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

Danielle Beck, Second Annual Jettygirl New Year's Feature, 2009. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Presented by Blue Surf Sanctuary

danielle beck 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?
Danielle Beck: New friends. I met incredible new people this past year that I know will be friends for life. With all that is going on right now in the world, I definitely have a new appreciation for the simple things in life. Dinner at home with friends and family, camping, road trips. It is great to see people getting back to the basics and getting a reality check of what is the most important thing in life, each other.

JG: Tell us about the first time you ever stood up on a surfboard. Where was it and what were you riding?
DB: Pismo Beach, I was 14 with my good buddy Dustin MacKenzie who I worked at a surf shop with. I grew up bodyboarding 'cuz the waves were crap at my home beach, Avila. And it was really, really cold.

JG: What is your current favorite board? In 2009 do you have any plans to experiment with different surfboard designs, materials or fin configurations?
DB: I always ride a variety of boards. I have been stuck on this Larry Mabile quad for years now and can't seem to get rid of it, but it finally died so I am onto either my Firewire quad, or of course my 6'0" Channel Islands, but literally I don't think I touched a shortboard once last year until Hawaii. I was obsessed with SUPs, longboards and fish.

JG: Do you have any heroes? If so, who and why?
DB: My mom. She is one of the hardest working, thoughtful, loving people I have ever met and makes me want to be a better person everyday. I am ecstatic about Obama of course and admire his speaking, his confidence and just his grace with humans in general. It will be interesting to see if he can deliver.

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?
DB: I have no idea. I am sure Carissa with her progression, but you never know. I just like to see girls out there having fun.


Next Surfer: Darlene Conolly  


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: For quite a few years now, Danielle Beck has poured her heart and sould into the Roxy brand. As the Director of Sports Marketing, Danielle has helped develop an enormously talented team of surfers, skaters and snowboarders who are well-known throughout the world in their respective sports. It's always a pleasure to catch up with Danielle at the JettyGirl tent during the Roxy Jam Cardiff each year. Photo: Chris Grant /

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