The Stubbies Clothing Company sponsored the annual event held at Burleigh Heads. It was the first of the man on man events. Peter Drouyn was the contest director for the event, which ran from 1977 to 1988. The stubbies was one of only three events in Australia at the time. The others being the Bells Contest and Surfabout, but the Stubbies was always considered the first event in the professional circuit.
Thanks to Steve O’Ferrell for the footage . Steve was the Channel Ten cameraman of the day, and has, agreed to give us a sneak peek at these films, that were left sitting in a container for years and probably would have ended up at the tip. Thankfully Steve saved them and we can now show you some stills taken from the video files. They will be a little fuzzy as it is old footage, but well worth preserving as it was the essence of surfing in it’s day.
Below are some images and a link to a youtube short clip. Enjoy!