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

Kelly Grant, 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?
Kelly Grant: I would use half of the "benefit the world" money on a micro level. I would split it three ways, and give it anonymously to three exceptional human beings (smart, humble, resourceful, compassionate, creative- thinking) capable of extraordinary things, who just need the extra breathing room necessary to invest in themselves and in return, develop their craft and make an enormous contribution to the world. Kind of a "pay it forward" mentality. The other half I would donate (after doing the appropriate research) to the most effective organization dedicated to the abolishment of human trafficking. This issue haunts me and I look forward to the day when I have the knowledge/resources to do something about it.

With my half of the money I would buy the perfect Kelly-Style boat, summon the man that was made and put on this earth specifically for me, and then sail around the world ...stopping at the different harbors, seeing friends and family, bringing them aboard for a sail, reading, eating healthy food, loving, and living a great adventure. Maybe we would get married wherever we ran out of money ...or not, nothing would be too planned.

JG: Describe the best surfboard you've ever ridden and why it was special to you.
Kelly: I would have to say it is the funboard (I have no idea what brand), with neon stripes and all, that I first started surfing on. It was purchased by my dad to help me get started. We would go down to Carlsbad to see and surf with my older, "cool surfer" brother Chris. It was always so fun and I always felt really cool even though I didn't really know what I was doing. They, Chris and my Dad, would go farther out while I would just go into Kelly-World and drowning, falling, singing to myself and learning to surf. It was great.

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?
Kelly: Probably Leonardo da Vinci. He knew so much more than he could ever share or express in such a controlled, suffocating time period. I love how he found creative, clever ways to inspire beauty and display truth. It would be an enlightening experience to cruise around with that wise, ingenious soul. I would pick his brain and welcome any insights or advice he had to offer. He was/is a timeless mystery!

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?
Kelly: I'm kind of a book nerd and have lots of favorites ...ummmm, I don't think I could pick one. So, I guess, since I have yet to educate myself on the ways of the wilderness, I would have to go with the most extensive piece of literature on the tropical lifestyle; building, eating, staying healthy and how to basically survive and thrive on a deserted island. The song I would pick would be Glosoli by Sigur Ros, a band from Iceland. For some reason every time I play it, my mind/spirit goes to amazing places. I wouldn't be surprised if that song eventually teleported me back home :)! As for the food, (assuming the island has all kinds of amazing tropical fruits) I would go with the avocado; can't live without the avocado, there's just too many possibilities with that one.

JG: What is your best surf-related memory of 2009?
Kelly: I was on the North Shore of Oahu, staying in an incredible house right on the sand of V-Land. I got a week's stay in exchange for a painting. My best surf-related memory was, after a long-time surfing hiatus, going tandem surfing with a friend of a friend ...right in front of the house. It reminded me of the beauty, simplicity and fun of not taking things too seriously and just having fun out in the water. I seriously need to live out there at some point in this lifetime!


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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...

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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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