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jettygirl online surf magazine's second annual new year's feature Alizee Arnaud, Second Annual Jettygirl New Year's Feature, 2009. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

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alizee arnaud photo by asp robertson covered images

JettyGirl: While faltering economies, political turmoil and energy issues dominated most of the headlines during the past year, much of 2008's good news slipped through the cracks. What's the best thing that happened to you in 2008 and what are you most hopeful for in 2009?
Alizee Arnaud: The best thing that happened to me in 2008 was to win the ASP European Pro Junior Tour because it was my goal at the beginning of the year and because there are some really good girls like Pauline Ado, Lee Ann Curren, Justine Dupont, Marie Dejean and Canelle Bulard. I was very happy because I missed the title two years ago with less than 100 points behind Lee Ann.

JG: Tell us about the first time you ever stood up on a surfboard. Where was it and what were you riding?
AA: The first time I stood up on a board was in 1999. I was 9 years old and it was in a famous beachbreack in Capbreton Le Santocha during the summer. I was riding a pink Town and Country was a big board, it was a board from the 80's I think. Haha...and the board is still in my room.

JG: What is your current favorite board? In 2009 do you have any plans to experiment with different surfboard designs, materials or fin configurations?
AA: My current favorite board is a Mark Phipps from last May. I was riding this board during all the Pro Juniors this summer and during the ISA WJSQ in France. It's a magic board! It's a 5'9" x 18 x 2 3/16. I just surf with this board during the contests. I never surf this board in freesurfs. I also love a board shaped by Christiaan Bradley, a 5'10" x 17 3/4 x 2 3/16.

JG: Do you have any heroes? If so, who and why?
AA: Lisa Andersen is one of my heroes beacause she's done lots of thnigs for women's surfing and because she's the best female surfer ever!
Dane Reynolds is one of my heroes and Laure Manaudou, a French swimmer. But, my first heroes are my parents for everything they've done.

JG: In 2009 we'll see the best single maneuver ever done by a female surfer. Who do you think will pull the move and what do you think it will be?
AA: What a question!! Hahahah! I don't know, you know there are a lot of girls who make airs, reverses, and big barrels but you never hear their names in the papers so I think somebody unknown will make the best maneuver. But, I think Silvana Lima is gonna make a biggggg frontside air reverse.


Next Surfer: Amee Donohoe  


For those of you who like to jump around instead of going one by one, here's the complete list of surfers...

Alizee Arnaud Elizabeth Pepin Silva Kassia Meador Nicole Grodesky Schuyler McFerran
Amee Donohoe Erica Hosseini Kelly Nicely Nikita Robb Serena Brooke
Anna Garaway Frieda Zamba Kim Mayer Nikki Brooks Shaney Jo Darden
Anne Beasley Weber Heather Hudson Crummer Kim Mearig Paige Hareb Shannon Switzer
Ashley Lloyd Heather Jordan Kyla Langen Pam Burridge Silvana Lima
Bethany Hamilton Holly Beck Kym Campbell Pauline Ado Sofia Mulanovich
Betty Depolito Jacqueline Silva Lauren Sweeney Pauline Menczer Sormarie Nieves
Chanelle Sladics Jenna Balester Laurina McGrath Prue Jeffries Stacey Guy
Christa Alves Jenni Flanigan Layne Beachley Rebecca Woods Tammy-Lee Smith
Claire Bevilacqua Jessi Miley-Dyer Leah Dawson Rochelle Ballard Yvonne Mendel
Cori Schumacher Josie Drude Lynne Dickinson Rosy Hodge  
Courtney Conlogue Julie Cox Marissa Graham Sage Erickson  
Danielle Beck Kaitlin Maguire Mary Osborne Sally Fitzgibbons  
Darlene Conolly Karin Kendrick Megan Abubo Sam Haddad  
Donna von Hoesslin Karlee Mackie Nicola Atherton Sara Taylor  


Image Caption: Alizee Arnaud is another young French surfer who is quickly making a name for herself. After narrowly missing the ASP European Pro Junior Tour title to Lee Ann Curren two years ago, Alizee took the title in 2008. Shown here at the recent Billabong ASP World Juniors, Alizee opened the comp with a strong statement by taking out eventual finalist Bethany Hamilton and Australia's Tyler Wright. Photo: ASP Robertson © Covered Images

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