Barton Lynch, one of Australia’s greatest professional surfers, is coming to Sandshoes.
The 1988 World Champ will be a Special Guest at the Club’s Gala Presentation Night on Saturday, 5 December.
Barton was on the ASP Tour some 14 years, winning a swag of contests across the globe, including the world crown over other top contenders, including Tom Carroll and Damien Hardman, in perfect 10-foot Pipeline.
He got his first taste of bigtime victory when he won the 1983 Pro Junior – the contest series that launched many, many careers on the professional circuit.
So good was Barton that he broke into the ASP (now WSL) Top 16 in his debut season. And then in 1985 folllowed that up with a stunning runner-up slot to American great Tom Curren.
A measure of his surfing ability is the fact that Barton remained competitive well into his 30s. His consistency and drive kept him near the top of the ratings through to 1995.
And when he won the Rio Surf Pro in Brazil at age 32, he was the oldest surfer to take out a world tour event.
When Barton retired from competition in 1998 he had clinched a record 12 appearances in the top 10.