Damien Hardman, Bells, 1987
1983 Pipe Masters champ Dane Kealoha
1990 world champion Pam Burridge
1983 Triple Crown winner Michael Ho
American money fueled the 1980s surf boom, but Australia lit the fuse. It wasn’t simply that many of the surf products flying out of stores from San Diego to Long Island came from Aussie-founded companies like Quiksilver, Billabong, and Rip Curl. It was more because surfing’s color and verve—the real underlying attraction of the surf boom—were themselves Australian exports. After the localism and ...