“Surf Champ” was one of the first arcade surfing games ever. The pinball machine was built by D. Gottlieb & Co., in 1976.
In professional surfing, 1976 was the year of Peter Townend. The Australian secured the only world title of his career, in the newly-created International Professional Surfers (IPS) circuit.
In the entertainment world, the introduction of microprocessors brought pinball into the realm of electronic gaming. Digital sound effects, speech, and complex rules were getting into these coin-operated machines.