Wave Woman: The Life and Struggles of a Surfing Pioneer

November 28, 2020
Wave Woman: The Life and Struggles of a Surfing Pioneer

Wave Woman is the untold story of an adventurer whose zest forlife and learning kept her alive for ninety-eight years. BettyPembroke Heldreich Winstedt was the granddaughter of Mormonpioneers who, after spending an active and athletic childhood inSalt Lake City, moved to Santa Monica with her family and enrolledat USC to study dental hygiene. Betty went on to elope with a manshe hardly knew, and to have two daughters. In middle age, Bettyfinally followed her dream of living near the ocean; she moved toHawaii and, at age forty-one, took up surfing. She lived and surfedat Waikiki during the golden years of the mid-1950s and was apioneer surfer at Makaha Beach. She was competitive in earlybig-wave surfing championships and was among the first women tocompete in Lima, Peru, where she won first place. Betty was anOlympic hopeful, a pilot, a mother, a sculptor, a jeweler, abuilder, a fisherwoman, an ATV rider, and a potter who lived lifeher way, dealing with adversity and heartache on her own stoicterms. A love letter from a daughter to her larger-than-lifemother, Wave Woman will speak to any woman searching forself-confidence, , fulfillment, and happiness.