ASTORIA, Ore. – When Lexie Hallahan started bodyboarding in Seaside in 1989, she remembers being one of four other women regulars in the water. It seemed to her like nearly all the surfers on the Oregon coast were men.
These days, there are many women in the lineup at local surf spots like the Cove in Seaside and Short Sand Beach at Oswald West State Park.
While women have been an important part of surfing’s international growth, both on the professional stage and in popular culture, they still feel the influence of the sport’s historically male focus.
Local surfers credit Hallahan and others