Mearig, Kim

Even-tempered regularfoot surfer from Santa Barbara, California; world champion in 1983, and described by surf journalist Bob Yehling as "Pretty, serene, stylish and athletic—the California beach girl about which dreams and movies are made."

Mearig was born (1963) in Apple Valley, California, moved with her family to Santa Barbara when she was six months old, and began surfing at age 12. She at first had no interest in competition, but was talked into it by her parents, and encouraged by loc...