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

Christa Alves, Second Annual Jettygirl New Year's Feature, 2009. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Presented by Blue Surf Sanctuary

christa alves 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?
Christa Alves: The best thing that happened to me in 2008 was winning the ASP North America Jr Womens title for the third time and winning the Sebastian Inlet event. I stayed positive and went through a lot of self focusing due to not having a sponsor again and it helped me realize that I'm really wanting to do it for myself and nobody else. I worked hard all year waitressing to pay my way through contests and it paid off.

JG: Tell us about the first time you ever stood up on a surfboard. Where was it and what were you riding?
CA: I got a 6'6" Ron Jon fun shape for Christmas when I was ten. That following summer right after I turned eleven I was in Cocoa Beach and my dad pushed me into my first waves. On the third wave I caught I rode it all the way to the beach and instantly fell in love with the sport.

JG: What is your current favorite board? In 2009 do you have any plans to experiment with different surfboard designs, materials or fin configurations?
CA: My current favorite is a 5'9" squash tail parabolic. It works great in small surf which I'm usually in at home in Florida. I'm always up to try something new! Whatever my shaper comes up with I will try.

JG: Do you have any heroes? If so, who and why?
CA: Sofia, because she is humble and surfs amazing. My dad because without him I wouldn't be surfing at all and he is my number one fan :)

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?
CA: I don't know what it will be but I've seen Malia Manuel pull off some pretty big we will just have to wait.


Next Surfer: Claire Bevilacqua  


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: Our vote for the most animated surfer in this feature is Florida's Christa Alves. Christa is classic in every sense of the word...even now I can hear her explaining to me the differences between bluegrass and country music. I usually carry a good supply of wax, sunscreen, and even hair ties...however, Christa made me rethink my preparedness this summer when she asked me if I had a spare bikini top in the car. She is truly one-of-a-kind :D Photo: Chris Grant /

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