Marsh, Bette

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Tireless surf contest official from Atlantic Beach, North Carolina; a mainstay of the Eastern Surfing Association (ESA) from its 1967 inception until 1992. Born Bette MacLachlan in Wisconsin in 1924, she married Jim Marsh at age 24, raised three boys (all surfers), and opened Marsh's Surf Shop in Atlantic Beach in 1972, by which time she was already being called the "Matriarch of East Coast Surf...

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