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

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


kaley swift surf photo by tim burgess photography,

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?
Kaley Swift: Oh my! One million dollars, I wouldn't know what to do with that kind of money! I would definitely get some property, a coastal ranch of sorts (if that still exists) a house, with a barn and a shaping bay/glass factory for my lovely boyfriend and a big art studio for us to share, plant a huge garden with many vegetables and fruit to live off of. Hmm, once I'm settled in there I'd definitely take the rest and put it towards some of the amazing non-profits I've had the pleasure of working with in the past years. San Diego Roots is a project working to empower sustainable food communities in SD; San Diego Coastkeeper is a leading force for protecting our watersheds and ocean to preserve coastal ecosystems. I would want to support established local grassroots organizations to make the money most effective. Oh yes, and I would love to support some sort of children's non-profit as well.

JG: Describe the best surfboard you've ever ridden and why it was special to you.
Kaley: Every time I get a new surfboard from my boyfriend Micah Wood (shameless plug!), I honestly think this is my favorite board EVER! I truly believe my boards get more and more fine tuned for my style of surfing each time we design a new one. Having Micah make my boards has been nothing short of amazing; I get spoiled with surfboards and have the opportunity to try out many different styles of boards, and it never gets old.

Each board is special to me because he does everything on it from start to finish. From sitting at home brainstorming the dimensions and rails to standing in front of paint color samples at Home Depot for hours picking out our next combo...the whole process is specialized and custom for me. It is so much fun to get a new board, take it out for the first time and know there was thought behind every detail. It is true craftsmanship.

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?
Kaley: I would love to meet and spend the day with both of my Great-Grandfathers, hear their stories about where they came from, what life was like for them as kids and how they ended up in California. It would give me so much perspective on my family, my grandparents and ultimately where I came from ...pretty interesting stuff we don't always take the time to think about or appreciate enough.

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?
Kaley: I would bring The Seedling; The Bible; trail mix with dark chocolate and be listening to Hold You In My Arms by Ray LaMontagne.

JG: What is your best surf-related memory of 2009?
Kaley: Oh goodness, these questions are tough! It's hard to look back on a whole year of fun adventure, both near and far, and single out one moment. However, I would have to choose between an epic surf trip to Fiji with some amazing women (the lovely ladies Jenni Flanigan, Holly Beck, Mary Osborne and Chandler Parr) and a simple session at my old stomping grounds back home, inside point at C-street with perfect, clean, long, uncrowded, slightly offshore, noseridey (yes, noseridey) waves with a stunning sunset to top it off. Gosh, thinking back to all those moments, I realize I have it pretty good.


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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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Additional Resources:

Wood Custom Surfboards - shaped by Micah Wood

Wood Custom Surfboards blog

Tim Burgess Photography

San Diego Roots Sustainable Food Project

San Diego Coastkeeper

Tui Tai Expeditions


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