Larry Blair won the 1978 Coke contest in Sydney, which earned him an invite to the Pipeline Masters later that year. That's how it worked back then. Getting into the Masters was half rating's points, half made-up backroom voodoo by contest promoters. It was Blair's first Masters. Pipe was eight-foot and perfect in the early rounds, windy and gnarly for the later heats. Lopez and Russell represente...

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