Flaxman, Vicki

Malibu surfer from the 1950s; part of a small group of teenagers who rode "girl boards"—thinner, lighter, easier-turning balsa boards, forerunners to the Malibu chip, which led to the development of the high-performance climb-and-drop style of surfing.

The regularfooted Flaxman learned to ride at Malibu in the summer of 1950 on a custom-made Joe Quigg balsa. "Vicki was athletic and aggressive," Quigg later recalled. "In a couple of months, she learned to surf better than most men."