Phyllis O'Donnell Print
Giclee Cotton Rag Mat Smooth Print
Original: Pyrography on silky oak
305 x 1015mm
Source image credit: ABC archives (1964 World Surf Championships)
Phyllis is officially the first World Surfing Champion, announced in 1964 during the inaugural event held down at Manly Beach Beach, Sydney in front of 50,000 spectators.
Originally from Freshwater Beach, Manly, Phyllis moved to Banora Point and was an unmistakeable presence at Rainbow Bay with a fierce and competitive skill ensuring respect from the local surfers. Phyllis helped trailblaze for women’ s surfing in a heavily male-dominated sport and showed a gutsy determination to not be understated in this new era of the sport.