Phyllis O'Donnell: the female surfing pioneer | Photo: Jack Eden

Phyllis O'Donnell, the first ever ISA women's world surfing champion, has been inducted into the Surfing Walk of Fame, in Huntington Beach, California.

The surfing pioneer conquered the inaugural World Championship title in 1964, at Manly Beach, Sydney, Australia, at the age of 27.

O'Donnell went on to win the Australian national women's titles in 1964 and 1965. Her World Championship victory was a sign of recognition and progress for female surfers, and her win paved the way for countless women and girls to follow in her footsteps.

"I am truly honored to be the first ISA women's world champion and to be inducted into the Surfing Walk of Fame. It's pleasing to know that my name will sit alongside other greats who have contributed so much to the sport," underlines Phyllis O'Donnell.

"Women's surfing has grown so much over recent years and I'm happy that I've been able to contribute to that growth. I hope my achievements, and the achievements of female surfers at every level will continue to inspire young girls around the world."