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

Sara Taylor, Second Annual Jettygirl New Year's Feature, 2009. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

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sara taylor 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?
Sara Taylor: I met some amazing people and made some new friends, psyched on that. Oh, and I graduated! I'm really excited for '09, I'm going to Australia! I get there New Year's Eve.

JG: Tell us about the first time you ever stood up on a surfboard. Where was it and what were you riding?
ST: The first time I caught like a real wave, my uncle took me out a little north of the pier in Huntington. I rode it all the way to the inside. I think I was on a longboard.

JG: What is your current favorite board? In 2009 do you have any plans to experiment with different surfboard designs, materials or fin configurations?
ST: Umm, lately I've been riding a quad by Sean Reilly. I like to go fast and have a pretty loose board, so that's what the quad is good for. I like riding all sorts of boards. My best friends all longboard and ride fish, so on occasion I'll ride different boards. But, maybe 2009 will be the year I become a knee boarder, I don't know. Things could get crazy.

JG: Do you have any heroes? If so, who and why?
ST: Probably Harry Potter. For obvious reasons. And my uncle, he's the funniest person I know. He's traveled the world and he has the best advice for just about anything, except when he thought it would be cool to dye my hair.

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?
ST: Yeah, I think Jenna Balester is going to pull a Christ Air and Chris Grant is going to capture the moment!

 

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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: The first time I met Sara Taylor was just after she body slammed good friend Jenna Balester onto the sand after a surf at Oceanside Pier. What ensued was a pretty solid display of wet sand throwing, somersaults, and seriously sandy wetsuits. Sara's great to shoot with...she gets up early, rides colorful boards, has a bagful of progressive moves and is a fantastic barrel rider. Photo: Chris Grant / JettyGirl.com

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Sara Taylor surf video with friends Tammy-Lee Smith and Jenna Balester

 

 

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