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

Betty Depolito, Second Annual Jettygirl New Year's Feature, 2009. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Presented by Blue Surf Sanctuary

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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?
Betty Depolito: Girl Scouts is sponsoring the Women's Pipeline Masters in 2009. Their goals match mine in empowering girls and women, to give them opportunity in the face of challenges and as always I hope I can surf more in 2009!

JG: Tell us about the first time you ever stood up on a surfboard. Where was it and what were you riding?
BD: My first board was a 9 foot Hobie Alter that my mom's "sugar daddy" bought for me for Christmas. I thought he was one when I saw the board!! I rode it once at 16 then when out of high school I started surfing. Surfing was always cool, that was in 1966 or so.

JG: What is your current favorite board? In 2009 do you have any plans to experiment with different surfboard designs, materials or fin configurations?
BD: Favorite board?? All mine are broken. Angulo 9'0" pro model and old Cheyne Horan 6'6" I found. I am relearning boards again after I could not walk for a bit, sore knees. I can ride anything!

JG: Do you have any heroes? If so, who and why?
BD: Gerry Lopez for his poise in disaster, Duke Kahanamoku for his over abounding aloha, Mother Teresa for her work, Jesus for his revolutionary approach, and God becuase he is almighty.


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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: There aren't many people in the world as dedicated to the promotion and advancement of women's surfing as Hawaii's Betty Depolito. The driving force behind the world's only all-female event at Pipeline, Betty has been tireless with the crusade to run a comp at the famous North Shore break. Betty's latest project is "Wahine Blue TV" which airs on digital cable in Hawaii. The photo of Betty at Pipe is courtesy of

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