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

Shannon Switzer, 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?
Shannon Switzer: With my half I would invest in some stocks, new photo equipment (an underwater housing in particular), a home for my mom and dad to retire in, oh yeah and get LASIK surgery so I could open my eyes under water when I duck dive ...I've always wanted to do that.

With the half for the world I would start a non-profit that helps develop and implement win-win situations for issues of human-wildlife conflict. For example, in rural parts of Africa where elephants are known to trample crops, my non-profit would develop a solution in which the elephants don't get killed and the locals don't lose their livelihoods. Even better, they actually earn income from the elephants presence. This way I can combat poverty AND conserve the natural world.

JG: Describe the best surfboard you've ever ridden and why it was special to you.
Shannon: My first proper 5'10" fish shaped by Sean Reilly has been pretty special to me. I take that thing everywhere, it's like a third arm. I ride it in wind chop and big swells. Just love it.

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?
Shannon: Jesus hands down. I mean that would be pretty incredible, I could watch the whole story unfold before my very eyes.

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?
Shannon: Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. When the Night Feels My Song by Bedouin Soundclash. Riding Giants. Brownies with chocolate and peanut butter chunks ...mmmm.

JG: What is your best surf-related memory of 2009?
Shannon: A shoulder high sunset session at Rincon with only 5 people out. Previous times I'd been there I was lucky to catch three good waves ...this was a short session, but the whole time I was beside myself with glee catching wave after wave.


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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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