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

Karlee Mackie, 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?
Karlee Mackie: Yeah, go Obama! I think this year was a good year for me for setting up for next year! Few new little projects in the mix. I did an amazing boat trip on the Mangalui with K.K., Sophia , Jess Miley, Sarah Beardmore, Woodsy, Easky, Swilly and Bali. I can't wait for next year's trip!

JG: Tell us about the first time you ever stood up on a surfboard. Where was it and what were you riding?
KM: Hmmm, I remember my first green wave better. It was at Point Plomer on the mid north coast on a 6'10 Byrne surfboard , with my dad, bro and best mate Jodi. It took me an hour to catch it as I thought I would get sucked under the suck rock out there where you take off. It was such an amazing feeling as everyone had caught a wave and was paddling back out hooting me as I finally caught mine ....so stoked!

JG: What is your current favorite board? In 2009 do you have any plans to experiment with different surfboard designs, materials or fin configurations?
KM: I'm riding a magic board at the moment, a 5'9" board shaped by Aido, Adrian Wheeler. I love all sorts of boards. I have 5'1" pink disc and a few fishes. Maybe I might go pester Aido about some fun boards as he has a new shaping bay set up!

JG: Do you have any heroes? If so, who and why?
KM: Yeah, my family , as we got through a mega scare with my dad having a massive heart attack, they are very strong and close and we still get to share a wave and a laugh with the mac daddy. Also, my nan Masako Kunino, who is a wealth of inspiration and wisdom.

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?
KM: Women's surfing is and has always been exciting, simply for the fact that it's evolved so much and is full of all sorts of different characters past and present that have all been a part of where it is today. I think Steph could or maybe Carrisa , also I wouldn't rule out Mel Bartels or Silvana Lima.

 

Next Surfer: Kassia Meador  

 

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: Our introduction to Karlee Mackie came via the 2005 surf movie "aka: girl surfer" which showcases her waveriding and artistic talents. Karlee shared somem art with us for this feature and hopefully we'll be able to do a more thorough story on her in the future. Karlee's art features interesting compositions and simply breathtaking color combinations. Artwork courtesy of Karlee Mackie.

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