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The Surfer's Journal - Biographies - Greats of Women's Surfing (2001)

NR 22 minutes Surfing
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Female surfers played a vital role in the sport's Polynesian pre-history. At times, women actually outnumbered their male counterparts at Hawaiian breaks. The movement is most palpable in the freesurfing realm.

Linda Benson, Debbie Beacham, Rochelle Ballard

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Synopsis Female surfers played a vital role in the sportis Polynesian pre-history. At times, women actually outnumbered their male counterparts at Hawaiian breaks. The situation changed in the 20th century, and female surfers found their influence reduced for the most part to decoration and novelty. Even though long-standing competitions like the Makaha International featured a women's division, participants were few and the intensity of the competition paled in comparison with the men. The first crack in this picture appeared in the 1967 when the Western Surfing Association's created a new 4A division for "professionally-oriented super stars." The movement is most palpable in the freesurfing realm, and one of the 21st centuryis most obvious surfing trends is the explosion of females at beaches everywhere.
Genres Surfing Documentaries, Biographical, Women's Surfing
Athletes Linda Benson, Debbie Beacham, Rochelle Ballard, Al Merrick, Kim Mearig, Freida Zamba, Wendy Botha, Lisa Andersen, Megan Abubo, Layne Beachley
Studio Opper Sports Productions
Rating not rated
Running Time 22 minutes
Audio Language English | Stereo
Streaming Resolution SD | 640x480
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