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

Bethany Hamilton, Second Annual Jettygirl New Year's Feature, 2009. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Presented by Blue Surf Sanctuary

bethany hamilton photo by noah hamilton

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?
Bethany Hamilton: Not sure what the best thing was in 2008...I did good at a few of the WQS events, Sambazon Acai and Ocean Minded both started sponsoring me - which was great, and I went to Bali and Tahiti for the first time! For 2009, I'm hoping to do well on the WQS and qualify for the CT.

JG: Tell us about the first time you ever stood up on a surfboard. Where was it and what were you riding?
BH: I was little so I don't really remember. My parents had me surfing with them when I could barely walk so it was probably Mom or Dad's longboard, or one of my brother's boards. I got my first custom surfboard when I was about 9 years old; it was about 5'10".

JG: What is your current favorite board? In 2009 do you have any plans to experiment with different surfboard designs, materials or fin configurations?
BH: I've been enjoying the "K Small" Diamond Tail by Channel Islands. It's 6'0" x 19 x 2 1/4. I'm always experimenting!

JG: Do you have any heroes? If so, who and why?
BH: David (from the Bible). In his youth he trusted in God and when everyone else doubted, he was courageous enough to challenge and defeat Goliath (a very large, strong, enemy warrior) and save the entire nation of Israel from fear and potential slavery. (Read it in 1 Samuel 17). His story shows me that no matter how young you are, you can make a difference when you are confident in God and take a stand for what is right. In God's strength, no problem is too big!

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?
BH: Hmmm...probably Carissa or Silvana. Silvana is always boosting, and I've heard that Carissa is working on a special maneuver.


Next Surfer: Betty Depolito  


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: One of the most inspirational surfers in the world today is Hawaii's Bethany Hamilton. Watching her surf in person, seeing her in video, looking at the lofty frontside air photo above, reading about her unshakeable faith in times of trial, she is a perfect example of a person who has met life's challenges head-on. With a 2nd place finish in the Billabong World Juniors a few weeks ago, 2009 looks to be another amazing chapter of this young surfer's life. Photo: Noah Hamilton /

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