Linda Benson

Southern California, 1963

People think that if you surf, as a girl, you can’t be popular. My senior year in high school I was homecoming queen.

“Linda Benson, World’s Greatest!”, by Bill Cleary, was the cover story for the November 1963 issue of Surf Guide. This version has been slightly shortened and edited. 

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Linda, you’ve been surfing for a number of years now, but there were very few other girls when you began. You’ve proven that girls can become good surfers and still retain their femininity. And probably more than anyone else you have provided inspiration for other girls to take up the surfing pastime. But how did you ...