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

Heather Hudson Crummer, Second Annual Jettygirl New Year's Feature, 2009. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Presented by Blue Surf Sanctuary

heather hudson crummer photo by peck euwer

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?
Heather Hudson Crummer: I am a "glass is half full" kind of gal, so I choose not to get dragged down by the pessimists. The best thing personally is that my family is healthy and happy, and I get to surf often! I am also in the final stages of producing a new independent women's surf documentary with my co-producer Peck Euwer. It's titled, "The Women and the Waves" and features 10 women ranging in age from 64 (Linda Benson) to 17 (Rachel Harris). It's been two years in the making and I am really excited about it!

I am looking forward to a great 2009. Our movie premieres at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival at the end of January. I am also looking forward to lots of positive energy and good changes in our world.

JG: Tell us about the first time you ever stood up on a surfboard. Where was it and what were you riding?
HHC: It was the summer of 1978. I rode an old, borrowed log at First Point, Malibu. My family had recently moved to the area. I tagged along with my new boyfriend and his friend to the beach. I was sitting on my beach towel wearing my cute little bikini and Hawaiian Tropic tanning oil. It was a really small day, not big enough to shortboard so, my boyfriend and his friend asked the older guys if they could borrow their longboards. I remember watching him glide across those beautiful waves and I thought to myself, "I can do that!!" (I was a competitive swimmer, I snow skied and water skied.) When he got out of the water I asked him if I could try. After my first wave I was hooked and knew I would always surf!

JG: What is your current favorite board? In 2009 do you have any plans to experiment with different surfboard designs, materials or fin configurations?
HHC: My favorite board is my 9'0" Velzy singlefin, pintail. I love the glide and it's perfect for my favorite break. I exclusively shortboarded until I moved to Santa Barbara in 1995. My two sons were little and at that time I could only surf on Sunday mornings. I wanted to surf all year ‘round whether it was knee-high or overhead. So riding a longboard made sense for me. I got hooked on it. I love it! I rode a 9'4 Donald Takayama tri-fin in Mainland Mexico last spring when we were shooting for the film. It was really fun... I'd like to look into one of those!!

JG: Do you have any heroes? If so, who and why?
HHC: Rell Sunn is one of my heroes. She had amazing strength. She was so graceful in the water and embodied the spirit of aloha, which I try to live every day. (It can be hard sometimes!!) The documentary "Heart of the Sea" by Charlotte Lagarde and Lisa Denker is so inspiring to me. It is one of many documentaries that influenced me to make "The Women and the Waves." I want to show surfing from the feminine perspective, something that we don't get to see enough of…

Marge Calhoun is my new hero! She is in her 80's now. She was at the forefront of women's surfing; one of the pioneers with the classic style. I spoke with her on the phone last month about our film. I loved hearing her comment on how she tried different things like surfing and skydiving because she "wanted to know how it felt." Back in the day, that was awesome for a woman!!

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?
HHC: Oh my gosh, that is a good question and I have no idea! I just love watching them surf! I love seeing strength and grace at the same time. When I see what the women are doing today it blows me away. What great role models for the young girls just starting out. I love that the younger ones don't see themselves as different than the boys. They just go for it!


Next Surfer: Heather Jordan  


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: Heather Hudson Crummer and her friend Peck Euwer are the midst of finalizing a film documenting the female surfing experience. The film "The Women and the Waves" will premiere at the Santa Barbara Film Festival later this month. Heather and Peck are both awesome people and have put their hearts and souls into the making of this movie. We wish them all the best of success! Photo (framegrab): Peck Euwer /

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