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

Sally Fitzgibbons, Second Annual Jettygirl New Year's Feature, 2009. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

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sally fitzgibbons photo courtesy of etnies

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?
Sally Fitzgibbons: 2008 was such an enjoyable year for me, of course there were ups and downs, but one of the highs was definitely qualifying for the World Tour, a long time dream of mine. It was great to have it come true. Also, to get my driver's license was a big milestone.

JG: Tell us about the first time you ever stood up on a surfboard. Where was it and what were you riding?
SF: The first time I stood up on a surfboard, I was dominating my home break, the river mouth at 7 mile beach, swarms of people came down to watch and cheer me on...aka Mum and Dad. I was riding a board Slater used to win all of his contests on. A longboard snapped right through the middle that had been fixed and one half sprayed blue and the other left white. It was full of dings and depressions and had been passed down through the generations. It was my time to shine. I graduated from the booga (bodyboard) and on my, whatever go it was, who's counting anyway, I stood up and the crowd went wild. From then on I never looked back!

JG: What is your current favorite board? In 2009 do you have any plans to experiment with different surfboard designs, materials or fin configurations?
SF: My current favorite short board is a 5'7" DHD shaped by Darren Handley. I'm always looking for ways to improve my equipment and I think with Darren's knowledge and expertise we will be able to experiment and see what goes best for me in '09.

JG: Do you have any heroes? If so, who and why?
SF: Some of my heroes would have to be Kelly Slater, Rodger Federer, Kerryn McCann, Lance Armstrong and Tiger Woods. They are amazing people, who have achieved such heights in their chosen sports and are great role models to follow.

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?
SF: I'm not sure, we will have to see what the year brings but whatever happens it is going to be exciting.


Next Surfer: Sam Haddad  


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: An early morning heat at the 2007 US Open was the first time I ever saw young Australian Sally Fitzgibbons surf. I remember order..."Wow! Who is that?" then "That girl is going to be a world champ someday!" Sally turned it up a notch further in the WQS this year and surfed so well that midway through the season she had already qualified for the WCT...a feat never before accomplished by any surfer, male or female. Photo: courtesy of etnies

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