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

Sage Erickson, Second Annual Jettygirl New Year's Feature, 2009. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Presented by Blue Surf Sanctuary

sage erickson 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?
Sage Erickson: Well, 2008 was a pretty good year. Probably the most amazing part was getting the opportunity to go hang in Bali during the Oakley Global Challege. Just an all-around awesome trip. First time there, and those are always the most exciting.

JG: Tell us about the first time you ever stood up on a surfboard. Where was it and what were you riding?
SE: My first time surfing began in Hawaii at Sunset beach when I was around the age of 10 I think. I went with my family to hang out on the beach, my brother Noah was surfing and I was snorkeling. He came in for a break and I decided to give it a try, my first wave I got to my feet..and after that there was no stopping me. I'm sure I'm not the only surfer to have said that.

JG: What is your current favorite board? In 2009 do you have any plans to experiment with different surfboard designs, materials or fin configurations?
SE: My boards are amazing, Channel Islands has shaped me the best boards I have ever ridden. Right now my magic board is a 5'9" Proton, Dane's new model. It's my second one and I can't get off it. Poor thing is so beat up!

JG: Do you have any heroes? If so, who and why?
SE: I don't have too many heroes, but I'm infatuated with the Lakers! My whole family is, I look to learn from their teamwork, dedication, and training habits. Maybe apply some serious hours into my cross training like they do. They're so good this year!

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?
SE: Carissa Moore, hands down. She's doing this frontside reverse that's out of this world. She's crazy! In a good way of course. Maybe even her airs?


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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: In early 2008 I was driving down PCH and noticed an NSSA event going on at Seaside Reef. I pulled out my camera just in time to see Sage Erickson get a perfect 10 point ride. I've only had the privilege of shooting with Sage once but it would be great to meet up a few more times. She kills it and has an unreal style. Photo: Chris Grant /

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