Benson, Linda

Flashy goofyfooter from Encinitas, California; the 15-year-old winner of the 1959 Makaha International Championships, and runner-up in the 1964 World Surfing Championships. "Linda was the hot-dogger of the women," California ironman surfer Mike Doyle once said. "She had incredible wave judgment and just ripped the waves apart." Corky Carroll called Benson the "Godmother of female surfing."

Benson was born (1944) and raised in Encinitas; her father had been a drummer in the Tommy Dorsey Orche...