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Coke Classic; Coca-Cola Surfabout


Australian professional surfing contest held in Sydney from 1974 to 1999, usually in April at North Narrabeen or Manly Beach; conceived and developed by Sydney newspaper journalist and future world pro tour executive director Graham Cassidy; sponsored by soft-drink giant Coca-Cola.

Described by 1979 world champion Wayne Bartholomew as the original example of "slick surfing professionalism," the Coke was by far the richest contest on the world pro tour from 1976 to 1982. Unfortunately, becaus...