Throwback Thursday: First-Ever World Champ

In 1976, Fred Hemmings and Randy Rarick founded the International Professional Surfers (IPS). The same year the IPS crowned the first World Champion surfer, Australian Peter Townend. Co-founder Hemmings was on hand to present the title trophy.

Fred Hemmings and Peter Townend, circa 1976. Fred Hemmings presents Peter Townend with 1976 World Title. - WSL

Thirty-nine years later, the IPS is now the World Surf League (WSL) and Hemmings and Townend met up to recreate the famous photo of the first World Title presentation.

Fred Hemmings and Peter Townend, 2015 2015, Hemmings and Townend reenact the historic moment. - WSL

Read what Townend had to say about the photo.

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