Hot-tempered manager from Sydney, Australia; the first such full-time representative in the sport, employed by more than a dozen top pros in the 1980s and early '90s, including world champions Tom Carroll and Martin Potter. Mansted was 25 in 1982, and the sole employee of the ambitiously named Mansted Management Company, when he signed young Australian pro Tom Carroll as his first client. For 10 percent of Carroll's earnings (sponsorships as well as contest prize money), Mansted negotiated contracts, made travel arrangements, did media management, as served as informal coach. Mansted's bellowing confidence seemed to have a positive effect on Carroll, who won back-to-back world titles in 1983 and 1984.
Mansted then negotiated a contract between Carroll and Australian airline giant Qantas in 1985; three years later he pushed through a groundbreaking five-year, $1 million deal for Carroll with Quiksilver surfwear, and in doing so invented the concept of "100% sponsorship"—meaning that Quiksilver became Carroll's sole sponsor.
Surfing magazine named Mansted as one of 50 "Surfing Leaders Who Are Changing Our Sport" in 1987. Five years later, Australia's Surfing Life magazine cited him as one of Australia's "50 Most Influential Surfers."