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

Schuyler McFerran, Second Annual Jettygirl New Year's Feature, 2009. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Presented by Blue Surf Sanctuary

photo by schuyler mcferran

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?
Schuyler McFerran: The best thing that happened to me in 2008 was being able to spend a month in Europe with my family. We started by going to Russia for my brother's wedding, and then going to France where we spent about 3 weeks surfing, seeing the sights, eating gelato, and competing in the Roxy Jam Biarritz. One of the best summers I've ever had!! As far as 2009 goes, I have some fun adventures and projects planned so I'm excited to get things rolling!

JG: Tell us about the first time you ever stood up on a surfboard. Where was it and what were you riding?
SM: The first time I ever stood up on a surfboard was at the Cardiff campgrounds when I was about 8 years old. We were living in Montana at the time, and we were camping at the state beach for two weeks. My parents had brought a couple old longboards that they had hung onto through the years throughout all their moving, and one day I decided I wanted to try. I remember that it was small, sunny, and perfect. The first wave my mom pushed me into I rode all the way in. I loved it. I didn't really get hooked though until we moved back to Santa Barbara when I was ten and was able to go a few times a week with my parents to Rincon.

JG: What is your current favorite board? In 2009 do you have any plans to experiment with different surfboard designs, materials or fin configurations?
SM: My current favorite board is my Joel Tudor Diamond T. It has been my favorite longboard for a few years now, as it noserides great and is also very loose and responsive. It's a great all around longboard. I also still like to take out boards that I used to ride when I was first learning. As cliche as it sounds to say I like riding all different types of boards, it's very true. I like keeping it fresh.

JG: Do you have any heroes? If so, who and why?
SM: A couple people that I really respect would be my parents and Mark Foreman. All three are amazing people that I am very thankful to know.

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?
SM: I think that one of the younger girls, like Carissa or Coco, will pull off some ridiculously crazy air.


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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: At age 19 Schuyler McFerran became the first ASP Women's World Longboard Champion when she showcased her formidable noseriding skills to win the title in Biarritz, France. Balancing college, art and professional surfing is a tough act, but Schuyler does so with great grace and style. Photo: Schuyler McFerran /

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