By Gary Anderson

Surfers have been honoured by the ISA in Huntingdon Beach ©Getty Images Australian Phyllis O'Donnell has been inducted into the International Surfing Association (ISA) Surfing Walk of Fame.

O'Donnell made history in 1964 by becoming the first ever women's surfing world champion when she won the inaugural World Championship title at Manly Beach in Sydney, Australia at the age of 27.

She went on to win the Australian national women's title in 1964 and 1965.

"I am truly honoured to be the first ISA women's world champion and to be inducted into the Surfing Walk of Fame," said the 76-year-old.

"It's pleasing to know that my name will sit alongside other greats who have contributed so much to the sport.

"Women's surfing has grown so much over recent years and I'm happy that I've been able to contribute to that growth.

"I hope my achievements, and the achievements of female surfers at every level, will continue to inspire young girls around the world."

Phyllis O'Donnell has been honoured by her induction into the Surfing Walk of Fame ©ISAPhyllis O'Donnell has been honoured by her induction into the Surfing Walk of Fame ©ISA

Now in its 21st year, the Surfing Walk of Fame honours individuals who have made significant contributions to the sport and culture of surfing.

The area surrounding the ceremony site at Huntingdon Beach, California, where the International Surfing Museum is located, is covered with more than 130 granite stones representing the champions, heroes and legends of the sport.

In addition, Larry Bertlemann and Randy Rarick were inducted as "Surf Champion" and "Surf Pioneer" respectively into the Surfing Walk of Fame.

Rarick represented Team Hawaii at the 1970 ISA World Surfing Championship, while Bertlemann also represented Hawaii in 1972 at the ISA World Surfing Championships.

ISA President Fernando Aguerre made the presentation to O'Donnell during the Vans US Open of Surfing currently taking place there.

"I am really stoked and humbled to be part of Phyllis O'Donnell's induction into the Surfing Walk of Fame," said Aguerre.

"Phyllis has contributed so much to our sport and as the first ever ISA Women's World Champion she is a true pioneer of women's surfing.

"We have seen huge development in women's surfing in recent years and we must continue to encourage young girls to push the boundaries and get on surfboards from an early age.

"We have long promoted surfing amongst women and girls with women's divisions in every ISA World Championship and we are very proud that 40 per cent of the ISA Executive Committee members are female."

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