Phyllis O'Donnell

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Phyllis O'Donnell (born 1937) is an Australian surfer who became the first Women's World Surfing Champion. O'Donnell won the championship in 1964 at the age of 27.[1] At the time of her championship, surfing was dominated by men and her championship was regarded as a step forward for women's recognition in the sport.[2]

O'Donnell also won the Women's division of the Australian National Titles in surfing in 1964 and 1965.[3]

In 2014 she was inducted into the Surfing Walk of Fame, which is in Huntington Beach, California. [4]


  1. ^ Southerden, op. cit. p 11
  2. ^ Southerden, op. cit. p 12
  3. ^ Warshaw, op. cit p 29
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