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

Tammy Lee Smith, Second Annual Jettygirl New Year's Feature, 2009. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

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tammy lee smith 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?
Tammy-Lee Smith: In 2008 I didn't produce any international results but locally in South Africa I had a good year all round.  I signed with Mazda which I was happy about and won the ASP Africa tour.  I have mixed feelings right now about 2009 but if I get sufficent funds to do the tour my hope will be to qualify and start a NPO (Non-Profit Organisation) in South Africa.

JG: Tell us about the first time you ever stood up on a surfboard. Where was it and what were you riding?
TLS: The first time I stood up properly and cut across a wave was actually on a bodyboard at my local beach (Salt Rock).  I was 14 years old!  All the locals boys cheered me on and were super stoked.  One of the boys came by my house that afternoon and handed me one of his old surfboards.  Passing on the stoke!

JG: What is your current favorite board? In 2009 do you have any plans to experiment with different surfboard designs, materials or fin configurations?
TLS: My current favorite board is a 5'7" Bilt that I have worked on for the last 2 years with Elton.  It was taken off one of Davey Weare's models.

JG: Do you have any heroes? If so, who and why?
TLS: My surfing heroes would be Sofia and Mel both because they rip and are humble!  Another hero would be Nelson Mandela. He did wonders for my country!

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?
TLS: I would say Mel.  I'm not sure what it would be but she blows me away every time I watch her surf.  Also, it's going to be interesting to see Maya Gabeira pushing the boundries of her big wave surfing!


Next Surfer: Yvonne Mendel  


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: I was so stoked to meet Tammy-Lee Smith this year. We weren't able to connect during the US Open but she dropped by California on her way to the North Shore this winter and we met up one day for a couple of surfs in HB and Newport. I am still kicking myself for not shooting from the water that day. Tammy rides the barrel about as good as anyone I've ever seen. Photo: Chris Grant /

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