Hawaii -- and first film of the 1976 World Pro-Am Surfing Championship in which Australia won the 12,000 US-dollar international contest for the fifth time in eight years.
GVs: surf-riders 'wiping out' in world Pro-Am Championships, Hawaii. (3 shots)
GV: Hawaiian Eddie Aikau riding surf in men's championship event.
SV: women spectators on beach watching through binoculars.
SV PAN: Hawaii's Margo Oberg (first surfer) and California's Jericho Poppler (second surfer) competing in women's championship event.
CU: Mark Warren of Australia on beach.
GVs: Mark Richards of Australia competing in men's championships. (2 shots)
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Background: Hawaii -- and first film of the 1976 World Pro-Am Surfing Championship in which Australia won the 12,000 US-dollar international contest for the fifth time in eight years.
SYNOPSIS: Traditional rivals to the Australians are the Americans. But their best showing was Eddie Aikau of hawaii, who made only third place overall with performances like this one.
It was different though, with the American women. Margo Oberg of Hawaii, last year's Women's Champion, came in second, half a point behind California's Jericho Poppler.
Mark Warren of Australia took first place - and five thousand US dollars -- from 47 other men competitors. He narrowly defeated fellow-countryman Mark Richards, the defending 1975 Champion. Richards' performance was to the standard which nearly gave him victory two years in a row. A single point separated him and Warren in the final judgement. During the finals the surf grew to twelve feet (3.7 metres) -- often seeming to engulf Richards as he caught wave after wave to turn in spectacular rides up to 40 miles an hour. Final placings -- Warren First, Richards second, Aikau third and Townend fourth.