San Luis Obispo on 3/18

The Women and the Waves 2, a film by Heather Hudson, premieres at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival on Friday, March 18, 2016 at 4pm

The Women and the Waves 2 Premieres at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival Mission Cinemas, Friday, March 18, 2016, 4pm - 1025 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo

Our great friend, Heather Hudson, is set to premiere her new film, The Women and the Waves 2, in San Luis Obispo in a few short weeks on March 18. If you happen to be anywhere close to that area of the coast, be sure and check out her latest film. Tickets sold at the door so bring all your friends and line up early. The Women and the Waves 2 stars Jeannette Prince, Kristy Murphy, Mary Bagalso, Ashley Lloyd Thompson, Demi Boelsterli, and Isabelle Radis.
Film Description The Women and the Waves 2 is a documentary surf film that celebrates women and their unique approach to surfing and life. The film looks at the state of surfing today from a feminine perspective and features positive role models that give back to people and the planet. Following in the footsteps of the groundbreaking 2009 film, THE WOMEN AND THE WAVES; THE WOMEN AND THE WAVES 2 continues to explore the culture of surfing in relation to six surfers and their lives both in and out of the water. The launch point of inspiration to make this film came in the fall of 2013 when two friends featured in THE WOMEN AND THE WAVES experienced two pivotal moments in their lives. After a valiant twenty-year battle against cancer, Robin Janiszeufski-Hesson ‘Zeuf’ was a few months away from death, and Ashley Lloyd Thompson was a few months from giving birth. One goes out. One comes in. Life rolls on. Just like the waves that are eternal. When someone we love dies, we stop, breathe and reassess our own lives. Zeuf was a friend and mentor to many and an inspiration to all. We only have the present moment, so how will we live it? THE WOMEN AND THE WAVES 2 emphasizes the notion that surfing is more than just a sport; it is a lifestyle, and serves as a backdrop for connections made between people, honoring the natural world, paying homage to loved ones past, and celebrating the cycle of life. Ultimately, the film is the portrayal that a life filled with gratitude for one another and the world we live in, is a life well lived. And when the joy of surfing is added to the equation it makes life that much more sweet! For upcoming screenings, information, or to purchase the original, award-winning 2009 film, The Women and the Waves, please visit

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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Australia's Keeley Andrew, 18, earned the highest scores on opening day of the Ford Supergirl Pro. Photo credit: ASP/SHADLEY

Opening Day of ASP 6-Star Ford Supergirl Pro Completes Five Rounds of Competition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) North America Ford Supergirl Pro ASP 6-Star Women’s Event Oceanside Pier, California, USA August 2-4, 2013 Opening Day of ASP 6-Star Ford Supergirl Pro Completes Five Rounds of Competition Australia's Keeley Andrew, 18, earned the highest scores on opening day of the Ford Supergirl Pro. Photo credit: ASP/SHADLEYPictured: Australia’s Keeley Andrew, 18, earned the highest scores on opening day of the Ford Supergirl Pro. Credit: ASP/SHADLEY HUNTINGTON BEACH, California/USA (Friday, August 2, 2013) – The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 6-Star Ford Supergirl Pro chopped the field in half on the opening day of competition, narrowing the draw down from 96 to 48 in peaky one-to-three foot (1 metre) waves at Oceanside Pier. The Ford Supergirl Pro is one of five ASP 6-Star events on the 2013 Women’s ASP Qualifying Series, drawing several of the world’s best surfers in search of crucial points towards their 2014 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) Qualification campaigns. Keeley Andrew (AUS), 18, smashed the day’s high scores during her American debut, earning an 8.83 for a series of backhand turns followed up with a 7.60 on her forehand. The young Australian will face off against ASP WCT standout Malia Manuel (HAW), 19, in the Round of 48 and is looking forward to gaining the priceless experience that comes along with competing against the world’s best surfers. “I paddled out wanting to catch whatever looked like it’d have half-decent potential for scores and I was able to catch that first left,” Andrew said. “It was a good start for the rest of the heat. I just want to get heat experience and surf against the world’s best. What more can you ask for?” Kaleigh Gilchrist (Newport Beach, CA), 21, also started strong in her Round of 60 match up, cracking an 8.00 for one powerful forehand turn while advancing to the Round of 48. Gilchrist, a former standout on the ASP North America Pro Junior Series, is looking to gain traction on the ASP Women’s Qualifying Series and is out to post a standout result at the Ford Supergirl Pro. “It’s so tough out there, I think my backup was a 2.63, so you’ve really just got to get the waves,” Gilchrist said. “That’s what makes these contest hard, sometimes it ends up being the luck of the draw and luckily for me I got that one wave. There aren’t too many women’s events around and I’ve aged out of the Juniors so it’s been awhile since I’ve had the jersey on. I’m really excited for this contest and happy to make that first heat.” Demi Boelsterli (Santa Barbara, CA), 23, displayed impressive endurance on the opening day of the Ford Supergirl Pro, advancing through four heats to solidify her position against the top seeds. The Santa Barbara native is carrying added confidence from today’s success and feels the conditions reminiscent of her hometown training grounds could work in her favor. “I’m tired, but it feels good to start from the bottom and keep pushing,” Boelsterli said. “I feel confident because I’ve spent over an hour out there getting used to this new swell and it’ll be nice tomorrow. I’ve surfed against most of those girls before, so I think these mushy conditions might be an advantage to me because I surf these conditions all of the time.” Top Seeds at the Ford Supergirl Pro including current ASP World No. 1 Carissa Moore (HAW), 20, Pauline Ado (FRA), 22, Coco Ho (HAW), 22, Malia Manuel (HAW), 19, former ASP World Champion Sofia Mulanovich (PER), 29, Silvana Lima (BRA), 28, ASP WCT Rookie Bianca Buitendag (ZAF), 19, ASP World Junior Champion Nikki Van Dijk (AUS), 19, defending event champion Sage Erickson (USA), 22, Laura Enever (AUS), 21, and more will take to the water in the Round of 48 tomorrow. The Ford Supergirl Pro runs from August 2-4, 2013 and will be webcast on the Final day via For complimentary high-res images log on to For additional ASP information log on to or FORD SUPERGIRL PRO ROUND OF 60 RESULTS: Heat 1: Naomi Stevic (AUS) 11.00, Kaleigh Gilchrist (USA) 10.67, Bailey Nagy (HAW) 10.50, Tia Blanco (USA) 6.14 Heat 2: Keeley Andrew (AUS) 16.43, Frankie Harrer (USA) 12.50, Ella Williams (NZL) 10.20, Mahina Maeda (HAW) 9.17 Heat 3: Chelsea Tuach (BRB) 13.03, Nikki Viesins (USA) 6.53, Erica Hoseini (USA) 6.03, Faye Zoetmulder (ZAF) 3.00 Heat 4: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 11.60, Demi Bolsteri (USA) 10.13, Meah Collins (USA) 7.27, Jordan Hundley (USA) 4.46 Heat 5: Bruna Schmitz (BRA) 8.90, Chandler Parr (USA) 6.67, Alisha Gonsalves (USA) 4.16, Jasset Umbel (USA) 3.07 Heat 6: Kahanu Delovio (HAW) 9.90, Reika Noro (JPN) 9.86, Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 9.70, Minami Takechi (JPN) 4.37 FORD SUPERGIRL PRO ROUND OF 72 RESULTS: Heat 1: Tia Blanco (USA) 12.34, Mahina Maeda (HAW) 11.70, Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 7.67, Kallee Krebs (HAW) ns Heat 2: Ella Williams (NZL) 12.94, Nagy Bailey (HAW) 8.56, Shelby Detmers (USA) 6.54, Anastasia Ashley (USA) 5.40 Heat 3: Chelsea Tuach (BRB) 11.57, Demi Boelsterli (USA) 9.57, Rina Kitazawa (JPN) 6.50, Dax McGill (HAW) 6.26 Heat 4: Meah Collins (USA) 10.67, Nikki Viesins (USA) 10.50, Malia Osterkamp (USA) 10.27 Heat 5: Chandler Parr (USA) 9.80, Kahanu Delovio (HAW) 8.17, Natalie Anzivino (USA) 8.10, Crystal Vail (AUS) 7.13 Heat 6: Reika Noro (JPN) 9.33, Jasset Umbel (USA) 7.90, Sara Taylor (USA) 6.90, Wes Noble (GBR) 3.94 FORD SUPERGIRL PRO ROUND OF 80 RESULTS: Heat 1: Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 14.10, Anastasia Ashley (USA) 5.60, Kylie Loveland (USA) 5.06, Malia Faramarzi (USA) 2.26 Heat 2: Demi Boelsterli (USA) 12.84, Ella Williams (NZL) 8.33, Brianna Cope (HAW) 7.60, Kloo Openshaw (USA) 2.30 Heat 3: Malia Osterkamp (USA) 9.43, Reika Noro (JPN) 6.67, Harley Taich (USA) 6.10, Ashley Beeson (USA) 2.09 Heat 4: Natalie Anzivino (USA) 15.90, Sarah Taylor (USA) 9.33, Sara Marineau (USA) 4.50, Lani Doherty (USA) 4.12 FORD SUPERGIRL PRO ROUND OF 88 RESULTS: Heat 1: Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 13.83, Ella Williams (NZL) 9.67, Asako Mizuno (JPN) 7.57, Heather Jordan (USA) 3.73 Heat 2: Demi Bolsterli (USA) 13.00, Anastasia Ashley (USA) 8.03, Avalon Johnson (USA) 7.23, Jill Hansen (HAW) 2.37 Heat 3: Harley Taich (USA) 6.50, Samantha Lamirand (USA) 5.53, Sarah Taylor (USA) 5.60, Natsuki Suda (JPN) 4.80 Heat 4: Natalie Anzivino (USA) 10.27, Malia Ostercamp (USA) 8.57, Fiona Casey (AUS) 6.40, Lea Taylor (USA) 4.70 FORD SUPERGIRL PRO ROUND OF 96 RESULTS: Heat 1: Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 11.90, Avalon Johnson (USA) 8.13, Rosanny Alvarez (VEN) 6.27, Sidney Johnson (USA) 2.43 Heat 2: Anastasia Ashley (USA) 10.73, Heather Jordan (USA) 6.03, Michaela Partin (USA) 2.74, Addie Mason (USA) 2.40 Heat 3: Samantha Lamirand (USA) 15.50, Natalie Anzivino (USA) 6.90, Adrana Cano (VEN) 1.27, Nedda Cosman (USA) ns Heat 4: Malia Osterkamp (USA) 9.40, Natsuki Suda (JPN) 5.10, Dresden Rowlett (USA) 2.23