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

Elizabeth Pepin Silva, Second Annual Jettygirl New Year's Feature, 2009. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Presented by Blue Surf Sanctuary

elizabeth pepin silva photo by neal casal


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?
Elizabeth Pepin Silva: The best thing that happened to me in 2008 is that I was the principal photographer for "Surfing: Women of the Waves" by Linda Chase. It was a really wonderful project and I got to photograph some amazing women surfers while working on it. I'm hopeful that interest in my photography and in women's surfing in general will continue to grow in 2009.

JG: Tell us about the first time you ever stood up on a surfboard. Where was it and what were you riding?
EPS: The first time I ever stood up on a surfboard was in March 1986 at San Gregorio Beach which is along the San Mateo Coast below Half Moon Bay. I was riding a homemade mini-gun that my friend found in the garage of a house she had just moved into. It was about the worst board you could learn on at one of the worst beaches to learn at, but I had no idea -- I just wanted to surf. Despite everything going against me, I actually managed to stand up, even if it was only for a few seconds. But in those few seconds I fell in love with surfing and my life was changed.

JG: What is your current favorite board? In 2009 do you have any plans to experiment with different surfboard designs, materials or fin configurations?
EPS: My favorite board is a 10'0" log shaped for me by Dane Perlee. It's really for small summer days but I've started riding it in bigger surf and am surprised at how well it does. I actually started experimenting with different fins and different boards in 2008, pulling out my old '70s shortboard that I used to ride back in the '80s at Ocean Beach. I couldn't even stand on the thing! But I did find a new fin setup for my 9'8" Takayama that has made my turning a lot better. I also met with Dane just before Christmas and he's making me a 9'8" all around longboard which should be done in a few months. I can't wait to get it as the last board he made me was so good. I also want to get a board made by Ashley Lloyd. I fell in love with one she shaped that I saw in her backyard. It will be really cool to have a board shaped by a woman.

JG: Do you have any heroes? If so, who and why?
EPS: My heroes are people who try to make the world a better place, in both big and small ways. Even the simple act as hooting for a stranger's great ride can bring joy to someone. I think we all need to do more things like that.

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?
I think that what we'll see in 2009 is women really pushing the boundaries of big wave surfing. When my film partner Sally Lundburg and I started our film "One Winter Story" Sarah Gerhardt was the only woman who had ridden Maverick's. Now there are quite a few women who have tackled the wave, each season going bigger or taking off deeper. It's amazing to witness and an exciting time in women's surfing. I feel very lucky to be a part of it.

 

Next Surfer: Erica Hosseini  

 

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: Winner of five Emmys for her documentary film work, San Francisco-based surfer Elizabeth Pepin Silva is also an accomplished author and photographer. In this photo, Elizabeth is going over specs of her new board with Santa Cruz shaper, Dane Perlee. Photo: Neal Casal

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Additional Resources:

Frank Films

Costa Vista Gallery - featuring the photographs of Elizabeth Pepin Silva

The Elizabeth Pepin Interview on JettyGirl

Dane Perlee

Ashley Lloyd

Sally Lundburg

Sarah Gerhardt

Surfing: Women of the Waves

 

 

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