1979 Duke Kahanamoku Surfing Classic


Mark Richards

Governing Body:

International Professional Surfers (IPS)


NOTE: The 1979 Duke Classic was held the same day as the Pipeline Masters finals. “I began the day by competing in the Duke preliminaries,” Mark Richards told the Honolulu Star-Bulletin that afternoon, “and the minute I finished that heat, I had to rush to the Pipeline and surf in the Masters final. After that, I came back to Sunset to compete in the Duke semis, then the final. I’m about ready to collapse.” Richards won the Duke and finished 4th in the Masters. A week later, after taking out ...