Merrill, Linda

Stylish goofyfoot surfer from Oceanside, California. Merrill was born (1945) and raised in Oceanside, daughter of longtime California surfer Benny Merrill, and began surfing at age 12. She finished runner-up in the 1961 West Coast Championships, and two years later, at 18, she teamed up with California surfing ironman Mike Doyle to win the tandem division of both the West Coast Championships and the Makaha International. In 1964, Merrill became the first woman featured on the cover of Surfer magazine.