Mary Monks Surfing

Image

33021.jpg

Title

Mary Monks Surfing

Identifier

33021

Source

Courtesy of Mary Monks, 2001

Description

Mary Monks, AKA Mondos Mary, surfing at Mondos Beach circa 1950s. Historical note: Mary Monks, AKA Mondos Mary (or Mary Mondos, depending on who you ask), was born in Fillmore in 1919 and was one of the early women surfers in Ventura County. She is featured in the Museum’s historical journal “In the Curl: The Evolution of Surfing in Ventura County”, which was so popular it is no longer in print. She surfed for the first time in Hawai’i in 1953 and surfed for the first time in Ventura County in 1955. Her first boards were three balsa boards from Velzy and Jacobs, which she purchased for $150 dollars. The other surfers made fun of her stance, she said, because “I would put my hands down flat on the board and then raise my fannie.”

Creator

Unknown

Date

Circa 1950s

Format

Color Photograph
35.3 x 24.3 cm

Subject

Monks, Mary
Women surfers

Coverage

California
Ventura County (Calif.)
Fillmore (Calif.)
Ventura (Calif.)

Publisher

Museum of Ventura County

Rights

The copyright to this image has not been determined. These images are intended for personal or research use only. Please contact library staff for rights determinations and additional uses.

Type

Image

Language

English

References


Is Referenced By

Photo is featured on page 23 of VCHA Surfing Quarterly, Vol. 44 No. 3 "In the Curl: The Evolution of Surfing in Ventura County”

Collection

Citation

Unknown, “Mary Monks Surfing,” Research Library at The Museum of Ventura County, accessed May 9, 2021, https://photographs.venturamuseum.org/items/show/3105.