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

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


leah dawson photo by cindy santini,

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?
Leah Dawson: The first half would go to an education fund in Hawaii. I believe education is the most important element to a flourishing society, and the public school system in Hawaii has fallen victim to the economy, and is in dire need.

The second half would consist of a number of things, first of which would be an open-ended surf trip to travel to the surf breaks of my dreams. Second would be to invest in my business with my friends to help us all achieve our dreams and make our passions of making the world a better place come alive. I would also love to buy some property in Hawaii :)

JG: Describe the best surfboard you've ever ridden and why it was special to you.
Leah: Longboard wise: Donald Takayama gave me his personal DT2 noserider that he shaped for himself. It was a magic carpet, it truly made surfing feel like dancing. Donald never puts leash plugs on his boards, and unfortunately, the fate of the board came to end at a fun day at Haleiwa, where I lost my board into the only rock, to see it get totally demolished. It's the only time I've ever cried about a board!

Shortboard wise: I started riding my friend Rochelle's Al Merrick 5'2" Biscuit. The thing is a skateboard that allows me to turn in ways I've only dreamed of.

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?
Leah: Rell Sunn is a hero of mine, not only for her surfing, but for her perseverance through her sickness to continue touching the lives of so many people all across the world. I would love to surf Makaha with her, and talk to her about her philosophies on life.

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?
Leah: The book would be the one I am writing right now, the song would be the song I wrote with my friend Cindy Santini called It's Always the Best Day of my Life, the surf movie would be the one I would be filming on the desert island, and the snack food would be my mom's left over spaghetti, nothing better!

JG: What is your best surf-related memory of 2009?
Leah: I had the amazing opportunity to film the Eddie Aikau Big Wave contest for the live webcast. As much as I love being in the water, seeing those incredible guys charge Waimea with such courage, took my breath away. Not to mention, Tom Carroll sat next to me for half the day and gave me the play by play of his accident the day before when he broke his leg. It was an experience of a lifetime, that I hope happens again and again!


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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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