Raisedby Solimar Beach in Ventura, Calif., Mary picked up her first board atthe age of 14. I got into it basically because I wanted to be betterthan the boys, she says, referring to her three older brothers who allsurf. I was supposed to be the ballerina. Around the time that Marystarted surfing, local surf shop owner and former pro surfer David Puuwas pursuing a new career as a photographer. They started workingtogether to create beautiful modeling and surf images, while Mary beganpromoting herself as a competitor by attending tradeshows, contactingcompanies and participating in several competitions. She quicklystarted garnering attention, and became the first woman to grace coverof The Surfer's Path, a popular European surf magazine, after Puu shotand submitted a photo.
Maryco-authoredSister Surfer: A Womans Guide to Surfing with Bliss and Courage withKia Afcari, which was published by The Lyons Press in June 2005. Theinspirational how-to book guides women through the process of learninghow to surf, covering everything from how to conquer fear to how to waxa surfboard. Mary, who lives in Ventura, Calif., earned an associate'sdegree in liberal arts from Santa Barbara City College. She plans tocontinue pushing her surfingcareer.