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

Marissa Graham, Second Annual Jettygirl New Year's Feature, 200

9. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

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marissa graham photos 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?
Marissa Graham: I would have to say the best thing that happened to me in 2008 would be winning the WSA girls longboard title. In 2009 I am hoping that girls longboarding will take off and there will be an ASP sanctioned event for the women.

JG: Tell us about the first time you ever stood up on a surfboard. Where was it and what were you riding?
MG: My first time standing up was at Oceanside Harbor, South Jetty on my dad's Iron Cross 9'0" longboard. I was 10 years old and it was such an amazing feeling. I was hooked. My dad's face was pricless! I felt like I was gliding. The water was crystal blue and the waves were perfect for learning.

JG: What is your current favorite board? In 2009 do you have any plans to experiment with different surfboard designs, materials or fin configurations?
MG: My current surfboard is a 9'0" Noah Ka Oi, Donald Takiyama. I might experiment with different boards in 2009. It's difficult for me to switch around with equiptment because I am the type of person who finds something they like and is addicted. I think that I might try to learn how to shortboard because it's such a neccessity for longboarding or at least surfing in general. It helps your knowledge of the ocean and how to read waves. It also gives me an excuse to learn to ride the tail a bit better.

JG: Do you have any heroes? If so, who and why?
MG: My hero would probably be my dad...although he has no idea and I would probably never let him know that. It's true. We have our little arguments and get pretty darn competitive, but he is one of the most driven, strong, caring, and athletic people I know. It would be so easy to say I idolize some famous athlete but I truly believe my dad is my hero. As a firefighter, or surfer, or even just being my dad. He saves lives, surfs more than I do, and no matter what he is always there for me, not only as a dad, but as my friend. I hope that I will grow up to be half the amazing person he is.

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?
MG: I think it will be Megan Godinez. I predict it will be an air. I honestly have no idea what or who it will be but the reason I chose her is because she is improving and progressing faster and stronger than any female surfer that I know of.


Next Surfer: Mary Osborne  


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: Marissa Graham is a regular fixture in the Oceanside Harbor lineup and has to be one of the nicest young surfers around. We've yet to be out surfing or shooting without seeing Marissa paddle out with a huge smile on her face. Marissa's surfing is progressing rapidly which comes as no surprise since she often surfs with pros like Jenni Flanigan, Kaitlin Maguire and Kelly Nicely. Photo: Chris Grant /

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