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?
Mary Osborne: I was
fortunate enough to travel around the world to
various surf locations, score fun waves with my
friends, move to a great little house in town
living by myself with cheaper rent, and most importantly
spend time with my family and friends. I also
met a young man that has opened my eyes to love
and being in a relationship.
2009 I am hoping and praying the surf industry
will pick up. It has been very hard with sponsors
paying athletes. I am fortunate to be with Patagonia
who is supporting their Ambassadors through thick
and thin. I am hoping our economy will change
sooner than later and people will stop losing
jobs. It's a scary time we live in and it's making
me rethink a lot about what is important to me
and what makes me happy. Stability makes me happy
and I'm hoping we all have that soon.
JG: Tell us about the first
time you ever stood up on a surfboard. Where was
it and what were you riding?
MO: My brother Dave
pushed me into a wave at Solimar Beach (my home
break). I remember standing and thinking "oh
my gosh I am actually doing it!" I was hooked
from that moment on. I was about 15 years old....
JG: What is your current
favorite board? In 2009 do you have any plans
to experiment with different surfboard designs,
materials or fin configurations?
MO: I love all my
boards I have right now. I love my Robert August
single fin. I call it the "pink striper."
It's a classic single fin great for noseriding.
I also have been working with Fletcher Chouinard
at Patagonia in creating a few high performance
epoxy longboards. The materials are different.
For example, it's great for having a long lasting
longboard that you want to be lighter but for
a heavy board you need to think about putting
more glass on the boards because the epoxy tends
to be lighter. Lots to think about but it's fun
playin' with new materials. I also have a few
shorter boards he made that I am riding. A fun
quad, killer bonzer and a two plus one fun board.
I ride them all depending on size of waves and
my mood. I love trying new boards. It keeps it
JG: Do you have any heroes?
If so, who and why?
MO: My heros are
people who work hard, play hard and live everyday
to its fullest. I don't have particular people
or names. Rather, I just look up to those who
live a unique lifestyle.
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?
MO: Oh gosh, there
are so many good up and coming girlies. I am sure
one of those "Carissa Moores" will do
something incredible...I am always blown away
at seeing the young guns' talent increase.
For those of you who like to
jump around instead of going one by one, here's
the complete list of surfers...
Caption: It's virtually impossible to write a
simple caption for Mary Osborne...there is just
too much material to write about. As a Surf Ambassador
for Patagonia, Mary gets to enjoy simply "being
Mary"...traveling, working on causes close
to her heart, surfing contests here and there.
Photos of Mary grace everything from magazines
to buses. To catch up on Mary, visit her blog:
maryosbornesurf.blogspot.com Photo: David Pu'u