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1980 Margaret River Classic images by Ric Chan

The Margaret River Classic, now in its 36th year is one of the largest and longest running surfing events in Western Australia. It creates great support and positive interaction throughout the community, and attracts spectators and competitors from around Australia – in particular WA and the South West region. It is set in an idyllic location and each year the event grows in popularity and national recognition.

In the past the Classic has attracted big names such as Taj Burrow and Adam Melling, local legends such as Dave Macaulay, Mitch Thorson, the Paterson brothers Jake & Paul, Yadin Nicol, Creed McTaggart and Jack Robinson. (Source Surfing WA).

Thanks to the strong support from the Margaret River Board Riders, Surfing WA, and the local surfing and business community of Margaret River, have helped the Margaret River Classic become one of the highlights of the Western Australian surfing calendar.

In 1980 the Classic was moved from Margaret River main break to South Point Cowaramup because of adverse weather conditions. Contest results are unknown, but surf photographer Ric Chan was there to record the event.

Photo: 1980 MR Classic contestant’s autos in South Point car park. Ric Chan pic.

Photo: Female contestants rugged up in South Point car park. Ric Chan pic.

Photo: MR Classic officials entering heat details on contest board set-up in South Point car park. Ric Chan pic.

Photo: 1980 MR Classic contestant Steve “Hog’ Hannett in South Point car park. Ric Chan pic.

Photo: 1980 MR Classic unidentified contestant in South Point car park. Ric Chan pic.

Photo: 1980 MR Classic contestant Damon Eastaugh in South Point car park. Ric Chan pic.

Photo: 1980 MR Classic officials, contestants and spectators on the beach at Cowaramup Bay. Ric Chan pic.

Photo: 1980 MR Classic surf line-up at South Point. Ric Chan pic.

If you know the 1980 contest results, please let us know.

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