Bendall, Ma and Pa

High-profile husband and wife team from Caloundra, Queensland; the quirky, well-traveled, and beloved elders of Australian wave-riding during the 1960s and '70s, described by 1978 world champion Wayne Bartholomew as "Our closest thing to surfing royalty."

Charles "Ben" Bendall was born (1909) in Plymouth, England. At age five he and his family moved to Canada, and during World War II he was a Leading Aircraftman with the Royal Canadian Air Force. In 1949, after a failed marriage, Bendall mov...