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The path down to #Bellsbeach for the #ripcurlpro - Olympian Joe Sweeney got a bulldozer to make a path to this world class surf spot and charged surfers a pound for access in order to recoup his expenses! Surfers can be very entrepreneurial by dasurfengine

"In the early 1960s Joe Sweeney famously paid a local farmer to bulldoze the first access to Torquay Australias Bells Beach. On Monday Sweeney died from a rare auto-immune disease. He was 82. Along with literally paving the way for surfers to ride the wild waves of Bells Sweeney was also responsible for building the coveted trophies for the @ripcurl_usa Pro which was held at his homespot since the seventies. Prior to Sweeney paying off a local farmer for beach access surfers had to…

Surf icon Joe Sweeney was farewelled last week with a huge turnout paying tribute to the legend who was instrumental in opening up the path to #bellsbeach and created the #ripcurlpro trophy each year. Photo: TSLC #ripjoe by surfingvictoria