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

Silvana Lima, Second Annual Jettygirl New Year's Feature, 2009. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Presented by Blue Surf Sanctuary

silvana lima 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?
Silvana Lima: The best thing that happend to me was being the second female surfer in the world and now my dream is to go up to the highest place of the podium. I wanna win some WCT events and hopefully be the world's female champion in 2009.

JG: Tell us about the first time you ever stood up on a surfboard. Where was it and what were you riding?
SL: The first time I stood up on a surfboard was in Paracuru (Ceara), the city where I come from, with my brother. He used to surf and he decided to teach me. I loved it from the first time and since back them I didn't stop.

JG: What is your current favorite board? In 2009 do you have any plans to experiment with different surfboard designs, materials or fin configurations?
SL: My favorite board is 5'8" round pin, but I like to try new equipment and I do that every year. I am always testing new fins and different shapes. Actually one thing I miss is having an equipment sponsor. I have my shaper back in Brazil, Udo Bastos, but I don't have fins or grips support and I hope this year I can make it, because it is good to have options and try different designs in different waves.

JG: Do you have any heroes? If so, who and why?
SL: Yes, my biggest hero is GOD. For all the opportunities He gave me and also for giving me this gift of being able to surf.

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?
SL: Maybe this maneuver will be an air maneuver, that's what I think, and hopefully the surfer is gonna be me!! I will train a lot to make it happen!


Next Surfer: Sofia Mulanovich  


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: Not the typical move you see in a heat, but then again, Silvana Lima is not your typical surfer. If the wisdom of Silvana's peers pans out this year, the best move of 2009 will come from this incredibly talented Brasilian surfer. I wish I could be there when it happens! Photo: Chris Grant /

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