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

Donna von Hoesslin, Second Annual Jettygirl New Year's Feature, 2009. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

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donna von hoesslin photo by david pu'u

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?
Donna von Hoesslin: Betty Belts won the environmental excellence award from the City of Ventura. It was not our first environmental award, but it is a much bigger honor than we ever thought with a lot of fanfare and attention to our little company including five various certificates of recognition from highest government officials in California including our Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

For 2009 I'm hopeful for a rising of awareness among consumers to consider the source of what they are buying and where it comes from. I like the fact that "ethically made" seems to mean something for a lot more people than it did just a year ago. It's not just about being eco-friendly, it's very important to be people-friendly, actually much more important.

JG: Tell us about the first time you ever stood up on a surfboard. Where was it and what were you riding?
DVH: Ha! I was riding a 9 foot softtop at Cowell's in Santa Cruz in 1999 on a trip home to California (I was living in Berlin at the time). I had paddled all the way out to the reef on a pink boogie board which I'd been riding for quite a while because I just assumed I was too much of a clod to ever actually stand up on a surfboard. Ed Guzman of Club Ed was teaching a class out there and talked me into going in and getting a surfboard.

JG: What is your current favorite board? In 2009 do you have any plans to experiment with different surfboard designs, materials or fin configurations?
DVH: I'd say my 8 foot Dennis Ryder. It's a great big wave board and for smaller conditions as well. I like it because it's a great paddle that is extremely loose and fast. Not so easy to noseride, but I'm way more into moving all around a wave than noseriding it.

JG: Do you have any heroes? If so, who and why?
DVH: My boyfriend David Pu'u is my hero. For his wisdom, creativity and endless inspiration. My heroines are all the remarkable young women who are on the Betty Belts Surf Team.

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?
DVH: I'm not really up to date on that stuff. I've always wanted to see girls do longboard air maneuvers, but maybe some already are.


Next Surfer: Elizabeth Pepin Silva  


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: Donna von Hoesslin, creator and founder of Betty Belts, enjoys a flash photo session with photographer and boyfriend David Pu'u. Over the past few years, Donna has become a fantastic supporter of JettyGirl, providing amazing hand-crafted items to raffle winners at the annual Roxy Jam Cardiff. Check out Betty Belts at Photo: David Pu'u /

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