“Keep paddling.”


Linda Benson (1944-)
At 10-years-old, California girl Linda Benson started surfing. By the time she was 15-years-old she became the youngest international women’s surfing champion. From 1959 to 1969, she dominated the woman’s surf scene winning twenty competitions. A fearless competitor at only 5’1” and just over 100 pounds, she was the first woman to ride the powerful and legendary Waimea Bay in Hawaii. Linda was inducted into the International Hall of Fame, the Huntington Beach Surfing Walk of Fame and the Surfer’s Walk of Fame in Hermosa Beach. She was the double in Gidget Goes Hawaii for Annette Funicello. Linda retired as an icon in the sport of surfing; she was a world champion and five time U.S. champion surfer. Her salutation, “Enjoy the ride…love the ocean.”