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

Shaney Jo Darden, Second Annual Jettygirl New Year's Feature, 2009. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Presented by Blue Surf Sanctuary

shaney jo darden photos by desiree dawn kuhn and lorene carpentier

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?
Shaney Jo Darden: Actually for 2008 it's hard to say what was the BEST thing that happened to me, so many good things. I found out my brother's wife is having a baby. It's the first time I get to be an Aunt and I'm so excited. Keep A Breast turned 8 this year! For me this was a huge accomplishment. I'm so happy that I have stuck with it for so long, doing everything myself for so many years and working full time jobs up until last year. Keep A Breast has really given my life so much purpose and joy, from the little things like getting so excited when our new tee designs come out good, or we get a good piece of press to the big things like getting letters from teenagers all over the world thanking us for helping them through a loved one's cancer, or thanking us for being at the Warped Tour and teaching them how to do self breast exams because after they met us they found a lump in their breasts and never would have without meeting us.

For 2009 I'm most hopeful if everything can just remain status quo. We have launched a bunch of new things like Keep A Breast Europe, Keep A Breast Canada, new website with social networking aspect, and a new Team of girls that have supported Keep A Breast for so many years including Lisa Andersen, Kassia Meador, Julie Cox, Shea Hodges, Jen O'Brien, Chanelle Sladics, Ashley Lloyd, Megan Abubo and more to come soon. I look forward to bringing Keep A Breast to Japan this year! And just working hard to personally be super healthy and to practice what I preach!

JG: Tell us about the first time you ever stood up on a surfboard. Where was it and what were you riding?
SJD: Last year was the first time I ever really surfed on a real surfboard. For many years I've been so lucky to work with Roxy and travel and go to all these amazing surf spots with Keep A Breast. I finally kicked myself in the head and told myself it's time to learn. I got myself a custom Emerald longboard from the Jule Collection line of boards. My boyfriend Jeff took me out to Wisconsin Street in Oceanside. He really was so sweet and patient with me and got me to stand up! I was really excited and to see him happy and proud of me was a really cool feeling. Since them Julie Cox has given me a few lessons. I'm a little scared of drowning so I need to practice my swimming skills.

JG: What is your current favorite board? In 2009 do you have any plans to experiment with different surfboard designs, materials or fin configurations?
SJD: I only have one board which is my Jule Collection Emerald. This year I hope to experiment on other types of boards as well. Hopefully the KAB team will take me out a bit more this summer, and teach me some stuff. Mainly just get me out in the water to enjoy our beautiful days.

JG: Do you have any heroes? If so, who and why?
SJD: My mom. Nancy jo Darden. always my hero. Her mantra in life is "come from love." I try to follow that as much as I can. She is an amazing example of beauty, bravery and creativity. Mostly I think it's her bravery that gives me my drive. She always told me growing up that I could do anything I wanted and to never let anyone stop me or tell me that I couldn't. She just turned 62 and she is so healthy and happy and living her life to the fullest everyday!

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?
SJD: This is a tough one for me, since I'm a super beginning surfer. I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that Jen Smith is going to do a pirouette to backflip to scorpion.


Next Surfer: Shannon Switzer  


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: Art, Education, Awareness, Action. As the leader of the Keep A Breast Foundation, Shaney Jo Darden has reached out to young women around the world, bringing an artistic flair to the serious topic of breast cancer awareness and education. Visit Keep A Breast online and get involved: Photos: Desiree Dawn Kuhn (top left), Lorene Carpentier (top right), Keep a Breast files (bottom two)

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