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

Nikki Brooks, Second Annual Jettygirl New Year's Feature, 2009. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

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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?
Nikki Brooks: Progression in my photography. I’ve had some great experiences and opportunities in 2008 that have led to good exposure. In 2009 I plan to be committed to my passion and I think all the hard work will pan out despite these hard times! I hope people support each other across the board and that selflessness replaces selfishness.

JG: Tell us about the first time you ever stood up on a surfboard. Where was it and what were you riding?
NB: I was about 6 and I was at Cowell’s with my dad and he pushed me into waves on his Coletta log.

JG: What is your current favorite board? In 2009 do you have any plans to experiment with different surfboard designs, materials or fin configurations?
NB: Ashley Lloyd 6'1" sugar foam single fin biscuit. This was my first board ever custom shaped and it was fun working with the multi talented Ashley and my husband Nar in the process. Doubt I will get anything new this year, but it’s always fun to try out other people’s boards, reuse what’s out there already!

JG: Do you have any heroes? If so, who and why?
NB: I do have lots of heroes and heroines! Mostly folks that are happy, live simply, have a unique style, and do good work (whatever work that may be), these are the ones that inspire me and make me want to be a better person.

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?
NB: Melanie Bartels will pull something huge this year and Chris Grant will be there to document it. Carissa Moore will continue to blow minds and someday she will be the best woman surfer ever.


Next Surfer: Paige Hareb  


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: This past summer I had the honor of spending the afternoon with Nikki Brooks at her incredible home on a beautiful tree-lined street in Santa Cruz. We had never met before and I had stopped by to interview her for an upcoming feature on JettyGirl. Neatly framed images of Nikki's adorn the family home, each one showcasing her keen eye for light and color. A wonderful photographer and remarkable person, check out her work at Photo: Nikki Brooks /

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