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Holly Beck, 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?
Holly Beck: Half a million dollars doesn't go as far as it used to these days... The half million for me would sit in the bank and collect interest. The other half I would use to buy a whole lot of land. I'd buy a big chunk in Nicaragua and invite a handful of my eco-conscious friends to come down and live on it sustainably. I'd basically start a neo-hippy commune with organic garden and permaculture based housing that would be an example to the world around us on how it is possible to live in harmony with nature and each other. Sounds pretty utopian, doesn't it? Any money left over I'd donate to Wildcoast to buy and protect coastal land in Baja.

JG: Describe the best surfboard you've ever ridden and why it was special to you.
Holly: I love surfboards and quite a few boards in my collection are special to me. I'm working on fixing up my very first surfboard to be rideable again. It has broken fins and too many dings. Once I get that finished, riding it again will be pretty special. But for now, I'd say the best surfboard I've ever ridden is the one under my feet as I'm getting tubed, whichever board that happens to be.

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?
Holly: I'm not super into hero worship. I don't have any one person in mind, but it'd be pretty interesting to hang out with the Native Americans in coastal Southern California back before the white man showed up and took over, just to see how they lived off this land.

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?
Holly: Only 30 days? That's nothing! Thinking about being stuck for a year would be more challenging. I wouldn't be too picky about the book. I've already read it, but something like Shanteram would be good since it's so long it would last me a month. I guess a good long book that a friend had recommended. I don't have one in mind. For the song I'd pick Are You Free by The Mother Hips from their new album Pacific Dust. It's epic. I haven't been watching surf movies these days and even though most of my friends have said it doesn't live up to the hype, I'm going to choose The Drifter because I haven't seen it yet and I dig Rob's style. For snack food I'm going to assume that my island is already packed with fruit trees, so I'll take a month's worth of good coffee. It's not a snack food but it would be essential to living the good life! Or chips and salsa... shoot, that's a hard one!

JG: What is your best surf-related memory of 2009?
Holly: My favorite surf memory of 2009 was having Kim Mayer and friends come to my home in Nicaragua. We had really good waves and I was so stoked to share them with one of my favorite people on the planet that I really miss surfing with. I can't wait to relive that experience with Kim and other friends in 2010!


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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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