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

Chanelle Sladics, Second Annual Jettygirl New Year's Feature, 2009. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Presented by Blue Surf Sanctuary

chanelle sladics photo 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?
Chanelle Sladics: I think 2009 is the year of gratitude. Especially us west coast Americans that have been so spoiled for so long, we are all being humbled together now, the rich, the poor, and all of us in between. For me, and many poeple around me, I have noticed an abundance of gratitude. So grateful we get to travel the world, open our eyes to new cultures and perspectives, give, and challenge ourselves in our respective sports. So my 2009 is focused on just that. Gratefulness!

JG: Tell us about the first time you ever stood up on a surfboard. Where was it and what were you riding?
CS: Hmmm, I was standing up on boogie boards much sooner...I remember those days like yesterday! I think my dad pushed me into a wave on his longboard after I had been surfing on my boogie board all day...and I was so small I could run up and down that plank!

JG: What is your current favorite board? In 2009 do you have any plans to experiment with different surfboard designs, materials or fin configurations?
CS: Well since I am in the snow at the moment competing in the first ever Winter Dew Tour. I am loving my Omatic Benatar 149. As for surfing, my current favorite shortboard is a hand-me-down from Megan Abubo. It's a JS 5'9" squash tail.

JG: Do you have any heroes? If so, who and why?
CS: I look up to all my friends that are enhancing, loving, lighthearted, and! I have been surrounded by such amazing people lately. Take note, I have been snowboarding, so they are mostly close snowboard friends, but they love to surf too....Marie-France Roy, Jamie Anderson, Kjersti Buass, Kari, Claire name a few. Ok, so Claire is currently a fish out of water, here in snowy Colorado, but I must say she has some serious moves in the snow!

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?
CS: Claire Bevilacqua has been blowing my mind with her progressive moves, especially in our recent 2008 season. I love watching her skate and snowboard, and I think it's having a positive influence on her air-time. I would put my money on her for landing a solid backside air reverse grab rail!!!


Next Surfer: Christa Alves  


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: Professional snowboarder Chanelle Sladics banks one in Newport. I always enjoy shooting with Chanelle. Being a snowboarder, she has a unique approach to riding waves and she puts her board in different angles than the typical surfer. A really cool and giving person, Chanelle even hung on the beach one evening this past summer and spent some time answering my grom's little video interview questions. Photo: Chris Grant /

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