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

Layne Beachley, Second Annual Jettygirl New Year's Feature, 2009. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Presented by Blue Surf Sanctuary

layne beachley photo by nikki brooks

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?
Layne Beachley: My boyfriend of 6 years, Kirk Pengilly of INXS proposed to me on Sunset Beach in Hawaii so I'm looking forward to a fun filled wedding in 2009. Now that I'm retired, I'm also looking forward to spending more time at home with family and friends.

JG: Tell us about the first time you ever stood up on a surfboard. Where was it and what were you riding?
LB: The first time I stood on a board was when I was about 2 years old. I was riding my older brother's foam board and it was at Manly Beach.

JG: What is your current favorite board? In 2009 do you have any plans to experiment with different surfboard designs, materials or fin configurations?
LB: My epoxy 5'10" has been my favorite all year. It's light, responsive and fast! I want to start doing some stand up paddle surfing over summer because the generous crew at Global Surf Industries presented me with a board as a retirement gift! I'm so spoiled!

JG: Do you have any heroes? If so, who and why?
LB: My dad is my hero. He has seen, experienced and endured so much in his life. I love him very much.

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?
LB: Is that so? The girls continue to blow my mind and I have already seen some pretty radical stuff! I want to see Stephanie Gilmore do Megan Abubo's worm dance!


Next Surfer: Leah Dawson  


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: A few weeks ago 7X ASP World Champion Layne Beachley announced her retirement from competing full time on tour. I was looking at some records of the ASP and it's incredible to see how long Layne has been at the top of her game. From my count she has competed (and won) against three eras of women's professional surfers...a truly amazing feat not likely to be duplicated anytime in the immediate future. Photo: Nikki Brooks /

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