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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A woman named Marijuana plays it straight - and wins

From: http://www.jsonline.com/

Police years ago pulled over a young woman who rushed through an amber traffic light. "I'm about to arrest this person right now," the irritated officer radioed to a dispatcher. "She's telling me her name is Marijuana Pepsi Jackson."

It's the truth. Marijuana and Pepsi are her legal first and middle names, and the Beloit woman embraces them as a symbol of her struggle to succeed and to help other children overcome obstacles.

No Mary or Mary Jane or Mary Wanda for her. It's Marijuana, thank you, she's told bosses, co-workers and friends over the years, and even wore it on nametags at work.

This tall, striking, self-assured, motorcycle-riding woman is a schoolteacher with a master's degree in higher education administration. Soon, she'll start work on her doctorate.

All of her achievement came despite that smoky, carbonated name. And partly because of it. No one named Marijuana Pepsi gets lost in the crowd.

"Everybody I meet says this: You're nothing like I thought you'd be," she told me when we sat down for an interview in Beloit last week.

These days she goes by Marijuana Sawyer, the surname of her ex-husband from Georgia, where she spent 10 years before returning to Beloit in 2008 to fulfill a promise to make a difference in her hometown. She has a 6-year-old son named, mercifully, Isaac.

Sawyer's mother, Maggie Johnson, picked her name. Her father objected but lost the argument. To this day, a lot of family members and best buds call her Pepsi.

"She said that she knew when I was born that you could take this name and go around the world with it. At the time as a child, I'm thinking yeah, right. You named my older sister Kimberly. You named my younger sister Robin," Sawyer said.

I've tried several times over the years to find Marijuana - the person, that is. When I was a cub reporter at the Beloit Daily News in the early 1980s, there was a rumor around town about an elementary school girl named Marijuana Pepsi Jackson or maybe Jones.

Some people swore that pot and Pepsi were her mother's two favorite things. Others claimed a mix of both coursed through her bloodstream when the child was conceived or born or both. You'll find chatter about this on the Internet.

Sawyer's aunt, Mayetta Jackson of Chicago, clearly remembers when the name was picked in 1972. The newborn's mother and father were products of the post-Woodstock era when reefer was rampant.

"And they would cool off with a Pepsi," she said, which makes you think it's lucky for Sawyer that it wasn't Coke instead. "I thought it was crazy," her aunt said about the name, "but they were such fun-loving people that it suited them."

A couple years later, Sawyer's father, Aaron Jackson, put all that aside and became a Jehovah's Witness. The marriage ended. Young Marijuana lived with her father in Chicago until she was 9 and then moved to Beloit to a much less stable home situation with her mother.

The girl in her torn clothes and wild hair failed in school and was teased about her name, especially in junior high.

"Every single class, the teacher is taking attendance out loud, and as they slowly get down through the J's, I'm just like here it comes. 'Marianna? Marijuana?' And all the students turn to see who it is," she said.

Later in life, it wouldn't get any easier when she tried to order tickets over the telephone or fill out paperwork. People thought she was joking, or they wanted to hit her with 20 questions about why she was called that.

Turning life around

Sawyer left home at 15 with a few belongings in a pillowcase and began staying with relatives and friends. She cut out the truancy and started working on her subjects, and her grades shot up.

She gives a surprising amount of credit to her mother for making her resilient and resourceful. "She instilled in me that fighting attitude - never take no, you can do anything," Sawyer said.

By high school, her name was cool to many. "They were like, 'Oh yeah. Man, I wish I had your name. I love that. I'm going to name my kid after you.' I hear that so much and I go, Lord, please don't do that to that child."

Sawyer was the most improved student at graduation in 1990, and she received a $12,000 scholarship to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she studied to be a teacher. She was invited to a White House conference in 1995 and met President Bill Clinton, who swears he never inhaled.

In 1998, she got a job teaching elementary school children in Atlanta. She also sold real estate there. It was the one time in her life that she went by MP Sawyer professionally because the name Marijuana was freaking out the customers and causing her for-sale signs to be stolen as souvenirs.

Over two semesters and a summer, she earned her master's degree from Georgia Southern University and moved back to Beloit with her son in May. She plans to fund a scholarship bearing her unique name.

At the moment she is a substitute teacher at a variety of city schools ("I heard of you!" the students will say), but she's looking for a job in academic advising and admissions at a college or university, preferably near Beloit. She has no doubt that her difficult childhood and the way she tenaciously rose above her name have helped her to reach kids with problems.

Carlton Jenkins was a teacher at Beloit Memorial High School when Sawyer attended there, and he's the principal now.

"They could make a movie about her," he said. "I could almost write a book on Marijuana myself in terms of a young student who's been so resilient and taken even her name and made it into a positive. We're so very proud of her. She's exactly what any kid in America needs to know about someone who can truly make it if they put their mind to it."

Sad to say, Sawyer is not close with her mom these days, but she's thankful for the many teachers and role models who helped her blossom, even with a name like Marijuana Pepsi.

In case you're wondering, she said she never once smoked the stuff and prefers orange soda.

Call Jim Stingl at (414) 224-2017 or e-mail at jstingl@journalsentinel.com


Proof here: http://www.uww.edu/advising/aaec/welcome/staff/sawyer.html


Glee receives 8-bit YouTube 'game' treatment

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Some of the fine folks who brought you 8-bit versions of Twilight and Dr. Horrible now deliver their most terrifying concept yet: 8-bit Glee. Just in time for tonight's second season premiere, the 8-bit "choose your own adventure" (utilizing the power of YouTube annotations) covers events of the musical (karaoke?) television series' first season.

Although losing before the finale may not be canon to the series, the "game" features Sue and Schuester's verbal sparring, (non-participatory) rhythm game cliches and all that sugary, inspirational stuff that got the show picked up for two more seasons.


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Marijuana ice cream has finally hit the shelves

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Like ice cream? Ever wanted to try ice cream flavors like Banannabis Foster, Straw-Mari Cheesecake and TRIPle Chocolate Brownie? Are you a stoner that always dreamed that one day eating ice cream would get you high? Today is your lucky day…

Pot ice cream has finally made it to shelves in Santa Cruz, California. That’s right, a marijuana dispensary there has developed half-pints of weed infused ice cream that will get you baked without all the bongs and whistles. Take that Ben and Jerry!

The current flavors owner Jonathan Kolodinski offers at Creme De Canna, which opened last week, are Banannabis Foster, Straw-Mari Cheesecake and TRIPle Chocolate Brownie. Kolodinski said more flavors are in the works.

OK, those flavors sound pretty good, but honestly, will people really want pot in their ice cream?


“Everybody who’s tried it has said they absolutely love it. A lot of people come back for seconds, thirds and fourths,” Kolodinksi said.

That’s a dangerous precedent you’re setting for people. It’s like the best of both worlds for hungry stoners. They’ve been trying hard for years to come up with adequate sustenance that would let them get rid of the munchies while also getting them even more high. Could this be the start of a vicious cycle? Weed smokers that eat ice cream, then when they are hungry they eat ice cream and then they get even higher, meaning that they’ll need to eat even more ice cream when those munchies kick in, until… well, until they come back for thirds and fourths.

Klodinski said there are about two to four doses of cannabis for each half-pint, which means finishing one would be similar to smoking an eighth of high-grade marijuana, the equivalent of eight joints.

Yikes. So gaining a few while eating a half a pint now isn’t your biggest concern when eating ice cream. Now you have to worry that you’ll be higher than you ever have been in your life. Things like taking your pants off and going for a walk or watching a marathon of Designing Women at 5am seem like moderately good ideas after downing a pint.

At $15 a piece, the half-pints of ice cream are potent.

half baked Marijuana ice cream has finally hit the shelves

And it’s actually quite affordable. Well, all I can say is look out Baskin Robbins, if they legalize pot in California in November you may be getting a 32nd flavor.

New Dispensary Offers Patients Pot-Laced Ice Cream [NBC 8]

Paralyzed Dog Scales Mount Washington in Wheelchair

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Paralyzed Dog Scales Mount Washington in Wheelchair (VIDEO)

Lucy is a dog who was rescued from the streets of Puerto Rico after being paralyzed in a car accident. She received a Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchair and has learned to get around very well.

Her new owners decided to test out her determination and endurance by attempting a walk up New Hampshire's Mount Washington -- the tallest peak in the northeastern United States.

In the video, you'll see scenes from the walk made by Lucy and her canine and human friends.

25 Examples of Breathtaking Nature Photography



smashinghub.com — This collection included the scenes on this earth, sunset, places etc. Photographer has given the examples of beauty of this earth and they purely focus on the nature beauty.

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5 Tablet Offerings Explored, An Infographic

Ever since the iPad’s release, various manufacturers have been in a race to develop something as good as, or better than Apple’s current industry leading tablet. Frankly at the time of its launch, the iPad simply didn't have any real competitors with the same design elegance, polish and the total solution that Apple' s App Store brings to the table. That said, a mere six months later and manufacturers are starting to line up to give the iPad a run for its money. Here's a look at a few of the major tablet offerings we know of thus far, courtesy of our friends at Managed VPS. You can compare and contrast high-level features and functionality for yourself here. Do devices from Samsung and ViewSonic have what it takes to compete? Word is Dell has something larger on the horizon too. So many tablets, so little time. It's a good problem to have.


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Motive Industries Reveals Design For Hemp-Bodied Kestrel


September 16th, 2010 Sit back, relax, and take in the official design and specifications for the Kestrel, the hemp-bodied EV engineered by Canadian firm Motive Industries. We looked at the benefits of the environmentally friendly hemp construction last month, an avenue Lotus have also explored with their 2008 Eco Elise concept. Now we can see what the lightweight EV will look like. The swooping arches and modern features hide a 16 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack offering a range of 100 miles and a top speed around 84 miles per hour. Both these figures better the 2011 Smart Electric Drive we tested a few weeks back (on paper, at least) though Motive will only have running production prototypes in 2011. The light weight of 850 kilograms (1874 lb) no doubt helps the range and performance though, one of the benefits of the lightweight hemp bio-fiber body panels. The car should seat four passengers, though the interior design is yet to be revealed. Also yet to be revealed are Motive Industries' technology and manufacturing partners, though the consortium of 11 companies, coming under the banner of 'Project Eve', aims to 'bring together Canadian skills for the purpose of producing and supporting Canadian electric vehicles and components'. The project aims to take a holistic approach, designing technology that gives information back to the grid when the cars are recharged. As well as the Kestrel, the consortium is already testing a two-passenger EV, and intend to release a one-passenger three wheel vehicle, a small SUV and a delivery van. There's no word on whether the Kestrel has a future in the United States as of yet - the first sales will be to corporate or government fleets in Canada for beta testing, and public sales will depend on the success of these tests. If all goes to plan, production should begin in 2012. The company plans to seek foreign partners with whom they can licence the technology, so the Kestrel could become an international EV. [Motive Industries via Green Car Reports]

Sit back, relax, and take in the official design and specifications for the Kestrel, the hemp-bodied EV engineered by Canadian firm Motive Industries.

We looked at the benefits of the environmentally friendly hemp construction last month, an avenue Lotus have also explored with their 2008 Eco Elise concept. Now we can see what the lightweight EV will look like.

The swooping arches and modern features hide a 16 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack offering a range of 100 miles and a top speed around 84 miles per hour. Both these figures better the 2011 Smart Electric Drive we tested a few weeks back (on paper, at least) though Motive will only have running production prototypes in 2011.

The light weight of 850 kilograms (1874 lb) no doubt helps the range and performance though, one of the benefits of the lightweight hemp bio-fiber body panels. The car should seat four passengers, though the interior design is yet to be revealed.

Also yet to be revealed are Motive Industries' technology and manufacturing partners, though the consortium of 11 companies, coming under the banner of 'Project Eve', aims to 'bring together Canadian skills for the purpose of producing and supporting Canadian electric vehicles and components'.

The project aims to take a holistic approach, designing technology that gives information back to the grid when the cars

are recharged. As well as the Kestrel, the consortium is already testing a two-passenger EV, and intend to release a one-passenger three wheel vehicle, a small SUV and a delivery van.

There's no word on whether the Kestrel has a future in the United States as of yet - the first sales will be to corporate or government fleets in Canada for beta testing, and public sales will depend on the success of these tests.

If all goes to plan, production should begin in 2012. The company plans to seek foreign partners with whom they can licence the technology, so the Kestrel could become an international EV.

[Motive Industries via Green Car Reports]

Shaun White Wins Dew Tour In Salt Lake City

Is there anything this guy can't WIN?

This post was written by: doglife - on Skateboarding Magazine.


Shaun White claimed his second Dew Tour victor on Sunday. White out scored X Games 16 vert gold medalist Pierre-Luc Gagnon during the final jam with runs that had all sorts of hard tricks in them. White earned a total score of 94.75, a full 4.25 points higher than second place finisher Gagnon. “To be honest, I put the same amount of pressure on myself no matter what,” said White after claiming his second-consecutive win on the Dew Tour in Sunday’s skate vert competition at Energy Solutions Arena. “I always want to win.”
And even though he’d already laid down the toughest tricks, including back-to-back fakie fives, a heelflip 720 and his own creation, the Armadillo, he attempted a backside 900 on his final run. “Just narrowly missed it,” he said grinning. “I didn’t plan to do that until Vegas, but I got all excited.” Despite two consecutive wins, White is fifth in the Dew Tour standings, which means he has a lot of ground to make up if he wants to earn the overall prize of the Dew Cup.

Best 'Glee' Songs



The songs in the hit TV show 'Glee' mirror the lives of the students and teachers at McKinley High. Focused on the school's glee club, New Directions, the Golden Globe Award-winning series features show-stopping renditions of chart-topping hits as well as classic show tunes. Below, we count down the 15 Best 'Glee' Songs from Season One. To hear even more music from 'Glee,' tune in to 'Glee' Radio!

15
'Smile'
Charlie Chaplin
McKinley High's musically-talented social outcasts all seem to find themselves drawn to New Directions. Chaplin's classic tune -- originally sung by Nat King Cole in 1954 but performed as a lovely, harmonic cast number in the episode 'Mattress' -- can even cheer up the unpopular folks whose photos are bound to be doodled in the high school yearbook.
iTunes | Lyrics




14
'Papa Don't Preach'
Before 'Glee' tackled an all-Madonna episode, Quinn Fabray (Dianna Agron) and Noah "Puck" Puckerman (Mark Salling) perform an acoustic 'Papa Don't Preach' in the episode 'Hairography.' The energy of the 1986 dance-pop track is replaced by a low-key sincerity that follows the pregnant cheerleader-turned-glee club member's storyline.
iTunes | Lyrics




13
'Gives You Hell'
Winning show choir competitions may be the primary focus for the kids of 'Glee,' but that doesn't mean they can't work some teen angst into their routines. In the episode 'Hell-O,' Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) delivers a bitter, emotionally-charged farewell to longtime crush Finn Hudson (Cory Monteith) singing AAR's punchy 2008 kiss-off hit.
iTunes | Lyrics




12
'Like a Prayer'
The group's interpretation of Madge's 1989 hit may not have the scandal of the original (no burning crosses here), but it does have the pizzazz. Backed by a gospel choir, the finale of the episode 'The Power of Madonna' features multi-cast solos, including contributions from new member Jesse St. James (Jonathan Groff), formerly the male lead from competing team Vocal Adrenaline.
iTunes | Lyrics




11
'A House Is Not a Home'
Growing up is tough, especially when only one parent is around. When cast member Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer)'s dad hits it off with Finn's mom, a new idea of family arises. In the episode 'Home,' Kurt performs a sweet solo of the 1964 Warwick ballad to represent love and loss, while trying to convince Finn to accept their parents' relationship.
iTunes | Lyrics







10
'Any Way You Want It / Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin''
During a seamless mash-up of Journey hits, New Directions bring Season One to a close with sparkle and spunk. The songs, released in 1980 ('Any Way You Want It') and 1979 ('Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin'), celebrate the group's commitment to competing at Regionals, even though the odds are stacked against them -- Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) is judging, the then-pregnant Quinn's water breaks and celebrity judges Josh Groban and Olivia Newton-John are swayed by Aural Intensity conveniently performing Groban and Newton-John tunes.
iTunes | Lyrics




09
'Bad Romance'
When Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) has a bit of an identity crisis in the episode 'Theatricality,' she -- along with the glee club's other female members and Kurt (Chris Colfer) -- naturally turn to the genius of Lady Gaga. While the performance of the 2009 hit is certainly memorable, the cast's costumes are also noteworthy, particularly Tina's bubble-adorned outfit and Rachel's Kermit the Frog-inspired dress.
iTunes | Lyrics








08
'Don't Stop Believin''
As part of the previously mentioned Journey mash-up at Regionals, the 1982 classic is considered both Journey's signature song and the heart of the glee club, who first tackled it on the show's pilot. In fact, the 'Glee' take on the tune was released as a single and certified gold, achieving over 500,000 digital sales. Although they don't take the prize during the season finale, the group is rightfully euphoric after their performance.
iTunes | Lyrics





07
'Dream On'
While plenty is going on with the New Directions in the episode 'Dream On,' the stand-out performance of the same name focuses entirely on Coach Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) and Bryan Ryan (Neil Patrick Harris), a former McKinley High glee club member. The pair sing a powerful duet of the Aerosmith rock ballad when they decide to pursue their dreams of auditioning for a local theatrical production.

06
'Over the Rainbow'
Will and Puck put an acoustic, Jason Mraz-like spin on the feel-good song in 'Journey,' the season finale. The rest of the glee club members are very touched by the duo's performance, as the 1939 Judy Garland/'Wizard of Oz' classic sets a sense of optimism around the rehearsal room. Fittingly, it's at this time that the group finds out that their club will live on during the following school year.
05
'Total Eclipse of the Heart'
After putting herself into an unlikely love triangle, Rachel finds herself leading an emotionally-charged rendition of the 1982 Bonnie Tyler song. The scene, which takes place during the episode 'Bad Reputation,' features the worthy vocal performance, lots of feeling and an angry -- if a bit awkward -- ballet number.
iTunes | Lyrics





04
'Defying Gravity'
'Wicked' Cast
Both Rachel and Kurt wow their fellow glee club friends in a diva-off on the episode 'Wheels,' while auditioning to sing this song -- which initially gained popularity in 2003 as the main number from the musical 'Wicked.' Interestingly, Broadway's version of the track was recorded by Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth, both recurring characters on 'Glee.'

03
'Sweet Caroline'
Much of the 'Glee' spotlight often centers on Rachel, Finn and Mr. Schuester (Matthew Morrison), but in the episode 'Mash-Up,' Puck -- fleetingly trying to impress Rachel -- gets a shot at his first solo with the 1969 pop hit. Story has it that Diamond was hesitant to license the song to the TV show, but loved the end result.
iTunes | Lyrics







02
'Somebody to Love'
The complex 1976 Freddie Mercury-penned tune gets the choral treatment in the episode 'The Rhodes Not Taken' -- and the 'Glee' kids nail it. The ensemble performance, which brings Rachel back into the club to share lead vocals with Finn after a hiatus, proves that the show must always go on -- and that the group really knows how to rock.

01
'Faithfully'
While three Journey tracks have already made the countdown, the glee club seals its tribute to the band most successfully with the 1983 song. The tune opens their Regionals selection, which goes on to include 'Any Way You Want It,' 'Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin'' and 'Don't Stop Believing.' Before Cory begins to sing, he and Rachel share a look in a private backstage moment that assures that everything will be all right for them and the club.

Unbelievable Sunlight Nature Photos that Make you Say WOW

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Everyone loves stunning nature effects. Especially Yellow Natural Sun Light Effects. You have seen amazing photography of sun light. Here is something different showcase of Sunlight Photos

Hanging

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Sailing

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Tyndall Beam

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Fire in the Hole

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The Subway

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Sandfall

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House On Fire

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Spot(F)light

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Light In A Curve

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Everybody needs a little sunshine to brighten up the day

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winding up

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Sunset Wine3 ice cream float:

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Golden days!!!

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Surfing: Not just a man's sport anymore

Belmar Pro surfing contest draws top women's competitors to N.J.
Bob Considine/The Star-Ledger



Enlarge Twins Alexis and Ariel Engstrom of Montauk paddle out into the lineup during a early-morning session with some of the top professional female surfers and New Jersey locals who will be competing in the women's division at the Belmar Pro this weekend. Big waves are expected this weekend from Hurricane Igor, far offshore.

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LONG BRANCH — Last summer, Maya Gabeira was photographed riding a 45-foot wave in South Africa — the largest ever ridden by a female surfer.

So the Brazilian was the perfect choice Friday to speak about overcoming intimidation in uncharted waters to a some top women surfers from New Jersey and New York who joined her in Long Branch.

"Her best advice was to just get out and go," said one of them, Ryan McGrath, 21, of Manasquan.

Friday’s event, the first Carissa and Maya Project — featuring Gabeira, a big-wave specialist, and Carissa Moore, the No. 8 woman surfer in the world — was part of a week-long mentoring program intended to get the local women to excel in a male-dominated sport, while also pushing the participants to become the first from the metropolitan area to gain national recognition.

"You have to remember you’re there for yourself," said Gabeira, 23, who received an ESPY Award last year for Action Sports Female of the Year. "And you have to battle with so many guys just to get the same kind of waves and the same quality of waves to actually perform and improve. That can be intimidating."

The popularity of women’s surfing has maintained a steady growth after a big boom in 2002 — attributed by some to the popularity of the movie "Blue Crush." That year, women made up 25 percent of the 1.6 million surfers in the United States, according to Board-Trac, a market research firm that follows action sports. Today, 30 percent of 2.9 million surfers in the U.S. are women, according to Board-Trac.

The national trend seems to have followed suit at the Jersey Shore, where women surfers have become commonplace.

"When I first started about 10 years ago, I only saw a couple of girls when I went out," McGrath said. "Now they’re all over the water, which is really cool."

But some of the women participating in the Carissa and Maya Project, which began Monday in Montauk, N.Y., and culminates this weekend at the annual Belmar Pro surf contest, say it’s still a struggle for them to feel at ease in a male-dominated sport.

"A lot of the guys are nice, but sometimes they paddle around you or look at you (because they don’t know you) and it can be really annoying," said Ariel Engstrom, a surfer from Long Island. "Sometimes it depends on whether they’re a local or not."

"I still feel that intimidation today," Gabeira said. "Not because anyone is being rude. But it’s just super hard to paddle out at Pipeline (in Hawaii) and be surrounded by all of these guys in such a small space. You’re surfing with guys who are out there searching for the wave of their life."

The conditions were perfect for the half-dozen women who participated in Friday’s event. A storm swell brought clean and consistent, four- to five-foot waves at a spot in Long Branch renowned for its territorial, "locals-only" vibe.

In fact, one local male surfer groaned at the site of so many female surfers.

Sara Beveridge, of Long Branch, who regularly surfs the spot, said these waters are a proving ground.

"I’m not sure if it was because I’m a girl and they are guys as much as they had been here longer than me," said Beveridge, 20. "I think the more I started paddling out and catching some waves, the more I was respected. It’s all about earning your respect."

Belmar Pro surfing competition photosMontauk, N.Y. native Quincy Davis wins her semifinal heat at the Belmar Pro professional surfing contest Friday. Andrew Mills/The Star-Ledger

The project started with Moore hooking up with McGrath, Beveridge, Cassidy McClain of Ventnor and three of Long Island’s finest — Quincy Davis and twins Ariel and Alexis Engstrom — in Montauk before Gabeira met with the surfers in Belmar.

Moore and Gabeira said they were looking to see if a New Jersey or New York surfer can make a name for herself nationally, the way Somers Point’s Dean Randazzo and Lavallette’s Sam Hammer have for the men.

Davis, a 15-year-old from Montauk who qualified for the U.S. women’s junior surfing team last year, is an odds-on favorite to become the first.

McClain, 15, said she would enjoy the recognition somewhere down the line. But for now, she’s content to have spent a week with the best of the area and two surfing heroes — which she equated to having a local All-Star team shagging flies with Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez.

"I’ll always remember hanging out with a bunch of cool girls and surfing good waves," McClain said.

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