Blears, Laura

Agile surf vixen of the early and mid-1970s, from Honolulu, Hawaii; one of the first women professional surfers, and younger sister of 1972 world champion Jimmy Blears.

Laura Blears was born (1951) in Buffalo, New York, moved with her family to Hawaii as a child, and began surfing at Waikiki at age seven. She was Hawaii's top-rated woman surfer in 1970, a World Surfing Championship finalist in 1972, and women's division winner in the 1974 Smirnoff Pro—the first women's professional surf contest.

Blears became a minor pop culture celebrity the following year, when she was invited to ABC-TV's multievent Superstars competition, where she vied against the likes of Olympic gymnast Cathy Rigby and Wimbledon champion Billie Jean King. Blears also surfed in the nude for "Here's Why the Lady is a Super Surfer!," a six-page layout in the July 1975 issue of Playboy.