The Del Mar Lifeguard Department hosts and annual tiki torch surf party when the New Zealand Lifeguards are in town on the exchange program. I grabbed a little clip of my close close friends Slim and Ash from Muirawai Beach, Aukland, doing the Haka- a Mauri war dance.
The crowds get bigger and bigger every year. The biggest problem is there aren't enough surf boards to go around. Click the link...
CLICK HERE TO SEE HAKA
Sydney Gstettenbauer is an American transplant in Australia for the Adelaide Jets. She was team captain at UCSD for 3 of her college years, had a few records there, and more importantly :-) was one of my first fit models during the dark days of figuring out fit when working on everything from different materials to silhouettes to printing processes and how they affected materials. You name it, she tried it, she practiced in it, and best of all was super patient about it. She stayed with us for the long run when most models stopped meeting us at the pool or answering their phones, and even got her friends involved (and most of them are named Stephanie by the way). She's invited back to play for Adelaide again next year and rock the pretty bitchin Top Gun suit.
Sydney (left) and Jess Martin (right)
I met Jenna through a surf competition in Huntington Beach a few months ago where Jolyn Co. was offering suits as a first place prize at the comp. Jenna won it and it started from there. Our fits ended up working perfectly for surf + we made the some of the first "eco" suits for her, made from fabric created out of recycled water bottles. Right now she's on an extended surf trip to Australia.
This hat is by Jenelle Shelby, funniest and coolest thing at the same time, and got the attention of everyone at Nationals. Ashley got her story- here it is in Janelle's own words...
"Ok, I thought of the idea when we were at a tournament last year, my friend was sick and couldn't play, I told her to wear her cap on the bench because she was still apart of our team, she wore it but felt weird wearing the cap, so I told her I would make her a beanie instead, because she was cheering from the bench, that is why the name "Bench Beanie" is perfect for it . Also, I use recycled ear caps from broken or ripped caps. The first time I wore it was to a game at a snack bar and a mom asked me where she could buy her daughter one. Everywhere I go that has to do with water polo people are always interested."
Ran into Scott Tinley on the second to last day, and it turns out his niece is on the USA team. I've lifeguarded with him since I got my drivers license, and if you don't know who he is, you should... just look him up online. He was also one of the first to give me business advice when I started this whole Jolyn thing.