Beachcomber Bills Grand Prix
Al Paterson (left) with Barry Kanaiaupuni, Red Thompson, Eddie Aikau; 1977 adSUBSCRIBE TO VIEW
1977 Grand Prix winner Shaun Tomson. Photo: Dan Merkel / A-FrameSUBSCRIBE TO VIEW
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Pro tour surfers in Australia, 1977. Photo: John WitzigSUBSCRIBE TO VIEW
Short-lived world tour pro circuit ratings system, launched in late 1976, almost simultaneously with the founding of the International Professional Surfers (IPS) tour. "It is my hope," tour cofounder and director Al Paterson wrote in a 1976 announcement, "that the Grand Prix will serve to provide an opportunity for the committed professional surfer to earn a decent wage for his efforts."
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