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jettygirl online surf magazine's second annual new year's feature

Anne Beasley Weber, Second Annual Jettygirl New Year's Feature, 2009. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

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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?
Anne Beasley Weber: It's impossible to pinpoint the one best thing for 2008 unless you are achieving big goals like winning a world tour, being elected president, you know stuff that really sticks out in one's mind. For me the best times were doing things I love like snowboarding in Washington state, visiting family in Virginia and North Carolina and surfing with my girlfriends on the east and west coast. Having a three year old daughter really has changed my whole life in regards to surf and travel, so whenever I can reclaim a part of myself it always makes me smile. One thing that stands out for me is learning how to let go. I've been the event director of the East Coast Wahine Championships for eleven years now, and I have been trying to "retire" for two years. After this summer's event, I feel confident that the ECWC can continue on in the same fashion- we have some really great women stepping up to the plate- and I can take a much needed break. It's funny, but when I read the press release about Layne retiring and how emotional it was for her and how she wasn't sure she could do it until she said it in front of everyone, I could totally relate. I had very similar feelings.

Hopes for 2009. Right now, I'm just counting down 'til inauguration day and am very excited about Barack Obama as our next president.

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?
ABW: That's quite a question and I don't mean to toot my own horn but have you seen the fly moves I've been working on up here in the Pacific Northwest? It's called the cold water claw and...okay, sorry that was bad. Anyway, it's an interesting thought and even now looking at the 2009 WCT tour, so much has changed in the past several years and the tour is getting younger and younger. These girls are surfing better than ever and there is even more to come, yet at the same time I have to wonder what will happen when you're just 17, 18, and 19 and suddenly on the elite tour. Do you stick around for 15 years? Do you get bored after three? Do you miss out on your teenage years? I just read that Surfline article about Coco Ho qualifying for the 'CT. It's like it was no big deal, her dad convinced her to surf a few contests, and she slid in there easy as that. Does she really realize what she accomplished? Or is she just so friggin good that everyone better get their game on? But then again Carissa will be on the tour soon enough and that will likely be a run that could match Layne. I was stoked to see Carissa getting a huge non-industry sponsor like Target. It seems the tour and women's surfing in general is going through a slump- you have all these young girls that are killing it, but there's not much outlet for them in regards to media. I admit I'm out of the loop in many regards, but I was surprised to see two gals on the 2009 tour that I had never really heard of. I had to google Paige Hareb and Bruna Schmitz- I mean why is that?

I think Silvana Lima will be one to watch. I saw her a few years ago at Rocky Point, one Hawaii season when I was working with Sunshine Makarow at the now defunct Surf Life for Women magazine. She was killing it then and she's been getting great results all year and I've also noticed she's gotten in really good shape, so I think she could pull off some stuff.


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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: Through her editorial work with Surfing Girl Magazine, Surf Life for Women and as Director of the East Coast Wahine Championships, the first and longest running all-female surf contest on the East Coast, Anne Beasley Weber has been a tireless supporter of women's surfing. ECWC info available at Photo: courtesy of Anne Beasley Weber

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