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

Lynne Dickinson of Curl Magazine, Second Annual Jettygirl New Year's Feature, 2009. Jettygirl Online

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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?
Lynne Dickinson: 2008 had so many great moments. I am not sure I could pinpoint the best thing that happened. In 2008 I was lucky enough to travel heaps with work, to Phillip Island, Gold Coast, Canada, Bali and Hawaii, all following the girls surfing as well as doing some skiing myself. That in itself brings me some pretty incredible experiences and lets me meet some amazing people. One of the best things though was when my 6 year old won the academic award at school, that was pretty cool!

As for 2009 I am most hopeful that Paige Hareb will continue to do well on the World Tour, that women’s surfing will begin to get greater recognition and that people will start to get behind the girls more. I also hope that my 6 year old will continue to do well at school, that all the rest of our kids will have wonderful experiences and that people may start to appreciate the simple things in life a little more.

JG: Tell us about the first time you ever stood up on a surfboard. Where was it and what were you riding?
LD: I grew up in England and came to New Zealand when I was 11 so didn’t start surfing till I was 13. I was a bit of a tomboy and was always keen to give anything a go. It was back in the late 70’s and I was out at Muriwai Beach at a surf carnival day. There were thousands of people at the beach and my parents hired us a longboard to try. I found it quite easy and loved the feeling but when I stood up my bikini bottoms broke and there I was, 13 years old, happily riding a dungery old longboard with my bikini pants round my knees surrounded by thousands of people! It’s a moment I will never forget!

JG: What is your current favorite board? In 2009 do you have any plans to experiment with different surfboard designs, materials or fin configurations?
LD: I have sooo many different boards and no real favorite. I prefer to longboard and the board I ride the most is a Surfline 8'2" which I love but just tend to change the length for the conditions. Not planning on getting any more, just hoping to get out in the surf more.

JG: Do you have any heroes? If so, who and why?
LD: Heroes, that’s a hard one. I have loads of people I really admire. I hugely admire my parents who have made so much of their life and continue to give so much to those around them. I have been really lucky. I also have a wonderful husband who I admire so much. We are very different in many ways and I absolutely admire his work ethic and the fact that he’s incredibly talented at things I suck at! But as for my real hero – it has to be Paige Hareb right now!!!! Gotta love the Kiwis and Paige finally making it on the world tour, that's worth some hero worshipping that’s for sure!!!!

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?
LD: Wow, that’s even harder. Well you’d have to say it could be one of so many. Not long ago it was only one or two girls who stood out doing radical moves but now there are so many in the running. Silvana Lima is always a risk taker and therefore could be the one to do it, she’d probably pull some radical air or something. There is not a lot that Steph Gilmore can’t do right now so it could be her. Claire Bevilacqua is one crazy enough to try anything and Keala Kennelly is back on the surf scene dropping into some crazy big waves around the world. And then there’s the young guns like Carissa Moore or even Laura Enever. Who knows.


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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: Lynne Dickinson is the Editor of New Zealand's Curl Magazine. Lynne and her staff put out a wonderful product...a full glossy, honest-to-goodness, legit all-girl surf magazine. We were so stoked when our copy came in the mail. Curl is available in shops throughout New Zealand and Australia and via subscription to the rest of the world. Check them out here: Photo: courtesy of Curl Magazine

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