Surfing is a sexy sport. We live in a fantasy world. You drop your clothes and you’re running out the door barefoot.
“The SURFER Interview with Rochelle Ballard,” by Ross Garrett, ran in the January 2002 issue of SURFER. Ballard, 30, a former liaison for the world tour, had become activist pushing to level the playing field for women’s professional surfing. Meanwhile, she was still competing fulltime.
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What was it like being an ambitious female surfer in the late 1980s before modern women’s surfing had come of age?
When I was growing up on Kauai, contests had just started at an amateur local level a...