Rochelle Ballard

Rochelle Ballard

Professional surfer
Date of Birth: 13.02.1971
Country: USA

  1. Biography of Rochelle Ballard
  2. Introduction
  3. Early Life and Mentorship
  4. A Love for Big Waves
  5. Professional Career
  6. Recognition and Achievements
  7. Contributions to Women's Surfing

Biography of Rochelle Ballard


Rochelle Ballard is a professional surfer and one of the most well-known female surfers in the world. Despite never winning the World Championship, she has become a true legend of women's surfing and has significantly changed the image of this once male-dominated sport.

Rochelle Ballard

Early Life and Mentorship

Rochelle Ballard, born as Rochelle Gordines, grew up in Montebello, California, but moved to the Hawaiian island of Kauai at the age of six. Kauai is famous for its exceptional waves, and it didn't take long for Rochelle to start riding a surfboard. She was mentored by Margo Oberg, a four-time world champion, who played a crucial role in her development as a surfer. Under Oberg's guidance, Rochelle quickly became an excellent surfer within just a year.

Rochelle Ballard

A Love for Big Waves

Oberg's expertise in handling big waves inspired Rochelle to follow in her footsteps. She learned to fearlessly tackle the most intimidating waves, realizing that trying to control them was futile. Rochelle understood that success in surfing could only be achieved by embracing the rhythm of the waves and learning to adapt to it. She recognized that surfing is not only an art but also a science, requiring a lifelong commitment to mastering the ever-changing patterns of waves and currents.

Professional Career

With time, Rochelle gained enough experience and strength to compete in local surfing competitions. She gradually rose through the ranks, moving from statewide to national, and eventually international competitions. In 1988 and 1990, she finished fourth in the World Championship, which paved the way for her participation in the professional World Championship tour in 1991. That same year, Rochelle married filmmaker Bill Ballard, who she often supported in creating surf films during her free time from major tournaments. She also played prominent roles in films such as "Blue Crush" in 2002.

Recognition and Achievements

Rochelle Ballard was frequently featured in sports and non-sports magazines, including "Surfing," "SG Magazine," "Surfing Girl," "Women Outside," "Women's Sports and Fitness," "Sports Illustrated Women," "People," and "National Geographic." Throughout her career, she received numerous prestigious awards from the surfing community and consistently ranked among the best in various categories in specialized surveys. Although she never won the World Championship, Rochelle's personal best was a second-place finish in 2002.

Contributions to Women's Surfing

Rochelle Ballard is one of the founders of the "International Women's Surfing" project. In collaboration with the company "O'Neill," she created her own advanced surfer training camp, aiming to empower and support female surfers in their pursuit of excellence.