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International Professional Surfers

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International Professional Surfers

The International Professional Surfers (IPS) organization was the original world governing body of professional surfing that existed between 1976 and 1982. The IPS brought together a loose affiliation of surf contests around the world by forming one world circuit.[1]

The IPS was formed by Fred Hemmings and Randy Rarick in October 1976. Whilst in Rarick's kitchen Peter Townend and Ian Cairns and Rarick talked Hemmings into switching from a prize money to points-per-placing ranking system. At the time 9 of the 14 events had been completed and were retrospectively ranked using the points-per-placing system. Peter Townend was the eventual first IPS World Champion.[1]

A women's division was added in 1977 with Margo Oberg being the first IPS Women's World Champion.[1]

Two important IPS developments were the introduction of the man-on-man format in 1977 and the addition of California to the tour schedule in 1981.[1]

In 1982 the demise of the IPS commenced when criticism began to mount about the tour; it was perceived as not developing fast enough. In January 1983 Ian Cairns saw an opportunity, launched the

  1. ^ a b c d The Encyclopedia of Surfing, Matt Warshaw, pp. 290-291 (accessed 27 April 2011)
  2. ^ Lat34.com Good Waves, Bad Waves, Perfect Waves: A Timeline of the ASP, 16 February 2007 (accessed 27 april 2011)
  3. ^ a b ASP World Tour Champions (accessed 27 April 2011)

References

  • 1977 Margo Oberg;
  • 1978 Lynne Boyer;
  • 1979 Lynne Boyer;
  • 1980 Margo Oberg;
  • 1981 Margo Oberg;
  • 1982 Debbie Beacham.[3]

World Champions Womens

World Champions Mens

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