Pantin, Spain & Azores Islands, Portugal Surf Video Clip with Malia Manuel

Young Hawaiian surfer Malia Manuel went on a tear through the final European leg of the ASP Women's Star series and walked away with wins at both the Cabreiroa Pantin Classic Pro and the Billabong Women's Azores Island Pro. Her two victories secured a coveted spot on the ASP Women's World Tour in 2012. We at Jettygirl have been fans of Malia's surfing for quite some time and look forward to seeing her mix it up with the rest of the Top 17 in 2012. Congrats Malia! Surf video courtesy of

EMPTY LOWERS. Filmmaker Hayley Gordon Meets Up with Sara Taylor & Ornella Pellizzari at Lower Trestles.

While surfing with Hayley Gordon the other day, she casually mentioned that she had gone down to Lowers with two of Jettygirl's favorite subjects, Huntington Beach's Sara Taylor and a spray-throwing goofyfoot from Argentina, Ornella Pellizzari. "And when we got there it was virtually empty," she said nonchalantly. I've used that line quite a bit myself over the years but to me, "virtually empty Lowers" is about twenty surfers. Hayley, Sara and Ornella didn't just score "virtually empty," it was "empty, empty." I'm so envious but so stoked at the same time to have the opportunity to show off more of Hayley's work. She is an amazing individual, a great surfer and an incredibly gifted filmmaker. Once you've checked out Empty Lowers, take a click over to another one of her short films, Adventures in Puerto Rico. Follow Hayley Gordon on Twitter and check out more of her short films on Vimeo.
EMPTY LOWERS - a short surf film by Hayley Gordon Synopsis: Sara Taylor and Ornella Pellizzari rolled down to Trestles on Thursday where they were greeted with the emptiest Lowers lineup they had ever seen. It was an all you can eat wave feast. Doesn't get much better. Music: Lana Del Rey - Blue Jeans (PatrickReza Dubstep Remix) Tools: Canon T3i Canon 70-300 f/5.6 Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 Mexican Food and some sunglasses to fight the glare...

OCEANIDES Film Screening & Art Opening at The Loft at UCSD. October 15th, Doors Open at 6:30pm, Film Begins at 8pm.

[frame_right src="" href="a href=""] Date: October 15th Event: Oceanides, film screening and art opening Art by: Lorene Carpentier & Julie Goldstein Doors: 6.30pm (for art opening, dinner and drinks) Film: 8pm Details: The San Diego Surf Ladies have teamed up with The Loft on the UCSD campus for one of the very first screenings of new movie Oceanides. Oceanides: A surf movie about women and oceans was directed by Lorene Carpentier and made possible by the Keep a Breast Foundation. The Loft will be featuring this San Diego premiere of the film starring outstanding female surf talent from the likes of Kassia Meador, Jen Smith, Julie Cox and Leah Dawson. In addition to the screening the evening will serve as an art opening for work by Lorene and Cardiff based surfer and artist Julie Goldstein. The doors open at 6.30 and The Loft also has an in house restaurant and wine bar so you can come get dinner, check out the artwork and see the movie!! Facebook event: Website: Film Trailer:

The 4th Annual California Surf Festival. October 13th-16th in Oceanside, California.

For Immediate Release Oceanside, Ca (Tuesday, September 27, 2011) The 4th Annual California Surf Festival celebrates the lifestyle of beach-goers and wave riders alike with four exciting, action-packed days October 13th-16th in Oceanside, California. Featuring multi-talented musicians, jaw-dropping surf film premieres plus appearances by today’s top surf pros and legends, this fundraising benefit for the California Surf Museum promises something for everyone. Whether you rip the waves at your favorite local beach or just enjoy digging your toes in the warm sand and enjoying the view, you won't want to miss a single event. Now in its' 4th successful year, the California Surf Festival highlights surfing’s healthy lifestyle and trend-setting culture. Set against the back-drop of the California Surf Museums' latest exhibits, attendees and guests are guaranteed to be dazzled by this fun and educational annual event. Everyone knows that music is an integral component of surf culture so, this year, the festival kicks-off with a salute to the incredibly popular ukulele. Musicians as famous as Sir Paul McCartney and Jake Shimabukuro and millions of amateurs world-wide have embraced the enchanting sound of the ukulele. The festival acknowledges this burgeoning interest and popularity Thursday night, October 13th, screening the documentary "The Mighty Uke". Following this extraordinary film will be a very special musical performance by 103 year old Hawaiian ukulele wizard Bill Tapia accompanied by Orange County’s own Pat Enos. The festival continues Friday night with special programming for “Chicks Who Rip Night,” featuring films by, for and about, the ladies of surf. Come join and meet our special guests as we attend the USA premiere of "Oceanides" featuring exciting footage of todays' hottest women surfers. The California Surf Festival is the first to honor the ladies of surf with such a complete program. Saturday night the festival gains momentum with the screening of award-winning films including "The Still Point". A virtual who's who of surfers attempt to describe and explain their experience of what it is like to be in the still point of the water. Thought provoking insights are provided in exclusive interviews with Skip Frye, George Downing, Jericho Poppler, Mickey Muñoz, Paul Strauch, Tom Morey, Steve Pezman, Jeff Divine, Doc Paskowitz and many more. An exclusive VIP reception follows with another exciting opportunity to meet and mingle with many of these legends including the man who created the ever popular Boogie Board, Tom Morey. The impact and importance of Toms' unique creation, allowing access to the ocean thrills experienced by surfers and beach-goers alike to the general populace, cannot be overstated. Once again, events Sunday will be a highlight for closing day. “Big Shorts From Little Groms” features kids 18 and under who are invited to make a short action sports film no longer than 5 minutes. The best films are screened and a celebrity panel of judges will present awards to the filmmakers including an overall Festival Grom filmmaker winner. Fortunate past winners have gone on to be hired as filmmakers by some of the largest surf companies in the world. Also Sunday, the Silver Surfer Award presentation will cap off this year’s festival, with the award going to San Diego’s own legendary surfer and shaper, Skip Frye. Community dignitaries and surf industry peers alike will honor Skip for his overall contribution to surfing. Surfing legends and peers will abound along with photos, film and speaker panels to share Skip’s amazing life. Both events Sunday are free to the public. So, please bring the entire family. Who knows? You may inspire the next greatest surf filmmaker in your family. With so much to offer, the 4th Annual California Surf Festival guarantees a splendid time for one and all as well as raising much needed funds for the California Surf Museum to continue it's important work. Mark your calendars now and save the dates! For California Surf Festival Tickets and/or more info: Call the California Surf Museum @ (760) 721-6876 or visit Tickets: Thursday Oct. 13th: "The Mighty Uke": $12 members and $15 non-members. Includes reception, movie and concert with Bill Tapia and Pat Enos following the movie. Bring your ukelele! Friday Oct. 14th: All movies: $8 members and $10 non-members Saturday Oct. 15th: VIP reception for "The Still Point" at CSM with entertainment by Tom Morey: $25 members and $35 non-members. All Access Pass: $75 members and $90 non-members. Includes entry to all movies, receptions, VIP reception with Surfing Legends and Special Guests. Sunday Oct. 16th: “Big Shorts From Little Groms” and Silver Surfer Award presentation to Skip Frye. Free to the public!
CONTACT: Boyd Scofield, Media/PR (808) 780-6988 The California Surf Museum serves as an international repository and resource center for the lifestyle sport of surfing through capturing, preserving and chronicling its art, culture and heritage for the education and enjoyment of future generations. The California Surf Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit located at 312 Pier View Way, Oceanside, CA 92054; phone (760) 721-6876 or email Please visit the website at Open daily 10 a.m.-4 p.m. with extended hours Thursdays to 8 p.m.

Illegal Turns with Sara Taylor. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine Video Clip.

Huntington Beach surfer Sara Taylor hooks up with Jettygirl for another short little surf video clip. Equally adept in tiny and overhead surf on her frontside and backside, Sara takes her whitewater disappearing acts to a couple of spots far away from her Huntington Beach home. Opening audio by fonogeno - Police sirens.wav Music: "Magic GB Jazz" by AjT. Provided by Mevio's Music Alley Video Footage: Chris Grant / Want to see more of Sara Taylor? Check out Circus Tricks with Sara Taylor
Cori Schumacher, Cardiff Reef noseride. Surfing photo by Chris Grant,

BACKBONE IN A TILTED WORLD. The Cori Schumacher Interview.

Presented by Girls4Sport Girls4Sport, Sport Bathing Suits, Surf Wear and Athletic Swimwear for WomenA few weeks ago the 2011 ASP Women's Longboard Tour kicked off with the Roxy Pro Biarritz. As I watched the live feed I couldn't shake the thought that the contest was missing something, or more specifically, someone. One year ago this month Cori Schumacher claimed her third World Title and no doubt would have been in France this summer defending her ASP World Title. Instead, Cori was at home in California, following through on her decision to boycott this year's tour. Title or no title this year, there is no disputing the fact that Cori Schumacher is one of the best longboard surfers on the planet, but she is also so much more than that. She is a deep thinker, a fantastic writer and as I discovered earlier this year, a gifted public speaker. In the past few months we've agreed and disagreed, shared laughs and tears (mine) and had supposedly quick 15-minute conversations turn into in-depth 4-hour discussions on everything from surfing to giving back to the world around us. Cori has taken a lot of heat for her boycott of the ASP but she has done what not many others in her position have, taken a stand based on her personal beliefs and convictions and said "No!" to the status quo. She may not win a trophy this year but Cori has definitely won my respect! --Chris Grant Oceanside noseride by Cori Schumacher. Surf photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl.comOceanside noseride by the 3X and current World Champion, Cori Schumacher. Photo: Chris Grant/ JettyGirl: Fair warning Cori, we’re going to head off into some deeper topics so let’s at least start off with some light-hearted faire. I recently had the opportunity to guest speak with you at an anniversary party for San Diego Surf Ladies and you gave a wonderful presentation on your life, specifically your life as a surfer. Many people know about Cori the competitor but not about your early years. What were a few of your favorite surfing memories growing up? Cori Schumacher: Some of my favorite surfing memories growing up happened while at club contests. Back in the mid-'80s and into the early '90s, the only events for longboarders were staged by longboard clubs up and down the coast of California. My family and I were members of the Oceanside Surf Club and we would travel to events in Santa Cruz, Ventura, Malibu, Salt Creek, Oceanside, Cardiff, Tourmaline... For a weekend, a crew of half-crazed longboarders of all ages would descend on a surf break (camping on the beach, in their cars, at a nearby campsite, if they slept at all). At the larger events, longboarders from Hawaii might fly over to compete. Before I was competing seriously in the events, my sister and I, along with other groms who were dragged along by their parents, would find all kinds of devious ways to play tricks on the adults (who were busy draining kegs into plastic cups). Under the cover of night, for instance, we might sneak a motorized, plastic rat into the women's bathroom and attempt to stifle our giggles as women screamed and ran out, flailing their arms above their heads (this poor plastic rat met its demise after a brave, staggering man with a knife and a beer-belly tried to disembowel it); we may have played as hogs rustling in the bushes in Malibu Canyon next to unsuspecting revelers, snorking and rattling tents before racing off, howling with laughter under the moonlight. Firecrackers may have been involved at some point, though I can neither confirm nor deny this... One of our favorite things to do at the Oceanside Club event at the O'side pier, was take giant wads of toilet paper, soak them through with water, then lob them up to the ceiling, where they would remain until they dried, leaking onto unsuspecting restroom visitors. We tried reeeaaaally hard to get the wad just above the toilets. I cannot say what may have happened to the wads after they dried out... There were absolutely epic BBQs, award ceremonies, concerts and hula dancing. During the summers, anyone and everyone involved in a longboard club packed their vans, diesel trucks and station wagons and took to the road with their kids and dogs in tow. There was a sense of limitless possibility as the summers began and the closing of an epoch as the fall chill began to settle. I remember the scents of dew on chaparral, smoking fires and stale beer. The night was all but shaken off by the time the first heat hit the water. The sun would begin its slow crawl up the beach and the groggy surf gypsies would begin to peel off their layers of UGG boots and hoodies. Doughnuts and coffee, the smells of bacon and eggs or maybe pancakes, wax and complaints of still-damp wetsuits marked the first movements of these folk. As each band of hooligans crept onto the beach, the question was asked then answered again and again: "How're the waves?" Cori Schumacher at Ocean Beach Pier. Surfing photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine.Cori Schumacher at Ocean Beach Pier. Surfing photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine.Cori Schumacher at Ocean Beach Pier. Surfing photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine.Photos above: A few moments from the 2005 Women's World Longboard Championships in Ocean Beach. Photos: Chris Grant JG: If I’m not mistaken, your family was part of a small group of longboard enthusiasts who helped keep the discipline alive and eventually helped it return to the mainstream. Since the longboard renaissance of the past few decades, has it surprised you how popular longboarding has become? CS: There was something incredible that happened at these events because of the community it fostered. Before the internet, these events were where we saw innovation. When the guys who were my age and a bit older started taking longboarding seriously (we were all riding shortboards and would jump on our parents longboards "for fun" during the summers) there was a visceral change in the longboard scene. We "kids" grew up watching Dale Velzy, Rabbit Kekai, Donald Takayama, David Nuuhiwa, Rell Sunn, Jericho Poppler, Robert August, Mickey Muñoz, Jeff Hakman, Skip Frye, Nat Young, Greg Noll, Paul Strauch (and so many more!) all these guys and gals would show up at these events and we would soak it up. I saw Mickey Dora in France, was in a Surfing Hall of Fame play with Rell Sunn, watched Velzy twirl his handlebar mustache and was schooled by Donald Takayama on how to ride a longboard (which involved various "swooshing" and "zooming" sounds along with dramatic heel kicks and hand-surfing in air). We took what we learned and we began to get creative. Our shapers responded to our feedback and the whole thing took off. Am I surprised at how popular longboarding has become? Longboarding has always been my root and the reason for this for me, is that longboarding is generally less about dominating the wave and more about flowing with it. There will always be a place for this type of surfing in surf culture. So if longboarding's popularity is marked, not by its being validated by some "governing body of surfing" or its "professionalism," but by how many people are attracted to it... no, I'm not surprised at how popular longboarding has become. Longboarding is flippin' FUN! And even a beginner can jump on one and stand up in minutes. I think there is a general feeling that can be found in the water that values those activities that are impossible or difficult for beginners as "better than." Once you have been surfing for long enough, I believe a choice is given to you quietly... either your relationship with the ocean will continue to broaden and deepen, remaining central to your surfing experience, or your infatuation with yourself as a (socially ranked) surfer will take over and your relationships in the water (or lack thereof) overwhelm the experience of surfing. These surfers expose themselves when they grumble and complain about "all those damn sweepers," "all those damn longboarders," "all those damn surf schools, girls (I've heard this complaint from women as well as men), kooks, kids... MY beach, MY waves..." because they refuse to adapt once they reach a certain point. For them, this point seems to be as far from "beginner" as possible. They have a single idea of what "good/valued surfing" is and they rarely stray from this ideal and they ridicule anyone who dares embrace otherwise. Cori noseriding a small, clean day at Cardiff Reef JG: If you can pick a couple of your all-time favorite longboards, which ones were your favorite and why? CS: My first favorite had to be the first board I received from Donald Takayama when I was about 11 years old. It was a hand-me-down from Joel Tudor. Donald gave it to me after Joel traded it in. It was Joel's first board from Donald as well. It was my first 9' longboard, was purple and pink and taught me the art of picking up speed through trimming alone. That board left a mark... literally; a scar on the right side of my head. My second favorite board was a Model-T Donald shaped me that was the heaviest board I ever owned. It was glassed with a double layer of 8 oz. volan cloth on both the top and the bottom and had a glassed on fin that hung off the back of the square tail. Nose-ride heaven. My last favorite board was a board Donald shaped for me that was a modified version of his basic tri-fin, noserider. He innovated the design by mixing a different model's rocker to the typically flat-rockered noserider and achieved, what I believe, to be the perfect marriage of the all-around longboard. It is responsive, tailored for noseriding but can be thrown from top to bottom with little effort and no interference from the width of the nose. JG: I'm sure many people know this but it might come as a surprise to some surfers to learn that you actually competed on the ASP World Tour as a shortboarder before winning your world titles in longboarding. Do you still surf shortboards on occasion? CS: I do still ride shorboards on occasion. I have a 6'0" Simon Anderson XFC I break out when I want to reacquaint myself with waves from this perspective. The way one approaches and even sees a wave changes depending on what equipment one rides. I like to mix it up and usually look to the ocean to determine what I will be riding for the day. I was raised to respect riding waves... not riding waves with a certain board according to what was in fashion. Women's Longboarding Champion of the World, Cori Schumacher. Photo by Maria Cerda.Cori Schumacher, 3-time Women's Longboard World Champion. Photo by Maria Cerda.Kaitlin Maguire and Cori Schumacher in France. Photo by Maria Cerda.3X World Longboard Champion, Cori Schumacher and 2010 Runner-up, Kaitlin Maguire. Photos: Maria Cerda JG: Massive (and belated) congratulations for winning your third World Title! How did your third world championship compare with the other two? CS: My third world championship title was different because it was calculated. There was heart in the first win, expectation in the second and calculation in the third. I felt like I fell into the first two. The third, I wanted and worked toward. JG: With three world titles in the bag and 2010 ending with thoughts of a fourth in 2011, the New Year threw a big curve ball into your competitive future when the ASP announced that this year's world title decider would be held in China of all places. After a flurry of activity between you and the ASP, you decided to boycott the Tour, a decision that has even been written about in the New York Times. In as long or short as you care to share, how did the boycott come about? CS: When I first received the notice in February 2011 that the deciding event for the World Women's Longboard Championships would be held in China, I experienced a range of emotions. I was really excited that the women would be able to surf more than one event to decide the world champion but I was not pleased with the last event's location or being offered a complete "sponsorship" by the Chinese government in order to compete in it. China has a history of human rights violations that I very much disagree with. The most egregious for me personally, is their One-Child Policy which has been linked to gendercide, increased sex trafficking, forced abortions and forced sterilizations. I have been an outspoken opponent of my own country's policies with regard to the various wars we are engaged in (beginning in 2001 directly after 9/11) and policies in practice (The Patriot Act, etc.), but as an American citizen, I have the ability to raise my voice in dissent. People who do so in China are thrown in jail, put under house arrest or harassed (like Ai WeiWei or the 48 other individuals who have been criminally detained in China since mid-February). There is a very distinct line drawn between how the "peasants" are treated and how the "urban dwellers" are treated. The Chinese government broadcasts a mask of constitutionality but does not follow its own façade internally. I have spent the last decade of my life determining a life for myself that is larger than surfing, larger than selling myself out for money and much, much larger than doing what the majority says is a "correct" way of being in my culture and being in the world. The choice I ultimately made came, not from my identity as a surfer, but who I became outside of the surfing arena. For the first time, the persona I had hidden away from the tanned skin, blonde haired, joyous exterior of surfing could no longer upstage the truth of who I had become in the time I spent away from the surfing world. I have turned inside out... and probably because of how long I have kept silent, I let everything that I was out. And this is still happening now. Ultimately, the decision came down to this: Would I be able to speak to Chinese people who are negatively affected by Chinese government policy if I went to China to compete in the first significant ASP event in China? Would I be censored across the board, by both the surf media and the Chinese media? Or would the platform I had now, as the current world longboard women's champion be a louder voice? I gambled. The result is that both those in China and those in the surfing world have heard of my choice to a degree I had not expected but had only hoped for. JG: Did you approach any of your fellow competitors to see if they wanted to join you in the boycott? Has their feedback been more positive or negative in regard to your stance with the ASP? CS: I did not approach any of my fellow competitors. I felt they had enough on their shoulders trying to make their way in an industry that gave them little. I know what it is like trying to make money at this game as a female longboarder. I felt that this needed to be my choice and I hoped that it would reflect on me only and not women's longboarding and not my fellow competitors. I have heard from two of my peers in regard to this matter. Both were supportive of my choice for their own reasons. They may not have necessarily chosen the same way I did, but they respected that I made the choice and stood by my convictions. This was far more than I expected and I am beyond thankful to them for reaching out. As for my other competitors... I just don't know. Time will tell. I would like to think that someday they will feel comfortable having a conversation with me about this time. I am very interested in their thoughts, for or against my choice. I made a very calculated decision not contacting them and have continually wished them the best of luck, regardless of their choice, stating that I know my peers will represent women's longboarding beautifully in China. This initially had to be my decision and any feedback had to fall on my head alone. JG: I personally think if the ASP had decided to go somewhere "different" meaning not the typical places like Hawaii, Australia or California, they should have taken the event to a place that loves surfing and has dedicated decades to the sport, a place like Japan. Not only would it stoke out actual surfing fans but it would bring economic benefits to a country that has been devastated by recent natural disasters. Why do you think the ASP decided to take the tour to China, a country with very, very few surfers? CS: I think the decision was purely economic. They are holding the event in a Special Economic Zone in China, which gives them special tax breaks, as a foreign business, as well as bringing attention to an island that has been very specifically cleaned up to be the "Hawaiian Island" tourist trap of China. This event has nothing to do with the surfers. They are entertainment only... this event is not for spectators and it is not for the surfers. It is to celebrate a business deal. At no other time in the history of the ASP has a contest of this caliber been run in an environment 1) without a culture of surfing, 2) without a world-class wave. Should women longboarders just be thankful to get what they are given? Or should we ask, why? I have been asking "why?" and for me, none of it adds up... if the ASP cared so much about longboarding, they would have sent an invite to Duane DeSoto and I for the ASP Awards in Australia. Nothing is adding up and I really believe that ASP International is running itself poorly as a business that has no credibility or integrity. I can no longer feel comfortable supporting such an institution. Cori Schumacher, Cardiff Reef noseride. Surfing photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl.comNo matter how many fancy press releases, glossy look books or advertorial surf trips are pushed in our faces, sometimes the horizon simply isn't straight. Photo: Chris Grant/ JG: Ever since your boycott of this year's ASP Tour was announced and you threw off the constraints of "doing what was expected,” you appear to be taking up all sorts of causes and we've noticed your writing has been appearing regularly in places like The Guardian and The Inertia. In recent weeks you've begun to take on the topic of sponsorships or lack thereof for many female surfers. What’s your take on the current sponsorship situation in women’s surfing? CS: I think anybody who has known me for long enough has heard me talking about these things ad nauseam. There is nothing new in my rhetoric and, unfortunately, there is nothing new in how the surf industry is running their approach to female surfing either. In fact, I am of the belief that things are getting worse... for both males and females. Most people will point to money as proof-positive that things are getting better, but if you do a comparative analysis, it soon becomes evident that nothing monetarily has changed... well, except for the companies. Women in 1979 were given 20% of the ASP's total prize purse. In 2011, they are given 22% of the total prize money on the ASP. People like to talk about how men surf better than women, but the idea that women are competing against men is absurd. Women surf differently than men. Yet, the way they approach surfing is undervalued in some strange attempt at validating why women need to have so much sex appeal. Women don't surf like men. Who is expecting them to? Why do we expect them to? Why do we want them to? I don't want to surf like a guy... yet, a woman's approach to surfing is undervalued, by both women and men. The world needs multiple perspectives... even in surfing. JG: It seems that the surfers who are throwing a bit of sex appeal into their act are the ones getting the best sponsorship deals. Even though they may be getting the most sponsorship dollars, what do you think is the true cost, if any? CS: The true cost is that the feminine way of approaching a wave is abdicated to how she looks while she is surfing. How a woman surfs is trivialized by how she looks while she is surfing. I find it incredible how violent the responses of men are when women speak about how they are not impressed by what Nike has done with "Leave A Message"... women are saying that Nike hasn't done much to empower women and male surfers are tearing their opinions apart. Nothing has changed, really, because the accepted attitude is "if guys like it, it has value" above and beyond anyone (women) else. Look, I am not saying, nor is any woman saying, that an empowered body image is not sexy. It is so very important that young girls love their bodies, but androcentric surf companies are simply blinded to the subtleties required in this type of empowered advertising. It remains obvious that the advertising revolves, not around empowering young women, but enticing young men. They are using heuristics grounded in sex appeal to sell product. That there are women involved in these projects behind the scenes does not automatically equate to equality or healthy female images in advertising. Cori Schumacher at Backdoor, Hawaii. Surf photo by Maria Cerda.Cori Schumacher, Oceanside noseride. Surf photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl.Cori Schumacher off the lip, Oceanside, California. Surfing photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine.Top: Cori pulls in at Backdoor, photo by Maria Cerda. All others: Cori in Oceanside, photos by Chris Grant. JG: Picture an 18-year-old surfer girl coming to you for advice. She’s fit, intelligent, ranked highly in contests yet lacks sponsorship opportunities. Her peer is also fit, intelligent, ranked highly in contests but in contrast has a great deal of sponsorship offers. The only difference between the two is a couple of inches of fabric …one wears a fairly standard bikini while the other surfs in a thong. The girl knows if she sports one too, sponsorship dollars will be hers and she’s seeking your advice on the subject. How would you advise her? CS: Quite simply, and I have done this before, I would ask what the girl wants. Foremost, what does this girl want out of her LIFE. The choice is really the girl's, yes? If she wants nothing more than to get money and a husband, she is on the right track doing what she is doing, short skirt. If she wants, instead, to have a future of some kind, a future in changing her sport, or in being something beyond surfing, then she better get to school and get serious about her education. Surfing is such a closed off world. Those who make money and actually control the sport, have educations and are involved in the business of surfing. It seems surfing gives two choices to athletes: "Do what we tell you to or you disappear." I would encourage more women to go to school, get back involved in surfing and change the entire landscape. This question goes beyond fabric. JG: Changing topics here …as we mentioned before, you’ve been writing for recently. Do you think sites like The Inertia are the future of surf media? What do they have to offer that you feel is missing in traditional surf magazines? CS: I do feel like media outlets like and are the future of surf media. I think it takes a lot of guts to print radically offensive or dissenting opinions than what one finds in the normal surf media. I love that the internet has opened up these channels to voices that wouldn't ever get the chance to see the light of day otherwise. There is a lot of control by surf brands through advertising in traditional surf media. This is why dissident media outlets are emerging... people are sick of it. But they don't want to read the same things they might find in the traditional media. They want to be challenged. Conversations can get heated, but you can really tell when those who are defending traditional media and the surf brands show up... and they are showing up. These media outlets are gaining ground and they are doing so because they are not filtered by money interests. Simple as that... there is a lot of hunger out there for truth. So much so, that when the truth is spoken, even that is sometimes attacked... integrity is more valuable than gold, these days, and viewed with the most cynicism. The extent to which one must be "pure" to have any sort of opinion these days is nearly impossible. Still, people pursue their opinions... and those of accord will align and those who do not, will attack. It is the way of the web, it seems. Our civility runs out at "anonymous." JG: Finally, while many surfers tend to gravitate towards typical and even somewhat trendy charities, you’ve chosen an entirely different path by supporting Women for Women. Tell us about the organization and why it’s important to you. Women for Women InternationalCS: Aristotle believed there to be three basic activities of humans. The first, theoretical, has an end goal of truth. The second, poietical, has an end goal of production. The third, praxis, has an end goal of action. Women for Women is an organization that teaches women how to change their situations for a lifetime. They are given the skills and tools they need while building a network of women who are learning at the same time, that will positively alter the course of their lives. These women, once they "graduate" from the program, transform their communities. I am actively engaged in the persons I sponsor and I know that they are actively engaged in learning the tools of their freedom. I understand this because I have sought education and have felt the impact this education has had on myself. Everything has its place and this is where I feel pulled. These women will change more in their lifetime than I can in mine, given their connections with their communities. I have the ability to support their education. I believe in them... I am not looking for a charity that bolsters my ego. I am looking for real change... fundamental, root shaking change. These women represent that type of change. I want their eyes to transform from the dead I have seen into the light of belief, the knowledge that they can absolutely transform the community they live in. Cori with her wife, Maria Cerda JG: Thank you for your time Cori and please accept our deepest apologies for this long delayed interview. In closing, we know you’ve given sponsorships a pass but is there anyone you’d like to thank or give a shout out to? CS: Thanks Chris, for you commitment to Thank you to my wife, who has more patience than anyone I have known with me other than my parents... and I don't deserve her love. And thank you to every person who reads these words who is not defensive but who finds in themselves something that works, that inspires and that they can take to transform in their own lives for the betterment of someone else. I walked away from surfing because I didn't think I could make a difference in the world as a surfer... I underestimated what surfing was and is. Surfing made me what I am. I only hope I can give back in the way that it expresses itself through me. For good or for bad, I am a part of surfing and it is a part of me...
Photo Credits: MARIA CERDA & CHRIS GRANT/JETTYGIRL.COM Additional Resources: Women for Women International Cori Schumacher on Cori Schumacher in the New York Times Hawaiian Pro Designs, Surfboards by Donald Takayama Special Thanks: to Girls4Sport for their support of this feature!

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.

Surf Video: Circus Tricks with Sara Taylor

Come one, come all! Witness Sara Taylor's death defying 540 degree spinning jump off the back of the wave! Hahahaha!!! Sara Taylor is one of the best surfers we know...creative, fearless and always surfing with a smile on her face. While we've never posted a kickout before, this one was special. Check back soon for more Circus Tricks with Sara Taylor... [youtube width="608" height="371" video_id="2nXVcvkBnng"] Audio by murcielago123 Track: Cirque.wav Video: Chris Grant /

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.

Rob Machado Seaside Pro Jr. Photo Gallery

Lakey Peterson photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl.comRob Machado Seaside Pro Junior Photo Gallery Photos: Chris Grant / JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine This year marked a first for Rob Machado's annual contest, the addition of a Pro Junior event for the girls. In the challenging and shifty conditions of Seaside Reef, the pre-contest favorite, Lakey Peterson, lived up to expectations and took out the Final, defeating Hawaii's Nage' Melamed and Leila Hurst with California's Taylor Pitz rounding out the field. Here are a few moments from the event... Left: Up the beach from the competition site, Lakey Peterson paddled out into a drifting, current-filled, empty lineup and scored some nice warm-up waves before the final day commenced. Lakey Peterson with an early morning backside hook. Surf photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl Surf Magazine. Lakey Peterson was on fire from the first round. Spectacular backside hook at Seaside Reef. Tatiana Weston Webb surf photo by Chris Grant of Seaside Reef offered up plenty of surf. Tatiana Weston-Webb throws water as a bumpy left lines up ahead of her. Chandler Parr photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine Malibu's Chandler Parr scored a last second victory on Day 1 but was starved of waves in the Quarterfinals. 13 year old Kylie Loveland projecting into a nice Seaside Reef left, surf photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. At only 13 years old, Kylie Loveland already knows that good surfing begins with solid bottom turns. Brianna Cope surfed strong through the entire event. Surf photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl. Hawaii's Brianna Cope came up just short in the Semifinals but had some of the best rights of the contest. Haley Watson surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine Special mention goes to Floridian Haley Watson who shined wearing a wetsuit in the sub-60 degree water temps. 11 year old Meah Collins barely missed the final but had one of the turns of the event. Surf photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine. The loudest cheers of the event went up when 11 year old Meah Collins wrapped this spray-throwing turn. Frontside gash by Hawaii's Alessa Cuizon. Surf photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl Surf Magazine. Although unlucky to miss the Final, Hawaii's Alessa Quizon was a clear standout in the event unloading on every section that presented itself. Alessa Cuizon after her quarterfinal victory at the Rob Machado Seaside Pro Junior. Photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine. Alessa Quizon after a blistering Quarterfinal performance. Hawaii's Alessa Cuizon and Billabong's Megan Brainard Villa at the Rob Machado Seaside Pro Jr. Photo by Chris Grant, One of the biggest supporters of women's surfing in the surf industry (and one of the few who will give JettyGirl the time of day), Billabong's Megan Brainard Villa, shown here with Alessa Cuizon. Taylor Pitz surf photo by Chris Grant, With a spirited run in the Semis, Laguna Beach's Taylor Pitz used her formidable backside skills to make the Finals. Taylor Pitz and Tonic Haircare's Lauren Otonicar photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl Taylor Pitz' camp exploded with applause when she made the Final. A smiling Taylor walks with Lauren Otonicar of Tonic Haircare, one of Taylor's sponsors. Leila Hurst, finalist at the Rob Machado Pro Junior at Seaside Reef. Photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl. Earlier in the week I had the honor of babysitting Leila Hurst's new board on the beach. As her Finals berth would attest, the new board works very well indeed! Leila Hurst, backside hack on the inside. Surf photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl. Hawaii's Leila Hurst ripped throughout the event and walked away with a 3rd Place finish. Nage Melamed with a backside hook in the afternoon, surf photo by Chris Grant of Nage' Melamed surfs really well on her backhand, routinely putting her board in unique positions in the lip. Nage' shredded into 2nd Place in the comp. Nage Melamed with a smooth frontside carve at Seaside Reef, surf photo by Chris Grant of By the afternoon, the inside peak shifted and some fun rights poured through the lineup. Nage's smooth carves complimented them perfectly. Lakey Peterson surf photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine Lakey Peterson won the Rob Machado Pro Jr largely because of her excellent backhand skills. Lakey Peterson backside drift surf photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl Surf Magazine I dug this weightless, drifting re-entry...a wonderful blend of timing, speed and balance by Lakey Peterson. Lakey Peterson, winner of the Rob Machado Seaside Pro Junior, photo by Chris Grant, A stoked Lakey Peterson exits the water to be congratulated by family, friends and the press. Rob Machado Seaside Pro Junior Awards Presentation, photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine A jubilant Lakey Peterson, winner of the 2011 Rob Machado Seaside Pro Junior.

Adventures in Puerto Rico by Hayley Gordon of

[vimeo width="580" height="326" video_id="23237838"] Hayley Gordon, publisher of the wonderful surf site,, took a recent trip with friends Valerie Gee, Suzanne Barzee and Mary Barzee to Rincon, Puerto Rico for a week of fun, sun and good waves. This was Hayley's first venture filming with her Canon T2i and the footage looks amazing! (Hayley noted that the water shots were done with a small Fuji waterproof point-and-shoot after their water camera sprung a leak in one of the seals.) We're stoked that Hayley's giving us the opportunity to share her work with our readers and we're looking forward to seeing more of her film projects in upcoming months.