This bit of entertainment news: Tia Carrere is reportedly going to produce and star in a movie on a trail-blazing surfer girl from Hawaii, the late Rell Sunn (aka the Queen of Makaha); find out more about Sunn on her official website. We’ll be there with popcorn in hand when it makes it to the big screen. Sunn lost her life to breast cancer several years ago, but her legacy lives on, just as the fight against the disease continues. Next week marks the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness month and we’re sending a shout-out to the Keep A Breast Foundation for doing its part to spread the good word–with art and with the help of surfer girls everywhere. Right on.
The LA Times has a hopeful story today about how the surf industry is doing during the economy: “After a Dry Spell, the Surf Industry is Getting Its Stoke Back.”
We sat on blankets on the beach for the 100th anniversary celebration of the Santa Monica Pier last night and heard surf rock legend Dick Dale perform. Live music coming from one side, waves lapping on the other–and then a spectacular fireworks show. Pretty perfect.
Read Layne’s blog posts (with photos!) on her experiences on Australia’s “Dancing with the Stars.”
Interesting new post on The Daily Beast, “Surf Girls: The Next Wave.” Good quotes from legendary Layne Beachley (with a good bit of trivia: she’s appearing on the Australian version of “Dancing with the Stars”).
I’m happy with a small wave I can catch with my long board, thank you very much. But big wave surfing is still impressive to me. Wowee, those waves are big! Lately, some surfer girls have grabbed attention for riding some serious monsters. Check out the photo of Maya Gabeira at Dungeons, South Africa from earlier this month. Repeat after me: Wow.–Stef McDonald
Join Rebecca Heller , author of SURF LIKE A GIRL, and PERFECT DAY SURF CAMP for the last all-girl surf day of the season. Come learn to surf in an all female, non-competitive and girl friendly environment. Sponsored by Roxy!
Who: All the ladies (ages 17 and up, please)
When: Saturday, August 29
Time: 9 – 11am (Please arrive by 8:45am)
Where: Santa Monica Beach, Parking Lot #9 North of the Pier
What to bring: Wear a bathing suit and sunscreen. Bring a towel and water. We will supply wetsuits and foam surfboards.
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We dare you not to be impressed with the highlights of the Supergirl Pro Junior finals. And winner Courtney Conlogue? She’s sixteen. Sweet, sweet, sweet.
I went out surfing last week in Venice with a new surfer girl. Jillian is the niece of a friend and was visiting from the East Coast. She’s a teen and had taken some surf lessons, popping up on her soft board in the white water for a few days. The water was pretty flat on the morning we met for our surf and she was sleepy-eyed and quiet, saying only that she wanted to chill on the beach for a while. I convinced her that we should paddle out past the breakers and see what we might catch. The waves were few and far between, but the water was warm and it was a pretty morning. Then, up popped the head of a sea lion within feet of us–and this woke Jillian up fast. Shortly after that, we spotted dolphins and and she was all smiles. Me, too; I never tire of seeing dolphins out in the water. I told her that I believe it’s good luck when you see dolphins swim by. Is that true? she asked. I told her I made it up but believed it. “Well, I’ll bet it’s good luck somewhere,” she said. Good answer. I agreed and told her that it was good luck in California if you saw a dolphin in the water. . . The photo above comes from Lisa Denning, whose gallery of dolphins can be found here.
Big wave surfing legend Laird Hamilton (and the guy credited with popularizing stand-up paddle boarding) posted yesterday on the Gizmodo techie blog on “Science and the Surf Board.” –Stef McDonald
Just because… The “Hottie” winners at the Teen Choice Awards (Megan Fox and Robert Patterson), where the winners are given surf boards as trophies.–Stef McDonald
Taking a brief summer vacation from this blog to get things rolling with another blog: The Surf Like a Girl blog. Back soon…
Sweet sixteen, indeed: Courtney Conlogue is only 16 years old and took the top prize at the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach. A $10,000 prize for a day of surfing–yes, definitely sweet.
And, just for fun, here’s Kelly Slater’s perfect 10 wave from the competition:
Planet Green has a good piece on eco-friendly surf gear. I would like to have a surf board custom-shaped for me using less toxic ingredients one day and I covet the Patagonia wetsuit made with recycled materials (and no petroleum-based ones). For now, I’ll start with the better-for-the-sea surf wax from Green Surf. We’ve also got some tips on going green on the Surf Like A Girl website.–Stef McDonald
Check out the wave of the day on the website for the U.S. Open of Surfing.
Our latest Surf Like A Girl pro interview is with Stephanie Gilmore. (Photo courtesy of Rip Curl.)