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

Sormarie Nieves, Second Annual Jettygirl New Year's Feature, 2009. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

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sormarie nieves 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?
Sormarie Nieves: The best thing that happened to me was going back to college and finishing the semester with good grades. What I'm most hopeful for 2009 is continuing school while enjoying some good surf.

JG: Tell us about the first time you ever stood up on a surfboard. Where was it and what were you riding?
SN: The first time I stood up on a wave was in a spot called Pine Grove in Puerto Rico. My sister was pushing me in the white water on her Town and Country shortboard. I'm glad she had the patience to push me into the waves, I loved it.

JG: What is your current favorite board? In 2009 do you have any plans to experiment with different surfboard designs, materials or fin configurations?
SN: I have two favorite boards my 9' Noah Ka Oi/Donald Takayama and my 9’' In the Pink. They both put a big smile on my face every time I'm gliding on a wave. No plans to change any configurations, but I wouldn't mind trying different fins.

JG: Do you have any heroes? If so, who and why?
SN: I don't really have any heroes but I am inspired by all those people that follow their dreams and take different paths in order to achieve their dreams and happiness no matter what obstacles they have in front of them.

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?
SN: There are so many good female surfers out there and they all have the potential to pull big, complicated moves. It's just a matter of them trying something new that hasn't been done before.


Next Surfer: Stacey Guy  


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: Meeting Puerto Rico's Sormarie Nieves has been one of the highlight of putting JettyGirl together. She has an awesome spirit about, passionate, thoughtful. Sormarie's soulful approach to waveriding is a joy to watch and photograph. This photo of Sormarie has run elsewhere but it's still one of my favorite images of one of my favorite surfers. Photo: Chris Grant /

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