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

Darlene Conolly, Second Annual Jettygirl New Year's Feature, 2009. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

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darlene conolly photo by mike conolly

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?
Darlene Conolly: My boyfriend bought me an amazing beauty of a bicycle for Christmas! It's a baby blue, light pink and white track bike and I can't wait to work out my arse riding it around town! I'm hoping to go to Bali next year for my first time.

JG: Tell us about the first time you ever stood up on a surfboard. Where was it and what were you riding?
DC: The first time I ever stood up on a surfboard was at La Jolla Shores. I was eight years old and didn't even stand a chance at carrying the board I was riding...a 10-foot yellow BZ soft board that everyone called the Big Banana.

JG: What is your current favorite board? In 2009 do you have any plans to experiment with different surfboard designs, materials or fin configurations?
DC: Seaside's where you'll find me if there's any swell. But I live on the cliff at D St. so there's also a pretty good chance you'll spot me floundering in the lineup there. Oh, wait, you ask about my board, not break. Too much holiday egg nog for me! My favorite board is a 5'10" Merrick. It's just one of those all-conditions boards. I never experiment with different boards or equipment because I'm boring like that. But I did try a new thing called surfing in New Jersey during Christmas. The water was in the low 40's and the air was literally freezing so I had to wear 5mm booties, 5mm gloves and a hood for my first time. I felt like a snowman.

JG: Do you have any heroes? If so, who and why?
DC: My dad. He raised me all on his own and gave me a tremendous appreciation for traveling and nature, and especially the ocean.

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?
DC: I'd bet that either Coco Ho or Malia Manuel will pull some weird move we've never seen a girl do. And anyone who's watched either of those girls surf in a heat knows exactly why I chose them.


Next Surfer: Donna von Hoesslin  


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: Through her work as Editor of Surfline Women, Darlene Conolly had done a tremendous amount for the progression of women's surfing. To me, Surfline Women is the standard...covering everything from the WCT to women's surf industry news to incredible travel stories featuring female surfers. Along with Surfline's Christina Scannapiego, Darlene has always been very supportive of JettyGirl which is something we're deeply thankful for. Photo: Mike Conolly

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