Gail Couper

Lorne, Victoria, 1974

I think there are too many spectators in the world—with all sports, not just surfing.

“Gail Couper: Lady of Lorne Point,” by Ted Bainbridge, ran in the August 1974 issue of Breakaway magazine. Couper was 26.

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Did you start surfing with Wayne Lynch?

More or less. He was riding a coolite. I’m not sure if I got a board before or after him, but his mother used to drive us to the surf. If it wasn’t Wayne’s mum, it was my dad.

How long did you surf with Wayne?

About three years, until he sort of grew up a little bit and we went our separate ways.

Did he influence you in any w...