The Divine Miss M

In March 1981, a sun-weathered 28-year-old haole-Hawaiian named Margo Oberg made the cover of Surfer. Two months later she became the first woman to get a full-length Surfer profile. The magazine’s editorial staff likely felt the need to start redressing the sport’s history of sexism, which had only intensified over the past decade or so—Surfer, in fact, hadn’t put a woman on the cover since 1964. Oberg was the right person to shine a spotlight on. Apart from being the reigning world champ, s...

Twenty-five women’s world tour events were held between 1977 and 1981. Margo Oberg and Lynn Boyer won 20 of them. For five years, no other female pro surfer was even in the game.