Historical information

This photograph shows Louis Whyte from Geelong riding a solid redwood timber surfboard at Lorne Beach in Victoria, Australia. Whyte travelled to Hawaii in 1919 spending 6 months at Waikiki learning how to surf. He purchased 4 solid redwood timber surfboards on the beach at Waikiki and brought them back to Australia. Whyte is the first documented surfer in Victoria.


One of the earliest photographs of a surfer riding a wave in Victoria.

Physical description

Black and white photograph of Louis Whyte riding a wave at Lorne in 1920 on a solid redwood timber surfboard.

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