I found this crazy cool pic a while back. Looking at the points in the judging criteria in this pic, it really shocked me at the disparity of points for some maneuvers.
What I mean is that in today’s times, the oohs and aahs you get from the general public watching surfing are above the wave aerial antics or the disappearing moves of a surfer riding inside the tube. Aerial surfing was not a concept back then, and while points on this sheet do reflect that tube riding is rewarded to some degree, clearly this “LOOP (360)” was the holy grail of surfing back then.
Back when? I would hazard a guess to the ‘60s when the competitions first started. In today’s times, judging surfers in competition is so subjective and has been cause of bitter