In , the World Surfing League started offering the same prize money to male and female surfers at every WSL event, making it the first U. Instagram handle: biancavalenti. Bianca Valenti is considered the top U. Valenti has ventured south of the border to try to tame Mack truck-sized barrels at Puerto Escondido off the Mexican coast.
Layne learned to surf in Santa Barbara and later moved to Southern California. She now surfs in colder water in the north of the state. Sam Wermut.
Frieda Zamba was the youngest female to win a pro tour contest and the youngest surfing world champion ever at She won her first three titles in succession from to before capturing her fourth in , equaling the then record of Mark Richards. In her prime Zamba crossed the performance chasm that separated male and female surfers and for that alone is regarded by many as the greatest female surfer ever. The goofyfooter was known for her attention to fitness and training, which translated into one of the most powerful and progressive techniques of any woman, in any era.