Leila Hurst Surfing at Home in Hawaii. Surf Video Clip by Joel Guy.

This video of Leila Hurst is appropriately named "untitled" by her filmer, Joel Guy. We don't know the spots where the video was shot and wouldn't name them even if we did... Leila Hurst, enjoying some free time in her home state of Hawaii. Video: Joel Guy Additional Resources: Leila Hurst Leila Hurst on Facebook Follow Leila Hurst on Twitter Surfing With My Sister - Leila & Sophia Hurst Ride Waves, Share Laughs & Shed Tears with Life Roll On

Reflecting on a New Venture. Part Two: My Truth by Chris Grant of Jettygirl.com

My Truth - by Chris Grant, Publisher of Jettygirl.com

“The only reason a guy would hang with girls is either to f*** with them or to f*** them.” –Female surfer friend of mine talking to me about another guy

[frame_left src="https://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/oside.0276-200x300.jpg" href="https://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/oside.0276.jpg"]Love, Light & Magic. © Chris Grant[/frame_left] When I first heard those words leave her mouth, I semi-laughed at the phrase before it hit my brain, “Hey, I hang out with female surfers a bit …is that what people think of me too?” On my drive home after speaking with this particular surfer I did a quick reflection of things I have actually heard over the years of operating Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. I’m sure there have been many more that I haven’t heard. The year was 2006 and we had virtually just kicked off Jettygirl. Following an in-depth interview I filmed a walking up the beach sequence of a still-mic’d-up pro surfer who mused to her good friend, “Who is this guy and do you think he’s for real?” As her words echoed in my headphones I was frankly a bit disheartened and hurt at the question of my true motives. In the years that have followed I now realize there is some history behind that question. Since running Jettygirl I have seen virtually everything that female surfers face in a very different light. In the social spectrum of things I would fall more on the quiet side of the fence and as such find myself spending as much time observing people’s expressions, interactions and body language as I do in lively conversations. While those traits don’t really serve me well at a dance party, they’ve been beneficial to seeing the larger picture as a photographer. It always surprises me that despite swimming around with a big ole’ camera while wearing a helmet emblazoned with Jettygirl stickers, I almost seem to be invisible in the lineup. Perhaps mistaking me for a seal, walrus-like old surfers will paddle behind a bikini-clad surfer girl barking and bellowing at “what they would do to her” given the chance each time she duckdives under an oncoming wave. Would they really? Given the chance? I don’t think so and I’m almost positive they would be less than thrilled about some other old carp talking about their daughters in that manner. So where do I fit in? Why am I, a 45-year-old male surfer running a website catering to female surfers? What is my motivation? What makes me any different than some of the other dudes in the parking lot, whose sunglass-covered eyes praise your cutback while secretly hoping that you have a towel mishap while changing out of your wetsuit? To answer a few of those questions, our original mission statement in 2006 provides some clues. “Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine is focused on delivering inspirational photo galleries, high performance surf video clips and in-depth interviews with professional surfers, artists, free thinkers and legends of the sport.” To condense it even more, as I spoke into the microphone a few evenings ago at the San Diego Surf Ladies’ Board Shorts Surf Film Festival, “Jettygirl exists because the girls are ripping and they deserve much more than a cheesy bikini shot in the mainstream surf magazines.” In short, the “why” is that I feel and have felt for a long time, that female surfers and the image of female surfing has been ripped off, distorted and hijacked by brands and companies whose empowerment slogans and taglines are little more than sugar-coated candy …sweet at first but short on true substance. As a guy running a girls’ surf site, I try my best to stand back and reflect what the girls are doing in surfing instead of presenting my own views as truth. In my opinion it would be stupid for me to stand in front of the line and sell you a bill of goods of what I think women’s surfing is or what it should be. Your experience as a female surfer is and always will be different from mine. I simply want Jettygirl to be about you, not about Chris Grant. [frame_right src="https://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/chris.rhona_-205x300.jpg" href="https://www.jettygirl.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/chris.rhona_.jpg"]Rhona & Chris Grant, 1991.[/frame_right] To answer any misguided assumptions that shooting with female surfers is somehow a means to score a date or something, I can assure you that it has not nor ever will be the case. I’ve been in love and married to the most incredible woman I’ve ever known for a few decades now and we’ll be celebrating our 21st Anniversary this summer. Although she is not a surfer herself, her support has been the number one reason Jettygirl has lasted this long. I really enjoy working on the Jettygirl project but if my wife ever felt that it was somehow detrimental to our family, I’d pull the plug on it in a second. I absolutely love and cherish Rhona. She is everything to me. In closing, contrary to the opening quote by my surfer friend, I’m here to tell you that this particular male doesn’t care about any of that. I’m not here to mess with heads and I’m certainly not interested in using Jettygirl as a dating service. My sole and only purpose with Jettygirl.com is to showcase what’s going on in women’s surfing …whether bikini or fullsuit, grom or grandma, skinny or living large, longboarder or shortboarder …the details really don’t matter to me. The truth does though, and this is mine.
Additional Resources: Reflecting on a New Venture, Part One: Kim Mayer, the Original Jettygirl

Just Announced! 2012 ASP Women’s World Tour Schedule! Our two-cents included.

The ASP released the 2012 Women's World Tour schedule and it looks close to identical to the 2011 version. A couple of observations... Overall prize money offered in 2012 is $770,000, down slightly from the $800,000 offered in 2011. Hawaii is once again a glowing omission from the schedule... It was a shame to watch the world title decided with hops, skips and slides in France instead of with big sweeping turns and deep barrels in Hawaii's blue walls of consequence. Please, please...one of you big clothing brands who have raked in millions and millions of dollars promoting the image of women's surfing without adequately supporting events or the surfers themselves...step up to the plate and present a year-ending ASP event in Hawaii. No offense to the beachbreaks of France or Huntington Beach which are great stops along the way, but in our humble opinion the Tour should end this and every year in Hawaii. The US Open is no doubt a fun event but ending the Tour in front of a bunch of non-surfing Southern California buffoons, most of whom never even venture away from the circus tents to watch the surf contest, is just plain wrong. The girls deserve Hawaii, the fans yearn for Hawaii and since your brands owe your entire existence to the pull of the Islands, someone do the right thing and pony up for a year-ending event in the spiritual birthplace of our sport. Off the soapbox and back to the task at hand, check below for the 2012 ASP Women's World Tour Schedule.
2012 ASP WOMEN'S WORLD TOUR SCHEDULE Roxy Pro February 25-March 7, 2012 - Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia - $110,000 Rip Curl Women's Pro presented by Ford Fiesta April 3-9, 2012 - Bells Beach, Victoria, Australia - $110,000 Subaru Pro TSB Bank Women's Surf Festival April 11-15, 2012 - Taranki, New Zealand - $110,000 Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic April 18-23, 2012 - Dee Why, Northern Beaches, NSW, Australia - $110,000 Billabong Rio Pro May 9-20, 2012 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - $110,000 Roxy Pro July 9-15, 2012 - Cote des Basques, Biarritz, France - $110,000 Nike US Open of Surfing July 30-August 5, 2012 - Huntington Beach, California, USA - $110,000
Additional Resources: ASP - Association of Surfing Professionals

Lady Bruins, Three California Surfers Head to UCLA. Featuring Taylor Pitz, Heather Jordan & Chandler Parr. (Page 3)

Heather Jordan throwing spray at Oceanside Pier. Surfing photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com Lady Bruins, Heather JordanPresented by InsuranceSurfers.com Lady Bruins | Taylor | Heather | Chandler
Jettygirl: Out of all the universities in California and beyond, you chose to attend UCLA. How did that come about? Have you always wanted to be a Bruin? Heather Jordan: I chose to attend UCLA because of the vast opportunities that are available to you as a student. I did not always want to be a Bruin, but the more I learned about the opportunities available to UCLA students as well as the fact that I can enjoy myself at the same time, the more I desired to become a Bruin. At UCLA, you can walk out of a lecture and feel an ocean breeze. Excellent study abroad programs are just one of the many opportunities available to Bruins,where you can travel to a different country and take certain classes. UCLA is ranked amongst the top 10 universities in the nation for studying abroad. The fact that I didn’t need to be isolated on campus quarter after quarter was not only a refreshing relief, it was very inspiring. Jettygirl: How old were you when the seeds of college were planted in your heart? Was a higher education something that was encouraged by your parents or was it more a situation where you always knew that you wanted to go to a university? Heather: To be honest with you, I didn’t think I was even going to college for the majority, if not entirety of my high school years. The desires of making it as a professional surfer were quite dominating, and I didn’t see any reason in making plans to go to college if I was going to be making money surfing in the future. The desire of going to college began when I was 17 or 18 years old, and I’m 20 now. My parents did not push college on me, it was more like me traveling different paths including surfing and going to school ...and them supporting me with my own decisions. I thank my parents for letting me discover my own interests. Jettygirl: While other competitive surfers are trying to hit the pro tour, you've decided to head to school instead. What played into your decision to hit the books instead of hitting the road? Heather: Everyone has different passions and paths. I really do enjoy travelling and competing in contests, but I had a greater desire to take a break from that and go to school for a couple years. College life can be really fun, especially when you find subjects and a field you find a lot of interest in. Also, I figured that I could still surf on my free time, especially since I go to a school that’s so close to the beach. Heather Jordan portrait by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Surf Magazine Heather Jordan surf photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl.com Jettygirl: Have you decided on an area of study at school yet? A degree from UCLA will surely open some doors for you. Do you have any particular careers fields in mind that you'll be working toward in college? Heather: I’m majoring in political science with a focus in international relations, and my minor is in environmental systems and society. I think that these two areas of study are deeply interconnected. What happens in our environment does not contain itself to specific boundaries. Pollution within our ocean for example, moves with the currents and effects more countries and regions than where it originated. It would be so fulfilling to me to have a career that is related to the field of environmental law. I am taking things at my own pace and want to have fun and real experiences that will help me become more knowledgeable in these areas. Jettygirl: All three of you are tied intricately to your local surf spots. How difficult is it going to be to say goodbye? What will you miss the most about your home break and your hometown? Heather: I have just moved in to my new room on campus, and it was pretty hard to say goodbye to my family and friends. I know I’m going to miss saying “hi” and surfing with all the great people I know at the North Jetty in Oceanside. I already miss my doggie Max ...I have a picture of him right above my desk in my room. Jettygirl: When offshore winds roar down Oceanside's San Luis Rey, or the conditions at Laguna's fickle reefs turn on, or Zuma's barrels begin calling your name, how will you deal with the occasional bout of surf fever? Did you plan your class schedule to allow for some surf time? Heather: Oceanside is about two hours away from UCLA, so I’m definitely planning to still surf there when I can on some weekends. This quarter I couldn’t really plan my schedule at all. I’m taking three classes, and two them I had to take in order to take upper division political science classes next quarter. Those two classes only have one lecture session, so I just grabbed the opportunity I had to squeeze myself into those. For my third class, I chose one that most interested me and wasn’t at the same time as my first two classes. I do have a lot of time to surf on Wednesday afternoons, Friday afternoons, and the weekend. Even though I’m taking 15 units, my schedule is pretty flexible. Heather Jordan at Lowers. Surf photography by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com Heather Jordan lifestyle photography by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com Heather Jordan in Southern California. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com Heather Jordan surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine Jettygirl: Kids are getting bombarded with promises of fame and fortune at an earlier and earlier age these days. In the quest for a future pro career, the importance of school and a true education has taken a back seat to photo shoots, sponsor obligations, time in the water and the dubious claims of some homeschool situations. If a grommet version of Taylor, Chandler or Heather came to you for advice on the balance of school and surfing, what would you say to her? Heather: The key is to know what your passion is, and also to realize that you can have many passions at the same time. With me, I love surfing as well as learning about different cultures, the environment, and what is happening in other countries. If a mini version of me came to me for advice, I would tell her that I think surfers make great students because of the determination they develop through learning to surf, facing their fears, and competing in contests. Jettygirl: A quick viewing of the results of the 2011 NSSA College National Championships reveals that all of the top placings were being taken by traditional surf schools like UCSB, Point Loma, SDSU, Mira Costa and a variety of East Coast universities. With the three of you attending UCLA at the same time, the Lady Bruins look to be a formidable force in the 2011/2012 surf contest season. It looks like your cross-town rival, USC, finished in 11th place overall largely due to a fantastic performance by your friend Kaleigh Gilchrist. Care to make any predictions how the UCLA surf team will fare this year? Heather: With the quarter just starting, it would be hard to say because we don’t know who will be on the surf team. I do know that we’ll have super strong contributions from the girls this year. Being on the same surf team with Chandler and Taylor is going to be great, and I’m really looking forward to a fun year. Jettygirl: While your hard work and diligence brought you to the doorstep of the next stage of your lives, there is undoubtedly a trail of supporters, teachers, heroes and inspirational figures who played a part as well. If you'd like to give any of them a shout-out or to share a few thoughts about them, here's your chance… Heather: Thank you to my parents for believing in me and supporting me. Thanks Grandpa Wayne for encouraging me to go to always learn and travel. I’d like to thank some great teachers and faculty members at Mira Costa College. Thank you to my teachers Lynne Miller and Patrick Connelly for being so excited about your subjects. You inspire your students so much. Thank you Rich Langen for being a great surf coach and for being there for the team. Thank you to Honors Coordinator Christopher Sleeper for having a vision for students in community college to not only reach their dreams and goals, but to reach even higher. Your vision has been carried out already and is constantly spreading. Heather Jordan in the sun, photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine Heather Jordan, backside hook in Oceanside. Surf photography by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Smooth cutback by Heather Jordan. Surfing photography by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Surf Magazine. Heather Jordan surfing photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com Heather Jordan frontside bottom turn at Oceanside Pier. Surfing photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. All Photos © Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com

Pages: Lady Bruins | Taylor Pitz | Heather Jordan | Chandler Parr


Additional Resources: UCLA Mira Costa College InsuranceSurfers.com

Lady Bruins, Three California Surfers Head to UCLA. Featuring Taylor Pitz, Heather Jordan & Chandler Parr. (Page 4)

Chandler Parr, a UCLA student/surfer, hits the lip in Oceanside. Surf photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Lady Bruins, Chandler Parr Presented by InsuranceSurfers.com Lady Bruins | Taylor | Heather | Chandler
Jettygirl: Out of all the universities in California and beyond, you chose to attend UCLA. How did that come about? Have you always wanted to be a Bruin? Chandler Parr: I chose to go to UCLA because I have grown up going to the campus because I live 15 minutes away. Also, my mom went there and I wanted to keep the tradition alive! Jettygirl: How old were you when the seeds of college were planted in your heart? Was a higher education something that was encouraged by your parents or was it more a situation where you always knew that you wanted to go to a university? Chandler: From a young age I was always told the importance of an education. Both my parents came from very little and used their education to help them build an amazing life for our family. I always knew I would go to college. Jettygirl: While other competitive surfers are trying to hit the pro tour, you've decided to head to school instead. What played into your decision to hit the books instead of hitting the road? Chandler: When deciding to go to college instead of doing the tour full time, I just thought there is a lot more that I can do in life after a surfing career and a college degree would be very beneficial to making that a reality. I still do a handful of events when I am able to miss school, and UCLA has been very supportive and helpful when I do miss class to travel for an event. Jettygirl: Have you decided on an area of study at school yet? A degree from UCLA will surely open some doors for you. Do you have any particular careers fields in mind that you'll be working toward in college? Chandler: I have not declared a major yet. There are a lot of different things that I am interested and I can't decide on one just yet. I am interested in architecture and anything creative. I love to draw and work with my hands so I just need to figure out where that fits into deciding a major. Jettygirl: All three of you are tied intricately to your local surf spots. How difficult is it going to be to say goodbye? What will you miss the most about your home break and your hometown? Chandler: Well, I am lucky because I don’t need to say goodbye to my hometown or home breaks. I live at home because I only live 15 minutes away from campus so there is no reason to put the money burden on my parents for a dorm room. Chandler Parr. Photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl.com Early morning surf session, Chandler Parr. Surf photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Jettygirl: When offshore winds roar down Oceanside's San Luis Rey, or the conditions at Laguna's fickle reefs turn on, or Zuma's barrels begin calling your name, how will you deal with the occasional bout of surf fever? Did you plan your class schedule to allow for some surf time? Chandler: When the waves are good there are always ways to get a session in. My classes are spaced out a lot and I only have class two days a week. So if the waves are good I will for sure make time to get some waves. Jettygirl: Kids are getting bombarded with promises of fame and fortune at an earlier and earlier age these days. In the quest for a future pro career, the importance of school and a true education has taken a back seat to photo shoots, sponsor obligations, time in the water and the dubious claims of some homeschool situations. If a grommet version of Taylor, Chandler or Heather came to you for advice on the balance of school and surfing, what would you say to her? Chandler: I think the number one thing is to make sure to keep everything fun. If you feel pressure from either your school or surfing commitments there is always a way to make it work. If you have a great support team you can achieve anything. I feel like today the sport of surfing is continuing to grow and the options for what career path you take in surfing whether it be competitive or lifestyle, the possibilities are endless, and an education will only help your opportunities grow. Jettygirl: A quick viewing of the results of the 2011 NSSA College National Championships reveals that all of the top placings were being taken by traditional surf schools like UCSB, Point Loma, SDSU, Mira Costa and a variety of East Coast universities. With the three of you attending UCLA at the same time, the Lady Bruins look to be a formidable force in the 2011/2012 surf contest season. It looks like your cross-town rival, USC, finished in 11th place overall largely due to a fantastic performance by your friend Kaleigh Gilchrist. Care to make any predictions how the UCLA surf team will fare this year? Chandler: I think this year a lot will change. With such a strong girls' team we can push the boys on the team to want to step up and compete more this year. Last year we didn’t have many kids who had the competitive fire but this year I think Taylor, Heather and I could help encourage our team and help us do well in the events. Jettygirl: While your hard work and diligence brought you to the doorstep of the next stage of your lives, there is undoubtedly a trail of supporters, teachers, heroes and inspirational figures who played a part as well. If you'd like to give any of them a shout-out or to share a few thoughts about them, here's your chance... Chandler: I mainly want to thank my parents. They honestly have supported me through thick and thin and have helped me manage school and surfing so well. Without them I honestly would be lost. Also, my twin brother Hunter and my boyfriend Tyler have been huge helps with helping me with homework or turning assignments in while I was traveling and they are always there for me no matter what. Finally, I'd like to thank my sponsor Body Glove. The whole crew over there has always been supportive of me deciding to go to school rather than doing the tour full time. They are a great group of people and I am lucky to have them. I love and thank all of them so much!!! Chandler Parr in Oceanside. Surfing photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.comChandler Parr surf photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl.comRebounding off the whitewater by Chandler Parr. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.comChandler Parr surfing Oceanside. Photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine All Photos © Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com

Pages: Lady Bruins | Taylor Pitz | Heather Jordan | Chandler Parr


Additional Resources: Official Site of Chandler Parr Body Glove ZJ Boarding House UCLA InsuranceSurfers.com

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 / Jettygirl.com Want to see more of Sara Taylor? Check out Circus Tricks with Sara Taylor

Surfing With My Sister. Leila & Sophia Hurst Ride Waves, Share Laughs & Shed Tears with Life Rolls On at La Jolla Shores.

Tonic Haircare, Shampoo, Conditioner, Leave In, Surfing, Tonicshop.comPresented by Tonic Haircare On a Friday afternoon a few weeks ago, I logged onto Facebook and the first post I saw was from Leila Hurst who mentioned that she'd be attending the Life Rolls On event with her sister Sophia the following day. After a bit of schedule reshuffling I grabbed some camera gear and made my way down to La Jolla Shores. I had some knowledge of Life Rolls On but had never attended one of their events and didn't really know what to expect. As I walked up to the Life Rolls On tents, a few thoughts struck me immediately. First, there are a lot of colored jerseys. To ensure the safety of each surfer, a team of volunteers is assigned to each participant. Although it isn't necessarily a contest, I could sense some friendly competition between the volunteers as to which team cheered and hooted the loudest for their surfer. Another thing that became abundantly clear to me...the best barrel, the loftiest air, the hugest frontside hack...the type of turns you think you'll remember forever instantly become insignificant compared to the world-changing smiles that each Life Rolls On participant has on their face as they exit the water. I loved everything about They Will Surf Again...the enthusiasm, the overwhelming joy, the thunderous applause and the deep emotions that affected both participants and volunteers. I saw this firsthand when Leila Hurst burst into tears during Sophia's first ride. "Going into the event all I could think of was how happy and excited my sister was to be a part of it," explained Leila. "I didn't expect an emotional experience but once my sister hit the water and was laying on the board with all the love and support around her, it all hit me. I was balling like never before. Tears filled with happiness and joy. It was an incredible feeling ...a feeling I had never experienced before. For a second there I felt like a proud mother which was funny because she's my older sister. Ha ha." Pre-heat preparations with Natalie McPeek, Sophia Hurst and Leila Hurst. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com Leila Hurst, Sophia Hurst and Natalie McPeek make their way to the water's edge. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Leila and Sophia Hurst. Photo by Chris Grant, jettygirl.com Surrounded by Life Rolls On volunteers, Sophia Hurst, all smiles and ready to go surfing. Photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl Surf Magazine. All smiles at Life Rolls On's They Will Surf Again event, Leila Hurst, Sophia Hurst and good friend, Natalie McPeek. Photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. At They Will Surf Again events, each participant is surrounded by Life Rolls On volunteers from the outside peaks all the way to the beach. Sophia Hurst. Photo by Chris Grant, jettygirl.com Heartwarming wave of the day shared between sisters, Leila and Sophia Hurst. Surf photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Overwhelmed with joy at her sister's first ride, Leila Hurst sheds some tears. Photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl Surf Magazine. Lauren Otonicar of Tonic Haircare, Natalie McPeek and Leila Hurst watching as Sophia finishes her ride on the inside section. Surf photo by Chris Grant, jettygirl.com   About halfway through Sophia's surf session, the volunteers encouraged Leila to ride some waves with her sister. (After their first ride this photographer had a knot in his throat as well.) "The volunteers talked me into riding a couple of waves with my sister and I have never been so nervous in my life," shared Leila. "I thought I was going to screw up and have Sophia fall of the board. I was so worried she would get held under if we pearled but we managed to pull it off and it was an unforgettable feeling. We rode a couple waves to shore while everyone's faces filled with Joy! I can honestly say that this past weekend being a part of Life Rolls On was the best weekend of my life ...better then any surf trip. It was amazing!" Natalie McPeek cheers for her lifelong friend, Sophia Hurst at Life Rolls On's They Will Surf Again event in La Jolla, California. Surf photo by Chris Grant, jettygirl.comWhile Leila and Lauren Otonicar of Tonic Haircare were in the water assisting Sophia, the biggest applause of all was coming from Sophia's good friend, Natalie McPeek, who jumped up and down in waist-deep water, threw her arms in the air, and cheered loudly for every ride...all while somehow keeping a very unprotected camera dry. "We all grew up together on the North Shore of Kauai and Sophia was my best friend from the start. We were 2 years old and having so much fun everyday. As we got older I started surfing and Leila joined in as well and it has been heart-aching not having Sophia out there with us." Natalie continued, "Watching and cheering her on was the biggest blessing for Leila and I. We wanted so badly our whole lives for Sophia to share what we grew up loving our whole lives. I love Sophia like a sister and feel so blessed to have gotten to share that day with them." After spending the morning watching Leila and Sophia ride waves, I wanted to get Sophia's take on her special day and the experience of surfing with the Life Rolls On crew. Jettygirl: Tell us about your decision to go surfing at the Life Rolls On event. Was it spur of the moment or something you've been thinking about for a while? Sophia Hurst: I guess it's a little of both. My sister called me about a week and a half before the event and I pretty much immediately jumped at the opportunity, but I've known about the Life Rolls On Foundation since I was about 16 when Jesse Billauer spoke at a youth rally I went to. I had wanted to get involved since then, but was a little too shy to talk to the people I needed to talk to in order to get involved at that point so this was the perfect opportunity! Jettygirl: The stories of each participant were as varied as all the personalities involved that day. As Life Rolls On deals specifically with spinal cord injuries, would you like to share a bit about your story? Sophia: I was actually born with my "DIFability" as I refer to it. I have a birth defect called Spina Bifida. Basically what happened, is that when my mom was pregnant with me, the skin around my spine didn't close completely so I was born with a hole at the base of my spine. It's kinda weird because the hole is on my spine so you would think I'd be paralyzed from that point down, but I'm actually only paralyzed from just above my ankles down. Jettygirl: Having never surfed before, were you nervous before your heat was scheduled to go out? What was going through your mind in the moments before you hit the water? Sophia: I actually have surfed a little bit before, but never in water that deep and definitely not on waves that big. Up until this event, the only person I had ever surfed with was my dad, and that was on pretty small waves in water where I knew I could stand up if I wiped out. Jettygirl: Most beginning surfers head to the whitewater but you charged straight to where the outside sets were breaking. I myself would have been freaking at that point but you looked really calm. Tell us about your first ride. Sophia: I was a little nervous about going out so far into the water, but when I saw how many people were going out with me, I knew they would make sure I was safe. In fact, at one point I even told them I wanted them to let me wipe out so I could experience what that really feels like. They looked at me like I was crazy for a minute, but I got one good wipe out and I thought it was actually pretty awesome! With the aid of a Life Rolls On volunteer, Sophia Hurst rides a nice left at La Jolla Shores. Surf photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. While Sophia rides a wave on the outside, Leila Hurst and Natalie McPeek cheer on the inside. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Leila Hurst and her sister, Sophia Hurst, ride a wave together with Life Rolls On. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Sophia Hurst, all smiles after her last ride at They Will Surf Again. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com Jettygirl: It must have been really special to ride a wave with your sister. Her tears of joy while you were riding your first wave spoke volumes of her feelings for you. How important was it to have Leila there to share the experience with you? Sophia: I'll be honest, at the beginning of this whole thing I was more excited by the opportunity to meet Jesse, but at some point I realized that this was way more about bonding with my sister. I spent a lot of time in and out of the hospital around the time that she really started getting big in the surfing world, so we never really got the opportunity to share her passion. I didn't even realize she was crying until I was already way out in the water and the people helping me pointed it out. At first I kinda laughed it off but when I saw her I realized how special it was and I got a little choked up too. As for actually getting to surf with her, that was without a doubt the highlight of the day. I will remember that for the rest of my life. Jettygirl: Finally, with the thousands of people with spinal cord injuries who may have never considered trying something like surfing, do you have any words of encouragement for them? Sophia: In the words of Walt Disney, "If you dream it, you can do it." Follow your dreams and if someone tells you you can't do something, use that as fuel to prove them wrong and make them eat their words! Life Rolls On volunteers celebrate with Leila and Sophia Hurst after her heat. Photo by Chris Grant of Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.   Words & Photos: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com Additional Resources: Life Rolls On Foundation - liferollson.org Life Rolls On Leila Hurst Tonic Haircare Special Thanks: to Lauren Otonicar and Tonic Haircare for their support of this JettyGirl.com feature!  

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.

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 / JettyGirl.com

Leah Dawson and Lauren Hill: Ladies at the Pass (surf video clip)

Early one morning last week I logged onto Facebook and happened upon this little video clip of Leah Dawson and Lauren Hill catching a few waves at the Pass. Like all of Leah's videos, it made me smile and I thought it might do the same for you. Check out LeahDawson.com and MerSeaBeaucoup.com for more waves from the girls. Special thank you to Leah Dawson for giving JettyGirl permission to run her video. Shot on GoPro HD Cameras. © i love my life productions