Mando’s Mary

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Allen’s interview with one of the earliest female surfers, Mary Monks. Monks takes us through her introduction to surfing at age 36, instantly falling in love with it, purchasing her first boards and eventually taking it to the next level. The interview provides insight on the early days for a woman paddling out at places like California St., San Onofre, and even Rincon.