Jodie Nelson has been one busy lady since she finished covering the X Games for ESPN in August. Twice in August and twice in September she flew down to Baja, Mexico, with Sean Collins from Surfline and various other pro surfers—including Taj Burrow and Che Stang (trip 1), Danny Nichols and Ryan Turner (trip 2), and Layne Beachley and Holly Monkman (trip 3)—to chase swell, and to shoot and film for the magazines. In early September, she went to the ASR tradeshow in San Diego, Calif., and on Sept. 14 she co-hosted the Surfer Poll Awards, which will be airing on FUEL on Sunday, Oct. 24 at 10:09 p.m. ET/PT as part of "Stacked Sundays," and Thursday, Oct. 28 at 10:02 p.m. ET/PT. (Check your local listings for additional airdates and times.) Jodie will be heading up to Santa Cruz, Calif., later this week to defend her title at The O'Neill Cold Water Classic taking place Oct. 19 to 24 (the women will be competing Oct. 22 to 24). She won the Women's event at the Cold Water Classic—a WQS 4 Star contest boasting a $20,000 prize purse—previously and is ready to do it again. Good luck, Jodie! After the contest, she will spend a week at home before heading up to Malibu, Calif., to film for The WB's Summerland. Then she'll go on a Hurley photo trip to Puerto Rico and will head to Hawaii for most of November, where she'll do some tow-in surfing, as well as shooting and filming. Jodie also has a new surf movie called "FASHION" coming out this fall or winter, and is going to start recording a CD in January or February of 2005.
Mary Osborne is no slouch herself. She also went to ASR before taking part in the etnies Girl photo shoot last month. More recently, she tied for second with Schuyler McFerran at the Red Bull 5X, which took place in Malibu on Saturday, Oct. 16, from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The session—making history as Malibu's first-ever night surfing event—was held in reeling, shoulder-high waves at the famous First Point, which was lit up for the occasion with 180,000 watts of electricity. Mary, who was joined in the water by Daize Shayne, Kassia Meador, Kim Hamrock and Schuyler McFerran, showed off her incredible moves—including lots of noseriding—that were even more impressive considering she's practically night blind. The session was captured by a full film crew, and the surfers gathered the next morning to watch the playback and cast secret ballots to choose a winner. Kassia Meador received that nod, netting her the $25 pot (each girl contributed $5 to the kitty). Mary said about the event afterwards: "It was so fun seeing friends from up and down the coast that made it to support the event. It was probably the most exhilarating and fun event I have ever been in!" The complete Red Bull 5X session will air on the FUEL network later this year. (Check your local listings for airdates and times.) On Oct. 22, Mary will speak at an elementary school in Huntington Beach, Calif., for a friend's show and tell, and on October 29 and 30 she'll head back to Huntington Beach for the Women's Longboard Championships.
The Red Bull 5X: What 180,000 watts of electricity will do for you
Photo by Christian Pondella
Mary shows off her night moves at the Red Bull 5X
Photo by Christian Pondella
Mary (middle) and the girls judging the session the next day
Photo by Jorge Salas