Larry Blair appeared out of no where one day on the beach at Narrabeen during the trials of the Coke contest in 78 and told the news reporter to the camera that he is going to win the contest. I was a huge claim that everyone wanted to write off but he went right ahead and did what he said he would at the time he was pretty much unheard of outside the Eastern Suburbs.
There was always a rivalry between the South side and North side of Sydney,the north had the industry, the surf media, better waves and a better socio economic situation than south. Cheyne Horan was just coming on the scene the media knew of him from his junior days they just didn’t expect him to come on so hard so fast the,first year on tour and he is 2nd in the world to Rabbit. Ok they can stomach that but then Larry shows the next year at the Coke contest and is taking names and this ain’t right for them and on reaching the semis he eliminates the Northern Beaches darling Simon Anderson who ripped but got pipped but that’s contests. I don’t think magazines like Surfing World ever forgave him and sure didn’t run photos or articles of him.
Then showed at the Pipe and put a stop the Hawaiians dominance of the break, Rory Russell had 2 masters in the bag and along comes this kid and whips him good not once but 2 times , he gets so frustrated with him he refers to him as the “hottest kook in the world”. He was going for his 3rd title and the only way they were going to stop him was the same they did for Kong and that is gang up like only the island boys know how and not let the better surfer catch a wave. Take down the independent white boy so no one loses any more face, world over that is how it works, among certain races of people.
Larry disappeared from the Australian surf media usually they leave him out of lists and accolades, came from the wrong side of town, came on too strong, too cocky and what really scared them was he could back it up.