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Champion pioneering female surfer Linda Rae Benson was born on May 24, 1944 in Encinitas, California. Her father was a former drummer for Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra. Benson started surfing at age eleven and at age fifteen was the first woman to surf the legendary big waves at Waimea Bay in Hawaii. After mastering such basic surfing techniques as... See full bio »

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Known For

Beach Blanket Bingo
Muscle Beach Party
Bikini Beach
Bikini Beach Stunts
Pajama Party
Pajama Party Pajama Girl


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 1965 Beach Blanket Bingo (stunt double - uncredited)
 1964 Bikini Beach (stunt double - uncredited)
 1964 Muscle Beach Party (stunt double - uncredited)
 1961 Gidget Goes Hawaiian (stunt double - uncredited)
 1959 Gidget (stunt double - uncredited)
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 1965 Beach Blanket Bingo
Beach Girl
 1964 Pajama Party
Pajama Girl
 1964 Muscle Beach Party
Surfer Girl
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 1967 Surfari (Documentary)
 1964 Locked In! (Documentary)
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 2011 A Deeper Shade of Blue (Documentary)

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5' 2" (1.57 m)

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[on what surfing means to her] For me, it's self-expression -- it's how I express myself. Someone once said, years ago, that it's like we use the waves as our canvas and the board as our pen. This is our art. I've always believed and felt that. Surfing is a true inner art form of expression. Each wave is different and each one a different painting. I have been really lucky. I've gotten a lot of ... See more »

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