An Explosion of Talent

"Occy was a bolt from the blue. No buzz beforehand, nothing. He just seemed to turn up one morning, and we all stood there watching, awestruck.”

Depth of talent has always been Australia’s greatest strength as a surfing nation, and this was certainly true during Tom Carroll’s long world-tour career. Barton Lynch and Damien Hardman were the era’s best tacticians, and each won a world championship during the 1980s, with Hardman picking up a second title in 1991. Then there was Glen Winton, a rubber-jointed goofyfooter; Richard Cram and his s...

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