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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 Surf City Plaza Surfcoast Highway Torquay Victoria (map)
phone
+61 (03) 5261 4606
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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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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

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.

Magazine - The Surfing World Monthly, November 1963, Volume 3, Number 3

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Surfing World (SW) magazine Volume 3 Number 3, Nov 1963.

Historical information

Surfing World, or SW as it is know, first issue appeared Sept 1962. Edited by Bob Evans this monthly magazine was published "in the interests of promoting surfing in Australia and overseas". This issue (Volume 3, Number 3) is one of a series of early 1960's SW's donated as an incomplete collection. SURFING WORLD is still published today and is Australia's oldest surfing magazine.

Significance

Surfing World was the first major national surfing publication in Australia established in 1962. Its stories and photographs captured the early years of growth of surfing in Australia during the 1960's. The magazine inspired a generation of people to start surfing and provides an important archive into Australian surf culture during the sixties.

Inscriptions & Markings

Surfing World banner in top left over a colour photograph of (possibly) Crescent Head beach with a tree in the foreground and a surfer riding a small wave in the background.

Video Clip - The Story of the Bells Beach Bell

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Short webclip featuring Joe Sweeney describing how he makes the iconic Bell trophy each year for the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach. Duration: 01.48

Historical information

The Bells Beach contest trophy is one of the most widely recognised sporting trophies in the world. Joe Sweeney has been making the trophy for the Bells Beach surfing contest since the late 1970's. It has been won four times by Australian surfer Mark Richards and American surfer Kelly Slater.

Significance

The Bells Beach trophy is an iconic surfing artefact. To ring the trophy at Bells Beach at Easter is something all professional surfers aspire to achieve once in their professional careers.

Book - Duke - A Great Hawaiian

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Small hardcover book with a photograph of a young smiling Duke Kahanamoko on the cover with a tradiional Hawaiian print border. 128 pages.

Historical information

Well researched short history of Duke Kahanamoku who was nominated the Surfer of the (20th) Century by Surfer Magazine.

Significance

Rare short biography of one of the most famous surfers in the world and the man who introduced surfing to mainstream Australia in 1915.

Inscriptions & Markings

Back cover photograph of the Duke running out of water, Bess Press logo set on Hawaiian print. ISBN - 9781573062305

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.

Sticker - God Went Surfing

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Round black and white sticker with a surfboard in a middle of the iconic 'peace' symbol.

Historical information

God Went Surfing With The Devil is the award winning documentary film by Alex Klein which charts the dangers and difficulties of surfers living in Gaza. The film was released in 2009 and has screened at film festivals around the world.

Significance

Ground breaking documentary exploring surfing in one of the most dangerous regions of the world. Historic examination of efforts by surfers to create harmony between Israeli's and Palestinians in Gaza.

Inscriptions & Markings

website - www.godwentsurfing.com

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.

Document - Human Impact on Australian Beaches (Results from SOS95 Beach Survey)

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Beach Environmental Report. 168 page report which examines the health of 1612 beach areas around Australia. Sepia cover featuring a photograph of endangered sanddunes at Stockton Bight, north of Newcastle. 168 pages

Historical information

Human Impacts on Australian Beaches was a landmark environmental study which provided a 'snapshot' of the health of 1612 beach areas around Australia. This nationwide study (which built on the success of the 1994 State of Our Surf Report) was put together by the Surfrider Foundation Australia with the support of more then 340 individuals and 70 organisations around Australia. The report was authored by surfer/environmentalist/artist Michael Legge-Wilkinson from Newcastle, New South Wales. Human Impacts was launched officially by Peter Garrett, leader of Australian rock band Midnight Oil at the Bondi Pavilion, Bondi Beach in May 1996.

Significance

Human Impacts built on the success of the 1994 State Of Our Surf Report, released by the Surfrider Foundation Australia in 1994. Human Impacts was the first major report to specifically examine the environmental health of 1612 of Australia's beaches. A limited 500 copies of this report were produced, the majority of which went to education institutions, libraries, community groups and government departments. The report generated national and international media interest with the BBC London reporting on its findings in the week after its launch.

Inscriptions & Markings

Sepia cover, Surfrider Foundation logo on report cover

Photograph - Reno Abellira Holding Twin Fin Surfboard

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Black and white photograph of Hawaiian surfer Reno Abellira holding the tail of a twin fin surfboard.Abellira is wearing an O'Neil full length wetsuit.

Historical information

Reno Abellira was one of the top surfers to come out of Hawaii during the seventies. He was noted for his speed and style on the wave culminating in success on the early professional surfing circuit. The twin fin fin surfboard was a natural progression from the single fin and one of the most popular types of surfboard ridden during the mid-seventies.

Significance

Reno Abellira was one of Hawaii's top surfers and one if its first professional surfers during the seventies. This rare photograph shows Reno holding his 'tools in trade' a twin fin surfboard.

Inscriptions & Markings

O'Neill logo on wetsuit

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)

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 - 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

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

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.

Book - Gidget

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Soft cover book, aqua wash artwork featuring colour photograph of Kathy Kohnner Zuckerman (aka the real Gidget) wearing an orange one piece swimsuit holding a malibu surfboard on cover.

Historical information

GIDGET was written by Frederick Kohner the father of the real Gidget, Kathy Kohner Zuckerman. The book is based on Kathy's experiences as a 15 year old girl at Malibu Beach, Southern California during the summer of 1957 discovering Moondoggie, the Big Kahuna and surfing. The book was made into a highly succesful feature film of the same name, released in 1959 with Sandra Dee playing the star role of Gidget.

Significance

GIDGET is socially and culturally significant because it was one of the first mainstream books to explore the surfing sub-culture of Southern California. The book was made into a feature film which played a significant role in popularising the surfing sub-culture around the world.

Inscriptions & Markings

Main title GIDGET on cover. One line testimonials at the top of the book cover. Publishers logo on spine. Barcode on back of book. Inside cover personally signed by Kathy Kohner Zuckerman.

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

DVD Movie - Morning Of The Earth

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Black text on red with iconic black and white photograph of Michael Petersen cutback.

Historical information

Morning Of The Earth tells the fantasy of three exotic lands: Bali, Hawaii and Australia, where surfers made their own houses, surfboards and lived in harmony with nature. Featuring Nat Young, Terry Fitzgerald, Gerry Lopez, Stephen Cooney, David Treloar and Michael Petersen. The movie soundtrack featured Terry Hannigan, Taman Shud, Brian Cadd , G. Wayne Thomas and many others. The film premiered at the Manly Silver Screen Theatre in 1972.

Significance

Described by many as the greatest surf film ever made in Australia and one of the most influential surf films ever made, Albert Falzon's stunning surf footage captured the spirit of a timeless period in Australian surf history.

Inscriptions & Markings

Film title, Jonas Mekas quote.

Photograph - Bob McTavish photograph Bells Beach 1 1965

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Large black and white (sepia toned) photo. Part 1 of a 2 photo sequence taken by John Witzig of Bob McTavish riding a very big wave at Bells Beach. Photo is titled 'Bob McTavish Big Bells 1 - 1965', and signed and numbered by John Witzig (11/100).

Historical information

This photo, part 1 of a 2 photo sequence taken by John Witzig, is of of Bob McTavish riding a very large waves (15'+) at Bells Beach on Easter Sunday (April 18th) 1965. This wave is thought to be the same one described by McTavish in his book as one of the biggest, most powerful waves he had ridden, almost resulting in his drowning after being washed down past the next headland at winki pop. Bells, Easter, 1965 is considered one of the biggest days that this break has been surfed. The surfer in the photograph, Bob McTavish would go on to become one of the most influential surfer/shapers in Australian during the next decade.

Significance

The extremely large waves experienced by surfers at Bells Beach on Easter Sunday 1965 is part of surfing folklore. The wave featured in this photograph is considered one of the largest ridden waves ever documented at Bells Beach.

Inscriptions & Markings

Signed by John Witzig. Numbered 11 / 100

Photograph - Jack McCoy and Lightning Bolt Surfboard

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Black and white photograph of surf film maker Jack McCoy holding a Lightning Bolt surfboard.

Historical information

Jack McCoy is a famous surfer and surf film maker from Hawaii. In this photograph he can be seen holding a brand new Lightning Bolt single fin surfboard.

Significance

Jack McCoy is recognised as one of the world's great surf film makers.During the seventies Lighting Bolt were one of the most famous surfboard companies in the world. The fact both 'were' born in Hawaii makes this photograph interesting and significant.

Inscriptions & Markings

Lightning Bolt logo on surfboard

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 - Gary Birdsall 'Midway', Cronulla 1959

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Black and white photograph of Sydney surfer, Gary Birdsall leaning against a car with his back facing the ocean at 'Midway' Cronulla Beach, Sydney.

Historical information

This photo by Jack Eden shows Gary Birdall leaning against his car at Cronulla Beach in 1959. Gary was a favourite with photographers during this period. A photograph of him charging huge Cronulla Point featured on the cover of The Atlantics record BOMBORA.

Significance

This photograph is of natiuonal significance showcasing one of the most talented young surfers to come out of Cronulla in the early sixties. Gary Birdsall competed in many of the first surfing contests around Australia and today is an accomplished artist.

DVD Movie - Evolution

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Black and white photograph on cover of Wayne Lynch cutback.

Historical information

Evolution captures Australian surfing at a pivotal moment in 1969 when the shortboard revolution was in full swing. The old long board era was to be consigned to history as Wayne Lynch, Nat Young and Ted Spencer re-wrote the surfing rule book on a 1969 world tour. Music soundtrack by Taman Shud and Tully.

Significance

This film had a significant influence on world surfing when it as released. The surfing images of Lynch, Young and Spencer had a profound influence on the way that surfers rode waves and the surfing equipment they used. The film remains a true reflection on a pivitol moment in surfing history.

Inscriptions & Markings

Classification (G), movie title and synopsis

Video Clip - Bells Beach - Big Easter Sunday 1965

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Bells Beach - Big Easter Sunday 1965 is a short video which features an interview with Torquay surfer/photographer Barrie Sutherland describing the huge surf at the 1965 Bells Beach Surfing Contest. The video also features a number of photographs by Barrie Sutherland taken on Easter Sunday 1965. Duration: 03.28 Available as an MP4 Video.

Historical information

On Easter Sunday 1965 competitors in the Bells Beach Surfing Contest were greeted with the sight of 15-18 foot waves marching into Bells Beach. Riding 9-10 foot boards with no legropes the bravery of many surfers was challenged on this day. A day when reputations were made.

Significance

Easter Sunday 1965 went down in Australian surfing history as the day when the largest waves were ridden in a surf contest outside of Hawaii. It was a significant day in establishing the reputation of Bells Beach as a big wave surfing location.

Inscriptions & Markings

Surf World Museum logo, Bells Gold logo

Newspaper Article - All Goes Well For Bubbly Surfing Prodigy

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Feature newspaper article from THE AGE, Thursday January 6th, 2011, page 6 by Martin Boulton about the sponsorship contract extension for 16 year old Australian female surfer Tyler Wright to Rip Curl Australia. Includes photographs of Wright surfing and running along beach.

Historical information

The first week of 2011 was a turbulent week in the world of professional surfing. On Wednesday 5th January, 2011 Australian surf wear company Quiksilver announced that they had signed Rip Curl surfer Stephanie Gilmore to a new $5 million dollar, 5 year contract. The next day this article about Tyler Wright appeared in The Age heralding a new female face for Rip Curl Australia.

Significance

The article is significant because it focuses attention on Rip Curl's new female face in the wake of the sudden departure from the company by 4 times World Surfing Champion Stephanie Gilmore.

pennant patch

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Green felt pennant and Green felt patch with cream screen printed details

Historical information

The Moffateers were a surfing club established by Ma and Pa Bendall at Moffats beach on the sunshine coast of Queensland. The 12 Plus badges were presented to members that were deemed to have surfed waves over 12 feet with confidence and control.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed in cream "Moffateers 12 Plus"

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.

Surfboard design blueprints - 16 foot Hollow Plywood Surfboard

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Blue print for design of 16' foot surf board

Historical information

These blue prints show the design for a classic 16 foot hollow plywood surfboard that would have been made between 1935-1955. The plans show how the board would be constructed from plywood and other timber materials. The Hampton area of Melbourne was home to many surfers at this time.

Significance

Excellent example of the type of plans used by surfers to make surfboards during the middle part of the 20th century.

Inscriptions & Markings

Designers name and address - C. R. Downie, 21 Hampton St, Hampton S.7.

Photograph - Nat Young and Duke Kahanamoku

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Black and white photograh of Nat Young and Duke Kahanamoku in 1963 at Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia

Historical information

Black and white photograph of Australian surfer Nat Young with Hawaiian surfing legend Duke Kahanamoku at Bondi Beach. The Duke was guest of honour at the 1963 Australian Surfing Championships which were run from 22-23rd November.

Significance

A rare photographs of two surfing legends together. Young was three years away from winning his World Title in San Diego while the Duke played a key role as an Elder to the surfing community world wide during the twilight years of his life.

Inscriptions & Markings

Black and white photograph

Surf Contest Pass - 2000 Bells Beach Competition Pass

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

2000 Rip Curl Pro Access Pass. Full colour laminated access pass (Outside Staff) for the 2000 Rip Curl Pro and Sunsmart Classic. The pass features cover art by Indigenous artist Glenn Romanis and event management logos. The pass also features a site map on the back and access information.

Historical information

This event access pass was issued to staff, vendors and community volunteers at the 2000 Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach.

Significance

The access pass is typical of the pass issued each year to the staff and workers at the longest running surfing contest in the world. The pass features unique Indigenous artwork by Torquay artist/surfer Glenn Romanis

Inscriptions & Markings

Event management logos on the front. Indigenous Bell artwork by Torquay artist/surfer Glenn Romanis.

Book - Surf Rage

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

SURF RAGE by Nat Young (a surfers guide to turning negatives into positives). Full colour, soft colour book with a photo of a tubing wave on the cover

Historical information

This book is a direct result of an incident on 16 March 2000 when Australian surfing champion Nat Young was physically assaulted at Angourie Beach after an altercation in the water. The book contains a series of eleven articles exploring the issue of aggression (rage) in the surfing community. The book features a forward by Drew Kampion and articles by a number of surfers including Nat Young, Derek Reilly, Nick Carroll, Fred Pawle and Torquay local, Gordon Stammers.

Significance

This book is significant in that it was the first Australian publication to formally address the issue of surf rage on Australian beaches.

Inscriptions & Markings

ISBN 0-9585750-1-0

DVD Movie - The Endless Summer

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Colour art of the cover featuring surfers holding longboards against a setting sun.

Historical information

The ultimate surfing adventure as Robert August and Michael Hynson travel around the globe in search of the perfect wave.

Significance

Iconic surf film by Bruce Brown that led to a significant increase in interest of surfing world wide. THE ENDLESS SUMMER was initially released on 16mm during 1964 receiving world wide acclaim. The film was re-released in 1966 with a new 35mm print and mainstream theatrical release. The film was hugely popular in the USA, Australia and Europe becoming one of the most popular surf films of all time.

Inscriptions & Markings

Movie Titles

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 - 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

Poster - Somewhere Near Tapachula

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Full colour poster for the surf documentary film SOMEWHERE NEAR TAPACHULA. The poster features an image of a young girl with a surfboard at her feet standing on a beach staring at the ocean.

Historical information

This poster was used to promote the Australian release of SOMEWHERE NEAR TAPACHULA February-April 2010. The film was shot on location in Tapachula, Mexico near the Guatemala border and tells the story of the orphanage Mision Mexico exstablished by two Australians Alan and Pamela Skuse. Surfing was introduced to the children at the orphanage in 2004 and surfing has now become an important part of the weekly program but has also played a key role in improving the lives of the children in the orphanage.

Significance

SOMEWHERE NEAR TAPACHULA is a unique surfing documentary which explores the social impact of surfing on a community of children living in a Mexican orphanage run by two Australians. Through a series of interviews the film follows the lives of a number of the children as they struggle with issues of identity, family and the harsh economic reality of growing up in a poor Mexican coastal town. Surfing is their one physical and emotional 'escape' refuge.

Inscriptions & Markings

Full colour poster featuring title, film sponsors and Australian tour dates (2010)

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.

Sticker - SAVE BASTION POINT

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Full colour gloss car sticker featuring graphic artwork of Bastion Point and the website for the SAVE BASTION POINT campaign (based in Mallacoota, Victoria, Australia)

Historical information

This colour sticker was produced and distributed Australia wide by the SAVE BASTION POINT CAMPAIGN to support their environmental campaign to stop a breakwall being built across the popular surf break - Bastion Point in Mallacoota, Victoria, Australia. The breakwall is supported by the local fishing community and local council. If built it would destroy one of the most popular surf breaks in East Gippsland.

Significance

This sticker represents a local environmental campaign which has gained state and national attention.

Inscriptions & Markings

Web address - www.savebastionpoint.org

Wetsuit

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Sunny Garcia's wetsuit. Torn Hotline wetsuit, full length 3/2 steamer. Wetsuit is cut and torn.

Historical information

This wetsuit was worn by surfer and 2000 world champion, Sunny Garcia (Haw), It was cut off Sunny when he collapsed on the beach during his heat of the 2004 Rip Curl Pro event at Bells Beach. As the Age reported at the time: "One who left the water in unhappier circumstances was three-time Rip Curl Pro winner Sunny Garcia, who forfeited his heat with American Taylor Knox because of a migraine-like condition that saw him taken to Geelong Hospital for tests. Garcia, who was leading the heat, rode in with nine minutes remaining and appeared to collapse on the beach, holding his head in his hands."

Significance

This wetsuit was worn during the prestigious Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach. It is a rare artefect from a major medical emergency at a world professional surfing contest.

Inscriptions & Markings

Hotline Wetsuits, Santa Cruz, Calif, Superflex 3/2 model

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.

DVD Movie - Storm Riders

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Cover artwork of film poster featuring film title, surfing images and faces of featured surfers.

Historical information

Feature length surf film described as one of the slickest and most professional ever made featuring the worlds top surfers Mark Richards, Gerry Lopez, Simon Anderson plus Wayne Lynch and many more. The film featured a rocking soundtrack with music by The Doors, Australian Crawl, Split Enz, The Church, Sunnyboys and many more. Special features on this DVD include the cult short surf film KONG's ISLAND.

Significance

One of the best surf films to be made in the eighties featuring outstanding cinematography by Jack McCoy including Big Bells in 1981. The film broke box offices records around Australia during its theatrical screening.

Inscriptions & Markings

Film Title , 25th Anniversary Special Edition

Magazine - Smorgasboarder

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Free full colour surf magazine: SMORGASBOARDER issue #2 Nov/Dec 2010. For all that love surfing. Available from Noosa to Warnambool. 6 times a year. www.smorgasboarder.com.au

Historical information

This is a free surf magazine for all that love surfing. Available 6 times a year. www.smorgasboarder.com.au This issue contains a reference to China Gilberts'memorial paddle out at Torquay and the SurfWorld Revolution exhibition (pg 17)

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

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

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.

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

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.

Photograph - Louis Whyte surfing Lorne 1920

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

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

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.

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

None

DVD Movie - First Love

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

DVD cover features a colour photograph of the three stars of the film, Jess Laing, Nikki Van Dijk and India Payne.

Historical information

FIRST LOVE tells the story of three passionate young girls from Phillip Island who aspire to make a career out of surfing. The film stars Jess Laing, Nikki Van Dijk, India Payne. Also appearing Stephanie Gilmore, Coco Ho and Alana Blanchard.

Significance

The first feature length Australian surf film which tells the story of a group of young female surfers. The film has screened at a number of major film festivals and won two major awards at the X-Dance Film Festival in 2011.

Inscriptions & Markings

Rip Curl Logo, film festival logos

Video Clip - Torquay Surf Beach Family Movies

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Black and white 8mm home movie transferred to VHS and digitised to AVI file. Duration - 1 minute and 16 seconds.

Historical information

This home movie features people enjoying summer by the beach. It was filmed at Torquay Surf Beach, Torquay, Victoria circa 1947. The last shots of the film show a surfer riding a hollow wooden plywood surfboard to the beach and stepping off onto the sand.

Significance

Torquay Surf Beach was a macca for surfers in post-war Victoria. This is one of the earliest movies to show surfing at Torquay and in Victoria. It also features very early images of the Torquay Surf Life Saving Club which is the oldest in Victoria.

Inscriptions & Markings

Museum logo at the start of the video clip.

Programme - Rex 'China' Gilbert - Memorial Day - 6th November 2010

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

24 page full colour booklet with a photo of 'China' Gilbert on the cover holding a bright yellow Quiksilver surfboard.

Historical information

This Memorial Booklet was put together by family, friends and members of the Torquay Surf Life Saving Club for a special memorial service held at the club on Saturday 6th November, 2010. 'China' Gilbert was a popular member of the surf club who passed away from ill health in Torquay on 28th September, 2010. The booklet contains a mixture of tributes, black and white and colour photographs of 'China' from his youth through to modern times highlighting his activities at the Torquay Surf Life Saving Club and a pioneer surfer in the 1940's and 1950's.

Significance

This booklet is significant because it commemorates the memory of one of the oldest and most popular members of the Torquay Surf Life Saving Club. The booklet contains historic and rare photographic images of 'China' from his earliest days as a young surfer through to his time as a competitor for the Torquay Surf Life Saving Club and finally senior club member. 'China' was known around Australia for his surfing, mateship and 'larrikin' streak. Over 500 people attended his memorial service and paddle out at the Torquay Surf Life Saving Club.

Inscriptions & Markings

'China' signature and graphic of a tree.