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Corky Carroll wins Surfboard Championships

Corky Carroll wins Surfboard Championships

Sept. 21, 1969: Corky Carroll, top, shows the form that will carry him to the men’s title in the U.S. Surfboard Championships at Huntington Beach. Larry Gephart, bottom, was eliminated in the morning competition.

The next morning, a short Los Angeles Times article reported the following:

Corky Carroll of Dana Point won the featured men’s championship Sunday in the 11th annual U.S. Surfboard championships which concluded here Sunday.

Carroll, who won this championship in 1967, also won the paddle race and was voted the Duke Kahanamoku Award as the outstanding surfer of the meet, held in 6-to-10-foot surf…

Defending champion David Nuuhiwa, who suffered a badly cut foot when he ran into pilings during Saturday’s competition, competed in the morning semifinals, but failed to qualify for the five-man finals.

This photo, by Los Angeles Times staff photographer Steve Fontanini, was the main art on the Sept. 22, 1969, Sports front page.

In 1970, Carroll placed 2nd but, according to the Times, “won the Duke Kahanamoku all-around surfer award for the fifth straight year.”

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