World Surfing Championships 1970

The fifth world contest was held in Victoria, Australia, between May 1st and May 14th, amid wind, rain, hail, and at least a half-dozen small political firestorms. California's Rolf Aurness won the men's division, and Sharron Weber from Hawaii won the women's.

Most of the event took place in sloppy four-foot waves at Bells Beach, and the poor conditions only magnified the anticontest sentiment that had been building in the surf world over the previous few years. Ted Spencer, 1970 Australian ...