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If you're on Instagram and enjoy checking out surf photos of your favorite female surfers, we'd be honored if you followed ours at In addition, we'll be featuring a few giveaways through our feed in the next couple of weeks and we'd be stoked if you joined up so we could keep you posted as details unfold. Surfergirl photo collage including harley taich, sally fitzgibbons, malia ward, erin ashley, margaux arramon-tucoo, anastasia ashley, cori schumacher, alize arnaud, kylie loveland, shea hodges, jenni flanigan, chloe buckley, reika noro, steffi kerson, kyla langen, stephanie schechter, kaley swift, megan godinez, claire bevilacqua, bianca buitendag, lauren sweeney, alexa frantz, kelsey harris, mallory eberlin, courtney conlogue Instagram Surfers pictured (in no particular order): Harley Taich, Sally Fitzgibbons, Malia Ward, Erin Ashley, Margaux Arramon-Tucoo, Anastasia Ashley, Cori Schumacher, Alize Arnaud, Kylie Loveland, Shea Hodges, Jenni Flanigan, Chloe Buckley, Reika Noro, Steffi Kerson, Kyla Langen, Stephanie Schechter, Kaley Swift, Megan Godinez, Claire Bevilacqua, Bianca Buitendag, Lauren Sweeney, Alexa Frantz, Kelsey Harris, Mallory Eberlin, and Courtney Conlogue.

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 / 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 / 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 / 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 / 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, Haley Watson - Photo: Chris Grant / 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 / 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 / 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 - Lulu Erkeneff - Photo: Mark Simon / 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, Danny Dean - Photo: Chris Grant / 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 / 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, Kaleigh Gilchrist - Photo: Chris Grant / 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, Alexa Frantz, Kelsey Harris & Mallory Eberlin - Photo: Chris Grant / 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 / 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 / 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, Ryoko Maruyama - Photo: Chris Grant / 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 - Danielle Wyman - Photo: Mark Simon / 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 / 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 / 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 / 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 / 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, Kulia Doherty - Photo: Chris Grant / 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 / 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 / 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, Hayley Conant - Photo: Chris Grant / 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!

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
Shea Hodges is a 25 year old Hawaiian free surfer now living and surfing in Cardiff, California. Both casual and cutting edge, Shea is always turning heads at the spots she surfs. Soulful, creative, unpredictable AND grateful...she's a sponsor's dream for any brand that's thinking outside of the surf contest box. For more information on Shea, please visit
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TWENTY-ONE QUESTIONS WITH CARISSA MOORE. The ASP World Champion answers questions from former world champs, tour veterans, young fans & surfing legends.

[frame_right src="" href=""]© Jason Kenworthy/Red Bull Content Pool[/frame_right] Presented by In Carissa Moore's first full year on Tour, she accomplished what so many have predicted for her over the years of her young life, an ASP World Title. It's difficult to imagine the kind of pressure she was under to accomplish the goal. While most surfers are given a number of years to find their footing in the pro ranks, you could almost feel the industry's expectations that anything short of a world title would be a letdown. But there would be no slip-ups, no letdown, no unfulfilled goals ...Carissa charged through the Tour schedule, pushed performance boundaries in a groundbreaking film and did so with Hawaiian grace and style. After Carissa won her World Title, we planned to interview her as quickly as possible ...but so did every other surf media outlet on the planet. By the time our turn came around, all my questions had been asked numerous times. Instead of rehashing what had already been said, we asked a group of former world champions, legends, filmmakers, industry folks, free surf pioneers and local groms to post up some questions for the new World Champ. I don't think this has ever been done before thank you to all who participated. You have my deepest appreciation! --Chris 1. Asked by Heather Hudson, Executive Producer of The Women and the Waves Heather Hudson: If you could go back to any era in surfing history and surf with anyone, who would you want to surf with and why? Carissa Moore: I would probably want to go back two years and have a surf session with Andy (Irons) or go back to the early 90's and surf with Rell (Sunn). Both people are great ambassadors to our sport and role models to me. 2. Asked by Kelly Nicely, Current #13 on the ASP Women's Longboard World Rankings Kelly Nicely: How has the tour changed for women in the past few years and how do you think the future of the women’s tour is headed as far as equality with men and women? Carissa: I think the talent on the women's tour has come so far the past few years. The girls are definitely pushing the limits of their performance. Unfortunately, the state of our tour is in what seems to be the worst it has ever been. I can only hope that one day we will have the same kind of following that the men have and we will gain more support and events. 3. Asked by Kim Mearig, 1983 ASP Women's World Champion Kim Mearig: Since you've won the world title so young, are you content or do you want to beat Kelly's record? Carissa: Haha, I don't know if I will ever beat Kelly's record or even come close but I would love to give the world title a run every year I am on tour. 4. Asked by Serena Brooke, ASP legend & owner of Serena Sportswear Serena Brooke: What type of diet and training do you do to keep in shape, do you think it is important to your surfing? Carissa: I think it is so important to eat right and train to perform at your best. You definitely could just surf and be amazing but for the overall package and piece of mind it's great to be on top of those things as well. 5. Asked by Sara Taylor, freesurfer & video star of Circus Tricks, Illegal Turns, and Hayley Gordon's Empty Lowers Sara Taylor: If there was something you could change about the tour what would it be? Carissa: If there was something that I could change about the tour it would be to have more events at amazing venues! 6. Asked by Cori Schumacher, Writer & 3x Women's Longboard World Champion Cori Schumacher: Within the realm of surfing, the sponsorship dynamic is one of the most influential socializing agents for young surfers. How old were you when you were first sponsored and can you remember if how you felt about yourself changed then? If so, how? When you made the shift from being sponsored by endemic surf companies to your current sponsors, did you feel a shift in yourself as well? If so, what did that feel like for you? Carissa: I was very lucky and got sponsored when I was seven by Roxy. I was very naive and didn't think much of it, just how cool it was to get a box of clothes every month! Also, when I made the shift from being sponosred by endemic surf companies to my current sponsors I didn't really make a big deal of it. I think my family did a really good job of keeping things simple on the sponsorship end so I could just enjoy surfing. [frame_center src="" href=""]Frontside carve at the US Open in Huntington Beach. © Chris Grant/[/frame_center] 7. Asked by Kassia Meador, photographer, longboard stylist & current #2 on the ASP Women's Longboard World Rankings Kassia Meador: What is your favorite post shred snack? Carissa: I love a nice green smoothie. 8. Asked by Shea Hodges, Hawaiian freesurfer & star of Shea Hodges: Freedom in Motion Shea Hodges: It's apparent that in the last few years the level of women's surfing has increased dramatically. The widespread use of the internet and social media has helped create more of a "do it yourself" attitude for the aspiring surfer that doesn't have the means to travel the tour and compete. Do you feel that women (like men) should have the option to be professional free-surfers and not only Tour surfers? Carissa: Yea, I definitely think that women should have the option to be a professional free surfer. 9. Asked by Hayley Gordon, filmmaker & owner of Hayley Gordon: What was your greatest or funniest misadventure/disaster on your surf travels? Carissa: Funniest misadventure was .... 10. Asked by Di Mattison, blogger, surfer & surf instructor extraordinaire Di Mattison: What do you think about the "marketing image" available to women professional surfers? Why do you think it is that the guys are able to be marketed with a wide range of types - jock; punk; gangsta; artist; hippy; intellectual - and that there's only one type for women: happy, sporty, beach babe? I do see that Steph plays her guitar and Sally is really into sports, but I don't see their overall image(s) being far from the mark that the surf industry has set for women (image-wise). Carissa: I know. I think it's crazy that guys seem to be way more marketable when women are the ones who are way more into fashion and the way they look. I think all the women on tour have awesome personalities and something unique and special about them and just need to be marketed in the right way. 11. Asked by Lauren Otonicar, owner & creator of Tonic Haircare Lauren Otonicar: What is your animal amalgamation? (If you could be a combination of 2 animals what would you be and why?) Carissa: Bird and dolphin so I can fly and swim underwater for long periods of time. 12. Asked by Ashley Beeson, middle school shredder in the Western Surfing Association Ashley Beeson: Do you have any tips on how to do those “sliding 360’s” frontside and backside? I want to learn how to do them myself. Carissa: Just keep messing around with it and eventually you'll figure it out. It is a shift of weight from the front to back to front again. The key to spinning is getting the fins out of the water. To get the movement down, take the back center fin out, that's what I did in the beginning, shhhh. 13. Asked by Kim Wooldridge, 14-year veteran of the ASP Women's World Tour Kim Wooldridge: Which women surfers did you look up to or were inspired by when you first started surfing? Carissa: Layne Beachley, Rochelle Ballard, Megan Abubo... 14. Asked by Amee Donohoe, ASP Women's World Tour veteran and contest director of the annual RA Girls Surf Show Amee Donohoe: Being the most progressive female surfer ever and inspiring generations, how are you keeping yourself inspired to continue to push your level of surfing? I watch your free surfing and your contest surfing and you go big with such flare but are you secretly attempting "sex change varials" now that the judges know what they are? Carissa: Haha, well thank you, I am so flattered. My dad is definitely the one to thank for pushing my level of surfing. He is the one who helps me think out of the box, challenges and encourages me to go bigger. Also working with guys like Shane Beschen, Myles Padaca and Pancho Sullivan have inspired me so much. Being around their male energy is so new and exciting. 15. Asked by Lola Blake, President & CEO of Chick Sticks by Lola Lola Blake: Do you have a pre-heat ritual that you do or think to yourself before your competitions? Carissa: I always sit down and have a quick chat with my dad before paddling out, listen to some Eminem and Bieber and say a little prayer. Carissa Moore at the US Open of Surfing at Huntington Beach Pier. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Surf Magazine. Carissa Moore towards the pier in Huntington Beach. Photo by Chris Grant, Carissa Moore banks off the foam at the US Open of Surfing. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Carissa Moore at the US Open of Surfing. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine2011 ASP Women's World Champ, Carissa Moore, ripping onshore peaks in HB. Photos © Chris Grant/ 16. Asked by Cori Schumacher, writer & 3x Women's Longboard World Champion Cori Schumacher: How important has your heritage as a Hawaiian been in your approach to surfing and what is the most important aspect of this heritage for you? Carissa: It's definitely motivated me to want to do my best to represent my heritage. The most important part is being able to do something I love and having fun everyday. A lot of hardwork but it's all worth it. 17. Asked by Jessi Miley-Dyer, ASP Tour veteran & 2012 ASP Women's World Tour Manager Jessi Miley-Dyer: You're one of the only girls on tour I've seen donate their prize money to charity. We used to donate our time to various causes when we have been overseas but I've never given money (would love to but not exactly rolling in it, haha). Do you think that we should do more community work around the contests that we go to? Would you like to see more of it? Carissa: I think we definitely should and I would love to see more of it. As professional surfers we get to travel the world and do something we love, how lucky are we?! I think it is important to give back to the communities that aren't as fortunate but have given so much to us. 18. Asked by Margaux Arramon-tucoo, French artist, longboard stylist. Star of Hayley Gordon's film, "This is Margaux" Margaux Arramon-tucoo: Does surfing for a living, traveling, now being world champ and all that comes with it, inspire you in other areas of your life? Carissa: Yes of course! I realize that my life is amazing and in order to keep it I just have to keep working hard at everything. It is all so worth it. 19. Asked by Savannah Fliers, local ripper & huge fan of Carissa Moore Savannah Fliers: Where do you see yourself in 20 years? Carissa: I hope raising a family, married, a teacher or a coach and of course still surfing! 20. Asked by Savannah Fliers, local ripper & huge fan of Carissa Moore Savannah Fliers: What advice would you give to girls who want to catch more waves when surfing in a lineup surrounded by wave-hungry guys? Carissa: Patience and time. If you put your time in at any spot and are respectful you will gain respect yourself and will catch waves. And as you improve the guys will want to watch you rip! 21. Asked by Bilandra Chase, Mom, installation engineer & the better half of NK Surfboards shaped by Raz Bilandra Chase: You two have worked so closely for so many years. What did your dad say to you when you won the world title? Carissa: My dad and I are best friends and seriously there is no person in the world that I would have wanted to share that journey with than my dad. He was stoked. When I won in France he gave me a huge hug and then said, "Knuckles. You did it!" Pretty awesome moment. One for the memory books for sure.
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Summer Time. A collection of surf photos from our favorite season at JettyGirl.

As we embark on another season of sunshine, we feel that there's no better way to celebrate summer than to showcase a few photos from our favorite time of year. Our goal here (more or less) is to post an image or two every few days so check back often to see what's new. We wish you all the best of times this summer and for those of you on the globe who are entering winter right now, I hope these will keep you stoked as you're pulling on your fullsuits. Enjoy! Leila Hurst, Newport Beach. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Leila Hurst - Photo: Chris Grant / August 9 - A clean turn on a glassy wave will always be a timeless move. Leila Hurst recently moved from the warmth of Hawaii to the every-once-in-a-while sunny skies of California. The highly ranked Pro Jr is a most welcome addition to our shores and I'm hopeful that you'll be seeing more of the stylish regularfoot in JettyGirl in coming weeks and months.
Claire Bevilacqua barreled in Newport Beach, surf photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine. Claire Bevilacqua - Photo: Chris Grant / August 8 - This Western Australian loves to punt airs but even more, she relishes the chance to pull in. I wish I could she Claire in action at Backdoor this winter but for now, some thin-lipped Newport barrels need to suffice. A terror in the air and an absolute maestro in the green room, Claire Bevilacqua.
Alana Blanchard and Leila Hurst in Newport Beach, photo by Chris Grant, Alana Blanchard and Leila Hurst - Photo: Chris Grant / August 7 - Yes, this is summer. Our brief season of warm water arrived then disappeared before our June gloom fullsuits ever had a chance to completely dry out. This August morning was gray and drizzling but even the dullest of mornings brightens up when you're among friends. Longtime friends Alana Blanchard and Leila Hurst run to greet each other in Newport Beach.
Jasset Umbel, late afternoon Lowers. Surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine. Jasset Umbel - Photo: Chris Grant / July 29 - The Trestles area responds differently to each swell. While Lowers can seem like top-to-bottom paradise, some swell directions call for a more lateral approach. Florida's Jasset Umbel spends quite a bit of time at the famous pointbreak and knows when to hit the gas pedal to get speed for the sections setting up down the line. Jasset takes the high line on a beautiful, sunny afternoon.
Kelly Nicely with 4-Eyed Clyde...before Clyde's last ride. Photo by Chris Grant of Kelly Nicely - Photo: Chris Grant / July 22 - Four-Eyed Clyde's last ride. Tonight I met up with Kelly Nicely who had just returned from France after competing in the Roxy Pro. While she usually just sells her boards in Europe to save in airline fees, Four-Eyed Clyde was so special to her that she paid $300 to get the board back to California. Exactly one hour after this photo was taken, Four-Eyed Clyde was broken in two pieces by a shallow, double-up. Rest in Peace Clyde 🙁
Shea Hodges, evening surf. Surfing photo by Chris Grant of Shea Hodges - Photo: Chris Grant / July 14 - Tonight I had the opportunity to meet up with a good friend who happens to be one of the best surfers I've ever seen, Hawaii's Shea Hodges. We don't get to shoot as much as when she lived up here in Oceanside but I'm always stoked when we can meet up. Our evening session was small, really small, but as she always does, Shea took apart the mini-lefts running across the inside bank. Looking forward to many more sessions with the stylish Hawaiian throughout the summer...
Marissa Shaw rotating at Lowers. Surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine. Marissa Shaw - Photo: Chris Grant / July 13 - A few years ago I was shooting with Claire Bevilacqua at one of Southern California's busiest point breaks. On this particular day, many of America's top female amateur surfers were splitting peaks with Claire. When she exited the water she asked me the name of the young regularfoot who launched airs on every wave. It was none other than San Clemente's Marissa Shaw. Fast forward to last week at the same spot and there was Marissa, punting at every opportunity and even tweaking it into rotations when the opportunity presented itself. A shredding surfer, gnarly athlete, busy lifeguard and dedicated college student, there's pretty much nothing Marissa Shaw can't do.
Alexa Frantz surf photo by Chris Grant of JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine. Alexa Frantz - Photo: Chris Grant / July 12 - Summer is in full force but still some gray days remain. I don't know anybody that loves bikinis as much as Alexa Frantz. It could be freezing shown here by the dudes in the fullsuits ...and there will be Alexa, throwing buckets like it's the hottest day of summer. There's no doubt that Alexa turns heads as she walks down the beach carrying her hot pink boards but it's the manner in which she hucks spray that I appreciate. Her heart of gold? ...that's pretty cool too!
Ornella Pellizzari visiting San Diego from Argentina. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Ornella Pellizzari - Photo: Chris Grant / July 9 - Overhead, nasty onshores, and river-like currents...all part of Oceanside during a south swell. It was refreshing to see a pro surfer paddle out in WAY less than ideal conditions, all the while smiling and laughing while taking off on ugly bombs. There weren't many hittable sections but this right had one and Argentina's Ornella Pellizzari launched into a nice backside air. So stoked that Ornella will be in town for a while 🙂
Stephanie Schechter surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl Surf Magazine. Stephanie Schechter - Photo: Chris Grant / July 5 - It's always interesting to meet new surfers and discover their unique personalities. My wife and I often joke that I have both the gift of perception and misperception in equal parts. I love guessing with each new person I meet how their on-land style will translate once they hit the water. Stephanie Schechter is a case in point. My assumption was that her larger than life, gregarious personality on land would translate into an energetic style of waveriding. In contrast, Stephanie's surfing style is about as calm, cool and collected as can be. Stephanie, relaxed on the nose in Oceanside.
Julie Cox, late afternoon surf session. Surfboard by Dane Perlee with artwork by Thomas Campbell. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Julie Cox - Photo: Chris Grant / July 3 - I've always loved this shot of Julie Cox...the late afternoon hues, the sunlight bouncing off her wetsuit and the beautiful surfboard shaped by Dane Perlee and painted by Thomas Campbell. As Julie dedicates more of her daylight hours to the California Surf Museum where she serves as Operations Manager, I'm sure she appreciates those extra hours of sunlight that each summer afternoon brings.
Heather Jordan. Surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine. Heather Jordan - Photo: Chris Grant / July 2 - While not a fan of the marine layer, I do like those mornings that are "bright" gray if that makes sense. In the half-dozen years I've known Heather Jordan, one thing's for certain, I have absolutely no idea when or where our paths will cross but I'm always stoked when they do. On this morning Heather ventured far from her homebreak and ended up getting some of the best waves of the day. Intelligent and hard-working, Heather will be making her way up to UCLA this fall...meeting up with fellow Bruins, Taylor Pitz and Chandler Parr in what looks to be a formidable surf team in the women's division.
Kyla Langen surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl Surf Magazine. Kyla Langen - Photo: Chris Grant / July 1 - Brains, beauty, soul, and the versatility to charge barrels and draw flawless arcs, my friend Kyla Langen enjoying her favorite local spot. Preparation is key in early summer as the tricky and changing water temps could find you in a fullsuit in the morning and a bikini just a few hours later.
Jenna Balester at Huntington Beach Pier. Surf photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl Online Surf Magazine. Jenna Balester - Photo: Chris Grant / June 29 - Intimate knowledge of your local break pays off when faced with summertime crowds. While the masses were being swept up the coast in Huntington Beach's Colorado River-like current, Jenna Balester out-positioned the pack and scored one of the better rights of the morning...delivering a beautiful backhand turn on a special quad shaped by her dad, Tom Balester.
Brittani Nicholl surf photo by Chris Grant, Brittani Nicholl - Photo: Chris Grant / June 22 - Even at California's most crowded summertime pointbreak there are occasional moments of solitude. Photo-friendly lighting is long gone by lunch hour but that doesn't mean the waves are done. Brittani Nicholl paddled out for some midday fun and I was lucky enough to join her and her mom for one last session before they left for home last summer. Unfortunately, Brittani like so many of my Australian friends, won't be coming to America this summer thanks to the ridiculous decision to "upgrade" the US Open to a World Tour event this year. Since the same family of companies basically controls both events, my vote is to return the US Open to its former WQS status and make real progress by adding a Women's World Tour event to the Hurley Pro at Lowers in September. Sadly though, I don't get a vote...
Claire Bevilacqua in color. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Claire Bevilacqua - Photo: Chris Grant / June 21 - In a world of desaturated images, cell phone one-click recipes, bogus light leaks and every other type of digital treatment (some of which were applied here), pure color sometimes takes a back seat to its trendy counterparts. Unlike photos though, colorful personalities like Claire's never fade into the background. Reaching out to feel the arc she's created, Claire paints another masterpiece.

The Complete List of Our Top 5 ASP Picks

Our 2011 ASP Women's World Tour Preview is based on Top 5 predictions from the following list of World Champions and past, present and future surfing superstars. It is really interesting to see how similar the picks are from such a diverse group of people. Once you've perused the list of Top 5 picks, jump on over to our 2011 ASP Women's World Tour Preview.
Paige Alms 1. Stephanie Gilmore 2. Carissa Moore 3. Sally Fitzgibbons 4. Coco Ho 5. Tyler Wright Wendy Botha 1. Stephanie Gilmore 2. Sally Fitzgibbons 3. Carissa Moore 4. Coco Ho 5. Silvana Lima Meah Collins 1. Carissa Moore 2. Stephanie Gilmore 3. Sally Fitzgibbons 4. Coco or Tyler 5. Silvana or Courtney Jessica Grimwood 1. Stephanie Gilmore 2. Silvana Lima 3. Sally Fitzgibbons 4. Tyler Wright 5. Courtney Conlogue Shea Hodges 1. Melanie Bartels 2. Silvana Lima 3. Carissa Moore 4. Courtney Conlogue 5. Rebecca Woods Kim Mearig 1. Stephanie Gilmore 2. Carissa Moore 3. Sally Fitzgibbons 4. Chelsea Hedges 5. Courtney Conlogue Marissa Shaw 1. Carissa Moore 2. Stephanie Gilmore 3. Sally Fitzgibbons 4. Silvana Lima 5. Courtney Conlogue Bo Stanley 1. Stephanie Gilmore 2. Silvana Lima 3. Tyler Wright 4. Carissa Moore 5. Sally Fitzgibbons Valentina Vitale 1. Carissa Moore 2. Stephanie Gilmore 3. Tyler Wright 4. Sally Fitzgibbons 5. Silvana Lima Jamie Baittinger 1. Stephanie Gilmore 2. Sally Fitzgibbons 3. Tyler Wright 4. Courtney Conlogue 5. Carissa Moore Serena Brooke 1. Stephanie Gilmore 2. Courtney Conlogue 3. Sally Fitzgibbons 4. Carissa Moore 5. Coco Ho Shelby Detmers 1. Stephanie Gilmore 2. Carissa Moore 3. Sally Fitzgibbons 4. Coco Ho 5. Silvana Lima Nicole Grodesky 1. Sally Fitzgibbons 2. Stephanie Gilmore 3. Silvana Lima 4. Carissa Moore 5. Claire Bevilaqua Alexia Jeri 1. Sally Fitzgibbons 2. Stephanie Gilmore 3. Silvana Lima 4. Sofia Mulanovich 5. Coco Ho Wini Paul 1. Stephanie Gilmore 2. Sally Fitzgibbons 3. Carissa Moore 4. Tyler Wright 5. Coco, Courtney or Chelsea Jolene Smith 1. Stephanie Gilmore 2. Carissa Moore 3. Laura Enever 4. Melanie Bartels 5. Courtney Conlogue Lauren Sweeney 1. Silvana Lima 2. Carissa Moore 3. Stephanie Gilmore 4. Coco Ho 5. Sally Fitzgibbons Kim Wooldridge 1. Stephanie Gilmore 2. Sally Fitzgibbons 3. Chelsea Hedges 4. Carissa Moore 5. Tyler Wright Rochelle Ballard 1. Stephanie Gilmore 2. Carissa Moore 3. Tyler Wright 4. Silvana Lima 5. Coco Ho Chloe Buckley 1. Stephanie Gilmore 2. Coco Ho 3. Sally Fitzgibbons 4. Melanie Bartels 5. Silvana Lima Amee Donohoe 1. Stephanie Gilmore 2. Tyler Wright 3. Carissa Moore 4. Courtney or Sally 5. Silvana Lima Bethany Hamilton 1. Stephanie Gilmore 2. Carissa Moore 3. Sally Fitzgibbons 4. Tyler Wright 5. Silvana Lima Di Mattison 1. Stephanie Gilmore 2. Carissa Moore 3. Sally Fitzgibbons 4. Tyler Wright 5. Silvana Lima Lakey Peterson 1. Stephanie Gilmore 2. Carissa Moore 3. Tyler Wright 4. Laura Enever 5. Coco Ho Valeria Sole' 1. Stephanie Gilmore 2. Carissa Moore 3. Sally Fitzgibbons 4. Tyler Wright 5. Coco Ho Sara Taylor 1. Stephanie Gilmore 2. Silvana Lima 3. Chelsea Hedges 4. Carissa Moore 5. Jessi Miley-Dyer Emily Wratschko 1. Carissa Moore 2. Tyler Wright 3. Stephanie Gilmore 4. Sally Fitzgibbons 5. Courtney Conlogue