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je0ttygirl online surf magazine's third annual new year's feature

Carla Rowland, 3rd Annual Jettygirl New Year's Feature presented by Betty Belts, 2010. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine


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JettyGirl: A one million dollar check arrives in your mailbox with a note that reads, "Half of this amount is yours and the other half is to benefit the world around you." How would you spend the money?
Carla Rowland: A portion of my $500K would go to paying off all my credit, medical, and school debt. The other portion I would put toward property on the south side of Kauai.

I really want to see the future of mainstream surfing go in a philanthropic direction. So, with the other $500K I would start an organization that would encourage surfers to be positive, proactive members of our unique aquatic culture by giving back to others, both related and not related to surfing. A cross between the YMCA and "Surf for Life." I'd like to start something where surfers can travel abroad and participate in local activities that assist in the betterment of communities worldwide.

JG: Describe the best surfboard you've ever ridden and why it was special to you.
Carla: I rode surfboards built by Scott Anderson for over ten years. His boards helped me progress to be the surfer I am today. Yet nothing can compare to having a surfboard handcrafted especially for me by the man who holds my heart - Ian Zamora. I feel so blessed to have the best of both worlds readily available when I desire: love and surfboards. What else can a girl want?

JG: If you could travel back to any time in history and hang with one person while they go about their daily activities, who would it be and why?
Carla: It would be the ultimate dream come true to go back in time when the Chumash ruled the Santa Monica and Santa Barbara bays. I often daydream about what it must have been like to live off the abundance that the Malibu Creek and Lagoon offered. Imagine the waves breaking how God intended - clean, long, empty lines running from the top of Third Point through First Point, past where the pier currently stands. To live off the land and breathe in the pure air would be the ultimate fantasy made reality.

Oh, if only...

JG: For thirty days you're stuck on a desert island with one book, one song, one surf movie and one snack food. Which ones would you choose?
Carla: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Black by Pearl Jam. The Endless Summer. Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies from Trader Joe's.

JG: What is your best surf-related memory of 2009?
Carla: Many "pro" surfers spend endless hours doing what they can to maintain their own self-promotion. I decided years ago that, for me, happiness in surfing lies in sharing my expertise with others. Nothing compares to the ear-to-ear smile on the face of a student who just got their first ride! Or watching my self-proclaimed protegé, Taylor Nelson, follow all the advice I could never adhere to myself and make final after final in local longboard surf competitions.

The older I get, the more I realize - it's not about me and what I am doing for myself. It's about the future and what I am proactively doing to make it better.


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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...

Alexa Frantz Cindy Santini Jessica Grimwood Linda Benson Rochelle King
Amee Donohoe Claire Bevilacqua Jill Hansen Lindsay Steinriede Rosy Hodge
Amy Nicholl Cori Schumacher Jodie Barsby Liz Cockrum Sally Fitzgibbons
Anastasia Ashley Courtney Conlogue Jodie Nelson Liza Caban Sandra Olson
Andrea Holeman Crystal "CJ" Soto Kaley Swift Lulu Erkeneff Sara Taylor
Belinda Baggs Darlene Conolly Keenan Lineback Lynne Dickinson Sarah Baum
Betty Steele Devon Holloway Kelly Grant Malia Manuel Sayuri Hashimoto
Bilandra Chase Donna von Hoesslin Kelly Nicely Marissa Shaw Serena Brooke
Brittani Nicholl Elizabeth Pepin Silva Kelly Sloan Mary Osborne Shannon McIntyre
Bruna Schmitz Emilie Sanscartier Kenzie Kessler Maureen Drummy-Haggar Shannon Switzer
Candice O'donnell Grace Park Kim Mayer Meegan Feori Shawn Alladio
Carla Rowland Heather Hudson Crummer Krissy Mattison Megan Abubo Shea Hodges
Chandler Parr Heather Tiddens Kristy Murphy Nikita Robb Silvana Lima
Chanelle Sladics Holly Beck Kyla Langen Nikki Brooks Simone Reddingius
Cher Pendarvis Jai Greenlee Lakey Peterson Paige Hareb Sunshine Makarow
Chloe Buckley Jeannie Chesser Layne Beachley Prue Jeffries Tamar Ben-Moshe
Cindy Hayward Jenni Flanigan Leah Dawson Rebecca Woods Tammy Lee Smith

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