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

Megan Abubo, Second Annual Jettygirl New Year's Feature, 2009. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Presented by Blue Surf Sanctuary

megan abubo photo 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?
Megan Abubo: I found myself because I was lost at sea somewhere, now I'm found and very sure of my future and life path I guess. 30 can do that to you. It is a confusing time of your life and now this past year has given me so many learning experiences. I am excited to start 2009 on the right foot and with a positive mind and spirit.

JG: Tell us about the first time you ever stood up on a surfboard. Where was it and what were you riding?
MA: I was 9 and it was at Baby Queens, Waikiki on a styrofoam board I found in the trash.

JG: What is your current favorite board? In 2009 do you have any plans to experiment with different surfboard designs, materials or fin configurations?
MA: My favorite board is 6'3" by Eric Arakawa because that means I am surfing good waves and it's pretty solid size and Eric makes amazing boards for good waves. I have been riding a finless board every now and then...hard to ride but fun.

JG: Do you have any heroes? If so, who and why?
MA: My mother because she gave me love and life. Rell Sunn because she fought to the end and gave every part of herself to the next generation to learn from. And Lisa Andersen, she made women's surfing what it is today.

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?
MA: Maybe Mel Bartels or Silvana Lima will do some crazy air only the boys do right now. I also think that Keala will get some big barrels somewhere.


Next Surfer: Nicola Atherton  


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: Usually whitewater shots are unusable but Megan Abubo banks this one with such authority that it works. I love the speedy grabrail and the punch of fins out the back. Hopefully Megan will stick around Oceanside again this summer so we can try for a few more images. For those into trivia, Megan is also incredibly talented on a longboard. Photo: Chris Grant /

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Additional Resources:

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