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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

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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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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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Newspaper Article - Loud and Clear, Parkinson eyes world crown after victory.

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Feature newspaper article with colour photographs of 2011 Rip Curl Pro winner, Joel Parkinson, ringing the big Bell and smaller insert photo of his opponent Mick Fanning surfing at Bells Beach.

Historical information

Feature magazine article by Nick Wade about Joel Parkinson's success in winning the 2011 Rip Curl Pro, Bells Beach on its fiftieth anniversary.

Significance

Joel Parkinson wins his third Bells Beach contest on its historic fiftieth anniversary. The Bells Beach Surfing Contest is the longest running surfing conterst in the world.

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

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

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

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

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

Brochure - Bobby Brown Contest 1969

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

One page sheet folded to make a 4 page brochure. Black and white photograph of Bobby Brown on the front page.

Inscriptions & Markings

List of sponsors names on back page.

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 - 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)

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.

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.

Book - The Encyclopedia of Surfing

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Colour photograph on the cover featuring backlit surfer riding a longboard.

Historical information

The most concise encyclopedia of surfing produced to 2004 featuring over 1500 entries from the world of surfing including places, people, events, gear, culture and terminology. Illustrated with over 300 photographs plus a comprehensive surfing bibiography, discography and filmography.

Significance

One of the most significant surfing books ever produced. Broad and concise coverage of surfing and surf culture by Matt Warshaw, former editor of SURFER magazine

Inscriptions & Markings

Book title and author's name

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.

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)

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

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

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 - 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

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.

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 - 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.

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"

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