Gwyn Haslock: Europe’s first competitive female surfing champion (1969)

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Gwyn Haslock started surfing as a child and went on to become the UK’s first female surf champion. 60 years later she’s no intention of giving up her passion and is still surfing the beaches of her native Cornwall.

There are too many missing links in the herstory of surfing, so I’m always grateful to encounter the stories of our surfing foremothers — and to share them before they disappear.

In the words of Sally Parkin, creator of The Original Surfboard Company in the UK:

I am not sure who you would say started Men’s competitive surfing – but there is no doubt in my mind that Gwyn Haslock started women’s stand up surfing in England – she entered the first ever British National Championships in 1966 – she was the only female competitor and it was because of her that the surfing organisers started a Ladies National Championship in 1969 – there were six competitors and Gwyn won. She went on to win the first ever GB Ladies surfing championships in 1970, 1971, 1972 1973 and 1974 – came 2nd in 1975 and won again in 1976 – she also won the English Surfing Championships in 1990.

 

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