Boehne, Barrie

Agile and fearless tandem surfer from Orange County, California; world title winner in 1966 and 1972. Barrie Algaw was a Santa Monica High School sophomore in early 1966 when she and her father watched the Makaha International tandem event on ABC's Wide World of Sports. "Someday I'm going to do that," Algaw told her father—despite that fact that she not only couldn't surf, but couldn't swim.

That summer, while doing acrobatics with the local body-builders at Muscle Beach in Venice, Algaw met...