Benson, Becky

Pioneering Hawaiian pro surfer, state champion in 1973, and world-ranked #3 in 1977. Becky and her sister Blanche—daughters of Albert Benson, a cameraman whose work was featured in more than a dozen surf movies—were fixtures on Oahu's North Shore in the mid- and late '70s. "I never actually had the guts Blanche did," Becky later said. "My dad used to say she was all guts."

Becky Benson had a long if not entirely consistent run as a surfing competitor, winning the Makaha International in '71 ...