What you are viewing is a fossil. This relic contains a story that is perhaps one of the most important items in modern surfing history.
You see, once there was a contest formula called 4 to the Shore. Basically you were judged on 4 waves and part of the criteria was length of ride. So imagine a person surfing in an event and really trying his hardest to do the most difficult tricks. If the surfer did not properly execute his turns; he could go off balance and maybe even have the unspeakable happen which is that the surfer might lose his speed and then fail to ride the wave to the shoreline. The end result was the surfers began to surf to the system. This meant that turns were measured. The surfers pretty much played it safe.
Then arrived the ASP-East. The judges still judged on your best 4 waves but they really wanted to see something big. So the surfers ditched half-snaps and s-turns for bigger turns and airs.
What also pushed things along as well was the talent pool. The first year was a big experiment and many surfers were unsure what to do. Future pros such as Danny Melhado and David Speir kept their amateur status but began to surf in events. Kelly Slater also was getting experience in the pro ranks and was gaining momentum that carried him over to the P.S.A.A. and the Black and White film. Some surfers would just sign up and surf an event or two just to test the water. By the time the season ended, international surfers such as Gary Green and Nicky Woods had made the journey in search of some extra money and bonus points.
By the time the ASP-East had made the final curtain call, the landscape had changed dramatically. Shea and Cory Lopez had come aboard and internationals like Shane Dorian and Todd Prestage had also entered.
This later would culminate in The Momentum generation that would change the sport and the direction of modern surfing.
So inspect this document and look at some of the names. Some are known for going on to the big tour. Some became commentators and others known free surfers. #65 is my favorite!