Watch: Night surfing at Cronulla
Never mind the Orwellian foreboding, in 1984 professional surfing had a glorious future. The ASP had wrested control of the sport from the IPS, the industry was exploding amidst a second surf boom, and the money was streaming in. And the best thing, at least for the organisers, was that the surfing public was comparitively easy to please. Stop the circus at a suburban beach in mid-summer, run a fancy dress event, bikini parade, and wrap the final at 3pm Sunday arvo for the contest to be deemed a great success. Surf quality barely came into it. Dream Tour? That implies disillusion and there wasn't much of that in the early-80s.
In March 1984, Sutherland Shire Council hosted a night surfing event in conjunction with the Beaurepaires Open at Elouera Beach. Contestants were careful not to overstate the night's significance. "This is the most amazing thing I've ever seen," said MR. "It's one of the greatest step forwards for surfing ever."
PT went one better: "It's the greatest thing that ever happened!"
"It's a real, real positive step for the future of the sport."