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Davoli, Linda


Regularfoot surfer from Brigantine, New Jersey; world-ranked #3 in 1980; described by Surfer magazine in 1981 as "very possibly the finest women's surfer in the world." Davoli began surfing in 1967 at age 11, and in 1973 she won the girls' division of the United States Surfing Championships—the first East Coast surfer to take a national title.

Davoli moved to Hawaii in 1975, and two years later competed in the debut women's world circuit, finishing fifth for the season. While filming an episode of ABC's American Sportsman in 1980, along with former U.S. champion Rick Rasmussen and surfer-actor Gregory Harrison (Dr. Gonzo on CBS-TV's Trapper John, M.D.), she became the first woman to ride the exotic left-breaking waves of Grajagan in Java.

Davoli was featured in a small number of surf movies, including Super Session (1975) and Bali High (1981). She was inducted into the East Coast Surf Legends Hall of Fame in 2002.