Gwynedd - Suffragette of the Waves

 
It’s 1966 and the nation is in World Cup hysteria.
 
You’re not bad yourself at keeping a football up in the air, but as a girl there aren’t exactly many female role models on the scene.
 
All this is about to change - not on the pitch, but in the sea.
 
Gwynedd Haslock is from Truro and spends the summer in a beach hut, just like yours, at Tolcarne beach in Newquay. 
 
Trevor Roberts, the local lifeguard, agrees to take Gwynedd under his surfing wing if she can cart his 10ft board to the water.
 
She’s tall, athletic and determined, like you. 
 
By late summer, she’s good enough to enter the SLSA Nationals at Fistral Beach on her 9ft Bilbo, the lone girl of the waves, egged on by you and local surf mentors such as Jack Lydgate, Bob Head and Rod Sumptor.    
 
She makes the second round and within 3 years, has lit a fuse inside enough young girls (yours included) to create a women’s division.
 
By ’76 she has 5 British titles under her belt and you’re on the circuit now, copying her knack of reading the set early and taming and teasing the wave right up to the shore.   
 
Linda Sharp and Jill Moss emerge from the pack with shorter, more manoeuverable boards, but Gwynedd sticks to Bilbo and her mantra of ‘Surfing is about having fun’.
 
Gwynedd turns her talent to tennis, fencing and even football, where you meet again a few years on and start your own beach team and quietly become a pioneer and role model for women in your own right.