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JettyGirl.com editor's issue, jettygirl for january 2007 jettygirl surf photo gallery JettyGirl.com editor's issue, surf video clips

Where to Now? The Editor's Issue: a few notes, a bunch of photos...

marii sugiura surf video clipMarii Sugiura is one of Japan's top female surfers. We always seem to hear about the top US surfers or the top Hawaiians or even the top Aussies and lately even the top Europeans. Somehow the Japanese get left out of the picture. Getting to sit down and chat with Marii made me realize what a colorful contribution Japanese surfers make to the surfing scene. I would have to say surf-stoked is an understatement!!! Marii comes from surf-stoked lineage, her father owning a surf shop named after THE DOORS!

With the support of her father and the spirit of Jim Morrison running in her veins, Marii lives for the traveling experience and the hunt for surf perfection. With her fiancé who is a pretty hot surfer himself, she lives a fantastical dream. Soon she will be dividing her time between a well-paid career on the Japan Professional Surfing Association tour, world qualifying tour events in the USA and multiple trips to Indonesia whenever she can.

Marii is following her heart and her ability will surely support her on the performance side of surfing. We caught up with Marii right before she was due to head back east for her first trip to Florida.

Kassia Meador
With so many choices to lead into this issue of JettyGirl, how can one decide on who to start with? For me, it's an easy call. Kassia has been a longtime supporter of both Boardfolio.com and JettyGirl.com. In fact, the only way we were able to pull off our first year of publication

Prue Jeffries
I first met Prue through her friend Kassia. It's interesting to me how it's so easy to connect with certain people whose path you cross in life. Prue is one of those people to me. She is such an interesting person, a deep thinker and a true believer in making this world a better place to live. While Prue has been off the tour for a while now, make no mistake, she still surfs at a world class level and could easily make it on the world stage if she chose to. Her speed and flow on a wave are amazing. In my opinion her stylish frontside cutback is one of the prettiest moves in surfing today. Now if I could only get her to clean her wax before photo shoots :)

Julie Cox
Before I met Julie, the only thing I knew about her is that she had a "rad style." After shooting with Julie quite a bit, I still can't pinpoint what it is that makes her surfing so stylish but she is most definitely dripping with style. During a JettyGirl shoot at her home break of Leo Carrillo Julie took off on about a knee high wave, glid past me at the top of the point and as she cross-stepped through the inside paused midstep and held it....right foot planted firmly on the board while pointing the toes of her left foot in a type of ballet-like pose. Standing tall in a dancer's pose, riding against the backdrop of mustard-filled hillsides...it was just about the most elegant move I've ever seen.

Kelly Nicely
All sorts of strange things happened during the past year of putting JettyGirl together. Prayers were answered, doors flew open in the oddest of places and contacts were made in the unlikliest of circumstances...all confirming to me that I was doing the right thing launching this project. Meeting Kelly was a perfect example of all this. Inquiring about potential JettyGirl subjects on the wonderful website, East Coast Wahines, the name Kelly Nicely came up more than any other name. With our meager budget I remember wondering how I'd ever even be able to get to the East Coast to do a feature on anyone. Anyway, while shooting with Summer Romero one day in Cardiff, a girl walked up to me and introduced herself as Kelly. Of all the surfers that I could possibly meet, what are the odds that I'd meet up with

PJ: I know, I have never seen anything like it.
MS: That's why I like surfing here better.

PJ: Where you live does the water get cold in wintertime and warm in summer?
MS: Yeah, at my place we need booties and gloves and sometimes a head cap (wetsuit hood) from February to March.

PJ: And still, that many people surf?
MS: Yeah. The summer time is very hot, more so than here. We have very clearly four seasons which change fast.

PJ: In the summer the sun comes up at 4 am?
MS: Yeah. (smiles)


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