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

Prue Jeffries, Second Annual Jettygirl New Year's Feature, 2009. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

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prue jeffries 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?
Prue Jeffries: I couldn't mention one particular penultimate "best thing". Every day I wake up is "the best", until another day comes along, that is. Just like waves. For 2009 I am going to hang out with Chuang Tzu "Perfect happiness is the absence of striving for happiness".

JG: Tell us about the first time you ever stood up on a surfboard. Where was it and what were you riding?
PJ: I remember I couldn't to get a hold of a surfboard and try surfing. I was maybe around 10 or 11 years old. We used to learn on what we called "foamies" in Australia. They were essentially Styrofoam nubby looking things, about 5'8" (at the longest) covered in this plastic mesh with a single plastic fin. My brother had been riding one for a while and I finally managed to get a turn. I had watched the whole whitewater ordeal and didn't want to do that, so I paddled out past the whitewater and after a few attempts caught a real wave face and stood up. I don't remember much, except the initial entrancement I had with the wave face, which had led me to go out there and catch a wave. It wasn't so much about standing up, as much as wanting to "feel" the face. I do remember feeling like I had just jumped off a mountain. It was probably only a 3 foot wave. It was Everest nonetheless.

JG: What is your current favorite board? In 2009 do you have any plans to experiment with different surfboard designs, materials or fin configurations?
PJ: My favorite board is my Takayama 5'3" quad fish, with the Halo fins Donald has designed. I love it. There have been many fin designs, but those Halo’s, well they look almost backwards, yet they have no idea what reverse means. They fly forwards!!!

JG: Do you have any heroes? If so, who and why?
PJ: Anyone brave enough to know the song of their deepest heart and follow it.

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?
PJ: Oh, I am so out of touch. Hmm… maybe a "Superwoman".


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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: Prue Jeffries is another surfer we'd put into the "could even ride a barn door" category. She rips on contemporary equipment but prefers to ride a variety of alternative designs...and she does so at an amazingly high performance level. Prue has shown a great deal of support to JettyGirl and her friendship is truly appreciated. She is a wonderful human being! Photo: Chris Grant /

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Additional Resources:

Prue Jeffries interview, photos and video on JettyGirl (2006)

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