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

Josie Drude, Second Annual Jettygirl New Year's Feature, 2009. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Presented by Blue Surf Sanctuary

josie drude photo courtesy of the van dieman archives

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?
Josie Drude: The best thing to happen to me in 2008 was that I finally got to marry the guy I've had a crush on for 13 years! We just got back from a 2 year surf trip on our sailboat, so for 2009 we're going to focus on establishing our roots here in a house, start a family, build my Brazilian Bikini business (, and set some financial goals so we can eventually leave again on a permanent surf trip with our kid some day. But until then, we're really lucky that we don't have to worry about airfare for surf trips because I'm also a Jetblue flight we're planning on lots of mini getaways around the world!

JG: Tell us about the first time you ever stood up on a surfboard. Where was it and what were you riding?
JD: I started attempting to surf when I was 18 in 1991 at the OB pier on my boyfriend's 6'2" potato chip of a board, back when fish and longboards weren't very cool. Unfortunately, in addition to being concerned about that cool factor, I'm also a huge clutz, so I got worked for about 3 weeks before I could even stand up. If only I had a cooler boyfriend who would've pushed me instead into some rollers at Cardiff Reef on a ten foot board...

JG: What is your current favorite board? In 2009 do you have any plans to experiment with different surfboard designs, materials or fin configurations?
JD: I'm really happy and comfortable with my current boards. Unlike my younger self, I'm sold on my 5'9" Hobie fish, which gets my bootie into the waves, and generates a lot of speed. For better days, I love my indestructable 6'1" J. Johnston Aviso carbon fiber board. I think switching back and forth between the two has really helped to improve my surfing, giving me more power, something I'm always striving for.

JG: Do you have any heroes? If so, who and why?
JD: My dad, Hudy, for his valor, sacrifice, and devotion to country; My mom, Georgia, for her brave, ever-loving, sweet Christ-centered heart; My husband, Drude, for his gentle and steadfast manly nature...he's a stud in all ways, especially in the water.

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?
JD: Carissa Moore is so powerful and sure-footed, and has been rivaling the guys her whole short life. It seems she can, and will, pull off anything the guys can..but with the grace only a girl can have.


Next Surfer: Julie Cox  


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: Never heard of Josie Drude before? Josie was the other half of the duo on the Van Dieman which sailed around a good portion of the globe and was chronicled in Surfer Magazine beginning in late 2005. Josie and Van Dieman-captain-now-husband Gregg battled everything the ocean threw at them, including an untimely shipwreck on bare reef. The slide show of their journey is one of the best things I've ever seen. Photo: Drude / Van Dieman Archives

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