Smirnoff World Pro-Am Surfing Championships

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Fred Hemmings, retired from competition began his career as an event promoter and ran the Smirnoff World Pro-Am Surfing Championships between 1969 until 1977.[1]

Smirnoff World Pro-Am became known as the de facto professional World Championship because the International Surfing Federation had been unable to establish a format or sponsorship so no official amateur championships were held between 1973 and 1975.[2]

The World Champions were:

  • 1969 Corky Carroll, USA, & Margo Godfrey, USA;
  • 1970 Nat Young, Australia;
  • 1971 Gavin Rudolph, South Africa;
  • 1972 Paul Neilsen, Australia;
  • 1973 Ian Cairns, Australia;
  • 1974 Reno Abellira, Hawaii and
  • 1975 Mark Richards, Australia.
  • 1976 Mark Warren, Australia, and Jericho Poppler, USA, and;
  • 1977 Reno Abellira, Hawaii, and Jericho Poppler, USA;[3]

The Smirnoff World Pro-Am Surfing Championships were superseded by the International Professional Surfers (IPS).