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

Key words

rex china gilbert
china
torquay surf life saving club
longboard
1956 melbourne olympics
torquay surf beach

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.

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Surfboard

Key words

ockanui
peter watson
hollow wooden surfboard

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

Historical information

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

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

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

Key words

bells beach
surfing
bells beach surfing contest
joel parkinson
2011 rip curl pro
mick fanning

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.

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Photograph - Peter Townend and three surfboards

Key words

peter townend
surfer magazine

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.

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Poster - Somewhere Near Tapachula

Key words

surfing
somewhere near tapachula
surf film
mexico
jonno durrant
stefan hunt
mision mexico
alan skuse
pam skuse

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)

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Magazine - Surfer Magazine Vol.3 No. 3 1962

Key words

cartoon
surfing
music
hawaii
new zealand
midget farrelly
rick griffin
john severson
murphy

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

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Book - Switch-foot (surfing art music)

Key words

art
surfing
jack eden
switchfoot
music
surf photography
alby falzon
george greenough
peter drouyn
dolphin glide
dick van straaleen
jim banks
peter crawford
mark richards

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

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Book - MP - the life of Michael Peterson

Key words

michael peterson
bells beach
peter drouyn
mark richards
sean doherty
rabbit bartholomew
coolangatta
kirra point

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

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Photograph - Jack McCoy and Lightning Bolt Surfboard

Key words

jack mccoy
lightning bolt surfboards

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

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Photograph - Sylvia Hoogeveen - Warrilla Championships

Key words

jack eden
sylvia hoogeveen
warrilla beach
1965 warrilla championships

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)

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Wetsuit

Key words

rip curl pro
wetsuit
sunny garcia
hotline
torn
collapse

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

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Book - Surf Rage

Key words

surfing
nat young
surf rage
nick carroll
gordon stammers
tribal law
surfers
violence
anger

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

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Wax

Key words

red
surfboard
wax
tassie
herring

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'

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Photograph - 1958 Wanderers Surfboard Rally, Long Reef Beach

Key words

1958 surfboard rally
wanderers rally
long reef beach
c j mcalister

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.

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Photograph - Michael Peterson, 1977 Stubbies Surf Classic

Key words

surf
1977

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

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Book - Duke - A Great Hawaiian

Key words

surfing
duke kahanamoku
sandra kimberley hall
bess press

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

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Musical Instrument - Snowy McAlister's Ukelele

Key words

snowy mcalister
jonah kumalae
kumalae ukelele

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

Historical information

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

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

DVD Movie - Surfing 50 States

Key words

jonno durrant
stefan hunt
surfing 50 states
spiderbait

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

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

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

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

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Magazine - Smorgasboarder

Key words

surfing
smorgasboarder

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)

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

VHS Movie - MAD WAX

Key words

surf
quiksilver
wax
gangajang

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.

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Sticker - SAVE BASTION POINT

Key words

surf
bastion point
mallacoota
breakwall
surfrider foundation
east gippsland
save bastion point

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

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Photograph - Bob McTavish photograph Bells Beach 1 1965

Key words

bells beach
john witzig
bob mctavish
easter sunday 1965
bells beach surfing classic

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

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Surfboard design blueprints - 16 foot Hollow Plywood Surfboard

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.

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

DVD Movie - The Endless Summer

Key words

nat young
endless summer
bruce brown
robert august
michael hynson

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

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Photograph - Kennett River

Key words

kennett river
surfboards
vw sedan
jack eden
great ocean road

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

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Trophy - Coca Cola Trophy

Key words

trophy
surf
bells beach
bell
pawson
easter contest

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"

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Magazine - Australian Surfers Journal, Volume One, Number Four

Key words

nat young
australian surfers journal
tahiti
kneeboarders
jeff raglus
drew kampion
gerry lopez
makaha
albert falzon
steven valiere
jason foster

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

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Photograph - Lorne surfers 1920

Key words

lorne beach
redwood timber surfboard
ian macgillivray
louis whyte
blue harper

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.

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Video Clip - Bells Beach - Big Easter Sunday 1965

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

Historical information

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

Significance

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Surf World Museum logo, Bells Gold logo

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay