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Great in 2008 heading Great in 2008 - Thirty Surfers Look Into the New Year. Layne Beachley.
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Malibu tail-whip courtesy of seven-time World Champion Layne Beachley. Photo: Chris Grant/
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JettyGirl: Any New Year's resolutions for 2008?
Layne Beachley: I tend not to make New Year's Resolutions because they are never kept. I'm so goal orientated that I don't need to add any more expectations on myself.

JG: If you were to donate time or money to a charitable organization or cause in 2008, what would it be and why?
LB: I am heading off to Rwanda in June to assist in raising awareness for an organization called ABANA which is all about helping people help themselves. I am designing a "kaftan" that we will teach the local women to make and then allow them to sell to give them further skills and independence. We will also be looking at selling these through OXFAM and other distribution channels to continue raising funds.

JG: Judging on any category you find relevant, name five female surfers to watch for in 2008 and why.
LB: Stephanie Gilmore, Coco Ho, Laura Enever, Silvana Lima and Lee Ann Curren. Steph has just become the first woman to win a world title in her rookie year on tour but is so grounded and passionate, making her always fun to be around. She has many hidden talents such as playing guitar and singing and slaughtering her competition with a smile on her face. Coco is an amazing junior talent emerging from Hawaii and is always so happy, enthusiastic and positive. She is great fun to surf with. With all the hype surrounding Hawaiian sensation Carissa Moore, Coco has had the time to refine her skills under the watchful eye of her ex-pro surfing dad Michael Ho. I can't wait for her to make the tour! Laura is another Aussie talent that has had the opportunity to develop her skills away from the added hype and expectation, and show that she will be a formidable force on tour in the very near future. Another smiley face, super grom. These three girls are what I refer to as "smiling assassins". Silvana Lima is bloody hungry and wants a world title BAD! Not just for herself but her whole nation! Such a dynamic surfer with loads of energy, her progression is pushing all surfers to bury their rails a little deeper and go a little faster! Lee Ann Curren has improved so much over the last year or two. What more do you need to say about her apart from the fact that she is a Curren!

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For those of you who like to jump around instead of going one by one, here's the complete list...

Megan Abubo Amee Donohoe Leilani Gryde Christa Alves Layne Beachley
Jen Smith Anna Garaway Rebecca Woods Lyndsay Noyes Marii Sugiura-Bakker
Nikita Robb Prue Jeffries Bethany Hamilton Shannon McIntyre Sofia Mulanovich
Kassia Meador Jessi Miley-Dyer Violet Kimble Anastasia Ashley Sormarie Nieves
Rochelle Ballard Kelly Nicely Serena Brooke CJ Soto Sunshine Makarow
Julie Cox Chanelle Sladics Tiff Seale Mary Bagalso Lauren Sweeney


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