1974 Smirnoff Pro-Am
Reno Abellira, Laura Blears Ching
International Professional Surfers Association (IPSA)
Excerpt from "Eighteen Surfers Advance to Semis," Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Nov 25, 1974
The Smirnoff Pro-Am Surfing Championships finally got underway yesterday at Sunset Beach in eight to 10-foot surf before an estimated crowd of 1,500.
Only preliminary heats were run, with the semifinals and finals scheduled for today, surf permitting.
Laura Blears Ching, one of six women competing, finished fifth in the first heat, which was won by Clyde Aikau, to take the $1,000 prize offered for the be...