BRAD BARRETT PRESENTS THE 1969 MALIBU AAAA

At the end of 1967, the United States Surfing Association split into four separate entities, one for the West Coast (Western Surfing Association, or WSA), the East Coast (ESA), the Gulf Coast  (GSA), and Hawaii (HSA). Contests for each association were further split into four divisions, starting with A for entry-level competitors, then AA for those who had won at the A level, then AAA. At the top was the AAAA division, described by Drew Kampion as the most "professional classification a surfe...