Lisa Andersen "2004 Woman of the Year"
First female in 15 years featured on the cover of Surfer Magazine
Lisa often dismissively shrugs off mention of her influence on modern surfing, yet her impact has been dramatic. Despite being the only girl surfer in her hometown, the wiry teen quickly developed a fluid and spontaneous style surfing alongside the boys at her local surf break.
In 1986 she won the U.S. Surfing Championships girl's title, took 3rd at the World Amateur Champs and won the professional tour's Rookie of the Year award in 1987.
She captured the first of four consecutive pro world titles in 1994, which made her the first surfer since Mark Richards to win four straight pro championships. In 1996 she was the first female in 15 years to be featured on the cover of Surfer magazine.
Despite being plagued by chronic back injuries late in her career, she still finished 5th overall in 2000 at the age of 30, a year after Surfer named her the 19th most influential surfer on the 20th Century.