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

Rochelle Ballard, Second Annual Jettygirl New Year's Feature, 2009. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

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rochelle ballard 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?
Rochelle Ballard: Making "Surf Into Yoga" with my brother (Hoku), good friend (Chanelle Sladics), and an amazing cinematographer (John Roderick). Hope is a funny word...Believe I like better. I believe 2009 will bring new experiences in my life in a whole new direction and awareness as each day presents itself in surfing, traveling, and just simply living the life, Island style.

JG: Tell us about the first time you ever stood up on a surfboard. Where was it and what were you riding?
RB: I remember watching my dad from the beach and realizing I wanted to be out there surfing with him instead of sitting on the beach. The first time would have been with my cousin Tony and my dad. I was probably 7 or 8 at the Hanalei Pier, on Kauai. It would have been on my dad's single fin.

JG: What is your current favorite board? In 2009 do you have any plans to experiment with different surfboard designs, materials or fin configurations?
RB: A 5'9" Al Merrick round pin. The Proton, Dane's model. I am trying a quad out at Backdoor. Want to find something that is small enough to maneuver in the barrel but can get in sooner. I am so much smaller and get into the wave later because bigger boards are easier to get in, but once I take off I want a smaller board under my feet. I would love to ride a 6'10" instead of a 7'3" at Sunset and a 6'0"instead of a 6'10" at Backdoor. I think Kelly beat me to it...ha, maybe I should talk to him and Al about it.

JG: Do you have any heroes? If so, who and why?
RB: Rell Sunn and Kelly Slater have always been my biggest inspirations. Not sure I believe in heroes anymore, unless we're talking cartoons, 'cuz I really like the wonder twins. They could become anything and whatever was the most powerful thing in that moment, and they always worked together.

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?
RB: Thats a toss up, it will be between Carissa, Bartelz, or Silvana.

 

Next Surfer: Rosy Hodge  

 

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: Over the past year Rochelle Ballard has transitioned from a full time competitor on the world tour to a life of choosing when and where she wants to go. I was honored to meet Rochelle this summer and we had quite a few conversations next to my tripod on the beach. She's a firm supporter of the next generation of female surfers coming out of Hawaii. Check out what Rochelle's been up to at rochelleballard.com Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com

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