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Australian National Surfing Museum Torquay, Victoria

Australia’s largest surf and beach culture museum. The first fully accredited surfing museum in the world.

The Australian National Surfing Museum in Torquay celebrates the story of Australian surfing. It also charts Australia's significant contribution to the development of surfing around the world. Through colourful and exciting permanent displays and temporary exhibitions the ANSM commemorates Australia's fantastic surfing heritage and rich beach culture.

Contact Information

location
77 Beach Road Torquay Victoria 3228 (map)
phone
+61 (03) 5261 4606

Contact

Opening Hours

Open 9.00am - 5.00pm 7 days a week (closed Christmas day)

Entry Fee

$8.00 students/concession $12.00 adults $25.00 families

Location

77 Beach Road Surf City Plaza Surfcoast Highway Torquay Victoria

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This collection is owned and managed by the Australian National Surfing Museum and is based in Torquay, Australia’s surfing capital. The museum came about through the vision of Peter Troy who along with his surfing friends Vic Tantau and Alan Reid drove the idea forward, supported by Surfing Australia, the Torquay surfing industry, local businesses and the Geelong Regional Commission. The museum opened its doors in December 1993. The collection documents over 100 years of the Australian surfing story and commemorates Australia's surfing heritage and rich beach culture. It also charts Australia's significant contribution to the development of surfing around the world. The collection includes artifacts and memorabilia relating to many surfing themes: surfboards, clothing, historical images, surf movies and music, and archival materials.

Significance

This collection documents and preserves for future generations, the history and culture of surfing, one of Australia’s most popular sports and recreations. It also charts Australia's significant contribution to the development of surfing around the world. The collection is a key resource for the activities of the Australian National Surfing Museum, recognized by the International Surfing Association as a one of the world’s most significant centres of world surfing heritage.

Rod Worthington 15 November 2018 9:12 AM

I was looking for the CREST logo that Bruen Finey had put on his longboards when he had his own business. Thanks. Rod

Craig Baird 15 November 2018 9:16 AM

Hi Rod, I am unfamiliar with that manufacturer or label. Perhaps you could try www.surfresearch.com that has a manufacturers index. Cheers,

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Fin

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Cheyne Horan Star Fin. Moulded polycarbonate red Star Fin. Fin is signed by Cheyne Horan with "HAVE A GOOD SURF FROM Cheyne Horan".

Historical information

An example of the innovative winged keel design based on the Australia 2 yacht (Americas Cup winner 1982). The Star Fin was a collaboration between Australian pro surfer, Cheyne Horan, and Australia 2 fin designer Ben Lexcen. Horan won 1984 Bells Beach surfing festival riding a board using this fin design.

Significance

This fin design represents a radical departure from surfboard design thinking at that time (early 1980s) Most people were concentrating on multi fin designs Mark Richards with high performance twin fin designs, then Simon Anderson's 3 fin 'Thruster' design. Cheyne Horan employed the talents of innovative yachting designer Ben Lexcen (who designed the Americas Cup winning Australia 2) to design a unique Star Fin which would provide greater hold for a single fin at critical angles. Horan proved the effectiveness of this design by winning the 1984 Rip Curl Pro at Bells beach using a board mounted with one of the Star Fins. The Star fin represents an unusual (for surfing)scientific and innovative design approach. This is a rare and representative item signed by design instigator Cheyne Horan.

Inscriptions & Markings

Manufacturers and makers information embossed on base. Concept by Cheyne Horan Design by Ben Lexcen Patent Pending STAR FIN Made from Lexan Polycarbonate by Star Fin p/l PO Box 1293 Nth Syd Aust.

Photograph - Peter Townend and three surfboards

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Colour photograph

Historical information

This is a rare colour photograph of Australian surfer Peter Townend in Hawaii with three of his surfboards from his World Championship Year, 1976. Townend shaped the two surfboards he is holding.

Significance

Two of the three surfboards Peter Townend is holding appeared on the cover of American surfing magazines - SURFER vol 15 #5, January 1975 and SURFER vol 18 #1, May 1977.

Trophy - Coca Cola Trophy

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Brass bell mounted on wooden frame with wood stand and engraved brass plaque.

Historical information

This Bell was won by John Pawson as second junior place getter in the Bells Easter Open Contest in 1969. The bell was one of the earliest versions of the bell made by Joe Sweeney. John Pawson was a local surfer who tragically drowned at Winki Pop in January 1984

Significance

Rarity

Inscriptions & Markings

Engraved on brass plaque "Coca Cola Trophy / Bells Easter Open Contest / 2nd JUNIOR 1969"

DVD Movie - Surfing 50 States

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Colour cover art of an American flag over a sand, movie title and colour photograph of Johnno and Stefan with the infamous Hurley Van.

Historical information

Cult Australian surf travel documentary made by Stefan Hunt and Jonno Durrant as they endeavour to surf 50 states of the United States of America in 50 days (32 without an ocean). Music by Spiderbait, The Wahas and many more. World Premier at the Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace, Cremorne, Sydney on 15th October, 2008.

Significance

On of the most popular independent surf travel documentaries ever made. Unique insight into surfing and popular culture.

Inscriptions & Markings

Movie title, one line synopsis

Surfboard

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Hollow Wooden Plywood Surfboard. Hand made Ockanui, single fin. 9' 11" x 21 1/2" x 4 1/2" Nose 17 3/4" Tail 13" Fin 4 3/4" Base 1 3/4"

Historical information

This Ockanui Hollow Plywood Surfboard was shaped by Peter Watson and his father at their family home in Murrumbeena in 1959 (Peter was aged 16 at the time). The surfboard was based on a series of full size plans purchased from the USA. The surfboard is made from marine ply, ureal/resorcinal glue, marine varnish, copper nails, the skeg (fin) is Huon Pine made from an old kitchen sink drain board.

Significance

This surfboard is an excellent example of the type of hollow wooden surfboards being made in the USA and Australia in 1959.

Inscriptions & Markings

No distinct inscriptions or markings. Skeg made from old kitchen sink (Huon Pine).

Programme - Australia 1970 Fifth World Surfboard Riding Championships, Bells Beach, Victoria

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

24 page souvenir programme, colour cover, colour black, black and white pages inside. Cover features colour drawing of a surfer riding a wave.

Historical information

The souvenir programme was produced for the Fifth World Surfboard Riding Championships at Bells Beach, Victoria. The championships were the first international surfing contest held at Bells Beach. The finals of this event were held at Johanna Beach, also a first. The programme features an introduction by the Premier Sir Henry Bolte, Daily Programme of activities, feature articles about Bells Beach and previous World Surfboard Riding Championships plus advertisements for Qantas, Fiat, Peter's Icecream, Jantzen Surf clothing, Schweppes and Bower Boy Surfwax.

Significance

The Fifth World Surfboard Riding Championships were a first for Bells Beach and also significant for the role they played in the development of Bells Beach as an international surfing venue.

Photograph - 1958 Wanderers Surfboard Rally, Long Reef Beach

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Black and white photograph of surfboard sign on Pittwater Road, north of Dee Why, Sydney.

Historical information

Photograph showing early promotion for the first surfboard contest (rally) in Sydney in 1958. A surfboard has been used to create a unique roadside sign promoting the contest at Long Reef in the winter of 1958.

Significance

This photograph is a rare example of early promotion for Sydney surfing contests.

Book - MP - the life of Michael Peterson

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Soft cover book featuring a photograph by Marty Tullemans of Michael Peterson with one of his surfboards under his arm. Quote from Kelly Slater. 342 pages.

Historical information

For three years during the 1970's, 'MP' was the best surfer in the world, winning every surfing contest he entered. MP was an enigmatic competitor and master surfboard shaper during this significant period of growth and opportunity in Australian surfing.

Significance

This biography tells the story of one of the most dynamic surfer/shapers in Australia during the 1970's. His contribution to world surfing is significant in both the contest arena and the shaping bay.

Inscriptions & Markings

ISBN - 978 0 7322 8588 3

Surfboard

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Piping Hot Twin Fin surfboard. Manufactured from polyurethane foam core and laminated fibreglass with fixed fibreglass fins. Full plan shape with channels running almost full length on the bottom of the board, the wide point forward of centre, swallow tail with flyer. Legrope plug fitted. Custom graphics in red, yellow and green top and bottom.

Historical information

Twin fin surfboard manufactured at Piping Hot Boston Road Torquay. Manufactured from polyurethane foam core and laminated fibreglass with fixed fibreglass fins. Shaped by Mike Patterson. This board is has channels running almost full length on the bottom of the board, the wide point forward of centre, swallow tail with flyer. Custom graphics in red, yellow and green top and bottom; from 1979

Significance

High performance twin fin designs were pioneered by 4 time Professional World Surfing Champion Mark Richards (Newcastle). In this period 1978 -1981 these surfboards represented the pinnacle of surfboard design progression and high performance. This surfboard also represents Piping Hot which was one of Australia's leading surf 'brands' at that time. Piping Hot was a Torquay based company that produced surfboards,wetsuits and surf clothing.

Inscriptions & Markings

20cm x 16cm Black red yellow green Piping Hot logo on deck and bottom 60cm down from nose. Hand written makers mark "Shaped by Mike Patterson Custom" in pencil on blank beside stringer forward of the fins on the bottom. "1459" in pencil on bottom near tail.

Photograph - Kennett River

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Black and white photograph taken at Kennett River, Victoria, of a surfer standing next to a VW sedan with surfboards on the roof. Another car and more boards on the ground is to the right of the VW. In the background is a righthand, peeling wave with a surfer riding it.

Historical information

Black and white photograph taken by Jack Eden at Kennett River, Victoria, in 1964. Image is of a surfer standing next to a VW with surfboards on the roof. Another car and more boards on the ground also appear in the picture. In the background is a peeling wave with a surfer riding it. More surfers sit waiting.

Significance

Jack Eden was a pioneer of Australian surfing and surf photography. His images capture something of arguably the halcyon days of Australian surfing. Rare image of surfing at remote Kennett Rover along the Great Ocean Road.

Inscriptions & Markings

Titled: Australia Jack Eden, Kennett River, Victoria

Photograph - Sylvia Hoogeveen - Warrilla Championships

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Black and white photograph by Jack Eden of Sylvia Hoogeveen riding a surfboard in 1965.

Historical information

Black and white photograph taken by Jack Eden of Sylvia Hoogeveen surfing at the 1965 Warrilla Championships. Hoogeveen is a goofy foot surfer riding an 8 foot plus longboard.

Significance

Rare photograph of a female surfer competing at regional surfing contest in 1965. The photograph is part of a limited edition, collection of images created by noted Australia surf photographer Jack Eden

Inscriptions & Markings

Black and white framed photograph signed by Jack Eden (number 10)

Book - History of Torquay Surf Life Saving Club

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Blue leather hardback book with gold lettering on blue representing the colours of the Torquay Surf Life Saving Club.

Historical information

History of the Torquay Surf Life Saving Club celebrates the first fifty years (1945-1995) of the largest surf life saving club in Victoria. The book features historic photographs of the surf club and the famed Torquay Surf Beach on Victoria rugged Surf Coast. The book also features chapters on the historic, cultural, social and competitive areas within the club.

Significance

This bok is significant because it represents the first official history of one of the largest and most influential surf life saving clubs in Australia.

Inscriptions & Markings

Authors name - Ken Pollard

Photograph - MR and Rabbit Check Out The Sheets

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Black and white photograph with chemical discolouration across top.

Historical information

Professional surfers from Australia Mark Richards (centre) and Wayne 'Rabbit' Bartholomew (right) scrutinize judges tally sheets, possibly at Bells Beach in Victoria.

Significance

Rare photograph featuring MR and 'Rabbit' two of the world's most competitive surfers during the seventies read what appears to be a judges tally sheet.

Book - Layne Beachley - Beneath the Waves

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Colour cover with a close up photographic image of a smiling Layne Beachley paddling into a wave.

Historical information

Authorised biography on Australia's Layne Beachley the most successful female surfer in the history of the sport. This book follows her story as she strives to overcome the obstacles of injury, chronic fatigue and family tragedy to achieve success in the male dominated sport of surfing.

Significance

The first biography on seven times, World Surfing Champion Layne Beachley, one of the most succesful female athletes in the history of modern sport. Written by award winning journalist and surfer Michael Gordon.

Inscriptions & Markings

Book title, author name.

Surfboard

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Layne Beachley surfboard shaped by Stuart D'Arcy in 2003. The surfboard is a three fin, 5' 10" rounded pin with yellow rails and blue pin lines. The board was ridden by Layne Beachley when she won her record 6th straight World Professional Surfing championship in 2003.

Historical information

This surfboard was ridden by Australian surfer, Layne Beachley at competitions around the world for the 2003 ASP Professional World Surfing Tour. In 2003 Layne won her record sixth straight World Professional Surfing Championship. Layne would go on to win the word title for a record 7th time in 2006. Layne Beachley learned to surf at Manly Beach in Sydney. She is the first woman in the history of sport to win 7 professional world titles.

Significance

The surfboard is of world significance. It was ridden by Layne Beachley, Australia's most successful competitive surfer, when she won her record sixth straight World Professional Surfing Championship in 2003.

Inscriptions & Markings

Boost, Gallez, Layne Beachley Reach for the Stars, Darcy and Oakley logos on deck

Photograph - Surfboat at Bondi Beach 1923

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Surfboats have played an important role in saving lives on Australian beaches since the early 1900's. This boat at the famous Bondi Beach can be seen riding a wave to the beach with the standard five man crew. Many early Australian surfers were members of Surf Life Saving Clubs regularly riding the waves in surfboats, surf ski's and other surf rescue craft.

Significance

Rare image of an Australian surfboat riding a wave at one of Australia's most iconic surf beaches in Sydney during the 1920's.

Inscriptions & Markings

'Donated by John Pettigrove' on the back

Programme - 1970 Fifth World Surfboard Riding Championships, Bells Beach, Victoria

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Colour cover depicts an aqua/white background with a surfer going left. Text in black and red.

Historical information

This souvenir program from the 1970 World Surfboard Riding Championships at Bells Beach, Australia includes information about the contest, organisers, Bells Beach and competing surf teams from around the world.

Significance

The 1970 World Titles were the first international surfing event held in Victoria and the first international surfing contest to be held at the world famous Bells Beach. The contest was shrouded in controversy from day one with poor surf, drug busts and other inappropriate behaviour from competitors.

Programme - 2000 Rip Curl Pro / Sunsmart Classic at Bells Beach official contest guide

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Full colour 32 page magazine with information about the 2000 Rip Curl Pro / Sunsmart Classic at Bells Beach. The cover features artwork by Indigenous artists Glenn Romanis. The artwork features an indigenous theme relating to Bells Beach.

Historical information

This magazine is representative of event guides prepared for the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach each year. This particular event guide features unique artwork by Indigenous artist/surfer Glenn Romanis including an indigenous representation of the world famous Bells Beach 'bell' on the top left hand corner.

Significance

The 2000 Rip Curl; Pro event guide featured unique artwork by Indigenous artist Glenn Romanis. During this period the event was one of the first major sporting events in Australia to embrace Aboriginal culture.

Inscriptions & Markings

The cover includes the official event title plus sponsors logos, Rip Curl, Sunsmart, Coca-Cola, Tracks surfing magazine, Surfing Victoria, Surf Coast Tourism, Association of Surfing Professionals and Offshore Music.

Magazine - Surfer Magazine Vol.3 No. 3 1962

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Colour cover featuring cartoon of a surfer by Rick Griffin. Inside magazine 52 pages of black and white text and photographs.

Historical information

The first SURFER magzazine to feature Murphy a cartoon creation by Rick Griffin on the cover.

Significance

SURFER was one of the first international surfing magzines. Created by John Severson the magazine is still in print today. The cartoon on the cover is drawn by Californian artist Rick Griffin who during the sixties and seventies was one of the most influential artists in the world of surfing and later music. This issue was also one of the first international surf magazines to feature images of Midget Farrelly surfing Hawaii and the first pictorial on New Zealand.

Inscriptions & Markings

Surfer logo on the cover

VHS Movie - MAD WAX

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

VHS Surf film released by Quiksilver in February 1987. Colour cover art featuring a colour photograph of Gary Elkerton, one of the stars of the film.

Historical information

A comedy surf film featuring Tom Carroll, Kong Elkerton, Bryce Ellis, Mark Sainsbury, and Ross Clarke-Jones as the Wiz. The Wiz stumbles on an old book about making your own wax and mixes a batch which magically transports him and his friends to some of the world's best surf spots. Music by popular Australian band GANGgajang

Significance

MAD WAX had a national theatrical release in 1987. The film was shown at surf clubs, pubs and other surf film related venues during this period. The film is significant for the surfers who appear in the film (2 time World Champion Tom Carroll) and the 'loose' narrative thread which was common place in many surf films during the eighties. The film features Mark Sainsbury a popular professional surfer from New South Wales who suddenly died of a brain anueryism on 6th AUgust 1992. The poster and cover art for the VHS case were done by noted Quiksilver designer/artist Peter Webb. MAD WAX had its World Premier at the Enmore Theatre, Enmore, New South Wales on Saturday 28th February, 1987. The screening was accompanied by a live performance by GANGgajang whose music appears on the film soundtrack.

Inscriptions & Markings

QUIKSILVER Presents. Cover art by Peter Webb (Quiksilver) Quiksilver logo.

Magazine - Shred Betty

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Full colour A4 gloss magazine with a feature photograph of Serena Brooke on the cover

Historical information

SHRED BETTY was the first surfing magazine in Australia dedicated to female surfers. The magazine features articles and interviews with Layne Beachley, Zane Harrison and colour photographs of key female surfers of the time.

Significance

First female surfing magazine in Australia and one of the first in the world. The magazine only ran for three issues but laid the groundwork for future all-female surfing magazines during the first decade of the twenty first century.

Inscriptions & Markings

Shred Betty, Volume 1, Issue 1 (1998)

Musical Instrument - Snowy McAlister's Ukelele

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Handcrafted Hawaiian, Kumalae ukelele, light brown in colour,missing one of the four original tuning knobs.

Historical information

This ukelele was owned by Snowy McAlister one of the most famous surfers to come out of the Manly surf scene during the 20th century. Snowy won eleven surfboard 'display' contests in Sydney and Newcastle from 1923-1936 including the first 'Australian Championship at Manly Beach in 1924.

Significance

This ukelele belonged to one of the most influential surfers during the 20th century. It was made by Jonah Kumalae of Hawaii during the early part of the 20th century. It represents the connection between surfing and music as personified by this musical instrument made popular in Hawaii during this period.

Inscriptions & Markings

Kumalae logo on the top of the neck of the ukelele.

Book - Switch-foot (surfing art music)

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Switch-foot (surfing art music) is a hard copybook of surfing photography with a black cover featuring 5 art panels and one panel with text. 'Switch-foot surfing art music'.

Historical information

Switch-foot is a classic publication out of Australia 2005. This 210 page hardcover book has many of the immortal surfing images from the golden era in surfing from photographers such as Albe Falzon, George Greenough and Jack Eden. Stories from: George Greenough looking at his simple genius and his movie magic with ‘Dolphin Glide’ and ‘Behind the Scenes.’ The unmasking of the truth behind Peter Drouyn, 12 legends of the Lens (images from the golden era) The telling of Dick Van Straalen’s story and his current relationship with Dave Rastovich The art of Harry Daily Global surf travel with Colas Thomas Campbell drops by Rasta and friends music with the exploration into the mystery of the art of jamming Discussions about sustainable surfcraft production with Tom Wegener, the unveiling of new school talent within music and photography and also talking to important leaders in the field of classic surfing to gather information on surfboard design, single fin surfing and fin dynamics. Music from low pressure sound systems in the story titled ‘the art of jamming’

Significance

A significant publication that explores art, photography and music in surfing culture.

Inscriptions & Markings

ISBN 0-646-45057

VHS Movie - The Green Iguana

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

VHS surf movie with colour cover art featuring Mark Occhilupo surfing and a green Iguana.

Historical information

The Green Iguana is one of the most creative surf films ever featuring Australian surfers Mark Occhilupo, Luke Egan, 'Munga' Barry and 'Margo'. All Australian soundtrack by the best independent bands of the time and stunning cinematography by Jack McCoy made this a cult classic when it was released in 1992.

Significance

One of the most influential surf films of the nineties by world renowned surf film maker Jack McCoy.

Inscriptions & Markings

Sponsors name in title.

Photograph - Michael Peterson, 1977 Stubbies Surf Classic

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Black and white photograph of Michael Peterson wearing boardshorts and holding his surfboard at the Stubbies Surf Classic, Burleigh Heads, March, 1977

Historical information

This black and white photograph shows Gold Coast surfer Michael Peterson with his surfboard at the Stubbies Surf Classic, Burleigh Heads, March, 1977. Peterson was at the peak of his surfing powers when this photograph was taken. He won the event shortly after this photograph was taken.

Significance

Although he never won a world championship Michael Peterson was seen by many as the best surfer in the world in the period from 1973 - 1977.

Inscriptions & Markings

None

Photograph - Rabbit wave ride, 1977 Stubbies Contest, Gold Coast

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Black and white photograph of Wayne 'Rabbit' Bartholomew free surfing at the 1977 Stubbies Contest held at Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast.

DVD Movie - The History of Australian Surfing

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Colour cover art including barrel background and images of surfing and beach culture forming the films titles.

Historical information

In 1984 Nat Young released his ground breaking documentary The History of Australian Surfing. This DVD of that film tells the story of the evolution of surfing in Australia from its origin in Sydney through to the development of wooden, fibreglass and short surfboards. The film features footage of Australia's greatest surfers including Midget Farrelly, Mark Richards, Tom Carroll, Wayne Lynch and many more.

Significance

Groundbreaking documentary that for the first time attempted to tell the unique history of Australian surfing on film.

Inscriptions & Markings

Distributors logo

Surfboard

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Kelly Slater surfboard shaped by Al Merrick (Channel Island Surfboards)in 1996. The surfboard is a three fin, 6' 6" rounded pin, colour yellow. The board, with Kelly riding it, featured on the cover of Surfer magazine in November 1996 in a sequence, shot in Indonesia at speed reef Grajagan.

Historical information

Kelly Slater is contemporary surfing's dominant competitive presence and a truly inspirational surfer. By the end of 2009 Kelly had won a record 9 professional World Surfing Championships. This surfboard is one of Kelly's from 1996 shaped by world renowmed shaper Al Merick from Channel Island Surfboards, Santa Barbara, California. This board was ridden by Kelly in Indonesia in 1996 and featured on the cover of Surfer Magazine in November 1996 in a sequence shot at speed reef Grajagan.

Significance

This surfboard was ridden by Kelly Slater throughout 1996 and most famously featured on the cover of Surfer Magazine. In 1996 Kelly Slater was at the peak of his surfing powers. During this year he won his 4th World Professional Surfing championship equalling the record held by Australian Mark Richards. This surfboard has international significance and represents a number of innovative design trends during this period.

Inscriptions & Markings

Deck - Quiksilver, Al Merrick logo Bottom - 'Glasscraft by Bob Haakenson Santa Barbara' behind last fin. Al Merrick logo 63921A Kelly on stringer

Poster - First Love

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Full colour film poster for the surf film FIRST LOVE. The poster features a long shot of the main surfers in the film, Jess Laing, Nikki Van Dijk, and India Payne walking along a country road towards the camera carrying their surfboards and wetsuits.

Historical information

First Love is a feature film length surf film that tells the story of three young female surfers. The film follows the lives of Jess, Nikki and India as they follow their passion for surfing growing up together and competing against one another. Surfing brings the girls together but they are all different in their own way. The film culminates in a surf trip to Hawaii where they meet a number of professional female surfers. The film also features surfers Stephanie Gilmore (world champion), Alana Blanchard and Bethany Hamilton.

Significance

First Love was produced by an all female creative team and officially launched at the Surf World Museum Torquay on 4th April 2010. The film had its festival debut at the DUNGOG FILM FESTIVAL in May 2010 and its international debut at the HAWAIIAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL in October 2010. First Love is the first surf feature film shot in Australia with an all female cast/crew. The film had a national theatrical release across Australia on February 14th, 2011.

Inscriptions & Markings

Film title, sponsors logos, film makers credits and touring dates for the Autumn 2010 tour of the film.

Photograph - Lorne surfers 1920

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Black and white photograph

Historical information

This photograph shows Louis Whyte from Geelong and friends on Lorne Beach in 1920 holding two redwood timber surfboards. In the background can be seen the Lorne foreshore.

Significance

One of the earliest group photographs of surfers in Victoria. The surfboards and surfers are believed to be the first in Victoria.