Monthly Archives: November 2015

Holiday Gifts for the Surfer Girl

This season, these are a few of our favorite things:

surf site tin type

Joni Sternbach’s stunning  photographs in Surf Site Tin Type pay homage to those who ride waves. Sternbach has traveled the world, from Malibu to Byron Bay, to create tintype portraits of contemporary surfers using the nineteenth-century wet-plate collodion process. These striking images of surfers are as beautiful as they are honest.

 

 

Ashley surfIf you are feeling splurgy, pick up a surfboard like the Gordon’s Egg pictured here, by female shaper Ashley Lloyd Thompson. This Santa Cruz-based surfer, shaper, and musician signs her boards,“made with love.” What more could you want?!

 

 

wet sox

Wetsox sent me a pair of the original black Wetsox. They claim that the products were designed to decrease the difficulty and frustration of getting in and out of your cold water gear by eliminating the friction. I will try anything that will get my booties on and off easily.

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Hawaiian artist Heather Brown honed her artistic skills as a student at the University of Hawai’i “focusing primarily on the ‘lost arts’ of intaglio printmaking, silkscreen printing, linocuts, woodcuts, and etchings, which explains where her iconic style was born and bred. Heather Brown has made it her life’s work to capture the true essence of the most beautiful beaches, surf breaks, and locales in Hawaiʻi and around the world.” The piece shown is titled Surf Sisters. Perfection!

 

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Beautycounter’s mission is to get safe products into everyone’s hands. They follow strict safety standards by refusing to use toxic ingredients that may be linked to cancer, reproductive issues, and/or hormone disruption—all while ensuring their products perform. We love so many of the products, especially the All Over Sunscreen. This SPF 30 sunscreen is lightweight, water-resistant, and blends seamlessly into skin without leaving white streaks, protecting you against both UVA and UVB rays.

Please indicate Surf Like a Girl’s wonderful Annie Walton-Teter as your consultant in the billing section of your purchase.

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I appreciate that these are slightly ridiculous, but after years of struggling for modesty next to my car, this is one of the gifts I really want this season. Robie Robes are the brainchild of Martyn and Tamsin Tarplee from Cornwall, England, who designed a robe that takes the hassle out of changing—all while keeping you warm, dry, and covered. They are available stateside here.

 

Wanderlust+Springsuit+by+SirensongThe beautifully unique Sirensong Wetsuit line offers 2mm – 3mm springsuits in either a full coverage “Booty Shorts” bottom or the cheeky Hawaiian-cut. You can order a signature hand-painted, silk-screened, and/or printed design wetsuit on color-blocked neoprene. Sirensong also offers ready-to-wear designs like the Wanderlust long sleeve springsuit featured here.

 

 

 

surfriderMy favorite gifts to give or receive are donations to charity organizations. For over 30 years Surfrider Foundation has been protecting our ocean, waves, and beaches.

 

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And finally, if the book that started it all isn’t currently on your shelf, grab a copy of Surf Like a Girl for the surfer girl in your life. Especially if that surfer is you!

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Waves of Disruption: The Cori Schumacher Story

In SeaLevelTV’s second short film in their “Saltwater Daughters” series, they turn the attention on three-time Women’s World Longboard champion, activist, writer and speaker, Cori Schumacher. “Waves of Disruption digs into Cori’s difficult past where we find out what drives her actions and activism. Gender disparity awareness, homophobia, the impact of consumer culture on society, sexism, slave labor, and human rights are all given equal billing, challenging the audience to reconsider “traditional” societal and cultural norms that drive our own daily actions.”

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Bruna

Brazilian pro-surfer Bruna Schmitz is featured in this beautiful short film by Tyler Haft. “At the age of 9, Bruna discovered a passion for the ocean and surfing, which lead to a future of travel and opportunities beyond the village borders. With these opportunities came difficult sacrifices of leaving family members behind for over a decade to venture out alone and pursue her dreams.”

 

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The Sound of Silence

In this picturesque new film by Dan Mace, Bianca Buinendag and Lee-Ann Curren travel to South Africa’s Eastern Cape in search of waves and adventure. Mace wrote,  “The Sound of Silence is a film about discovery through disconnecting from day to day information at our fingertips, instant gratification and chaos; it’s a film about adventure in its purest form. We decided to fly French Lee-Ann down to South Africa to join Bianca on a road trip through the Eastern Cape’s treacherous wild coast, the Transkei, in search of something different; the feeling of being truly lost… and of course plenty uncrowded waves and secret spots. I took away their mobile devices and any other connections to the outside world, gave them a map and the mission to make it through the Transkei connecting with the earth beneath their feet and locals around them in search of the feeling of raw adventure.”

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Worlds Colliding: Art and Surfing

As as surfing fanatic who received her undergraduate degree in Art History, I may have found my nirvana. Boom-art.com is an art gallery dedicated to Skateboarding and Surfing. Their limited edition surfboards feature famous pieces such as Boucher’s Venus, Jan Davidz de Heen’s floral still-lifes, and the famous tapestry, The Lady and the Unicorn.

Boom-art is located in the South of France and  deliver their boards worldwide.  Heaven.lady and unicorn surf

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