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

Rosy Hodge, Second Annual Jettygirl New Year's Feature, 2009. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Presented by Blue Surf Sanctuary

rosie hodge photo by asp cestari covered images

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?
Rosy Hodge: Wow, the best thing that has happened to me in 2008??? When I look back on 2008 and the above mentioned issues, on a whole I just feel really lucky and happy with the opportunities that have presented themselves this year. I can't pick out just one moment but all in all it's been a pretty good year. As for what I'm hopefull for...I really just want to enjoy myself and learn as much as I can.

JG: Tell us about the first time you ever stood up on a surfboard. Where was it and what were you riding?
RH: The first time I stood up, I remember it so clearly. It was a hot December day back home and my brother and I were frothing out on the surfing idea and we had just picked up a Safari Spider twin fin from a friend and my dad pushed us into a couple foamies. I remember the wave lifting me up and the water passing under the board and the impulse to get to my feet. I was only about 7.

JG: What is your current favorite board? In 2009 do you have any plans to experiment with different surfboard designs, materials or fin configurations?
RH: My favorite board right now is a 5'9" Shaun Tomson single fin shape but with a thruster set up shaped by Spider Murphy. It flies! I find it hard to get off the board I want to travel with it. I also just got a 5'2" Al Merrick Fishcuit that I like quite a bit. It's got a quad set up and it is fun! I love surfing different boards and feeling them out.

JG: Do you have any heroes? If so, who and why?
RH: One of the people that I really have looked up to since I was little is Wendy Botha. We're from the same small town in South Africa, we went to the same school and she won her first world title the year I was born. I remember meeting her for the first time when I was 9 and being totally stoked. I saw her on the Goldie this year and she is epic!

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?
RH: I think it will be some sort of air. Or a crazy barrel shot that will run in all the mags??? Like a crazy barrel where you are looking at the wave and then at the person and you can't believe that there is a person on the wave and it turns out to be.....I don't know.


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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: South African Rosy Hodge finished up the 2008 WCT with a solid quarterfinal finish at the Billabong Pro Maui. Rosy pulled double duty this season, also securing a 3rd place finish on the WQS rankings and maintaining a coveted spot on the 2009 WCT tour. Rosie's fans can keep track of her travels by visiting her blog at Photo: ASP Cestari © Covered Images

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