Photograph By Merkel/A-Frame
You can thank Lakey Peterson for popularizing the aerial in women's competitive surfing. Before she joined the ranks of the ASP Women's World Tour, it was virtually unheard of for a woman to ditch the fins or take to the air. But growing up around Ventura, Calif., she's a student of Dane Reynolds' brand of surfing and has thus incorporated some of what she's learned into her act on tour. And while she may not have been the first woman to land an air, she was the first to do it while everybody was watching.