Other Side of Surfing

April 23, 2016 at California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, CA.

A panel of four women in the surf industry gathered for a two-hour conversation moderated by Margaret Seelie.

Clips from this conversation appear in the surf film It Ain't Pretty.

 
 
 
  Photo Chris Grant

Photo Chris Grant

Ashley Lloyd Thompson

Ashley Lloyd Thompson is one of few women who are internationally recognized for her work as a surfboard shaper. She signs every board she shapes, "Made with love," which is an attitude that permeates all that she does. In the shaping room she crafts with passion and purpose, and in the water her elegant yet playful style is contagious. Over the past twelve years she has been honing her craft and creating her own surfboard brand, Ashley Lloyd Thompson Surfboards. As a new mom, Ashley and her husband are navigating parenthood while maintaining her shaping business.

 
 
  Photo Chris Grant

Photo Chris Grant

Julie Cox

Julie Cox was a team rider for Roxy for eight years, during which time she competed around the world. In the Women's Longboard Tour, Julie placed fifth in the world three years running. She was the Director of the California Surf Museum, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving surfing heritage. She also launched The Jule Collection, a line of women's surfboards, with shaper Jed Noll. Currently, she gives surf lessons locally and abroad, and manages Mollusk Surf Shop.

 
 
  Photo Nikki Brooks

Photo Nikki Brooks

Bianca Valenti

Bianca Valenti became the first female Big Wave World Tour Champion in 2014. Proof Lab, a surf shop in Marin, sponsors her. Currently, Bianca's big wave riding is being filmed for the documentary, It Ain't Pretty: A film about women who surf Ocean Beach in San Francisco, scheduled for release in 2015.

 
 

Tiffany Campbell

Tiffany Campbell is a filmmaker who focuses on surfing and skateboarding. Tiffany and Andria Lessler's debut film, Dear & Yonder: Daring Stories of Ladies United by the Sea, won SURFER Magazine's Breakthrough Filmmaker Award in 2009. For over a decade she has been involved with Villa Villa Cola, a collective of artists, filmmakers, skateboarders and photographers that produce videos and zines that encourage more girls to skate.