In the biggest upset in surfboarding history, a 19-year-old student actor, Larry Blair, has toppled some of the world's best surfboard riders to win the "Sydney Surfabout" contest.
GV AND SV: surfers in action on the sea (2 shots)
GV: Michael Peterson fails to get waves he needed to beat opponent Kim Davidson from Sydney.
GV: Davidson goes through "tube" (2 shots)
GV: surfers in competition (3 shots)
GV: Blair going through 'tube'
GV: Wayne Lynch his rival in action.
GV: Lynch in action
GV: Blair working in surf.
CU: Blair discussing his achievement
GV: Blair in action while speech continues. (speech ends 76 23.2 2.02)
SV: Blair is announced winner.
GV: Blair rides the crest of a wave.
BLAIR: "For the past year and a half, I've been specifically surfing at home. I haven't been in any competitions. So I thought, well this is it because it was handy, it was near my home. I thought I'd give everything I'd got into this competition. (Indistinct) I thought that was one of the best tubes I've ever had in my whole life, I had to (indistinct) straight through."
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Background: In the biggest upset in surfboarding history, a 19-year-old student actor, Larry Blair, has toppled some of the world's best surfboard riders to win the "Sydney Surfabout" contest.
SYNOPSIS: The young unknown defeated 84 competitors from all over the world to reach the final of this premiere surfing event. His prize was a purse of 9,000 Australian dollars (GBP5,500).
There was excellent surfing throughout the competition. Here Michael Peterson, who has been unlucky in this year's surfing competitions, faces up to a challenge from another newcomer, Kevin Davidson, from Sydney. Peterson failed to find the waves to beat Davidson who has never entered a professional contest before.
The huge crowd watching from the shore was treated to some exhilarating surfing throughout the three days' heats from many of the finest surfers in the world.
But it was when Larry Blair made his appearance the fireworks began. He was matched against one of the sport's top men, Wayne Lynch in the final.
Blair's performance held the crowd spellbound and was all the more startling as he won the final on a broken surfboard. It snapped in two when he wiped out badly on his third wave, but he continued on the same board. On his eight wave, he slotted deep into the "tube" and emerged after six seconds. Later he discussed his win.
His prize, beyond the glory of being the first surfer to come from obscurity to win an international event, was a handsome cash award. Blair, from the Sydney beach suburb of Maroubra, said he'd give a large proportion of it to his mother for all the help she had given him. His surprise win puts him straight into eighth place in the 1978 world surfing rankings.