Australians took the top three places in the Offshore Masters surfing championships in Hawaii.
GV Larry Blair of Australia's Maroubra Club surfing
GV Hawain champion Lane Kealoha surfing
GV Mark Richards of Australia surfing PAN TO Simon Anderson on next wave (at 22 ft) PAN TO Dougall Walker of Australia (at 37 ft)
GV Walker wipes out and then succeeds in beating wave (2 shots)
GV Walker surfing
GV Mark Richards of Australia surfing (2 shots)
SCU Richards receiving award on beach
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Background: Australians took the top three places in the Offshore Masters surfing championships in Hawaii. The Winner was Mark Richards, who now holds an unbearable lead on this year's international professional circuit.
SYNOPSIS: The Offshore Masers, at the Banzai Pipeline in Hawaii, brings prestige and profit to the best of the world's surfers. The total prize money is 16,000 dollars. Local surfer Dane Kealoha was unable to finish higher than fifth.
Now here come the three eventual winners, one after the other in order: Mark Richards first. He is 25 now, and was one of a former all-conquering Australian team in Hawaii five years ago.
On the next wave, Simon Anderson, from Sydney, who was to placed second.
And lastly, Dougall Walker, also from Sydney, a newcomer to international surfing.
Walker is only 20, and it was his first professional contest. The odds against his reaching the final, let alone being placed, were put at a thousand to one. Yet his performance was of such high quality that he finished third. Immediately behind Walker, in fourth place, was another newcomer, Joey Buran from
But it was Mark Richards who took the honours and established himself as the world's best. He has headed the international rating right through the year, and win into the Masters with a 1300 point lead. His win, in Hawaii, brought him 5,000 dollars.