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

Lauren Sweeney, Second Annual Jettygirl New Year's Feature, 2009. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Presented by Blue Surf Sanctuary

lauren sweeney photo by chris grant


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?
Lauren Sweeney: Graduating college would have to be the best thing that happened for me in 2008. Knowing that I can commit to a long term goal and see it through has inspired me to set bigger goals for myself. I'm hoping to surf a lot better in 2009, possibly do the WQS, and go on some epic adventure!

JG: Tell us about the first time you ever stood up on a surfboard. Where was it and what were you riding?
LS: Can't remember my first wave. I think I was really young and it had to have been a white water nugget on the inside. I think I was riding my brother's 1980's Donald Takyama shortboard.

JG: What is your current favorite board? In 2009 do you have any plans to experiment with different surfboard designs, materials or fin configurations?
LS: My favorite board is my standard 5'8 shortboard because it works in everything. I'll be fortunate to get boards in 2009 with this downtrodden economy.

JG: Do you have any heroes? If so, who and why?
LS: My hero is my dad because he works harder than anyone I know and he rips too!

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?
LS: Silvana Lima doing a frontside air reverse.

 

Next Surfer: Laurina McGrath  

 

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: What's not to like about Lauren Sweeney? There has to be a short list of people in the world who can launch airs on a surfboard, install a dryer, and write poetry all in the same day. She's a photographer's dream...gets up early for the morning light, is totally amped to surf in virtually all conditions, and absolutely goes off wherever she paddles out. Definitely an inspirational surfer! Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com

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Additional Resources:

Lauren Sweeney video clip

Holly Beck and friends meet up with Lauren Sweeney

Five Minutes with Lauren Sweeney

 

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