With the surf sub-par in Sydney for the kick off of the 1982 Surfabout, the event headed South to Bendalong via Aussie Pipe, on the NSW south coast, where it was 3-4ft. The ocean then went flat and the event had to be extended by several days. It resumed at Avalon in a rising, 2-4ft. South swell and was moved to DeeWhy point when it hit 5-8ft.
It was finalised in 5-7ft. Cronulla Point. Hawaiian Dane Kealoha made his first Surfabout final after eliminating Martin Potter in a semi final, but Kealoha was beaten by a fired up Wayne Bartholomew, who won $30, 000. “Rabbit” knocked out local Jim Banks in the other semi. Nick Carroll wrote in tracks-
"In Surfabout “Rabbit’s” full competitive arsenal was revealed...It was a victory of stamina determination and experience."