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Untamed Daughters is an event experience, conceptualized by Changing Tides Foundation and GrlSwirl, to bring together untamed, unconventional and adventurous women for a day of community, environment, action sports and empowerment.

This was the first-ever Untamed Daughters event which took place in Venice beach in the summer of 2019! Some of the special guests and attendees included: Rochelle Ballard, Elena Hight, Lex Weinstein, Sian Hurst and Laura Thornhill Caswell.

The event would not have been made possible without the support of Rothys , Vuori, Marine Layer, GoPro, Mizu, & The Butcher's Daughter. Huge thanks to all the sponsors who donated to our goodie bags and to the day as well: Boz Tea, Zola, ClifBar, Leus Towels, Aloha Collection, Simply Straws, Avasol & Summer of Surf. Thanks to our after-party sponsors Juneshine, Lone Wolfs , Carver, Big Daddy's Pizza, Dersu, King Archie Band & Winter.

Edit: Devon Steigerwald
Photos: Jessica Whitehead

Big Wave Surfer Jamie Mitchell is going to paddle all “Seven Crossings” of California’s Channel Islands

Here's the press release (that you see all of the surf websites re-arranging the sentences and posting):

10X World Paddle Champion and professional big wave surfer Jamie Mitchell has created a life from the ocean, one which he wants to be able to pass down to his children. Born in Australia and now living on the islands of Hawai’i with his wife and two daughters, he sees we are on an ecological path that must be changed.

Through the 7 Crossings Project Jamie is determined to show that we are not separated by oceans, but connected. To help raise awareness, Jamie will paddle by hand the seven crossings of the eight Channel Islands just off the California coastline. Mitchell will paddle more than 150 miles through some of the most biodiverse and shark populated regions in the world, also known as “the Galapagos of the North Pacific.” The project will highlight climate change research, solutions, and educational outreach across Southern California, such as those at the USC Dornsife Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies based at Catalina Island. Jamie will personally document his journey on social media and the Seven Crossings Project website, with the project culminating in a documentary film due in 2020.

As Jamie puts it, “The ocean has given me so much, and now it’s time to give back. I want to make sure my daughters can see live coral, catch fish, and swim in the ocean. None of that will happen unless we make significant changes to the way we live and how we use our ocean. Sustainability is about survival as a species," he says. "The work of organizations like the Wrigley Institute is critical towards finding solutions. The science is there and the 7 Crossings Project will help educate people of all ages about the work being done—so we have good policy, businesses become more sustainable, and we can make better choices ourselves.”

Jamie wants to show how we can create a more sustainable life—and build a better tomorrow by helping design our future.


The Channel Islands extend over 150 miles and are as close as 12 miles off the Pacific coast of Southern California, the most Densely Populated Urban Area in the US.

The destruction of unique species' habitats and resources by non-native, exotic plants and animals have caused extinction of numerous rare and unique island species. Once found only on the Channel Islands, they have been lost forever.


1.San Miguel – Santa Rosa
2.Santa Rosa – Santa Cruz
3.Santa Cruz – Anacapa
4.Anacapa – Santa Barbara
5.Santa Barbara – San Nicolas
6.San Nicolas – San Clemente
7.San Clemente – Santa Catalina

You can follow Jamies journey via his Instagram: @sevencrossingsproject .

And check out the website at

"Glen Kennedy owned and operated Kennedy's Surfshop in Woodland Hills California before passing earlier this year. He had shaped 1000's of boards throughout the years and some were here today. I didn't know Glen personally but I visited his shop for beach apparel. He was well known and friendly to all. A really a big part of the local surf community from San Diego to Santa Barbara and beyond. Today, 1000's showed up at First Point by the Malibu pier to pay their respect and give a traditional surfer send off by paddling out, forming a circle and then coming together in the center and splashing. Truly an emotional and touching event. The show of support from the many surfers morning the loss of one of their legends, hero, friend and mentor was inspiring. It was a privilege to film this event with permission from the event director and local law enforcement. Also spoke to the Lifeguard staff to let them know of my intent. This is normally a restricted area "No Drones" but was granted an "OK" by all for this event. I can't say that I didn't fly over a few people but I tried to keep it to the minimum by staying on the perimeter. The Mavic 2 Zoom is the perfect craft for this sort of event. I was able to bring the crowd in close without having to be over them.

Weather conditions were perfect at 8am but it became overcast by 10 when the paddle out began. Could not go higher than a 100ft before everything turned gray. I wasn't alone, a couple other drones were out there and fortunately we didn't find each other. Glen's closest friends and family members were in the center. Closing shot showed, it may have been his son being overtaken by emotions with the show of support from Glen's many friends and acquaintances.

This is truly one of the most Inspiring events I've ever had the privilege to film. Very touching.

For those close to Glen, I hope that I presented this Tribute in a respectful way. My condolences to the many that loved him. I think he would've been stoked to have seen how many showed up for his paddle out.

Thx for watching" - bdseidler

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Hundreds showed up to Malibu on Sunday for the paddle out for the legendary Glen Kennedy, who passed away earlier this month. We compiled some photos and words from those who attended:

"This was One of the most amazing days of my life yesterday at the Glen Kennedy Memorial Paddle Out at Malibu 1st Point. I’m so stoked to have been a part of this wonderful event with my son and friends, including friends I hadn’t seen in a long time.

Glen Kennedy’s Legacy will no doubt live on and he will be missed. R.I.P. Glen!" -

"Today was one of the most incredible things I’ve ever had the opportunity to experience. Over 500 surfers; bros, pros and kooks alike; all turned up to honor the life of the King of the Valley. It was nuts to see just how many people Glen’s incredible life touched. R.I.P. Glen Kennedy" - Tydeman Newman

"This was One of the most amazing days of my life yesterday at the Glen Kennedy Memorial Paddle Out at Malibu 1st Point. I’m so stoked to have been a part of this wonderful event with my son and friends, including friends I hadn’t seen in a long time. Glen Kennedy’s Legacy will no doubt live on and he will be missed. R.I.P. Glen!" - Michael Pessell

"Standing on top of the Malibu Pier taking this photo was an experience I will not forget. A sea of surfers making their own human reef as we celebrated the life of Glen Kennedy yesterday at Surfrider Beach Malibu. He was an icon and a legend. This paddle out was the largest ever in Malibu. An amazing display of love for Glen and his family. It was incredibly moving." - Tim Keagy

"Moving & meaningful to be part of the incredible send off for a local legend yesterday, the Glen Kennedy Memorial paddle out in Malibu. Crowds gathered on the beach from early morning then over 500 surfers, many on boards shaped by the man himself, took to the ocean to celebrate the life of a man who touched so many hearts.

Both my boys bought their first second hand boards from Glen, then later saved up to have him custom shape a board for them. He discussed their purchases with them as surfers not “kids”, no matter how young they were members of his community.

R.I.P. Glen ♥️ you are missed." -
Naomi Newman

"Beach views from the paddle out for Glen Kennedy yesterday. It was amazing to be surround by people who knew and loved Glen. The energy was incredible and the vibes were of pure love. My deepest condolences to the Kennedy family. I didn’t know how much of a legend Glen was but I felt it yesterday. Glen was our friend through fishing and hanging at the shop. We experienced a different side of his life and I’m forever thankful.

He will live on forever through the boards he made, all the wonderful people who ride them, and the friendships he made." -

"Excellent paddle out ariel photo by @charlesrsmith honoring surf industry pioneer ,shaper ,competitor and friend Glen Kennedy .I predicted this to be massive ,but this ........this is testament to the reach and influence Glen had on an entire community industry and beyond !!!!!

All I can say is spectacular Glen simply spectacular !!!!!!" -
Jon LaLanne

"The King has left the building | GK will never ever be forgotten. 3000 people showed up from all corners of the world to pay respects to the King of the Valley. When you have the news stations covering this event, you know someone pretty damn important left the building. My condolences to the Kennedy family. Thank you Glen for paving the path for all of us " - Dale H Rhodes

"Incredibly poignant and moving morning spent at the Memorial Paddle Out for local surfer, shaper and gentle human Glen Kennedy. We got to know Glen when he shaped Tydeman and Jonezy‘s boards . Based on this morning, he clearly touched so many lives in such a positive way. Humbling. RIP Glen " - Rhys Newman

"We say goodbye in surfer style to Surf Icon, board designer/shaper and legend, Glen Kennedy.!" - OnIt.Pro.

More photos from OnIt.Pro our in their Facebook Album

"I personally needed to feel and see all of the love and people for Glen. It was a healing day for all of us! It was great to see all of our friends of Malibu. How is this photo: Paul Lovis, Richard Wilken, Jim Erickson, Robby Dick, Scott Anderson, myself, Randy Rodstoker and Ned. Much Love for Glen Kennedy. RIP Brother Glen." - Allen Sarlo

"Got up early & paid my respect to Glen Kennedy @ Malibu this morning. " - Mike Groff

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Spend the day in Los Angeles with Brazilian big wave ripper, Maya Gaberia as she trains, surfs and eats sushi.

"Sadly, Glen Kennedy, long time surfer/shaper passed away 2 days ago. He was fishing with his grandkids and had a heart attack. Another of the good guys gone."

Glen Kennedy, a San Fernando valley surfboard shaper, was a fixture in Malibu and the valley. Kennedy Surf Shop opened in 1972 and since then, Glen has hand-shaped a wide range of surfboards, including classic longboards, mid range surfboards and high-performance shortboards.

According to his son, Lee, Kennedy suffered a massive stroke while sailing between L.A. and Ensenada.

"Glen Kennedy, if you surfed Malibu and had any ties to the valley, you knew Glen Kennedy. A legend, a neighbor, a mentor, a man of many adventures, the nicest person you would ever meet." - Joe Balint

"Glen was a great man, he took me in, gave me one of my favorite jobs and taught me to shape my own board. So many great memories; night surfing Bu on full moons, Friday night fish fries at the shop, drinks at Pickwick’s... I will never forget you Glen." - Tom Bugg

"We will miss our friend Glen Kennedy. A legend in the surf industry, amazing surfer/shaper/businessman and great guy, whose surf shop in the west end of the San Fernando valley has been in the same location for as long as I can remember. I’m sure Glen’s son will continue his legacy as Glen will now be Surfing the Ranch for eternity! Love you" - OnIt Pro

Glen on the left.

Glen Kennedy Surf Rodeo 2014

Glen's 2 Facebook Pages: Glen Kennedy Custom Shapes and Kennedy Surf Shop. And Glen's Instagram is @kennedysurfshop

Glen Kennedy Paddle Out
Glen Kennedy Celebration of Life

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One of the surprises of the event, which brought together the best longboarders in the world to the surf mecca Malibu, was the Hawaiian Sally Cohen, who stole the scene. At only 18 years old, the competitor landed a spot in the championship by winning the most votes on Surf Relik's video submission contest. Surfing the board of double world champion Phil Rajzman, she managed to reach 3rd place in her debut event. Sally is the daughter of surf photographer Paul Cohen the "Gordinho", who is one of the legends in the subject on the North Shore. Source / Author: Luciana Figueiredo
The first stage of the Surf Relik Longboard World Tour was First Point on Malibu Beach this weekend (June 22nd and 23th). The winners of the $100,000 prize-giving event were Soleil Errico and Taylor Jensen .

French surfer Edouard Delpero was given 2nd place and bid farewell to the championship by losing to Taylor Jensen. Third was given to Harrison Roach.

Harrison Roach - Photo: Surfing With Ben

In the women's category, Chloe Calmon finished with second place, Soleil Errico taking the top spot.

Soleil Errico - Photo: Brian Asher

Chloe Calmon - Photo: Surfing With Ben

One of the surprises of the event, which brought together the best longboarders in the world to the surf mecca Malibu, was the Hawaiian Sally Cohen, who stole the scene. At only 18 years old, the competitor landed a spot in the championship by winning the most votes on Surf Relik's video submission contest. Surfing the board of double world champion Phil Rajzman, she managed to reach 3rd place in her debut event. Sally is the daughter of surf photographer Paul Cohen the "Gordinho", who is one of the legends in the subject on the North Shore.

Sally Cohen - Photo: Paul Cohen

"Sally surprised me and surfed a lot, she used my board throughout the event and she did very well, I've been with Sally in my trips to Hawaii and I've done some coaching work for her. She will shine brightly. " Phil commented.

CLICK HERE see more stories, drama, & nonsense from Surf Relik.

Check out this video form Wes Swartz of the longboarding before and during the Relik contest.

CLICK HERE see more stories, drama, & nonsense from the infamous Surf Relik.

According to Surf Relik and the self-pro-claimed "definitive voice of surf", The Inertia, no other surf contest ever did video submissions before.


Not until 2018 when Surf Relik "pioneered a unique video-submission format", as The Inertia's non-fact checking writer claims.

Another The Inertia writer states, "Finally something different, something that’s never been done before. Relik’s Video Submission Open Qualifier".

This is probably coming straight from Surf Relik themselves though, as Pacific Longer Boarder wrote "Relik’s first-of-its-kind video submission open qualifier".

Appears like Surf Relik's PR Team is just spouting off some BS, And Of Course The Inertia would never question it (not the first time they published lies).

Come on now, not that all surfers would know, but a surfer writing for a surf website, especially one claiming to be the "definite voice of surf", should know video submissions for wildcard spots in surf contests have happened many times before Surf Relik's.

Back in 2013, the Hurley Pro Trestles held a video submission contest for a wildcard spot for the CT event.

In 2018, Gopro held a video submission contest for the OSSC National Championships.

In 2011, there was the Volcom Pipe Pro Wildcard Video Challenge

Oh yeah, the video submission contest to be a Wildcard for the O'Neill Coldwater Classic was held in 2014.

In 2017, INNOCNTS held their 1wv1fn, a longboarding video contest where the winner got an invite to the Vans Duct Tape Invitational.

And there's been others.

So NO, Surf Relik you did not create, pioneer, or do any first-of-its-kind deal with video submissions for a surf contest wildcard spot.

On Saturday, June 1, we joined the over 600 volunteers, and two surfing dogs, at tower 28 in Santa Monica to be a part of Life Rolls On's They Will Surf Again event. This Santa Monica event was the first surf stop of Life Rolls On's Get On Board 2019 Tour.

They Will Surf Again is an award-winning series of bi-coastal events that empower paraplegics and quadriplegics to experience the freedom of mobility by riding a wave with the assistance of adaptive equipment and the support of hard working volunteers.
More than a day of recreational activity, They Will Surf Again also serves as an exceptional opportunity for individuals with SCI and their families to network and establish new support networks outside traditional group support settings. Founded by world champion quadriplegic surfer Jesse Billauer, Life Rolls On is dedicated to improving the quality of life for young people affected by spinal cord injury. Believing that adaptive surfing and skating could inspire infinite possibilities beyond paralysis.

Six12 Media has been there every year, getting as many great surfing shots of these athletes as possible, making sure they and their families get some awesome action photos to remember this day.

We got way too many great photos to post here. You can find several 100 more surf photos from this day, all full size and high-resolution, in this gallery:

2019 LRO They Will Surf Again Photo Galleries

If you were out there, there probably is some cool surfing shots of you, go check them out!

There are some more photos from other photographers in this gallery:

LIfe Rolls On TWSA 2019 Photo Page