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

Jessi Miley-Dyer, Second Annual Jettygirl New Year's Feature, 2009. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Presented by Blue Surf Sanctuary

jessi miley-dyer photo by nicole grodesky

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?
Jessi Miley-Dyer: The best thing that happened to me in 2008 was finding this amazing espresso bar in Brasil. We had days and days off for the contest, so we sat in this cafe and drank caffeine until I thought we were going to have heart attacks. I love coffee so's actually pathetic that I would nominate that as my favorite thing!

JG: Tell us about the first time you ever stood up on a surfboard. Where was it and what were you riding?
JMD: I was riding a foam nippers board, so a paddle racing board that's about 6 foot long and that you use here in Australia in the junior surf life saving events, until you're 11, and then you graduate to a fibreglass board. it was at Maroubra, and I remember just thinking to myself, "why don't you stand up on it?" I used to paddle around on mine all day, and I started kneeling on it and then everyone else was surfing around me, so I had a go!

JG: What is your current favorite board? In 2009 do you have any plans to experiment with different surfboard designs, materials or fin configurations?
JMD: My favorite board at the moment is my 6'2", it's one up from my shortboard and when the waves get good and a tiny bit better, it just goes sooooo good! I really want a single fin in 2009, and maybe a stand up paddle board or something else random like that, they look super fun!   

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?
JMD: It will be a five year old that's been surfing for three years already, and she will do a backflip in the shorebreak.


Next Surfer: Josie Drude  


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: Fans of the big frontside gouge would appreciate Jessi Miley-Dyer's surfing. I remember watching her surf for the first time a few years back and she reminded me of a female version of Occy...just burying her rail and throwing heaps of water on her turns. Surfers out the back caught a nice view of the powerful frontside blast as photographed by Nicole Grodesky. Photo: Nicole Grodesky

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