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Join us in sending the world’s top female big wave surfers out to chase huge swells in this season’s Godzilla El Nino!

THE SURFERS

WHAT IS SUPER SESSIONS?

Super Sessions is the first and only project of its kind: a multi-media project that gives the world's most talented female big wave surfers the resources to record their most epic moments. In 2016, they will chase huge swells across the globe and share their experiences through first person video recounts on a weekly basis throughout the session. Last year’s historic event was a huge success, culminating on December 20th, the biggest day at Maverick's in five years.

HOW IT STARTED

In September 2014 Super Sessions founder Nico Sell invited thirteen of the world’s top female big-wave surfers to participate in an unusual project. They received a mysterious box with a camera and an iPad containing a video message from headquarters. Nico, appearing as “Agent N,” recruited their support for a new kind of surf challenge. They were asked to create a series of short videos documenting their personal experiences as they prepared for and rode the biggest swells around the globe. They participated in a series of virtual roundtables, where all things big-wave were discussed. They got to know one another through the video uploads and group discussions, and shared information on their mutual quest to ride huge surf. From icy Ireland, to France, California, South America and tropical Maui, these elite women embraced the unusual challenges, and created something incredible.

Paige Alms charges a secret NorCal spot during the culminating week of Super Sessions I
Paige Alms charges a secret NorCal spot during the culminating week of Super Sessions I

At the conclusion of the project, Super Sessions flew the participants to Northern California for a final week of covert surf missions and a spectacular awards celebration. Fifty-five thousand dollars was awarded to the Super Sessions Surfers, with each surfer receiving a portion of the purse. Five top prizes were handed out for the most outstanding Super Sessions contributions. Three Hawaiians - Keala Kennely, Paige Alms and Andrea Moller - joined Californians Bianca Valenti and Sarah Gerhardt on the podium, and all of the participants were honored for their achievements in and out of the water.

Women’s big-wave surfing had progressed and the world was inspired.

SUPER SESSIONS II

Keala Kennelly, Bianca Valenti and Paige Alms at last years culminating Super Sessions event.
Keala Kennelly, Bianca Valenti and Paige Alms at last years culminating Super Sessions event.

Super Sessions will follow the success of its inaugural season with a new project model. Super Sessions II will continue to provide a platform for women’s big wave surfing, with a new series of video assignments. This season a group of "Super Agents," made up of established Super Sessions veterans, will be featured in the project along with some surprise participants. While the early focus will be on our Super Agents, SS II will also create a place for "Rookie Applicants," offering the opportunity for unknown or aspiring big wave surfers to join the project. 

Andrea Moller, Keala Kennelly, Bianca Valenti, and Paige Alms about to surf Maverick's.
Andrea Moller, Keala Kennelly, Bianca Valenti, and Paige Alms about to surf Maverick's.

Super Sessions II is launching on January 1, 2016. Our surfers, in small tight-knit groups, will embark on missions riding and capturing big waves on camera, and producing short videos for fans following online. The challenges will unfold with a number of secret twists, creating a unique and exciting dynamic for the project. 

WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP

Bringing together female surfers on a global scale is no simple task. By donating to Super Sessions you will be able to directly support world class female surfers as they chase the biggest waves on the planet - in return they will be capturing these historic moments first hand and sharing them directly back to you, the fans. With Super Sessions we are creating an experience that directly connects athletes with their fans, and we need your help to make this connection.

THE DIFFERENCE YOUR SUPPORT WILL MAKE

With $150,000 we will be able to make another year of Super Sessions a reality, but it will go to funding so much more. With every extra dollar we raise, we are able to provide funding directly to the surfers and to the pursuit of their passions. Money donated to Super Sessions will never go to a corporation, sponsor, or foundation, instead it will go to these insanely talented women and supporting what they do: chasing the biggest swells in the world and bringing their experiences back through videos shared directly with their fans. The more money we raise, the more surf missions we can send these world class athletes out on. Last year, in addition to facilitating this amazing project for the surfers we were able to give out $55,000 to further their pursuits - with your help we can again make this a reality. 

HERE'S A PREVIEW OF SOME OF OUR REWARDS

$5.00 - Digital download of the Super Sessions II theme song. Here's last season's theme song, "Flowers" by Betty The Shark.

$5.00 - Super Sessions Screen Saver

$10.00 - Super Sessions stickers x 2

$22.00 - Official Super Sessions Onesie

T-shirts, Hoodie and Trucker Hat

$45.00 - Dedicated Daily Surf Haiku. Here's two from last season, undedicated.

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$99.00 - Surf the Biggest Virtual Wave of Your Life

Grant Washburn getting burned at Mavs by his niece and nephew
Grant Washburn getting burned at Mavs by his niece and nephew

$500.00 - Broken surfboard signed by the surfer who broke the board. Here's Savannah breaking one out at Maverick's last season.

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$1000.00 - One surf mission with surfers during Super Session week in NorCal. Here's the crew about to paddle out at a secret NorCal spot last Super Sessions.

$5000.00 - New Super Sessions II gun surfboard, shaped by Sean Ordonez, signed by all of the surfers. Here's a gun he shaped for Paige Alms.

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge of a surf production like this is the unpredictability of Mother Nature. You never know when the ocean is going to come alive or go flat or get big but stormy or windy or just plain messy. But that's also part of the fun and challenge of chasing big waves. We dealt with it last year, particularly in the crazy, stormy, rainy, wild Super Sessions final week in NorCal... and we still scored beautiful huge waves at a secret spot one day, a session out a Mavericks almost entirely to ourselves on another and then to cap it all off we were out at Mavericks on the biggest day in five years on December 20th. This 2016 season is already getting dubbed the "Godzilla El Nino", a weather pattern that often brings huge and frequent swells, so we are preparing for everything.

The biggest risk these surfers are taking is the ultimate risk: major physical harm or even death in the face of the biggest waves in the world. They all know this and take the risks very seriously. But the joy they get from taking on these waves, with some of their closest friends, outweighs all of that.

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF THE SUPER SESSIONS II THEME SONG

    Just what it sounds like - download the full AIFF of this year’s Super Sessions II original theme song, composed and performed by a secret artist to be announced at the close of this campaign. Last year’s theme song was “Flowers” by Lee-Ann Curren’s band Betty the Shark.

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    OFFICIAL SUPER SESSIONS II SCREEN SAVER

    A meaty piece of the Godzilla El Nino right on your lap(top). Download an official Super Sessions II screen saver - one of our surfers charging Jaws, Puerto Escondido, Mavericks, Mullaghmore and a whole lotta more!

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    TWEET - THANK YOU!

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    SUPER SESSIONS STICKER x 2

    Receive two (2) of our official Super Sessions II stickers.

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    ROCK THE HOUSE! Exclusive digital download of the official Super Sessions II original soundtrack, composed and recorded by music giants Dan Bern & Jim Thomas. Consider this the birth of an entirely new genre of surf rock.

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    OFFICIAL SUPER SESSIONS ONESIE!
    "My Mom Surfs Better Than Your Dad" graphic onesie for your newborn, 6-month, 12-month, 18-month old. Choose from three different colors. Your kid will be the envy of the town.

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    OFFICIAL SUPER SESSIONS II POSTER

    Receive one full color print of the official Super Sessions II 18” x 24” poster. Perfect for any woman- or man-cave.

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    SUPER SESSIONS II T-SHIRT

    One (1) limited edition official Super Sessions II t-shirt, in either women’s fitted tee and sizes or men’s style and sizes.

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    SUPER SESSIONS II TRUCKER HAT

    One (1) limited edition official Super Sessions II trucker hat, shipped to your door.

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    SURFER TWEET - THANK YOU!

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    SUPER SESSIONS II DVD

    Own a limited edition official Super Sessions II DVD, with all of the videos produced during the whole season, including exclusive content like outtakes and behind the scenes footage. You'll also get a digital download of all of the same content.

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    THEIR NAME IN LIGHTS

    Gift a personalized “Thank You [Their Name Here]!” to any friends or family, read out loud in a fan appreciation video to all of our $44 supporters. Or treat yourself! Created in collaboration with the surfers and posted to all of our social media accounts.

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    THIS DAILY SURF REPORT HAIKU GOES OUT TO...

    Gift one of your friends or family as the official sponsor of one of the daily Surf Report Haikus sent to the surfers during the Super Sessions II season. Or treat yourself!

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    THANK YOU VINEY MUCH

    A graphic Vine “Thank You [Their Name Here]!” video will be created for one of your friends or family (or treat yourself) and posted to the official Super Sessions Vine account.

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    SUPER SESSIONS II HOODIE

    One (1) limited edition official Super Sessions II hoodie - in S, M, L, XL and XXL sizes - shipped to your door.

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    SURF THE BIGGEST VIRTUAL WAVE OF YOUR LIFE!

    Send us a photo of you or one of your friends surfing and we will Photoshop you/them into a shot of one of our Super Sessions surfers riding a huge wave. We’ll send you the high-res digital file to print, email, upload and share to your heart’s delight.

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    SUPER SESSIONS II POSTER SIGNED BY ALL THE SURFERS

    Receive one full color print of the official Super Sessions II 18” x 24” poster signed by all of our surfers. Even more perfect for the coolest woman- or man- cave.

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    THANK YOU - INSTAGRAM

    A personalized “Thank You [Their Name Here]!” video from one of the surfers will be created for you, your friends or your family and posted to the official Super Sessions Instagram.

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    INVITATION TO THE SUPER SESSIONS II AWARDS DINNER PARTY

    Enjoy a night celebrating the close of Super Sessions with all of the surfers, their friends and a handful of other local NorCal surfing legends. Live music, dinner and open bar! Includes a Super Sessions II poster.

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    PERSONAL VOICEMAIL GREETING

    “Hi, this is Margo Oberg. You have reached the voicemail of...”. One of our Super Sessions II surfers will record your voicemail greeting, or the greeting of any of your friends or family. Seriously. Be the envy of all of your surfing friends.

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    BIG GAME TROPHY

    Own the better half of an actual broken gun surfboard, signed by the Super Sessions II surfer who broke the board. We’ll clean it up and send it to you on the wall mounting of your choice. Hang it on your wall and let the gawking begin.

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    INVITATION TO THE SURFER'S PRIVATE DINNER ON EVE OF SUPER SESSIONS DAY

    The night before our final expression session, somewhere along the Northern California coast during Super Sessions week here in the Bay Area, we hold a private dinner in Half Moon Bay. It’s a night for all of us to recap the season and gear up for the next day’s final session. Be one of only four supporters to attend this exclusive event.

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    SURF MISSION

    Reserve a seat in the Super Sessions II van for a NorCal surf mission with the surfers. During the final Super Sessions week here in March the surfers head out on half-day surf missions to secret spots in the area. Join them on one of these surfaris and paddle out with the best. Includes a Super Sessions II DVD, poster, hoodie, lunch and the session of your life.

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    LIKE BOAT RIDES?

    Reserve a seat on one of the surfer support boats in the channel at Maverick's during our expression session there during the final week of Super Sessions II in March. Includes a Super Sessions II DVD, poster and hoodie. Ahoy!

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    SUPER SESSIONS II GUN

    Hang a piece of history on your wall or take it out in the water and charge. This is a brand new Sean Ordonez gun surfboard signed by all of the Super Sessions II surfers. All boards are one-of-a-kind, shaped to order. Includes a Super Sessions II DVD, poster and hoodie.

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