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Foam Feature

Got a fun little writeup on Foam magazine’s Thursdays Are For Girls series:

http://foammagazine.com/articles/2565-thursdays-are-for-girls-hayley-gordon

 

Check it out!

San Onofre

Hanging at San Onofre is one of our favorite past times.

 

photo by Amy Caron

photo: Margaux Arramon-tucoo

Hanging Out

Spent some time in Encinitas hanging around town this weekend

Road Trip!

Just got back from an epic road trip adventure with Jen Smith, Jenna Balester, and Mele Saili.  We rented an RV and drove from San Diego, CA to Tofino, British Columbia Canada and back.  We scored some epic surf on the way up and although we only saw Tofino’s raw and rainy side we still had a blast.  The surf scene up in Canada is truly filled with stoke – we met so many amazing and generous people there.  Video coming soon!

 

Supergirl Pro

Had a great time hanging out in Oceanside this past weekend for the Supergirl Pro.  Special thanks to the California Surfing Museum for hosting the dinner party.  L to R: Ornella, Jen, Jess, Sofia, Marina, Me, Jenna, Lee Ann

The Bar Of Soap Is Done!

Finally picked up my Bar Of Soap Mini Simmons type board yesterday from the boys at Shaper Studios.  They just did the final sand / polish.  FYI I didn’t glass the board – I just shaped the foam and painted it, then decided fin placement and let the boys do the rest of the dirty work.  Glassing is an entirely separate art form in itself and I was happy to leave it in their hands.

Put on a fresh coat of wax and drove up to Church since the SSW swell is passing us by here in Encinitas.  The waves were crumbly at first but by the end of my three hour marathon sesh it had shaped up with the receding tide and the wind had eased up making it semi-glassy.

All in all I had a blast on the board.  I thought it would be difficult to ride and turn, but after a few waves I started getting a feel for it.  The large fins definitely keep it stable, however, it’s not as hard to turn as you might think.  I can bring it all the way around pretty quick as long as my foot is on the tail.  On my last wave I did a snap cutback and nearly brought the board all the way around, maybe 3/4, and felt it start sliding.  But it was loose enough that I was able to bring it back around and continue down the line.  So fun, I’ve never been able to do that before.  I even did a few weak off the lips and floaters.  It’s not as easy to pump down the line as my quad fish, but I figured that you can pump it a little and getting it to the high line is pretty important.

I’m going to need a few more sessions to really get a feel for it.  But I am STOKED.  Oh, and duckdiving is interesting.  Even though it’s pretty squat at 4’11”, it’s beefy so it’s rather buoyant.  The wide nose doesn’t help either.  I got ragdolled a few times by a few sneaker 6ft sets at Church.

Anyway…if you’ve ever thought about making a board….you SHOULD.  Actually I had never even thought much about making my own…until I watched Margaux and Jen doing it at Shaper Studios.  I went there so much I eventually decided I had to do one myself.  Once I saw Jen’s “cutie” that was it.  It was exactly what I wanted to make.

Check out their website at http://www.shaperstudios.com

After it's first sesh, taking a rest on the beach

Tag Along

Jen Smith invited me to tag along and shoot video during a photoshoot with Jon Steele.  They were shooting photos for Sector 9, and Jon was nice enough to let me observe and learn a bit about what he does.  It was really cool to watch him in action.  Check out his website at http://www.jonsteelephoto.com/

Jon Steele getting the shot with Jen for Sector 9

Huntington, Malibu, Huntington

Drove up to Huntington to film with Jen Smith and Jenna Balester.  Just so happened that Steph Gilmore made an appearance too, so that was fun.  After that coffee and breakfast with the crew, then I headed up to Malibu with Jen where we met up with Kassia Meador.  Then it was back to Huntington to hang out with Jenna and Bijou for some sunset frisbee shenanigans and get some tasty Shabu Shabu.  Overall a pretty good day I’d say.

Malibu Lines

Palm Ave, Huntington Beach

 

Shaping

Shaping is similar in surfing to me.  Both seem to bring out this zen mood in me where I just get absorbed in what I’m doing and all my cares seem to fall off my shoulders, just for a while.  I was in a funk today and headed over to Shapers Studios to work on my board.  It’s actually a very theraputic activity in a certain way.

I’m almost done with the mini simmons / bar of soap type shape that I’m making.  It’s going to have a twin keel setup.  I’m not in a rush to finish it.  I almost don’t want to be done with it as I’ve found this project to be extremely enjoyable.  It’s so great to go to the shop, shape, have a beer, joke around with the guys, and actually make my own board.  Today I spent a lot of time looking up as many pictures as I could of Tyler Warren’s bar of soap model.  I saw that his rails on the bottom were hard, and he had a bevel in the rails on the deck.  So I beveled the rails on top, leaving the bottom hard.  I’m really happy with the way it came out.  This picture is before I thinned out the nose.

Tearsheets and Crowd Reactions

When By The Way was shared all around Facebook it was fun to find and read the reactions from people.  Everyone was super stoked on the video and the surfing.  I can’t find all the comments,  shares, and blog posts that went out there, but I was able to find a few.  Here are some of the better ones:

Seen in 141 countries worldwide

Cori Schumacher did a great writeup of the Board Shorts Film Festival at http://corischumacher.com/2012/02/27/board-short-and-surf-ladies/

Of By The Way, she wrote:

“I tilted forward, my body moving in physical empathy with the female surfers riding longboards and shortboards. Nearly 15 minutes of this and I was ready to leap out in the water… now. “

Thanks for the kind words Cori!

Enthuzed.com

surf-news.com

Cooler Magazine

Surfer Magazine

Billabong shared it with over 1000 likes

777 Likes and 354 shares from Surfer

yessssss

 

strippers? oh wait

saving girls from prostitution, one surf video at a time

Renee calls it like she sees it

rainy day, made.

morning, made.

Kanvas By Katin Approved

We know that already, but thank you!

ha, ok

Blasting It To The East Coast

Desillusion Approved