Hughes, Russell

Handsome blond Australian regularfooter; winner of the 1967 Queensland state titles at age 20, and third-place finisher in the 1968 World Surfing Championships. The fluid-surfing Hughes (born 1946) was pretty much the only top Australian to disavow the newly introduced short surfboards in 1967. "I don't like small boards," he told Petersen's Surfing magazine. "They're ridiculous, I think; even nine-footers. The shortboard restricts you."

The 1968 world titles were held in Puerto Rico, and Hu...