One of the great Australian and global women surfers – Pam Burridge – will be our Special Guest at the Shoes Night of Nights Presentation on 3 December.
Pam, along with her husband Mark Rabbidge – a renowned surfboard shaper and former Top 5 rider on the ASP Longboard Tour – will join us for the announcement of this season’s champions across the four key divisions.
Pam didn’t just perform with distinction on the world tour, she helped make the tour that exists today – with wave riding exploits that ensured women’s professional surfing was taken serious; was a showcase for women riders around the globe and a definite career path.
She started surfing at age 10, and five years later turned professional, such were the heights of her skills on waves of any size.
Pam’s pro surfing career is second to none. A barnstorming goofyfooter, she finished third three times in a row and second on the ASP ratings between 1983 and 1986, followed by two seconds in 1987 and 1988.
Then in 1989, all that hard work and grind paid off, when she smashed the opposition to clinch the world title…gaining top scores for her aggressive manouevres in three metre waves at Hawaii’s renowned Sunset Beach.
Pam finished runner-up twice over the next three seasons, retired for three years, came back to finish third in 1997, then retired for good at the end of 1998.
Her record speaks volumes: 20 total world tour contest wins and ranked in the Top Eight 15 times.
She appeared in more than a dozen surf movies, videos, and documentaries, including Gripping Stuff (1987) Oz on Fire (1991), and Surfer Girl (1994). Pam Burridge: A Biography was published in 1992.
For many years, Pam and Mark have run Feisty Girl Surfboards as well as the Pam Burridge Surf School on the NSW South Coast.