Lisa Andersen, 1993
Pauline Menczer. Photo: Pierre Tostee
Frieda Zamba, 1988
Wendy Botha. Photo: Jeff Hornbaker
Surfing’s second boom—the 1980s beachwear-driven surge that turned the sport into a billion-dollar industry—was kneecapped in 1990 by a recession and a consumer market suddenly repulsed by neon boardshorts and scrawly ethnic-print T-shirts. Red ink splattered across the surf industry power centers of Costa Mesa, Biarritz, Sydney, and Torquay. Dozens of new companies imploded, and a few established...