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

Rebecca Woods, Second Annual Jettygirl New Year's Feature, 2009. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

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rebecca woods 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?
Rebecca Woods: Best thing that happened was probably winning a comp in Brasil and then celebrating my birthday in style at a massive Billabong party in Rio De Janeiro. Something I will never forget!

JG: Tell us about the first time you ever stood up on a surfboard. Where was it and what were you riding?
RW: I was riding a foam surfboard, my dad was pushing me and my sister in. She has a disability and got up to drop knee position. I got all competitive with her and stood up all the way to shore then got smashed on the shorey and didn't go back 'til I was 12!

JG: What is your current favorite board? In 2009 do you have any plans to experiment with different surfboard designs, materials or fin configurations?
RW: Favorite board is the 7 curve by James Cheal (aka Chilli surfboards). I would like to try a quad and am currently just riding a 5'5" fish for a bit of fun after a long year of competing.

JG: Do you have any heroes? If so, who and why?
RW: At the moment my heroes are my mentors in women's surfing: Rochelle Ballard, KK, Megan Abubo, Serena Brooke. They are all stepping off tour and into other things and deserve so much more recognition for the time and energy devoted to mine and so many others' beloved sport, so again thank you!!!

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?
RW: I think Malia Manuel will pull an complete air 360  full rotation in the air! 


Next Surfer: Rochelle Ballard  


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: US Open boardslide by Australian Rebecca Woods. Bec has one of the best styles of anyone I've shot or surfed with. She has a great sense of humor too. Over the summer we were shooting from the water and two totally clueless surfers not only cut her off but then ran right into each other a second later. She just laughed it off then blew the top off the next set. Photo: Chris Grant /

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A Bright Day in the Summer of No Sun - World Tour Girls Surfing Oceanside

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