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

Kim Mearig, 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?
Kim Mearig: The best part about 2008 was the swells at the beginning of the year, and the historical election. Very excited about the positive direction our whole world will be going. We woke up to a new world. In 2009 I would definitely like to see some more surf, we're going crazy in Santa Barbara...I haven't surfed in 22 days, not that I'm counting. And more of what I already talked about...just want to see our world get back on track.

JG: Tell us about the first time you ever stood up on a surfboard. Where was it and what were you riding?
KM: The first time I ever stood up on a board I was 11 years old and it was at Sandspit and I rode it all the way to the beach. Totally hooked at that moment. The board I was riding was my uncle's 6'10" single fin with the word "Thought" on it , some underground shaper from the 70's.

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: Right now I am riding a 6'3" round pin Al Merrick single concave. I have been riding Al's boards since I was 14. I would like to try some of the new stuff Al's been experimenting with.

JG: Do you have any heroes? If so, who and why?
KM: Growing up as a young surfer in the 70's I looked up to the whole Bustin' Down the Door Guys and the women of that era like Lynne, Margo, Rell and so on. Those were the people I saw in the magazines.

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: THe best maneuver this year by a girl/woman, this is a hard one. I watch a lot of the girls surf throughout the year online, and I think there are a lot of girls out there with lots of talent to do something crazy. We'll have to wait and see.


Next Surfer: Kyla Langen  


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: The first time I saw Kim Mearig surf was in a bootlegged VHS copy of 1982's "Off the Wall 2". A year after seeing the film, this fluid Santa Barbara regularfoot became the 1983 ASP World Champion. It's been 27 years since that first film but within the next few weeks, Kim's surfing will again be showcased in the documentary "The Women and the Waves" opening in Santa Barbara. As you can see by the framegrab above, Kim hasn't missed a step. Photo: Peck Euwer /

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