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

Pauline Menczer, Second Annual Jettygirl New Year's Feature, 2009. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Presented by Blue Surf Sanctuary

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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?
Pauline Menczer: The best thing for me is in the last 10 days my body is finally feeling better after having 8 months of bad arthritis. I hope to get back in the surf very soon as it's been 5 months without surfing.

JG: Tell us about the first time you ever stood up on a surfboard. Where was it and what were you riding?
PM: It was in Bronte Beach, Australia, on half a coolite surfboard that my older brother snapped in two. That was my first board or half a I still remember it like yesterday, the wave picking me up and pushing me along...I was hooked from the first day. I guess it's like driving for the first time :)

JG: What is your current favorite board? In 2009 do you have any plans to experiment with different surfboard designs, materials or fin configurations?
PM: Well, when I get back out there I hope on New Year's it will be on an old fav 5'10" swallow.

JG: Do you have any heroes? If so, who and why?
PM: My heroes are anyone with a disability that gets out there and has a go:)

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?
PM: The little Hawaiian girls are all doing airs and stuff and the Aussies so one of them I guess. Three sixty airs with a reverse. Ha.


Next Surfer: Prue Jeffries  


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: 1993 ASP Women's World Champion, Pauline Menczer, relaxing at home with her dogs Beaute (French for beautiful) and Lulu. A battler in every sense of the word, Pauline won 28 events on the WCT/WQS stage...all while suffering from extreme arthritis. Pauline's a perfect example of what you can achieve with grit and determination, a true inspiration. Photo: courtesy of Pauline Menczer

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