The Australian team took all the top place in the world's richest surfing championship, the Smirnoff Pro-Am, worth more than 5,000 pounds (about 10,000 U.
SV Surf lifeboat.
GV Surfer taking off from shoulder and trims at bottom for turn
Crowd watch from beach
GV Surfer comes out of gate, trims at bottom for slow upturn watched by crowd from beach (2 shots)
GV Surfer takes off from gate but fin free falls and surfer is dumped while other surfer gets caught in wash and dumped surfer swims for his board
SV Surfer on sloppy gets caught by wash
Surfer trims nicely at bottom for fast turn
SV Surfer gets out nicely after nearly going under in wash
Girl surfer heading out
Girl gets caught on short shoulder and cuts out
Crowd including Suntanned girls watching
Girl becomes slowed in wash and lies.
GV Surfer takes off too fast and fin drops out hurling him through the air.
Surf boat goes out to stranded surfer
Two Surfers take off one making remarkable after being cuts dangerously close behind another surfer.
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Background: The Australian team took all the top place in the world's richest surfing championship, the Smirnoff Pro-Am, worth more than 5,000 pounds (about 10,000 U.S. dollars) at Hawaii's famous Waimea Beach.
Australians Mark Richards, Ian Cairns and Wayne "Rabbit" Bartholomew had they would take all the top places and they showed it was not just idle talk as they "cut", "trimmed". "turned", and "ripped" on the big Waimea waves. Surfing is a popular sport in Australia where most of the I3 million population live near the coast.
Winner, Mark rechards, found the curl on every wave and used fast "radical" turns to hurry down the front of the wave.
Ian Cairns, who came second showed a more conventional style with long tracks across the face after fast take offs from the "gate" or top of the breaking wave.
Third placed, Wayne"Rabbit" Bartholomew, showed the crowd how he acquired his nickname as he scuttled across the "walls" of the waves, quivering on the lip before skilfully tucking back into the curl.
The traditional rivalry between the Australians and the Hawaiians led to several incidents during the championships with some surfers causing collisions as they raced across the waves at speeds exceeding forty miles an hour (60 kms an hour).
The Hawaiians Jaff Hakman and Reno Abellira came fourth and fifty in the championships.
More than four thousand people watched the competition.
SYNOPSIS: Surf life boats at Hawaii's famous Waimea Bay, in preparation for the world's richest surfing contest, the Smirnoff Pro-Am, worth more than five thousand pounds. The Australian team came to Hawaii boasting that they would take all the top places.
But their traditional surfing rivals, the Hawaiians, represented here by Jeff Hakman, were determined to prove the Australians wrong, and the Hawaiian team had some talented performers.
South African, Shaun Tomson, repeatedly obtained fast getaways from the "gate" or highest breaking point of the wave.... but some were too fast. There is a time limit and Thomson lost valuable minutes retrieving his board---but several competitors couldn't get away fast enough. The Australians best demonstrated fast, skilful bottom turns such as this.
And last second recovery.
Seven women compted in the forty-two surfer preliminaries. Mrs. Margo Oberg of Hawaii won the women's section,defeating last year's winner Mrs.Laura aChing, also of Hawaii.
During the finals the waves became larger causing some of the competitors a little consternation. There was keen competition for each wave but the Australians' aggressive manner usually decided the matter. The Australians, Mark Richards, Ian Cairns and Wayne "Rabbit" Bartholomew took the first three places.