MIDGET was in a shed on a beach on the wave-swept west coast of Hawaii's Oahu island changing out of wet boardshorts when he heard his name – Bernard Farrelly – on the public address system.
Somewhat incredibly, the 18-year-old from Dee Why had won the Makaha International Championship, the world title of the time. In head-high surf, he'd dusted the best of the Waikiki beach boys and transplanted Californians. None of his Australian mates were on the beach, so he hesitantly stepped forward to accept his trophy, a wooden spear-carrying Hawaiian warrior. The following day the Honolulu Star-Bulletin newspaper lamented: "Hawaiian Surfing Prestige Wiped Out".
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