89. Wave Woman: The Life and Struggles of a Surfing Pioneer

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Vicky Heldreich Durand is the beloved daughter and author of Wave Woman, a charming and intimate biography, a love letter from a daughter to her progressive mother who broke glass ceilings with simple curiosity and desire. Betty trained to swim in the 1936 Olympic Games. She eloped on a hunch and learned the tough lessons of love. With entrepreneurial creativity and a drive for self-sufficiency, Betty found meaning as a sculptor, a dental hygienist, a jeweler, a fisherwoman, a potter, and a poet. In Hawaii, the thrill of big waves crashing at Makaha Beach inspired the 41-year-old mother to pick up a surfboard, conquer her fears and compete like a champion! Wave Woman speaks clearly to all women–and men–searching for self-confidence, fulfillment, and true happiness.
Vicky and I discuss:
  • The history of women surfing in Hawaii and around the world.
  • Her mother’s fearless attitude toward achieving new limits as a woman in the 1950’s professionally and personally. 
  • The tragedy that she endured physically while training for the 1936 Olympics.
  • Raising a family and being a Wave Woman surfing in competitions around the world.
  • The legacy and lessons Betty left within her daughter Vicky and in the world of woman surfing.
  • And much more…
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