Gerhardt, Sarah

Big-wave rider from Santa Cruz, California; the first woman tow-in surfer, and the first female stand-up surfer to ride Maverick's. Born Sarah Livermore in 1974 in Port Townsend, Washington, she learned to surf in the late '80s at Pismo Beach, California, and started riding bigger waves during her freshman year at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

During her second visit to Oahu's North Shore, in the winter of 1995-96, Livermore dated big-wave veteran Ken Bradshaw, who also served as her boardmaker ...