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

Karin Kendrick, Second Annual Jettygirl New Year's Feature, 2009. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

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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?
Karin Kendrick: The most exciting thing to happen to me in surfing in 2008 was watching Malia Manuel at 14 years old win the US Open, breaking ASP records as the youngest competitor to ever win an ASP event. I also recently started my own Athlete Management Company so 2009 should be interesting to say the least.

JG: Tell us about the first time you ever stood up on a surfboard. Where was it and what were you riding?
KK: I learned to surf at the San Clemente Pier. I surfed down the beach from Matt Archbold, Christian Fletcher and the old school San Clemente crew. I didn’t really know who they were at the time, but I knew they surfed really good. My first board was a BC with a rainbow spray, I still have it, it was a terrible board to learn on. I remember Christian Fletcher sticking up for me when somebody told me I was riding the wrong 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?
KK: I’ve been riding my 5'6" fish lately since its been a slow winter so far. It's a thicky though which threw me off at first, but it's super responsive and really fun. It suits the way I feel like surfing lately. I’m looking forward to surfing it in bigger waves. Earlier this winter Rosy Hodge let me borrow her Al Merrick Biscuit out at Makaha, that was probably the most fun I’d had surfing in a while. I’d like to play around with another little biscuit type board again and boards that bring back the stoke for me as opposed to say my normal shortboard, which I’ve been getting bored with.

JG: Do you have any heroes? If so, who and why?
KK: Cesar Millan, the Dog Whisperer...

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?
KK: It’s probably going to be Bartels. She could pretty much do whatever maneuver she sets her mind to, it will probably be some messed up chop hop to backside rodeo or something. So it’ll be interesting to see if that happens. Otherwise its going to be one of the new school groms, Malia Manuel will probably do the biggest air we’ve seen yet or Carissa will figure out some new crazy moves. Or Silvana, she’ll go light speed. Or wait it’ll probably be me on my fish.


Next Surfer: Karlee Mackie  


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: Without a doubt, this photo was my favorite of the year. I busted up laughing when I saw it. For those that don't know, Karin Kendrick has been in charge of Athlete Marketing at O'neill for the past number of years. Karin has been instrumental in promoting O'neill's crew of talented riders including Kyla Langen, Sage Erickson and Malia Manuel. She's also helped make the O'neill Women's Team Challenge an annual and fun North Shore event. Photo: Courtesy of Karin Kendrick.

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