The Most Famous Female Surfer: Celebrating Iconic Women in the Surfing World

Choose the Surfer you think is the most famous!

Author: Gregor Krambs
Updated on Sep 23, 2023 13:20
Welcome to StrawPoll's ultimate ranking of the most famous female surfers! As the sun sets on the horizon and the waves crash on the shore, these fearless and talented women have carved their names in the sands of surfing history. Now, it's your turn to ride the tide and cast your vote for your favorite female surfer, or even suggest a deserving name yet to make a splash on our list. Dive into the exhilarating world of these wave-chasing icons and let your voice be heard as we crown the queen of the surf. Grab your board, and let's ride this wave together!

Who Is the Most Famous Female Surfer? (September 2023)

  1. 1
    She became a household name after surviving a shark attack in which she lost her arm. Despite this setback, she continued to compete and inspire others with her resilience.
    Bethany Hamilton in other rankings
  2. 2
    She is a four-time world champion and has won numerous other competitions. She is known for her powerful and creative style in the water.
    Carissa Moore in other rankings
  3. 3
    She is a seven-time world champion and one of the most successful surfers in history. She is a strong advocate for women's surfing and has been instrumental in growing the sport.
    Layne Beachley in other rankings
  4. 4
    Stephanie Gilmore
    Kirstin Scholtz · CC BY-SA 4.0
    She is a seven-time world champion and has been a dominant force in women's surfing for over a decade. She is known for her smooth style and powerful turns.
    Stephanie Gilmore in other rankings
  5. 5
    She is a big wave surfer and has won numerous awards for her performances in some of the world's most challenging waves. She is also an actress and DJ.
  6. 6
    Maya Gabeira
    S Pakhrin from DC, USA · CC BY 2.0
    She is another big wave surfer who has set records for surfing some of the world's largest waves. She has also overcome significant injuries to continue competing.
    Maya Gabeira in other rankings
  7. 7
    She comes from a family of surfers and has been competing professionally since she was a teenager. She is known for her aggressive style and impressive aerial maneuvers.
  8. 8
    Sally Fitzgibbons
    Hpeterswald · CC BY-SA 4.0
    She is a six-time world championship runner-up and has won multiple competitions. She is known for her fitness and athleticism, as well as her surfing ability.
    Sally Fitzgibbons in other rankings
  9. 9
    She is a four-time winner on the WSL tour and has been competing since she was just 14 years old. She is known for her smooth and effortless style in the water.
  10. 10
    Lakey Peterson
    72Dino · CC BY 3.0
    She is a two-time US Open champion and has been competing professionally since she was a teenager. She is known for her powerful and dynamic surfing style.

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Ranking factors for famous female surfer

  1. Competitive Success
    This includes the number of championships and titles won, as well as the level of competition and overall career achievements.
  2. Skill and Style
    The athlete's technical proficiency, unique surfing style, and impact on the sport are important factors.
  3. Popularity
    The level of media coverage, public recognition, and social media following can also be significant in determining fame and influence.
  4. Cultural Impact
    The athlete's influence on the development and promotion of surfing, as well as their contributions to the wider community, may also be considered.

About this ranking

This is a community-based ranking of the most famous female surfer. We do our best to provide fair voting, but it is not intended to be exhaustive. So if you notice something or your favorite Surfer is missing from the list, feel free to help us improve the ranking.


  • 176 votes
  • 10 ranked items

Voting Rules

A participant may cast an up or down vote for each Surfer once every 24 hours. The rank of each Surfer is then calculated from the weighted sum of all up and down votes.

More information on most famous female surfer

Background Information: Surfing is a sport that has been enjoyed by millions of people around the world for centuries. It involves riding waves on a board while balancing and maneuvering through the water. Over the years, surfing has become an extremely popular sport, especially among women. Female surfers have been making waves in the surfing community for decades, and some of them have become household names. From pioneers like Marge Calhoun and Rell Sunn to modern-day legends like Stephanie Gilmore and Carissa Moore, women have been pushing the boundaries in the world of surfing. But who is the most famous female surfer of all time? That's a tough question to answer, as there are so many talented women who have made a significant impact on the sport. However, through public opinion and popularity, there are a few names that come up time and time again. In this article, we'll explore some of the most famous female surfers and their accomplishments in the industry.