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First Lady of Surfing Dies

February 10, 1986

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) _ Nancy Katin, known as ″the first lady of surfing″ even though she never rode a surfboard, has died. She was 86.

Mrs. Katin, whose Kanvas by Katin shop outfitted surfers in swimwear for decades, died Wednesday after a long illness. Her passion for surfing and the status associated with Katin trunks among surfers earned her the ″first lady″ title.

Mrs. Katin and her husband, Walter, who died in 1967, sponsored surf contests in the mid-1960s and began an innovative series of Katin Underdog Contests for surfers who had never won a competition.

She operated her shop in Surfside through the 1970s, and provided scholarships for outstanding surfers.

In 1977, she began the Katin Pro-Am Team Challenge at Huntington Beach. It has been held every year since, and a provision in her trust guarantees the contest will continue.

Surfer Magazine awarded Mrs. Katin the Surfer Cup in 1981 in recognition of her contributions to the sport.

A funeral Mass and burial were scheduled for Monday.

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