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

Nicole Grodesky, Second Annual Jettygirl New Year's Feature, 2009. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Presented by Blue Surf Sanctuary

nicole grodesky photo by her friend


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?
Nicole Grodesky: In 2008 I finally finished up college, for the most part. I had my senior year project for public relations management and that went really well. I also landed myself two really good internships and I've already started one at etnies as a public relations intern.

JG: Tell us about the first time you ever stood up on a surfboard. Where was it and what were you riding?
NG: I can remember the first time I stood up on a surfboard like it was yesterday. I was in Florida and it was after school, I was at a friend's house hanging out. There was an old Hawaiian looking gun about seven feet long. We were bored and my friend, Cathy, asked me if I wanted to take the surfboard out. I was nervous and scared and she said, "Come on let's go, it'll be fun." We walked down to the beach and she walked the board out to waist deep water. She made me jump on the board and then she pushed me into a wave. I felt the energy of the wave lift me up and I could feel her let go of the board and then the next thing I knew I was thrusted forward by the wave and I stood up. I remember seeing fish swim underneath me as if they were chasing the wave and I never felt so free. It was like standing on a cloud the first time I stood up, probably because I took off in the white-wash.

JG: What is your current favorite board? In 2009 do you have any plans to experiment with different surfboard designs, materials or fin configurations?
NG: My Lost 5'9 squash tail Chris Ward model. Yes. I actually just got a new shortboard that I'm trying out. It's in the photo above. That was actually the first day I rode it. The board is a compilation of an old 5'8 swallow tail and my 5'9 squash tail. The wide-point, rocker and thickness is a blend of the two. I'm trying to experiment with different shortboard designs because I feel my body shape is very different then most guy's, so I'm experimenting with a wider, shorter template then I've surfed in the past. As far as fins, my friend, Maurice, owns a surfboard shop, the Factory in San Clemente, and he just got the FCS demo package. I'll definitely be taking advantage of that this year! 

JG: Do you have any heroes? If so, who and why?
NG: Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton are my heroes of 2008. No explanation necessary really. If you have a pulse, you should know why.

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?
NG: Coco Ho. Frontside 360 rail grab air 3ft above the lip.

 

Next Surfer: Nikita Robb  

 

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: I met Nicole Grodesky about three years ago and I have to admit that she is one of the more interesting surfers I've met. Nicole is deeply passionate about quite a few subjects and causes. I love the way she throws all of herself into whatever she's doing...be it photography, women's studies, changing her hair color simply to test social behavior and responses, or blasting her way into an oncoming section. Photo: Nicole Grodesky's friend

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