Classic Surf – Country Feeling Classic JBay 1984

A Youtube playlist of 3 videos of the Country Feeling Classic JBay 1984. First run as the Beach Hotel Classic in 1981 with sponsorship totaling R850 (now US $130), the inaugural event saw SA and international surfing legend Shaun Tomson beat a field of 27 in flawless 5 foot surf at Supertubes. This became the Lightening Bolt / Country Feeling J-Bay Surf Classic in June 1982 when Cheron stepped in to sponsor the event and Greg Day (Aus) took first place.

The following year saw the amateur division won by Durban’s Marc Wright, with Californian David Barr taking the pro title in what had become the Country Feeling Surf Classic. Upgraded to ASP World Tour status in July 1984, the surfing world suddenly sat up and took notice when Supertubes delivered four solid days of incredible 8 – 10 foot surf, leading ASP General Manager Al Hunt to rate it as one of the best 20 surf contests of all time.

After numerous epic confrontations between the likes of then world champ Tom Carroll, Shaun Tomson and Michael Ho, 18 year-old Mark Occhilupo (Aus) beat Hans Hedeman (Haw) in the final.


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