HISTORY: Phyllis Dameron
Back in the late 1970's, women's bodyboarding pioneer Phyllis Dameron was the first person, man or woman, to charge Waimea Bay on a bodyboard (North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii). There is not a lot of information about Phyllis Dameron readily available these days...a couple of sentences on Wikipedia, a short video clip in the 'Style Masters' surfing DVD, and this short clip from the Encyclopedia of Surfing Facebook page:
Hopefully, more information about the early history of bodyboarding including such pioneers as Phyllis will become more accessible in the near future. For now, this little piece of bodyboarding history can serve as a starting point. If this has stoked your curiosity, even just a little, by all means I encourage you to dig deeper and find out more! As much as I like to think I know a decent amount regarding the history of our sport, even I am still constantly learning more and finding little pieces of the puzzle that make up bodyboarding's storied past. Happy history hunting!