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

Jenni Flanigan, Second Annual Jettygirl New Year's Feature, 2009. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Presented by Blue Surf Sanctuary

jenni flanigan 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?
Jenni Flanigan: I guess the best thing I'll take away from 2008 is a very good lesson about finances, how to be more aware of them and in control, and that the things you think will always be there, houses, jobs, etc., might not, so be prepared! I've learned a very valuable lesson at the expense of my many family and friends who have lost so much this year in the market, etc. May they make it up in other ways -- family and friends are always the most valuable things in life. We need to remember that more often.

JG: Tell us about the first time you ever stood up on a surfboard. Where was it and what were you riding?
JF: My first surfing experience was at Jupiter Inlet, Florida, with my best friend Ashley McClure. Her mom was a lifeguard, so we had access to the BZ foam rescue boards, and we'd abscond with them for entire days practicing our pop-ups and catching waves. There were no other girls in the water in Jupiter back then, so we thought we were pretty cool! Until the sea lice, sunburn and board rash kicked in, that is!

JG: What is your current favorite board? In 2009 do you have any plans to experiment with different surfboard designs, materials or fin configurations?
JF: I love all my boards. If I rode the same one all the time, I'd get board-bored and probably wouldn't surf as much! I have some great Sirens made by the uber-talented, mad scientist of board design, Kevin Shaughnessy, and of course Mr. Tony Channin. My 5'8" Mark Richards-style twin fin is probably my favorite among the Sirens/Channins, though they're all good boards. I got a great Donald Takayama longboard this year which was a gift from a good friend and indefatigable supporter of women's surfing, Tim Fields. I love Donald and Diane Takayama, and feel a part of their extended family of surfers, so its an honor to have one of Donald's boards amongst the quiver. My biggest surfboard surprise this year was a little 6'8" 1970's-style "hull" designed and given to me by longtime friend and San Diego local old school ripper, Dickie Lund. Dickie, aka "Papa", is like family to me, so this board, called a "Rhythm Tracker", is really special, and a ton of fun to ride! I feel lucky to be able to ride all sorts of boards and expand my knowledge and diversify my skill-set. The right board for the right day.     

JG: Do you have any heroes? If so, who and why?
JF: My parents are both my heroes in very different, but equally amazing, ways. Being home in Florida for Christmas, hearing all the old family stories and digging through piles of dusty photographs and memorabilia with my mom is such a treat for me, and very revealing of my family's intricate and colorful story. The older I get, the more curious I become about my family's history, so this year I brought my dictation machine home with me so I could sit down with my father, who will be 74 by the time this feature comes out, patriarch of the extensive Flanigan clan, and record all his great stories--the ones I'm always trying to remember and can never seem to get quite right. Preserving oral history is so important--my biggest fear is waking up one day and realizing I know nothing about my roots and where I came from, and that all the good stories have disappeared with the last generation. I think living 2000 miles away from home does that to you... 

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?
JF: Definitely not ME! I guess it depends upon the category. Shortboard maneuver, probably one of the younger girls like Steph Gilmore or Carissa Moore. Those girls rip, and constantly push the level of women's surfing. In longboarding, perhaps the ever-innovative, wild child Jennifer Lynn Smith will get all wacky with her wild self and do something crazy. I just hope someone's there to get the shot! 


Next Surfer: Jessi Miley-Dyer  


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: For some reason it's really easy to connect with certain people in photos. Jupiter Beach, Florida's Jenni Flanigan is definitely one of those people. We can go out in the absolutely worst conditions and come away with a handful of good images. When she's not surfing, Jenni spends time in front of the camera as a model and writes stories for a number of publications as well. See what Jenni's been up to at Photo: Chris Grant /

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