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

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

Presented by Blue Surf Sanctuary

holly 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?
Holly Beck: In 2008 I officially stopped competing, spent 9 weeks in my new favorite place in the world, built my first little dwelling and planted a bunch of fruit trees on some land there, and began the transition to the next phase of my life. In 2009, I'm hopeful for stable Latin American governments, and the ability to spend at least a year living my next dream.

JG: Tell us about the first time you ever stood up on a surfboard. Where was it and what were you riding?
HB: The first time I ever rode the face of the wave I was at Trails at San Onofre. I was on a camping trip with a group of 6 girls and we all had surfboards but none of us could surf. I had been riding whitewash on my 5'10" x 2 1/2" thick super wide T&C quad that I scored at a garage sale for $25 earlier in the summer. Close to sunset, just before we were going to head back to our tents for the night, I borrowed my friend's Becker 7'0". It was more of a "funshape" and definitely caught waves earlier and glided better. I caught a whitewash wave and kinda angled left and it reformed into a waist high face. I was actually really surfing for the first time and it felt amazing! My friend was watching and immediately ran into the shorebreak and demanded her board back. I think she was jealous. I was already hooked on surfing, but I'll never forget that ride that made me finally feel like a surfer.

JG: What is your current favorite board? In 2009 do you have any plans to experiment with different surfboard designs, materials or fin configurations?
HB: I don't really have one current favorite. I just got a new Rusty 6'0" round tail that's all royal blue on the deck that is feeling pretty good. I've been riding 5'11" EPS squash tails all summer and they've been feeling light and snappy but this 6'0" PU round tail just feels smooth and powerful. I'm over doing turns right now, I just want to get barrelled. I have an Aviso carbon fiber board that feels really good in the tube. It's super fast, but I don't always like it on turns. It's still fun to experiment.

JG: Do you have any heroes? If so, who and why?
HB: My heroes are people that set goals and go after them, people that are respectful, intelligent, and open minded, people that cherish learning, people that follow their dreams.

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?
HB: I don't care at all about single maneuvers anymore. To me, it isn't about going out and trying some radical maneuver. It's about the total lifestyle. It's the way you get to the beach, the way you paddle out, the waves you choose, the way you ride them, and the way you interact with the other surfers in the water. I want to work on perfecting those things. I want to tone down the aggression and the desire to force some maneuver on a wave, but focus on being a part of the environment, fitting into the lineup peacefully, and surfing the wave in a way that is flowing with it instead of dominating it. It sounds cheesy maybe, but that's my progression.


Next Surfer: Jacqueline 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: One morning during summer I received an early morning text from Holly Beck who was coming down to San Diego with a few of her South Bay friends. Even though it was cloudy and a bit onshore, it ended up being a fantastic day. I always enjoy shooting with Holly...she's colorful, opinionated, intelligent and very dependable. One this day, she found the high tide lefts to her liking...fin exposure on almost every wave. Photo: Chris Grant /

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Additional Resources:

Holly Beck's Blog

Surf Life Nicaragua

Holly Beck interview, photos and video on JettyGirl (2006)

Holly Beck and Friends Meet Up with Lauren Sweeney

Rusty Surfboards


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