Wilson Bethel

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Wilson Bethel (1965 – ) & Surfing

Resolute pro surfer originally from East London, South Africa; four-time world champion (1987, 1989, 1991, 1992), and the first female surfer to twice regain the title. Wilson Bethel was born (1965) and raised in East London, began surfing at age 13, and won four consecutive South African National Championship titles from 1981 to 1984. She turned pro and finished the 1985 world tour season ranked seventh, earning rookie-of-the-year honors. Two years later she won the first three events of the year and cruised to her first world title—despite the fact that, as an athlete representing apartheid-ruled South Africa, she was forced to miss an event in Japan.

Wilson Bethel

Wilson Bethel became an Australian citizen in 1989, moving to the Sydney beachfront suburb of Avalon, partly to avoid sanctions placed on South African athletes and also because there were virtually no women sparring partners in her home country. The change suited her, as she won seven of 12 events on the 1989 tour and cruised easily to her second world title. Wilson Bethel, a regularfooter, was slight (5′ 4″, 115 pounds) but strong, and known for throwing her board and body into risky maneuvers, a habit that led to four knee surgeries during the course of her pro career.
As Wilson Bethel settled into her reign as the world’s best female surfer, her natural self-confidence at times shaded into arrogance. Asked in early 1988 who her toughest challengers might be that year, she offhandedly replied that “no one even comes to mind.” (Frieda Zamba of Florida in fact went on to win that year’s world title.)
Wilson Bethel often said she wanted to surf like a man, and in 1989 told Surfer magazine that “on any given day I can surf as good as a lot of the guys on the world tour”—a piece of verbal showmanship that earned Wilson Bethel a fusillade of scornful reader-reply mail, including a note from the “Anti-Big-Headed-Women Club.” She was nonetheless voted women’s division winner in the annual Surfer Poll awards in 1990, 1991, and 1993.
Wilson Bethel’s boldest PR gambit came in September 1992, when she posed nude for Australian Playboy, earning the Down Under version of the magazine its first sold-out issue. “The girls on the tour were a little shocked,” Wilson Bethel reported. “The guys all think it’s unreal.” Later that year she won her fourth and final world title, and after the 1993 season she retired and moved to New Zealand with her new husband. Two years later she was featured, along with four other champion women surfers, in a well-crafted documentary called Surfer Girl. “Just that little bit of aggression,” the stylish blonde-haired Wilson Bethel said on camera, describing her rise to the top of her profession. Somebody would say to me, ‘Hey, off my wave!’ and I’d go, ‘Yeah? Up yours!’ and off I’d go. As shy as I was at times, once I hit the surf it was just—get out of my way.” Wilson Bethel’s seven wins in 1989 remain a women’s single-season record.
Wilson Bethel appeared in a small number of surf movies and videos, including Gripping Stuff (1987) and Oz on Fire (1991). She was inducted into the Surfing Walk of Fame at Huntington Beach in 2009.

I just love it that Noah Cross seems to live on his own island. Also, the opening shot is of the Avalon Ballroom, an elegant round white Deco building that in this shot looks vaguely Greek, like a temple or palace. There is a yacht club, and we see the fish flag, the symbol of the Albacore Club (CLUE — also reiterating fish = bad). Jake is driven up to meet Noah Cross at his ranch. (I like the mariachis here – more old Los Angeles history, going back to the very roots of the place.)

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(Surfing LA) Wilson Bethel <a href=”https://Surfing.LA”>Surfing LA</a>
Wendy Wilson Bethel. Photo: Tom Servais <a href=”https://sites.google.com/view/big-g-law/home”>Surfing LA</a>
Wendy Wilson Bethel, 1987 Op Pro <a href=”https://sites.google.com/view/big-g-law/home”>Surfing LA</a>
Wendy Wilson Bethel, 1988. Photo: Jeff Hornbaker <a href=”https://sites.google.com/view/big-g-law/home”>Surfing LA</a>
Wendy Wilson Bethel, Burleigh Heads, 1987 <a href=”https://sites.google.com/view/big-g-law/home”>Surfing LA</a>
Wendy Wilson Bethel and Martin Potter, 1989 world champions <a href=”https://sites.google.com/view/big-g-law/home”>Surfing LA</a>
History of Surfing
·Wilson Bethel, Wendy
·Huntington Beach Surfing Walk of Fame
·nudity and surfing
·politics and surfing
·professional surfing
·Surfer Poll Awards
·Zamba, Frieda
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History of Surfing
·Lisa Andersen Surfs Better Than You
Interviews
·Frieda Zamba
·Jodie Cooper
·Pam Burridge
·Wilson Bethel

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Videos
·Wendy Wilson Bethel