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.  
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.
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.
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
Event Contact: Margaret Seelie (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: Event link:
Other Side of Surfing featuring Ashley Lloyd Thompson, Tiffany Campbell, Bianca Valenti and Julie Cox. Curated by Margaret Seelie.  
Surf Photo Friday featuring Margaret Seelie and Ashley Lloyd on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Surf Photo Friday – Get Stoked on Lady Shapers

Surf Photo Friday featuring Margaret Seelie and Ashley Lloyd on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine Surf Photo Friday - Get Stoked on Lady Shapers | Words and Photos by Margaret Seelie As a kid, my bedroom in Ohio was plastered with Roxy ads depicting chicks in bikinis shredding on shortboards. When I arrived on the West Coast in 2009, I was twenty-seven, and ready to start surfing. After wrestling with the Pacific for a few months on a rented foam board, I couldn't fathom how the shortboarders of my youth surfed those tiny boards. I started watching longboarders finesse across the faces of waist-high waves, and for the first time I knew what kind of surfer I wanted to be. Looping the film Dear & Yonder almost constantly in my apartment in San Francisco I also discovered surfboard shaping. I started checking out boards, finding shapers I liked, and asking surf shops if they carried any boards that were shaped by women. It wasn't until 2013 that I saw one of Ashley Lloyd Thompson's surfboards at Mollusk Surf Shop. Looking up at that towering turquoise board, it was the most immaculate surfboard I had ever seen, and I wanted to know everything about it. A few months later, I had the good fortune of running into Ashley at Pleasure Point in Santa Cruz. She was carrying one of her boards down the beach, and I stopped her to gush about how much I love "Ashley's boards" (not recognizing her). She took my compliments graciously, introduced herself, and invited me to check out her shaping room sometime. Since then, she has been showing me how she shapes, and she introduced me to Tom from Screwball Industries who sometimes lets me watch him glass boards. I google "female surfboard shaper" often, which is how I recently found Teena McIlveen, an inspiring glasser in Australia. Teena goes by the moniker, The Lady of Many Colours, because she mixes psychedelic tints into her resins that create awesome tie-dye patterns on the boards she glasses. I imagine there are more women out there in the surfboard industry, and I look forward to the day when I look up "women making surfboards" and hundreds of names appear. Until then, please join me in getting stoked on lady shapers! Margaret Seelie and Ashley Lloyd shape a surfboard. Ashley Lloyd Surfboards. Photos by Margaret Seelie on Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.Margaret Seelie's quote about the future of women surfboard shapers. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.Ashley Lloyd with Margaret Seelie's new surfboard. Photo by Margaret Seelie. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Photos courtesy of Margaret Seelie Thank you for dropping by for another installment of Surf Photo Friday. Have a great weekend everyone ...and as always, thank you for your support of Jettygirl. Also, a special thank you to Margaret for allowing us to share her story and photos for this week's feature.
Previous Surf Photo Fridays | The Session That Changed Everything | Justine Dupont and Pauline Ado in California | Role Models, Why They Still Matter | Surfing New Jersey's Polar Vortex Swells with the K Twins | Mele Saili and Hayden Lane, Cardiff Reef | Jill Manos Surfs the Freezing Water of Nova Scotia, Canada | Malia Ward, Chris Ward, & a Surf Photographer's Second Worst Nightmare | Chloe Buckley & the Tiny Five Hundred Dollar Wave | A Special Surf Session with Ashley Lloyd Thompson, Julie Cox, Alex Thompson, Chris Cuevas & Sheri Crummer | Kelly Nicely & the Pelican Session | Mary Osborne & Her Beloved 9'10" Cooperfish Single Fin | Kelia Moniz, Megan Godinez, Geodee Clark & Bruna Schmitz | Kamalehua Keohokapu | Claire Bevilacqua | Lulu Erkeneff | Alexa Frantz |Rebecca Woods | Silvana Lima | Alessa Quizon
Additional Resources: Margaret Seelie on Flickr Margaret Seelie's writings Margaret Seelie on Instagram - @travel_pants Margaret Seelie on Facebook Margaret Seelie on Twitter Ashley Lloyd Surfboards Ashley Lloyd on Instagram Ashley Lloyd Thompson on Facebook The Shapes - official band site The Shapes on Instagram
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