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La Jolla’s Debbie Beacham to be honored in Surfing Walk of Fame
By Patricia B. Dwyer
The Surfing Walk of Fame in Huntington Beach is awarding La Jolla legend Debbie Beacham its Woman of the Year award on Thursday for her work in building women’s professional surfing.
Being one of the first women to compete in the International Professional Surfing world tour in the 1970s, Beacham’s quest for progression didn’t stay in the water.
“It was mostly men thinking about their own path and where they were going to go,” Beacham said. “They weren’t thinking about the women, so I did my best to not let them forget.”
When the women’s tour first began, prize money was limited, their heats were held at times with unfavorable conditions during which bikini contests were often scheduled — keeping everyone’s attention, even the judges’.
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