ISABEL LETHAM / by Molly Schiot

Lively and adventurous surfer from Sydney's Freshwater Beach; sometimes referred to as "the mother of Australian surfing." On January 10, 1915, the 15-year-old Isabel Letham rode tandem with surfer and Olympic gold medal swimmer Duke Kahanamoku during one of the Hawaiian's famous wave-riding demonstrations at Freshwater. It was later revealed that the sport had been introduced to Sydney at least four years earlier, but for decades Letham was celebrated as the first native Australian surfer.  Letham died in 1995, and her ashes were scattered just past the surf line at Freshwater.  

Lively and adventurous surfer from Sydney's Freshwater Beach; sometimes referred to as "the mother of Australian surfing." On January 10, 1915, the 15-year-old Isabel Letham rode tandem with surfer and Olympic gold medal swimmer Duke Kahanamoku during one of the Hawaiian's famous wave-riding demonstrations at Freshwater. It was later revealed that the sport had been introduced to Sydney at least four years earlier, but for decades Letham was celebrated as the first native Australian surfer.  Letham died in 1995, and her ashes were scattered just past the surf line at Freshwater.