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

Cori Schumacher, Second Annual Jettygirl New Year's Feature, 2009. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

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cori schumacher 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?
Cori Schumacher: The best thing that happened to me in 2008 was getting married. The thing that I am most hopeful for in 2009 is that human beings, especially those who live in the United States, will continue to pursue a sustainable, inclusive culture that celebrates diversity and creativity in every form. 

JG: Tell us about the first time you ever stood up on a surfboard. Where was it and what were you riding?
CS: I was five years old when I surfed for the first time. The board was a blue and yellow BZ single fin soft-board that I took out at Dog Beach in Ocean Beach. 

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: My current favorite board is a 9'0" Takayama "DT-2" that has an experimental rocker Donald cooked up for me recently. I paired it with a smaller center fin than I am used to, and DT's hydrofoil side-fins. This is my "experimental" board moving into 2009... it has left me positively speechless on more than one occasion.  

JG: Do you have any heroes? If so, who and why?
CS: My heroes are people who step into and through their fears with grace and dignity, while maintaining their integrity and honoring everyone around them as equals. It takes a lot of courage to accept that sometimes, the contents of our hearts place us outside of what the mainstream finds "acceptable" and most of what you see from people is a propensity to hide (from) their truth. To go out on a limb, to risk everything, to follow your intuition and brave disapproval... all for your truth... this is heroic.  

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: Frontside, double hand grab, looping somethin'-or-other by a miniature grommeton more stoked than Stoke itself!! 


Next Surfer: Courtney Conlogue  


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: I just met 2X Women's World Longboard Champ Cori Schumacher a few months ago. It was an evening session, about thigh-high and windy and Cori surfed it with such gusto that it actually looked like the surf was really good. About two weeks later, Cori won the 3rd Annual Roxy Jam Cardiff in front of a stoked hometown crowd. I would not be one bit surprised to see Cori collect another world title in 2009. Photo: Chris Grant /

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