Shirley Rogers

 

Just about anyone with an iPhone, VSCO and an Instagram bio can call themselves a photographer these days. Things weren’t like that in the ‘70s—especially if you were a young girl in Hawaii interested in photographing surf. It took handshakes with the right people, the perfect lens, a sharp eye, the right moment, good timing, a lot of running around and a little luck to be that girl. Shirley Rogers would be the first to tell you so. She was that girl. 

Photo courtesy of The Lost and Found Collection & Jim Russi

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“It wasn’t easy, but it was fun. I was the only girl doing it at the time,”
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We met up with her in Hawaii for an interview that quickly turned into Shirley sharing stories and reliving the memories, moments and days that have long since passed. One thing we learned is that when Shirley Rogers is talking, you listen, because whatever story she’s about to tell you is going to be unbelievable, but true. She’s got plenty of them too. She called us just a couple of days ago, asking, “Did I tell you about the time I was almost kidnapped?” Tahnei Roy

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“Back then I was like some kind of novelty. I got famous. I was the only woman doing it. Now there are women doing it, but back then I was the only one. Gosh, what a blast that was.”
— Shirley Rogers

To read the full interview with Shirley, grab a copy of the issue here.