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

Mary Osborne, Second Annual Jettygirl New Year's Feature, 2009. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Presented by Blue Surf Sanctuary

mary osborne photos by mary osborne and david pu'u

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?
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.

For 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 exciting.

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.


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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: 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: Photo: David Pu'u /

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