Benson, Becky


Pioneering Hawaiian pro surfer, state champion in 1973, and world-ranked #3 in 1977. Becky and her sister Blanche—daughters of Albert Benson, a cameraman whose work was featured in more than a dozen surf movies—were fixtures on Oahu's North Shore in the mid- and late '70s. "I never actually had the guts Blanche did," Becky later said. "My dad used to say she was all guts."

Becky Benson had a long if not entirely consistent run as a surfing competitor, winning the Makaha International in '71 and the Op Pro in 1982. She finished sixth on the world tour in 1978 and eighth in 1982. A tiny surfer (98 pounds when she won her state title), Benson was nonetheless a cool hand in bigger Hawaiian waves, and in top form during a short appearance in the 1973 surf movie A Sea For Yourself, carving beautiful lines across double overhead waves at Haleiwa.