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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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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.

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.

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

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

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

Book - Early Surf Safaris

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Brown Tudor 100 sheet duplicate book. top copy of each page has been removed, duplicate pages remain

Historical information

Snowy McAlister's stories collected for newspaper articles he wrote?

Inscriptions & Markings

Snowy McAlister's handwritten stories - Surfing Safaris, Surfers and where you find 'em, Learners Pens, Back Loading, Surfing with Snow, Birth of Australian Surfing, Birth of Australian Surfing, A Pleasant

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

Wax

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Red Herring surfboard wax. Two blocks of Red Herring brand wax.

Historical information

Red Herring is a Tasmanian based surf store chain. This wax was produced by the company, presumably for promotional purposes. The wax is specifically labelled for Tassie Cool Water

Inscriptions & Markings

Front of label: Red Herring Tassie Cool Water Wax Back of label: Stoked to be Surfin'

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.

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)

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

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.

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

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 - 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Book - To The Four Corners Of The World

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Full colour, hard bound travel surf book by Peter Troy OAM, edited by Brendan McAloon. Colour cover image of a young Peter Troy by Rennie Ellis.

Historical information

This book is the definitive history of the surf travels by Peter Troy. Troy's travels are the stuff of legends. An original and influential figure in the early days of surfing at Bells Beach, Troy left Australia in 1963 and roamed the planet with surfboard under arm from Europe to Hawaii, South America to South Africa, introducing surfing to Brazil and discovering untold perfect waves like Nias off the coast of Sumatra. He documented every step of this remarkable journey in letters home which were rediscovered after his untimely death in 2008.

Significance

This book represents the major surf travel history of one of the great legends in world surfing Peter Troy from Torquay. In 1962 Troy was one of the founders of the Bells Beach Surf Contest, the longest running surf contest in the world. He was an intrepid surf traveller who during the period 1963-1966 introduced surfing to the country of Brazil and explored the four corners of the globe for waves. This book is a unique record of world travel by surfer(s)during this period.

Inscriptions & Markings

ISBN - 978-0-9808480-0-7

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.

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.

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

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.

Book - History of Torquay Surf Life Saving Club

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

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

Historical information

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

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Authors name - Ken Pollard

Photograph - 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

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

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

Photograph - Kennett River

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

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

Historical information

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

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Titled: Australia Jack Eden, Kennett River, Victoria