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

Nicola Atherton, Second Annual Jettygirl New Year's Feature, 2009. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

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nicola atherton 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?
Nicola Atherton: Traveling to new countries and surfing new spots and experiencing different cultures. A group of us went to Matchupitchu before the world tour event in Peru started and we hiked up to a summit called far the best thing I did this year. So I hope that I experience more things like this in the new year.

JG: Tell us about the first time you ever stood up on a surfboard. Where was it and what were you riding?
NA: I went down to the local surf school at Bondi. It was a purple 9ft foamy. My parents had bought me a four day holiday camp style thing for my birthday. I was so bad in the beginning. I think it took me until the 4th day to stand up.

JG: What is your current favorite board? In 2009 do you have any plans to experiment with different surfboard designs, materials or fin configurations?
NA: Right now I'm riding an Al Merrick Biscuit. It's 5'6''. I love it...goes unreal in the summer junk right now. So I'm just messing around having some fun. But I'm looking forward to working with Chilli on some new fiber flex short boards for the upcoming events.

JG: Do you have any heroes? If so, who and why?
NA: Lisa Anderson. Need I say more..... awesome surfer, I've always tried to emulate her surfing. Also, she's really humble about her talent and all her achievements too, which makes me like her even more.

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?
NA: I think it will come from one of the grommets. They are really pushing the limits right now and keeping it fresh. My vote would be Malia Manuel...forehand air/reo to reverse..... 


Next Surfer: Nicole Grodesky  


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: Australian Nicola Atherton throws water in a pre-heat warm-up at the US Open in 2007. I haven't had the honor of meeting Nicola in person but judging by the endless supply of Facebook photos I've seen of her, she looks like a super fun person to hang with. I hope we can shoot soon...a nicely thrown fan is always refreshing and Nicola executes these kinds of turns with ease. Photo: Chris Grant /

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