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, JettyGirl.com. Leila Hurst - Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com 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 / JettyGirl.com 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, JettyGirl.com Alana Blanchard and Leila Hurst - Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com 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 / JettyGirl.com 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 JettyGirl.com Kelly Nicely - Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com 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 JettyGirl.com Shea Hodges - Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com 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 / JettyGirl.com 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 / JettyGirl.com 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 ...as 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, JettyGirl.com Ornella Pellizzari - Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com 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 / JettyGirl.com 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, JettyGirl.com. Julie Cox - Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com 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 / JettyGirl.com 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 / JettyGirl.com 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 / JettyGirl.com 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, JettyGirl.com Brittani Nicholl - Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com 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, JettyGirl.com. Claire Bevilacqua - Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com 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.

Kyla Langen & the Fire Swell of 2007

These images were taken during the San Diego fires of October 2007. As dozens of firefighters raced down nearby streets, our family had packed away a small amount of treasures and documents for a quick escape from the flames which were two hillsides from our home. In the end, the winds shifted and smoke and ash rained down on us instead of burning embers. Sadly, hundreds of families in San Diego were not so lucky during this firestorm. As often happens in life, there are two sides to every coin. In this case, the same fires that wrecked people's lives resulted in atmospheric conditions that were a pleasure to shoot photos in. As the smoke subsided a bit I met up with Carlsbad's Kyla Langen to shoot a couple of evening sessions in the ever-changing, trippy colors. The surf was marginal so we didn't score a ton of surf photos but as is often the case, Kyla saved the day with a quick flip of her hair.
Kyla Langen against a skyline of smoke and ash, photo by Chris Grant Kyla Langen against a backdrop of smoke and ash
San Diego Fire of 2007 One last fire check to see if we should stay or flee
Kyla Langen backside blast in Oceanside, surf photo by Chris Grant Everywhere in San Diego was covered in a hue of gold
Bottom turn in Oceanside, Kyla Langen photo by Chris Grant Kyla Langen off the bottom with eyes fixed on treasures down the line
Kyla Langen frontside snap at Oceanside Pier, surf photo by Chris Grant Kyla's frontside snap at Oceanside Pier
Kyla Langen beachside stroll, photo by Chris Grant Footsteps
Kyla Langen backside barrel, surf photo by Chris Grant A clean backside barrel to close out the swell, Kyla Langen


Photo Credits: CHRIS GRANT / JETTYGIRL.COM

Alexa, Chloe, Kelsey & Number 1666

Chloe Buckley, Alexa Frantz and Number 1666, Photo © Chris Grant, JettyGirl.comThe day the rains came I met Alexa Frantz, Chloe Buckley and Kelsey Harris at dawn for a few waves before the holidays. We were greeted with small but rideable surf and an empty lineup. Despite the 38 degree air temp and oddly behaving flock of pigeons that kept dive bombing the girls, they were out of their warm cars and into the ice water within minutes. Nobody's going to score any cover shots out of a rainy day but it's still fun to set up the camera when there's a good crew with you. Momentary glimpses of sunlight, fighting gulls and crisp turns by the girls made the day worthwhile. -Chris Grant Photo at left: Thank you to all the men and women who selflessly protect the freedoms we enjoy...even frivolous ones like surfing. Chloe Buckley, Alexa Frantz and Number 1666.
Stormy skies over Oceanside Pier. Photo © Chris Grant, JettyGirl.com Stormy skies over Oceanside Pier
Chloe Buckley applying pressure. Photo © Chris Grant, JettyGirl.com Chloe Buckley on one of the few open faced waves
Backside snap by Chloe Buckley. Photo © Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com Backside snap by Chloe Buckley
Alexa Frantz cold water transition. Photo © Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com Fresh off the plane from Hawaii and back into freezing home waters, Alexa Frantz
Early morning pelican flight. Photo © Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com Some of my favorite surfers have wings
Kelsey Harris frontside floater. Photo © Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com Kelsey Harris' frontside floater
Chloe Buckley banking. Photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl.com Chloe Buckley banking hard off the foam
Chloe Buckley lip smack. Photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl.com Chloe Buckley smacks the lip near North Jetty
Seagulls fighting over food. Photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl.com Greed, envy, lust ...the seagull in the background making plans
Alexa Frantz foam snap. Photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl.com When the waves pick up, this is one of my favorite Alexa Frantz turns
Warm smiles and icy toes, Alexa Frantz. Photo by Chris Grant, JettyGirl.com Warm smiles and icy toes, Alexa Frantz


Photo Credits: CHRIS GRANT / JETTYGIRL.COM