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KELLY SLATER PRESENTS MARK RICHARDS WITH 2019 SURFING NSW MIDGET FARRELLY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

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Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Four-time World Champion Australian
surfer Mark Richards will be announced as the second recipient of the Surfing
NSW Midget Farrelly Lifetime Achievement Award at a breakfast event at Manly
Beach today, Wednesday 20 March 2019.

The award, which honours surfing legend
Bernard ‘Midget’ Farrelly, will be presented to Richards by 11-time World
Champion Kelly Slater at a VIP Breakfast at the Vissla Sydney Surf Pro being
held at Manly.

Richards is only the second recipient
of the prestigious award, following Layne Beachley who was bestowed with the
inaugural honour in 2018.

The criteria for the award is “a New
South Wales surfer of origin who, through performance in the water and wider
contribution to the sport, has become an integral part of Australian surfing ad
culture”.

The award recognises Richards’
extraordinary achievements as a competitor, as a board shaper and for the
immense contribution he has made to surfing throughout his career.

“I’m very honoured to receive this
award. I have tremendous respect for Midget Farrelly and his contribution to
surfing,” said Mark Richards.  “Surfing
has been a major part of my life since I was a teenager, both as a competitor
and a shaper.  I am grateful to be a part
of the Australian surfing community,” said Richards.

“On behalf of the Farrelly family, I
want to congratulate Mark Richards as the more than worthy 2019 recipient of
the Midget Farrelly Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Harry Hodge, Chairman of
the Awards Committee, Deputy Chairman Surfing NSW and founder of Quiksilver
Europe.

“Mark and Kelly are the two most
successful surfers of all time, with 15 world titles between them, so to have
them together in the same room is a rarity. 
I was on the north shore of Hawaii in 1976 when Mark was the standout
surfer and he then went on to dominate competitive surfing in the late 70s and
80s.”

The Midget Farrelly Lifetime
Achievement Award is presented by Surfing NSW as part of the Vissla Sydney Surf
Pro event staged in Manly, where it has special significance for the strong
surfing community on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

As a Northern Beaches local, Farrelly
is considered to be one of the most influential surfers of all time, winning
the inaugural world surfing titles in 1964 at Manly Beach in front of a massive
crowd and defeating the more favoured Americans, Mike Doyle and Joey
Cabell.  Farrelly was inducted into the
Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1985 and into the Surfing Walk of Fame at
Huntington Beach USA in 2007.  He passed
away on 6 August 2016, aged 71.

After he presents Mark Richards with
the esteemed award, Kelly Slater is due to enter the water at Manly’s North
Steyne to compete in his first heat of the Vissla Sydney Surf Pro.

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