LEGEND: Ted Spencer in action.
LEGEND: Ted Spencer in action. CONTRIBUTED

Surfing pioneer to be inducted into Hall of Fame

SURFING pioneer Ted Spencer will be inducted as the 37th member of the Australian Surfing Hall of Fame in Sydney tonight.

His induction is part of the 2015 Australian Surfing Awards to be held at Manly.

Ted Spencer was 19 when he won his first Bell at Bells Beach in 1968 from Keith Paul and Midget Farrelly.

He won again the following year, this time from Frank Latta and Nat Young, with Peter Drouyn fourth, Farrelly fifth and Wayne Lynch sixth.

In the opinion of many influential surfers of the time, Spencer's contribution of creative, powerful and innovative surfing and surfboard design has never been given due recognition.

A true leader and pathsetter, he chose to step away from the spotlight on his own terms and remains one of surfing's most elusive and enigmatic figures.

Other awards to be pre-nted on the night include Male Surfer of the Year, Female Surfer of the Year, Rising Star Award, Waterman of the Year, Surf Culture Award and the Simon Anderson Club Award.

The awards will also feature the Nikon Surf Photo of the Year and Nikon Surf Movie of the Year,.

They will showcase the finest work taken by Australia's best surf photographers and filmmakers.

 

Awards finalists:

Male Surfer of the Year: Harley Ingleby, Julian Wilson, Mick Fanning

Female Surfer of the Year: Sally Fitzgibbons, Stephanie Gilmore, Tyler Wright

Rising Star Award: Matt Banting, Reef Heazlewood, Sophie McCulloch

Waterman of the Year Award: Mark Mathews, Jamie Mitchell, Ryan Hipwood

Surf Culture Award: Byron Bay Surf Festival, Surfest Newcastle, Surf World Gold Coast

Simon Anderson Club Award: D-Bah Boardriders Club, Merewether Surfboard Club, Snapper Rocks Surfriders Club

Nikon Surf Movie of the Year: Spirit of Akasha, Surfing Queensland 50th Year Documentary, Thundercloud



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