The South West’s first professional surfing contest attracted 102 outstanding surfers. The pro contest was held in reasonable waves up to 6ft at Yallingup in January 1970. There was $500 prize money up for grabs.
Tony Hardy won the event and $250 prize money from WA’s top junior Ian Cairns. Max Hickson was third and Cottesloe’s Ian ‘Mitch’ Mitchell was fourth.
Mitch: “I won the grand sum of $25 and rang my Mum and told her I was staying down a bit longer. I ended staying down for about a month. I do remember being in the final with Ian and watching him slide slipping because his Farrelly side-slipper board had such a skinny fin. I thought I would do pretty well because I was doing what I thought were more turns and reos and stuff. Talk about delusions of grandeur.”
Photos: 1970 Pro Comp competitors at Yalls. Photos courtesy Ric Chan
Top: (Left) Ian Cairns on Farrelly side slipper board. (Right) Tony Hardy surfing Yalls left.
Bottom: (Left) Ian ‘Mitch’ Mitchell from Cottesloe. (Right) Peter Roberts from Bunbury.
Image: 1970 Media coverage of first Pro Comp at Yalls courtesy of Independent Newspapers. Photo credits Ric Chan
Photo: 1970 Pro Comp winner Tony Hardy at Yalls. Photo credit Ric Chan
Photo: 1970 Pro Comp contestants at Yalls. L-R Ian Cairns, Ian Mitchell & Max Hickson. Photo credit Ric Chan.
Image: 1970 Trevor Burslem’s surf column coverage of first Pro Comp at Yalls. Image courtesy of Independent Newspaper.