Debbie Beacham

As the 1982 World Champion and Surfer Poll Winner, Debbie Beacham has made a staple in the surfing industry. By the time she was 18, Beacham was one of the state’s hottest surfers, taking top honors in two of the Western Surfing Association’s AAAA events. In 1971, she placed 3rd in the US Championships, 2nd in the same event the following year, and also 5th in the 1972 San Diego World Contest. She resurrected the Women’s Professional Surfing (WPS) association in an effort to improve the state of women’s surfing before joining with the ASP in 1982. Beacham won the 1982 world title and the 1983 Surfer Magazine Readers Poll during an era riddled with historic talent. She also worked for Surfer Magazine’s advertising department while promoting and organizing contests in her sparetime. She served on the board for ASP as the women’s representative from 1982-1991, and co-produced Surfer Girl, a surfing documentary starring Beacham, Frieda Zamba, Pam Burridge, Wendy Botha, and Jodie Cooper.