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Wayne "Rabbit" Bartholomew, pictured with son Jagger, will reunite with other surfing stars in Coolangatta this week. Blainey Woodham

Surf stars to reunite at Cooly

FORTY years of waves have come and gone since the 1972 Australian team competed in the San Diego Surfing World Titles.

Its members will reunite at Komune Resort and Beach Club, Coolangatta, on Friday.

A one-off screening of Glen Blight's surf-art documentary Sons of Beaches 72 will be screened across the resort's pool to mark the occasion.

The pool will be open to the public as part of the Bleach Surfing the Fringe Festival and donations will be collected for Surf World Gold Coast.

Legends such as 1976 World Professional Surfing Champion Peter Townend and 1978 champion Wayne "Rabbit" Bartholomew will join the "who's who" in attendance.

Gold Coast brothers Paul and Ricky Neilsen will join the original Coolangatta Kids.

Paul was 1972 Hawaiian World Smirnoff Champion and an Australian champion.

Mark Warren - Duke Champion, former Australian champion and Quiksilver live web producer; Simon Anderson - 1980 Pipeline Champion, 1977-1981 Bells Beach winner and Thruster inventor; Mark Richards - four time World Champion 1979-1982, Pipe Champion 1981, Smirnoff 1982; Andrew McKinnon - sixth in the San Diego World titles and 1988 World Longboard Champion; Doug "Claw" Warbrick - co-owner of Rip Curl and 1972 judge; Rod Brooks - 1972 assistant manager and Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Contest Director; and Terry Baker - 1972 judge and former ASP Tour Judge - will be there.

Guests of honour will be legendary Hawaiian professionals Larry Bertlemann and Michael Ho, who were both junior members of the 1972 Hawaiian Team.

Mr Bertlemann who was only 17 placed fourth and Mr Ho at 15 came fifth during the San Diego titles.

The Hawaiians dominated with the late Jimmy Blears and Sharon Jackson, taking out the men's and women's crowns.

This will be Mr Bertlemann's first trip back to Australia since 1978 when he was known as Rubberman because of his radical, flexible style equally famous within his skateboard skills.

Mr Ho was famous at Pipeline for winning with a broken wrist still in plaster, while his younger brother Derek won the 1991 ASP World Title.

His daughter Coco is on the ASP Women's World Tour and his brother Mason is on the World Qualifying Series.

Donors on the night who contribute more than $10 will enter the draw to win a keg of beer from the Burleigh Brewing Co.

Doors open from 7.30pm Friday.



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