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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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Newspaper Article - Slater Gives Up Trophy

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Feature newspaper article by Kyle Pollard in the Geeelong Advertiser on 6th May 2010. Includes colour photograph of Kelly Slater being 'painted up' by Aboriginal dancer at Bells Beach.

Historical information

World surfing champion Kelly Slater won a record 4th Bells Beach Surfing Contest in April 2010. He promptly donated his Bell trophy to the Aboriginal people of Geelong and the Surf Coast in appreciation of their support over the years.

Significance

National and international significance from a sporting and cultural reconciliation perspective. Only two surfers have won 4 Bells contests. Slater's donation of his 4th Bell to the local Indigenous community is a rare act of reconciliation and personal generosity.

Poster - 2006 Havaianas Beachley Classic

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Surf Contest, full colour, A2 poster promoting the 2006 Havaianas Beachley Classic at Manly Beach, Sydney, Australia from October 9-15th. The poster festures a red Havaianas thong floating in the water.

Historical information

This poster was produced to promote the richest women's surfing event in the world, the Havaianas Beachley Classic held at Manly Beach, Sydney in October 2006. The contest is unique in that it is organised by 7 times world surfing champion Layne Beachley from Sydney Australia.

Significance

The 2006 Havaianas Beachley Classic was the only surfing event on the World Championship Tour organised by a professional surfer still competing. Layne Beachley was defeated in the final by young Australian female surfer Stephanie Gilmore. Stephanie Gilmore set a number of records winning this event including the amount of prizemoney she took home and the fact she is the only individual to win 2 ASP World tour events competing as a wild card entrant.

Inscriptions & Markings

Sponsors logos - Havaiana, Beachley Foundation, ASP, Sydney

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.

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.

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)

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

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 - Final Wave - 'Midget' Farrelly

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Black and white photograph of 'Midget' Farrelly surfing in 1964 World Titles at Manly Beach, Sydney.

Historical information

This stunning black and white photograph by Jack Eden shows Midget Farrelly doing a cutback on the final wave he rode during the 1964 World Titles at Manly Beach, Sydney, Australia.

Significance

Rare photograph of the last wave Farrelly rode during the final of the first World Surfing Titles at Manly Beach. Farrelly was declared the winner and surfing's first World Surfing Champion after this photograph was taken.

DVD Movie - Bustin' Down The Door

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Cover photograph of Wayne 'Rabbit' Bartholomew hand raised with inset image of Mark Richards surfing Sunset Beach.

Historical information

Feature length surf documentary which looks at events leading up to the clash between Hawaiian surfers and Australian surfers on the North Shore of Oahu in the early seventies. Includes interviews with Wayne 'Rabbit' Bartholomew, Shaun Tomson, Mark Richards, Peter Townend, Ian Cairns and others.

Significance

Award winning documentary that focused on a pivotal moment in world surfing history as Australian and other surfers strove to 'bust down the door' in the surfing Mecca of Hawaii.

Inscriptions & Markings

Certification (M) and Madman logo

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 - 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

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 - 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

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

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)

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.

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.

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.

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.

Magazine - Australian Surfers Journal, Volume One, Number Four

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Australian Surfers Journal (Volume One, Number Four, Spring 1998), A4 full colour gloss magazine with cover headings about articles on Nat Young, Tahiti, Kneeboarders and Jeff Raglus. Close up of surfer (Patterson) on backlit aqua wave.

Historical information

The Australian Surfers Journal was based on The Surfers Journal (USA) and ran for 2 years. This issue contains feature articles on world surfing champion Nat Young, iconic surf destination Tahiti, Kneeboarders and Victorian based surfing artist/musician Jeff Raglus.

Significance

The Australian Surfers Journal is an iconic Australian surfing magazine which enjoyed a positive reponse from the Australian surfing community during the 1990's. It's feature articles, photographs and editorials were of a high literary standard by world standards.

Inscriptions & Markings

Gold cover art featuring Colour photograph (Paul Paterson in Western Australia. Image by Jon Frank

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

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

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

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.

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"

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

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

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

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 - 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