About Barton Lynch

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Natural ability, a sharp intellect and an irrepressible social conscience combine to make Barton Lynch one of the most formidable figures in surfing of the last three decades. Barton emerged from the beach-breaks of Manly with a flexible style and a fiercely competitive drive, which helped him achieve an impressive junior career with victories in the Pro Junior, the JJJ Junior and the Australian Professional Surfing Association (APSA) ratings.

He refined his competitive act into a near flawless, fluid routine of vertical manoeuvres that brought him immediate success on the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) world tour. He spent 13 consecutive years in the elite top 16 rated surfers, earning a reputation as a tactical competitor as well as a forthright and articulate spokesman for the sport.

His greatest competitive moment could not have been more perfectly scripted, as he surfed the perfect tubes of Hawaii’s famed Pipeline, to take out the 1988 Billabong Pro and the World Title. He retired from competition in March 1998, after 15 years on the ASP tour and a total of 17 WCT victories.Barton has given his time generously to charities and community service, including the Variety Club, the Humpty Dumpty Foundation and the Disabled Surfers Association (DSA) of which he is Patron. He donated $15,000 to the DSA and organised the surfers’ protest against French nuclear testing in the South Pacific during the French leg of the ASP tour. He spent 10 years on the ASP Board as a surfers’ representative and a passionate advocate for surfers’ rights in the marketplace.

Barton received the Association of Surfing Professionals’ (ASP) Sportsman Award in 1995, the ASP Service to the Sport Award in 1997, was inducted into the Australian Surfing Hall of Fame in 1998 and into the Australian Sporting Hall of Fame in 2000.

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