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, 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, Hooking left in San Diego County. Photo © Chris Grant, 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, 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, Photos: Chris Grant /
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Shea Hodges. Freedom in Motion. Surf video by Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

"I think there needs to be more individuality. More of a statement. Push your surfing harder...actually maybe go surfing. That's why I surf. I like doing big maneuvers and trying new things. I'm not saying I land the big maneuvers but I like trying big things and doing different things. And getting myself excited...going fast." --Shea Hodges
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Kapoliokaehukai. Crystal Thornburg Restores Rell Sunn’s Canoe. Presented by Patagonia.

JettyGirl's good friend, Heather Hudson (creator of The Women and the Waves), sent us this beautiful video clip from Patagonia earlier today. It looks like it was posted back in 2010 but it's such a special story that even if you've seen it before, it's definitely worth another look. Overview: Crystal Thornburg restores Rell Sunn's canoe - Kapolioka'ehukai - and found new inspiration from her heroine on the ocean journeys that followed. For more information, please visit Patagonia.

Film Review: Hana Surf Girls starring Monyca Byrne-Wickey and Lipoa Kahaleuahi

[youtube width="608" height="366" video_id="P-DGB_C9uYM"] Hana Surf Girls - Starring Monyca Byrne-Wickey and Lipoa Kahaleuahi Produced by Bison Films | Directed by Russ Spencer | DVD available at Reviewed by Chris Grant If you're strictly looking for a pre-surf amp film, this isn't it. However, if you're looking for a surf movie filled with soul, friends, family, love, tears and breathtaking scenery, Hana Surf Girls fits the bill perfectly. I sat down to view Hana Surf Girls on a cloudy, onshore, non-surf day and to be honest, I wasn't in a super good mood when I pressed the play button on the DVD player. When the film was over though, I felt refreshed, hopeful and deeply appreciative of the wonderful life we lead as surfers. The film is narrated by its two stars, Monyca Byrne-Wickey and Lipoa Kahaleuahi, and it follows each surfer as they share their experiences growing up in Hana and the challenges that lie ahead as they choose the paths they'll take as young adults. Lipoa's journey takes her to California to attend UCSB while Monyca focuses on her budding career as a professional surfer. While the surfing of both Monyca and Lipoa is red-hot, the surf footage in this movie serves in an almost supporting role to the true star, the community of Hana. The spirit of Hana is particularly touching during Monyca's high school graduation ceremony. Monyca's entire graduating class consists of only eighteen students. Unlike the vast majority of other schools in the United States where graduation consists of having your name called by a school district official, each and every student in Monyca's graduating class gets to address the audience and publicly honor those family, friends and community members who had a hand in the shaping of each of their lives. Smiles, laughs and tears flow freely and it was a beautiful display of the special community that Monyca and Lipoa grew up in. Lipoa Kahaleuahi was especially touching in the film and the spirit of aloha she carries with her is clearly evident as she works through family challenges and the transition from the peaceful environment of Hana to California's hectic pace as shown in the visually ridiculous UCSB Floatopia. Her message of "helping people in need without being asked to help" weaves its way in not only her own life but in the lifestyle of the entire community of Hana where they continually come together for the benefit of their neighbors. In short, I dug Hana Surf Girls! Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of the DVD at It's a truly wonderful film!
Film Description from the DVD Case Hana is one of the most isolated places in the Hawaiian Islands. Men still make fishing nets by hand and hunt pig on the side of the Heleakula Crater. The high school graduation class has 18 students. Sixty percent of the population is still ethinic Hawaiian. There's no McDonalds, no malls, and no makeup counters. It's often called "The Last Hawaiian Place." It is also home to two very special surfers, Monyca Byrne-Wickey and Lipoa Kahaleuahi. Each is a native of Hana. Each has grown up in the water and learned to dance hula and make leis. And each has also just come up against what all kids from Hana ultimately face. You're 18. You've grown up in paradise. Now what? This engaging, unusual documentary scores on many levels. First, it allows us into the previously private world of Hana. We join local surf contests, get immersed in the Hana way of life, and enjoy the stunning natural beauty that shapes local culture. But most of all, the film tells the poignant, real-life story of two determined girls who embrace their traditional Hawaiian values as they successfully move into their adult lives.