By Dick Carlson
There seemed to be no competition or skill that women weren’t willing to try. Fay Baird Fraser conquered a massive ten-foot long hunk of redwood to become our first woman surfer. Fraser and Charles W. Wright were photographed above in 1926 after a swim with the Silver Gate Club. Fay Fraser is still a San Diego country resident.
Chadwick’s teacher, Florence Chambers (left) was equally adept. At the 1924 World Olympics in Paris she won a bronze medal for the 100 meter backstroke and during her swimming career gathered more than 175 trophies and 450 medals. Chambers later retired in San Diego-her childhood home-to operate a dairy ranch in the San Pasqual Valley.