professional surfing

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Professional surfing, originally defined almost exclusively in terms of prize-money surf contests, is often said to have two starting points: 1965 and 1976. The 1965 Tom Morey Invitational, held in Ventura, featured a $1,500 purse— gathered largely from the $50 per surfer entry fee—and was the first in a small, unconnected series of prize-money events held in California, Hawaii, Peru, and South Af...

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