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Gold Coast Queensland, Saturday 20th February, 2010:  DOUG Warbrick's huge contribution to Australian surfing has finally been acknowledged with his elevation to the sport?s Hall of Fame at the.Australian Surfing Awards on the southern end of the Gold Coast last night.. .Surf businessman Warbrick became the 32nd member respectively of the Hall of Fame which began with the initial induction of Snow McAllister (Deceased) and 4 x World Champion Mark Richards in 1985...Tonight's awards at the Coolangatta Hotel was organised by Surfing Australia and featured a who?s who of the Australian surfing community...Learning to surf in the 1950?s at Currumbin and Maroochydore, Warbrick founded Rip Curl in 1967 with Brian Singer...He started making surfboards to indulge his passion at Torquay and by 1969 with the help of a vintage sewing machine began running up wet suits...He was responsible for starting the Bells Beach Surf Classic aka the Rip Curl Pro in 1973, held during Easter each year at Bells Beach...Warbrick?s other surfing achievements include being an original member of the ASA (now Surfing Australia) in 1963 and was a committee member and V.P of Surfing Victoria in the 1960's and 70's.  He was also a founding member of the ASP World Tour and the Surfrider Foundation Australia...After surfing for over 50 years Warbrick still maintains a fierce passion for everything surfing; the industry, sport, culture, history, contests, free surfing,  innovation, travel and adventure, as well as mentoring surfing's great young talents and witnessing their exceptional performances plus riding a few secret waves with my mates!..Warbrick, who is better known as 'Claw', said it was an emotional moment being inducted into the sport?s Hall of Fame...Two time and defending ASP Men?s World Champion Mick Fanning (AUS) was recognised as the Male Surfer of the Year, three time ASP Women?s World Champion.Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) was named Female surfer of the year, with Lennox Head's Owen Wright
Gold Coast Queensland, Saturday 20th February, 2010: DOUG Warbrick's huge contribution to Australian surfing has finally been acknowledged with his elevation to the sport?s Hall of Fame at the.Australian Surfing Awards on the southern end of the Gold Coast last night.. .Surf businessman Warbrick became the 32nd member respectively of the Hall of Fame which began with the initial induction of Snow McAllister (Deceased) and 4 x World Champion Mark Richards in 1985...Tonight's awards at the...
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