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

Ashley Lloyd, Second Annual Jettygirl New Year's Feature, 2009. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Presented by Blue Surf Sanctuary

ashley lloyd photos by chris grant

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?
Ashley Lloyd: A lot of really wonderful things happened to me in 2008. I met the man of my dreams, I remembered how much I love shaping, I picked up the nick-name Ashrey Royd, I released a CD that I've been working on for a while called "The Serenata Road Recordings." I am hopeful that 2009 will be sparked with contagious joy, happiness, and productivity.

JG: Tell us about the first time you ever stood up on a surfboard. Where was it and what were you riding?
AL: Third Point Malibu... on a Zuma Jay twin fin. Not sure how old I was...7 or 10 or something.

JG: What is your current favorite board? In 2009 do you have any plans to experiment with different surfboard designs, materials or fin configurations?
AL: Oh! That is a tuffy. My 9'5" Bing Ashley Lloyd Signature Model pin tail is treating me pretty well. I've also been enjoying this rounded diamond tail that I made for this movie coming out called "Dear and Yonder".

Designs...I just made a Phil Edwards replica 10'2" that should be fun. I want experiment more with making extremely large surfboards that make you go so fast that you can hear the wind in your ears. Materials...Bio-foam and other products that are moving in the direction of less environmental impact while still being able to make a quality surfboard. Fin configurations...I am working on a fin model with Rainbow Fin Company for a single fin longboard.

JG: Do you have any heroes? If so, who and why?
AL: My heroes are...... I have a lot of different heroes for different reasons. Immediately, looking at the wagging tail that lies next to me, it's my dog. He loves unconditionally. Zeuf and Frosty Hesson are huge life/surfing heroes of mine.

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?
AL: I don't know. There's so many girls getting insanely good at surfing that I can't keep up with what they're doing and what it's called. I'd be stoked to see it though.


Next Surfer: Bethany Hamilton  


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: It's so refreshing to meet a legend that is fully deserving of the moniker. Meeting up with Ashley Lloyd in Santa Cruz was the highlight of my summer. We shot some photos, ate a delicious homemade salad, checked out some boards she's shaped, and I was treated to a spontaneous performance of an unreleased song. Ashley very well may be the most talented person I've ever met. Photo: Chris Grant /

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